Anton Goff, previously athletics director at Bowie State University in Bowie, Md., has been named the new director of athletics at the University of Hartford and was introduced at a press conference on Friday, May 2 at 11 a.m., in the University of Hartford Sports Center.
Goff had been athletics director at Bowie State since 2010. Under his leadership, Bowie State athletic programs have increased student athletes’ academic success rate (raised the student-athlete graduation rate to above that of the overall student population), enhanced their existing facilities (including new football stadium lights, locker rooms and concessions, and a new HVAC system in the gymnasium), exceeded fundraising targets through both private donations and governmental lobbying, and captured Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) championship titles in Men’s Basketball (2013) and Women’s Bowling (2013).
“I was attracted to Hartford athletics by its academic and athletic accomplishments. This university has created opportunities for students to be successful both in the classroom and on the field, and I want to build on that,” Goff says. “I want Hartford Athletics to dominate academically and athletically,” said Goff, who will assume his new position in July.
“I am absolutely delighted that we have attracted an individual of Anton’s capabilities to be our athletics director,” said University of Hartford President Walter Harrison. “I am excited by the energy, the enthusiasm, and the experience that he brings to this university. I can’t wait to work with him in further strengthening our athletic program.” Goff, who has been in the athletic administration field for nearly 20 years, will succeed University of Hartford Director of Athletics Pat Meiser, who is retiring after 21 years at the University.
“Over the past 21 years, Pat Meiser has built a superb foundation for our athletics department. Now I look forward to working with Anton and I’m very excited to see how he will lead us to new levels of success and excellence,” Harrison said. He thanked the members of the search committee for all their work and Daniel Parker of Parker Executive Search “for his help in bringing us such a dynamic candidate.”
Prior to his Bowie State appointment, Goff served as the associate athletic director and the sport supervisor for six varsity sports at the University of Maryland - College Park. In that role, he has managed multi-million dollar budgets as well as overseeing the support services provided to 27 varsity sports. He has been involved with fundraising, facility management, support services, coach/staff supervision, and media relations.
Before joining the University of Maryland, Goff, served as the associate director of support services for Michigan State University’s football team. His previous position to Michigan State was the appointment of assistant director of academic support and career development at the University of Maryland from 1998-2001. His responsibilities included working closely with the men’s basketball team while also heading the NCAA CHAMPS Life Skills Program for the Terps.
His initial foray into athletics administration started in 1995 at Kent State University where he worked as an academic counsellor and administrative assistant to the athletics director. In this position he worked with the football, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s track team as well as serving as the diversity liaison for the department.
Goff earned a bachelor’s degree in the administration of justice from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond in 1991, before receiving a master’s degree in the same discipline from VCU two years later. He was also a member of the varsity football team at Bowling Green State University. Goff is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated as well as multiple Honor Societies.
Goff’s family includes wife Wendy and daughters Alexa, nine, and Gianna, five.