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Army Athletic Director Boo Corrigan Accepts NC State Job

Boo Corrigan will soon be wearing new colors.
Boo Corrigan will soon be wearing new colors. Photo Credit: Army Athletics

Longtime Army athletic director Boo Corrigan is trading black and gold for the red and white, as he prepares to take his talents to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

The U.S. Military Academy announced on Wednesday that after eight years, Corrigan has accepted a new position at North Carolina State University, where he will replace the retiring Debbie Yow.

Corrigan is scheduled to start his tenure at NC State on May 1 and is expected to be introduced to his new school and its fans at a news conference on Thursday, Jan. 31.

"Boo is a leader of character who knows how to build teams and win honorably," Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, West Point Superintendent, said in a statement. "He has transformed Army Athletics here at West Point, and without a doubt will do the same for NC State. We are very excited for Boo and his family as they start this new chapter in their lives.”

Army was quick to praise Corrigan’s accomplishments during his eight-year run, calling it “one of the most successful eras in Army West Point’s recent history.”

“In support of building a winning culture at West Point, Corrigan has presided over one of the most successful eras in Army West Point's recent history with the Black Knights achieving milestones and setting records.  Corrigan has guided the Black Knights to incredible achievements with victories over Navy, surpassing ambitious fundraising goals, upgrading several facilities, adding three varsity sports and creating a new brand identity, all while cadet-athletes continue to raise the bar academically.”

During his time at West Point, Corrigan oversaw a program that owns 21 Patriot League regular season or tournament championships and sent 14 teams to the NCAA postseason. A total of 81 cadets have also earned a major award from their conference, the school noted. He was also the 2017 NACDA Athletic Director of the Year.

According to Army officials, the Army A Club has seen a 30 percent increase in membership, to nearly 6,000 members in 2018, while increasing the total money raised annually by 200 percent from $2.5 million annually to approximately $7.5 million. A national search for his successor has already begun.

Corrigan, 50, has also led significant growth of the Athletic Department's endowments establishing 16 new funds, more than doubling the number of endowments, and growing the department's total endowment funds by more than $18 million in his tenure. In addition, Corrigan made raised more than $35 million is support of new and renovated facilities for our programs.

Army’s loss is going to be North Carolina’s gain, according to Chancellor Randy Woodson. Corrigan has agreed to a five-year deal with the university that will see him paid a base salary of $525,000 annually with performance incentives.

"With Debbie's retirement as NC State's athletics director, it was critical that we find a leader that could build on the unprecedented success we have enjoyed during her tenure," he said. "In Boo we have found a very successful leader who puts student-athletes first, builds strong relationships both internally and externally, and is committed to the development of coaches and staff to achieve at a very high level.”

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