Ask the AD: Francis Reidy on the Changing DII Landscape
(winthropintelligence.com) Francis X. Reidy became a full time member of the Saint Leo Lions athletic department in 1993. Along the way, he has served as Sports Information Director, Compliance Officer, Assistant Athletic Director, and Associate Athletic Director until reaching his current role as Director of Athletics in 1999. Mr. Reidy was good enough to offer some thoughts on the evolution of DII athletics, as well as advice for new and hopeful ADs.
What is one challenge that your program has overcome and one future challenge you see you’d like to surmount?
The one challenge we have overcome was being competitive in our conference and region. Prior to 1999 we had appeared in just three NCAA regionals and had not won any Sunshine State Conference Championships. Since 1999 we have won three SSC championships (Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer and Volleyball), one Deep South Men’s Lacrosse Title, 2 Deep South Tournament Titles and one SSC tournament title (women’s soccer). We have appeared in over 30 NCAA regionals.
The future challenge is to be a consistent challenger for our conference Mayor’s Cup (overall sports standing award) and to be a regular Top 25 finisher in the Learfield Director’s Cup.
What aspect of your tenure at Saint Leo University are you most proud of?
(This is the first part of a two-part feature on College Athletics and the Law. Reidy will against be featured in a Q&A next month.)