"Division I athletics is an important tradition at California State University Bakersfield and increasingly a big part of the CSUB student experience. Roadrunner athletics has a rich and proud tradition in every arena of competition and a history of success in the classroom.
My mission is to continue those traditions while at the same time looking toward and building for what promises to be a bright future. We must incorporate a sound strategy to navigate and thrive with the issues present in NCAA Division I athletics, the state of California and the CSU system, and we continue to be the 'New Gold Standard' in intercollegiate athletics.
There is an undercurrent of energy in the athletics department that you don't see everywhere. We have positive momentum in terms of athletics results, fundraising and significant facility projects, corporate sponsorship deals, academic performances, conference affiliations and community service. I am proud and honored to be at CSUB at this point in time, helping bring national exposure to this wonderful region of the country."
--Jeff Konya, Director of Athletics
Jeff Konya was hired as CSU Bakersfield's second Director of Athletics in November of 2010, replacing the retired Rudy Carvajal.
Konya brought a wealth of experience from Division I programs such as SMU where he served as Senior Associate Athletic Director, Bucknell, University of Memphis and Texas-San Antonio among others. Preceding CSUB, he was the Athletics Director at Northeastern State in Oklahoma. He immediately put that experience to work for CSUB to help establish the program as not only a contender, but also a respected property at the Division I level.
Since joining the Roadrunners, Konya has overseen significant improvements to CSUB facilities including the purchase and installation of college basketball's first blue-playing surface in the Icardo Center, a story that garnered CSUB more national attention than any other story in history.
That facility also underwent a lobby and office renovation along with a redesign of its team-room space to better serve Roadrunner basketball and volleyball programs. Konya has also helped secure financing for seating and press box upgrades at CSUB's baseball facility Hardt Field, along with new seating at the Softball Complex and the construction of a new playing facility for sand volleyball.
One of his most high-profile accomplishments since leading the Roadrunners was securing the program's future as the member of the Western Athletic Conference beginning July, 1 2013. The acceptance into the conference came in October 2012, putting to an end over four years of competition at the NCAA Independent level for CSUB.
Konya helped take the next steps in the department's growth as a Division I institution signing a corporate and media rights deal with Nelligan Sports Marketing, adding Bakersfield to a list of prestigious institutions represented by NSM. He also brought in a new fundraising model helping focus more on sports-specific donations while still covering student-athlete scholarship costs resulting in 'Roadrunner Scholarship Fund' totals at year-to-date highs as of early 2013. Recently, Konya also entered CSUB Athletics into an agreement with Collegiate Consulting to handle season and group ticket sales to meet increased demands brought on by membership in the WAC.
On the exterior, Konya instituted 'The New Gold Standard' marketing campaign that included a new all-sports apparel deal with Adidas, gold uniforms for home contests, 'Gold Standard' facility signage and a new digital media presence to portray the department's new direction and focus. That campaign helped CSUB to be named a finalist for NACMA 'Marketing Team of the Year' in 2012.
Konya also helped create 'The ROWDYs,' a new CSUB student-athlete awards show that honors the greatest moments and the top performances each season in a multimedia-based awards show format that includes celebrity contributions from the world of music, sports and entertainment.
Student-athlete academic services have also undergone dramatic change under Konya's leadership with the hiring of the program's first Associate AD for Academics, three academic advisors and the construction of the 'Kegley Center for Student Success', a state-of-the-art facility for student-athlete tutoring, study halls, research and counseling.
Giving back to the community is also a priority for Konya, with that in mind he helped CSUB Athletics begin 'Project 3,000.' an initiative to have student-athletes, coaches and staff donate 3,000 hours of community service each year. A partnership with the local Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House has also helped address several needs at the facility while keeping student-athletes regularly involved in community service.
A former student-athlete himself at Princeton where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics, Konya is a champion for student-athlete Life Skills and is a nationally recognized speaker on the issue. Konya also holds a law degree with academic distinction from the University of Iowa and has served on several NCAA committees while currently serving as a member of the NCAA men's soccer committee. He has also facilitated several conference and NCAA tournaments.