BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — After a four–month national search that generated numerous qualified candidates, CSU Bakersfield today announced that Jeffrey Konya has been named CSUB’s new director of intercollegiate athletics, effective Jan. 8, 2011. Konya will replace longtime director, Rudy Carvajal, who will retire at the end of the year after nearly 40 years of service to the university.

“This is a tremendous opportunity and I am excited to be coming to CSU Bakersfield. I was very impressed by the vision that Dr. Mitchell and the athletics coaches and staff have established for the CSUB Roadrunner program. This is definitely a place where you can be successful both academically and athletically,” says Konya. “We have great alumni, strong community support, and a solid recruiting base to work from.”

Konya comes to CSUB from Northeastern State University (NSU) in Oklahoma where he has served as athletics director since late 2008. During his tenure at NSU, Konya oversaw all operational aspects of a ten–sport NCAA Division II athletics department with an estimated $4 million annual budget, more than 40 coaches and staff, and approximately 270 student–athletes.

His notable accomplishments at NSU include: a successful all–sport conference change from the Lone Star Conference to the more prestigious Mid–America Intercollegiate Athletics Association for the 2012–13 academic year; increased fundraising by more than 50 percent from previous levels including tripling the number of corporate partners; quadrupled season football ticket sales in 2009 over 2008 figures; and oversaw nearly $1 million in athletic facility improvements during his tenure.

Konya has NCAA Division I experience as a senior associate athletics director at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Texas where his duties included the sport administration of the men’s and women’s basketball programs. In addition, he has held many senior athletics positions at various universities including University of Memphis, University of Texas at San Antonio, and Bucknell University, among others. He has also served as an adjunct professor, helped facilitate Conference and NCAA tournaments, is a nationally–recognized speaker on student–athlete life skills issues, and has served on several NCAA committees. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Princeton University and a Law Degree with academic distinction from the University of Iowa.

Konya added: “I am anxious to foster new relationships with our student–athletes, coaches and staff who have made this such a well–thought–of athletics program nationally. Rudy Carvajal left a foundation for the department that is well positioned to embrace and thrive within the NCAA Division I classification.”

Carvajal’s retirement ends a distinguished 38–year career as CSUB’s founding athletics director. His achievements are many. The most notable have come on the fields of competition, where he built the nation’s premier NCAA Division II athletics program. Under his watch, CSUB has produced 30 team national championships in seven different sports, 241 individual national champions and more than 1,100 All–Americans.

Media will have a chance to meet and interview Konya during a news conference scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 6 at the Icardo Center on the CSUB campus.





WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT JEFF KONYA

 

Jeff Capel (Head Men’s Basketball Coach, University of Oklahoma) – “I know Jeff Konya is very respected in the basketball coaching community. He has great vision and intelligence, and will be a true asset to your institution.”
John Calipari (Head Men’s Basketball Coach, University of Kentucky) – “Jeff is one of the most thorough and knowledgeable people that I’ve ever come across in athletics. His passion for athletics and student–athletes is unparalleled. He understands the NCAA better than anyone I’ve ever been around. CSUB made a tremendous move in hiring Jeff as its Director of Athletics.”
June Jones (Head Football Coach, SMU) – “Jeff knows what it takes for student–athletes to be successful both in the classroom and on the playing fields. As an administrator, he relates well to coaches, and is a pleasure to work with. CSUB got a good one in Jeff.”
Matt Doherty (Head Men’s Basketball Coach, SMU) – “I have no doubts that Jeff will be a successful Division I AD. He was a valuable asset to SMU as our sport program administrator, especially in being an effective communicator to all parties: coaches, staff, fans and student–athletes.”
Steve Orsini (Director of Athletics, SMU) – “Jeff was one of my first hires at SMU and he exceeded my expectations. I look forward to interacting with him as a fellow Division I AD and I wish him the best.”
Eric Schoh (Director of Athletics at Wayne State College, Former CSUB Associate A.D., NACDA Executive Committee) – “I have known Jeff personally and professionally for more than 12 years and I had the distinct pleasure of previously working at CSUB and living in Bakersfield. I have no doubt that the Bakersfield community members and the university officials will love working with Jeff. He will do well, and I wish him all the best.”
Tim Carter (Head Men’s Basketball Coach at South Carolina State, NABC Board of Director) “When looking at the type of Director of Athletics that coaches and administrators want to work with Jeff fits all the requirements. Jeff is extremely innovative along with having impeccable character. He has tremendous positive people skills, and most important of all, he is a tireless worker.”
Dr. Don Betz (President, Northeastern State)“We wish Jeff our best in this new pursuit and we thank him for his contributions over the past two years in realizing our institutional goals. These include the transition to the Mid–America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA), enhanced marketing and game–day experiences, as well his collaborative efforts in advancing the planning for the Events Center, among other initiatives.”
   


 


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