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Boston College hires Martin Jarmond as new athletic director

Martin Jarmond was named Boston College athletic director on April 20, 2017. (Ohio State University photo)

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Martin Jarmond has spent the last nine years at Ohio State University.

Boston College announced the hiring of Ohio State deputy director of athletics Martin Jarmond as its new athletic director on Thursday.

At 37, Jarmond will be the youngest athletic director at a Power 5 conference school. He also will be the first African-American athletic director in Boston College history.

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Jarmond will replace Brad Bates, who announced in February he would be stepping down after four-plus years to transition to a career as a consultant.

BC will introduce Jarmond at a news conference on Monday.

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In a statement, Jarmond said, “I have always believed that the commitment to high academic standards and competing at the highest level athletically are not mutually exclusive. The opportunity to serve at a top-notch academic institution in the ACC is a dream come true for me. I am passionate about helping young people develop and integrate the intellectual, athletic, social, and spiritual components of their lives.

“My leadership style is consistent with BC’s values: operating with integrity, passion, and a relentless focus on getting better every day,” said Jarmond. “I can assure you that I will put in the work to make our students, alumni, and fans proud of BC athletics. I knew it would take a special place to leave Ohio State. It is clear to me that Boston College is that place.”

Jarmond spent nine years in the athletic department at Ohio State, rising through the ranks from associate athletic director for player development in 2009 to deputy director of athletics a year ago.

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As second-in-command to AD Gene Smith, Jarmond was in charge of day-to-day operations and also served as the lead administrator for several sports, primarily football.

He built a reputation for being a strong fund-raiser as Ohio State’s chief advancement officer. Between 2010-12, he helped raise more than $120 million and led the school’s Athletics District Master Plan, which generated $200 million in construction projects.

Prior to Ohio State, Jarmond spent six years working in Michigan State’s athletic department.

“Martin is one of the best administrators I have ever worked with,” Smith said in a statement. “His leadership skills are exceptional. It has been a tremendous honor working with him and watching him develop into a premier athletic administrator. His contributions to The Ohio State University have been significant, and he will be missed.”

Throughout an eight-week search led by Parker Executive Search, several candidates emerged, reportedly including Seton Hall athletic director Pat Lyons. BC president William Leahy expressed confidence in Jarmond’s ability to revive BC in an Atlantic Coast Conference landscape that’s as competitive as ever.

“I am delighted that Martin Jarmond will be the next athletics director at Boston College,” Leahy said. “His work as deputy director of athletics at Ohio State and at Michigan State have given him not only appreciation of the opportunities and challenges of intercollegiate athletics, but also experience in how to respond effectively to them. He is a person with high energy, infectious enthusiasm, and an impressive ability to engage with people and issues.”

As a longtime friend of Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer from their time together at Florida, BC football coach Steve Addazio has a close connection to the Buckeyes program. Though he’s never met Jarmond, Addazio said he received ringing endorsements.

“Obviously, I’m excited about the fact that Martin comes from a really good background,” Addazio said. “He’s coming out of a program that I’m very close to and with an AD that’s really one of the best in the business. He’s been around some of my very closest friends in football.

“Our program is modeled very much like it is there. They have wonderful things to say about him and I think that the fact that he’s been around a marquee football program and he has a varied background, I think it’ll be great.”

A Fayetteville, N.C., native, Jarmond graduated from UNC Wilmington, where he went from a basketball team walk-on to team captain. He led the Seahawks to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2000.

He went on to earn his MBA and master’s in sports administration from Ohio University. In February, he was named by Sports Business Journal as one of its Top 40 Under 40 sports executives.

Julian Benbow can be reached at jbenbow@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @julianbenbow.
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