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St. John’s Athletic Director search: candidates

We have some names for the finalists for the vacant AD job.

NCAA Basketball: Seton Hall at St. John's Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

It's been 457 days since the previous Athletic Director officially stepped down from his post. And since Chris Monasch's exit, St. John's has gone with two interim hires, but has announced a search committee.

Now that search committee has names.

Two candidates are current Athletic Directors - Rick Cole at Iona and John D`Argenio at Siena (not as it’s spelled in the tweet).

Candidates, in short

Rick Cole has stayed local, working at St. John’s as Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs, and then at Dowling College as Athletic Director from 2005-2013; he’s been at Iona in New Rochelle since 2013. That’s 11 years of AD experience on lower levels, and some St. John’s experience.

John D`Argenio has been Athletic Director since 1992, as Acting Director his first year and official AD from 1993 on. In that 23 years, the Saints have maintained a level of excellence within their conference and have fielded a strong and well-attended men’s basketball team in Albany.

Mike Broeker is the Deputy Athletic Director for Big East conference member Marquette. He currently oversees marketing and licensing and oversees the Athletics program (and explained Marquette’s hoops schedule to our friends at Paint Touches). He is also a graduate of Siena college and has worked for the Women’s Tennis Association and the NBA in communications.

Terry Gawlik has been Senior Associate Athletic Director at Wisconsin since 2005, with oversight over softball, volleyball, women’s basketball and rowing. She is also the chair of the NCAA’s D-1 Women’s basketball Championship Sport Committee as of September 1st. She is originally from Texas and graduated from Southwestern University and Texas State.