NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Merrimack College Senior Associate Athletic Director Dean O’Keefe has been named Director of Athletics at Stonehill College, his alma mater. He will begin his new position in July.
O’Keefe has helped guide Merrimack’s athletic department for the past seven years, running the day-to-day operations for the department while also handling administrative duties for a number of varsity programs, including football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, cross country, track & field, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, women’s crew and women’s golf. O’Keefe also served as interim Director of Athletics prior to the hiring of current director, Jeremy Gibson.
“I will always be very grateful for the opportunity President Hopey and Jeremy have provide me at Merrimack,” said O’Keefe. “This has been a special place for my family and I for the past seven years, and I have been incredibly fortunate to work with great coaches, staff members and student-athletes. I am beyond excited to return to Stonehill and serve my alma mater, but will take with me many great memories of my time in North Andover.”
Prior to joining Merrimack, O’Keefe spent six years at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. as the Vice President of Marketing & Sales. He was responsible for marketing, sales, advertising, public relations and special events for all facets of the organization.
“Dean is a terrific choice to lead the athletic program at Stonehill College,” Gibson said.. “He has a real understanding of the challenges that student-athletes and coaches face and is passionate in his efforts to ensure outstanding experiences for participants at all levels of college athletics. I am personally grateful for the support Dean has provided at Merrimack and I am thrilled for the O’Keefe family as Dean returns to his alma mater.”
O’Keefe, who is a 1994 Stonehill alum, was a four-year member of the men’s soccer team and helped the Skyhawks capture three Northeast-10 Conference Championships before graduating with a degree in American Studies with a minor in Communications. He earned his Master of Arts in Education, with a Sports Management major from the University of Connecticut in 1996.