Courtesy of Patrick Smith, Randolph College Writer and Social Media Coordinator
LYNCHBURG, Va.- Randolph College has announced the hiring of Anthony C. Berich as its new director of athletics. Berich brings with him 21 years of post-secondary management experience with NCAA Division I, II, and III programs and 15 years of NCAA coaching experience at the NCAA Division II and Division III level. In addition, he has worked extensively in budgeting, development, project management, NCAA compliance, and NCAA committee appointments.
Berich replaces Tina Hill, who served as Randolph's director of athletics for 10 years.
"I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to join Randolph College as the next director of athletics," Berich said. "In a very short time on campus, I could tell that Randolph is a special place and I look forward to being a part of an outstanding institution that places premium value on the student-athlete experience."
For the last 10 years, Berich served as director of athletics & recreation and as head golf coach for the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. In that role, he managed all aspects of the university's Division III athletic program and oversaw the construction of a $2.5 million fitness center as well as a multimillion-dollar project to build a softball complex and renovate the university's baseball facility. Under Berich's leadership, the university's athletic program recorded its highest-ever finish in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference President's Cup, placing second in the 2015-16 season. In addition, he served on the university's Academic Support Council as well as the Enrollment Management Team Oversight Committee and Committee for Gender Equity. He also formerly chaired the NCAA Division III Men's Golf National Committee.
Prior to his appointment at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Berich worked for 10 years as assistant director of athletics for media relations at Philadelphia University, an NCAA Division II institution. During his tenure there, he primarily handled media relations and game day operations. He also aided in the university's transition from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science to Philadelphia University, and facilitated the opening of the institution's $14.7 million James P. Gallagher Athletic, Recreation, and Convocation Center in 2006.
Berich now looks forward to getting started at Randolph.
"My goal as athletic director is to work with the coaches, staff, and student-athletes in continuing the proud tradition of academic and athletic excellence while building on the strong foundation that exists," he said. "It is clear to me that the College, under the leadership of President [Bradley] Bateman, is pointed in the right direction for sustained success, and we in athletics will do our part in ensuring that success as well."
Berich was also impressed by the high caliber of Randolph's student-athletes and its close, supportive community.
"Randolph College has demonstrated that its student-athletes can excel both on the field and in the classroom," he said. "As a Division III director of athletics for the past 10 years, I understand the time constraints placed on these student-athletes in order to create that balance between academics and athletics and the commitment to both. The opportunity to oversee such dedicated student-athletes, coaches, and staff at a close-knit college where everyone is family attracted me to this position, and I believe that I can build on the success the department has had."
"Randolph is pleased to welcome Anthony Berich to the College community," said President Bradley W. Bateman. "His vast knowledge and connections in the NCAA, along with his experience in Division III athletics, will be a great benefit to the WildCat athletics program. We look forward to seeing what the College, our teams, and our student-athletes can accomplish under his leadership."