DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS, BILL STEIN, ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT
Friday, February 1, 2008
After 26 years at the helm of the Saint Peter's College Athletics Department, Bill Stein announced his retirement today, effective on July 1, 2008. Stein was slated to retire following the 2006-07 year, but the sudden death of James N. Loughran, S.J., President of Saint Peter's College, delayed his departure. A search will commence immediately to find his replacement. “I was all set to retire last July, but after Father Loughran passed away I was asked by Dr. Poiani (Vice President for Student Affairs) and Dr. Cornacchia (President) to remain for at least one more year,” commented Stein. “I have enjoyed all my years at Saint Peter's, but it is time for me to enjoy my family now, especially my new granddaughter.” Stein arrived at Saint Peter's in 1981 and began heading up the Department of Athletics following the 1982 Final Four. Stein was the top assistant for the Georgetown University Men's Basketball team prior to arriving at Saint Peter's. While at Saint Peter's he started women's volleyball and women's soccer as intercollegiate sports. Stein was also instrumental in the creation of the college's first outdoor athletic facilitiy, Joseph J. Jaroschak Field, the permanent home for Saint Peter's Soccer, Baseball and Softball. “Bill Stein led the Saint Peter's athletic program for 26 years with honesty, compassion, and professionalism. In challenging times for college athletics, Bill always remained committed to the role of college athletics in developing young men and women of integrity who would become leaders in their communities”, commented Saint Peter's College President Dr. Eugene Cornacchia. “Saint Peter's and indeed, college athletics, will greatly miss him. We are most grateful to him for all he has done for the College and our students.” Since coming to Jersey City he also helped form the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and served as the Baseball Committee Chairperson and on the NCAA Baseball Umpires Advisory Board. “Bill Stein is highly respected in the league for his ability to run a quality program that is committed to athletic and academic excellence. Beyond that benchmark, Bill is also well liked by all his colleagues because of his personality and willingness to work out issues in a collegial manner that is the sign of a top level professional in our business,” remarked Rich Ensor, MAAC Commissioner, Saint Peter's Alumus and Hall of Fame Inductee. “On a personal note, he has been a great friend to me and my family and I hope he enjoys his retirement, but stays in touch with all of us in the MAAC.” Over the past 26 years he has been honored by the MAAC with a special service award, given the Olympian Award by the Olympian Club of Waterbury (CT) and was honored by the Metropolitan Sports Writers with its Distinguished Service Award. Stein also represented Saint Peter's and the United States as a coach on the 1988 US Olympic Men's Basketball Team which competed in Seoul. “Respected by his counterparts at colleges across the country, Bill Stein provides cura personalis to every student-athlete at Saint Peter's College”, commented Dr. Eileen Poiani, Saint Peter's College Vice President for Student Affairs. “I can always count on Bill to follow through in every situation with integrity and to be present at every game. We are grateful for all he has done to build our successful Division I program, and we will miss his colleagueship on campus.” He was recently inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society, which the highest honor in the Jesuit Community. “I thank everyone who has ever worked in the athletics department over the past 26 years. Without them, doing my job would not have been possible,” commented Stein. “I am fortunate to have spent the past 36 years working in Jesuit Education (10 at Georgetown and 26 at Saint Peter's) and appreciate the opportunity that the Jesuits have given me. I also thank the entire campus community for their support of athletics throughout the years.” Stein will retire to his new home in Hanover Township, PA with his wife Janice.