The MAAC Committee on Athletic Administration recognized Joe Boylan, director of athletics at Loyola University Maryland, for his dedication and service to the conference at the 2010 Citizens Bank MAAC Basketball Championships.
Boylan, a Baltimore native and former college basketball coach, will be retiring in April after 19 years at Loyola. Guiding an 18-sport department at Evergreen, Boylan and the Greyhounds have experienced continued success and growth over the years.
Under his direction, Loyola has won its share of MAAC titles, representing the University with the highest level of sportsmanship. In 2007-08, the Greyhounds won the ECAC Men's Lacrosse League and captured three MAAC championships - men's and women's soccer and men's golf - in addition to the Loyola men's teams combining to capture the Commissioner's Cup for men's sports.
Boylan has also been able to showcase Loyola nationally by hosting the 2003, 2004, and 2007 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships with Johns Hopkins, Towson, and UMBC. The Greyhounds also landed the 2005 NCAA Men's Golf Championships and became the smallest school ever to host an NCAA Championship by itself. The nation's best golfers came to Caves Valley and Loyola put on quite an event, having the championships televised (The Golf Channel) for the first time.
Before coming to Loyola, Boylan spent 17 years at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. While there, he helped the Scarlet Knights earn their highest national ranking ever. From 1973-85, he was associate head basketball coach under Tom Young. During his tenure, Rutgers compiled a 238-114 record, reaching the NCAA Final Four in 1976. Rutgers was ranked fourth in the nation that year. The Scarlet Knights also appeared in the 1975, 1979, and 1983 NCAA tournaments and in the NIT in 1974, 1977, 1978, and 1982.
A 1956 graduate of Milford Mill High School, Boylan was an outstanding student-athlete himself. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Lafayette in 1960, where he earned varsity letters in both basketball and soccer before receiving his Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins in 1969. From 1961-63, Boylan served in the U.S. Army.
Boylan and his wife, Molly, have a grown daughter, Heather, and a grandson named Jake. Heather is married to former Greyhounds basketball player Dave Wojcik.
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