Anton Goff, who has extensive experience in the field of athletics administration, most recently as athletic director at Bowie State University in Maryland, has been named the new director of athletics at the University of Hartford.
Goff was introduced at a press conference this morning (Friday, May 2) in the Sports Center, where he displayed his energy and enthusiasm for the University of Hartford, and unveiled what is sure to be his new slogan — "Hawk Nation Domination."
"When I look at this place, I see limitless potential," said Goff, who will assume his new position in July. Goff outlined six areas that he will focus on as athletic director: academic success, athletic success, accountability, compliance, community involvement, and character.
“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 said. “I want Hartford Athletics to dominate academically and athletically.”
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. Both Goff and University of Hartford President Walter Harrison paid tribute to Meiser and the program she has built over the past two decades.
“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.
“I am absolutely delighted that we have attracted an individual of Anton’s capabilities to be our athletics director,” Harrison said. “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 has been athletic 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).
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. Prior to his work at Michigan State, he served as assistant director of academic support and career development at the University of Maryland from 1998 to 2001. His responsibilities included working closely with the men’s basketball team while also heading the NCAA CHAMPS Life Skills Program for the Terps.
Goff's initial foray into athletics administration started in 1995 at Kent State University in Ohio, where he worked as an academic counselor and administrative assistant to the athletics director. In that position he worked with the football, men’s basketball, and 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 and his wife, Wendy, have two daughters—Alexa, 9, and Gianna, 5.