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Brown University Director of Athletics Michael Goldberger


Michael Goldberger assumed the duties of director of athletics at Brown on July 1, 2005 following a 10-year stint as director of admissions at the university. Goldberger brings a myriad of experience to the position, beginning his career in collegiate athletics as an assistant football coach at Brown in 1973.

"For more than 30 years Mike Goldberger has served the University - particularly prospective students, athletes and their families - with integrity, effectiveness and personal warmth," Brown President Ruth Simmons said. "His excellent relationships with alumni, students, faculty, staff, coaches and athletes made him an ideal candidate. Leadership is what it will take to move the athletics program to a higher level of excellence. Goldie has demonstrated that he can provide the leadership necessary to compete at the highest level."

The appointment as athletic director brings Goldberger back to his point of entry at the University. He came to Brown in 1973 as an assistant coach for football and baseball, recruited to the staff by John Anderson, Brown's new head football coach. Goldberger had played three seasons for Anderson when Anderson was a coach at Middlebury College.

Goldberger was an assistant freshman football coach during his first two years at Brown before joining the varsity staff in 1975. He coached the Brown freshman football squad for seven years. Goldberger was an assistant baseball coach for seven years and was the facilities director of the Olney Margolies Athletic center for several years. In 1981, Goldberger became an assistant to John Parry, Brown's athletic director, serving as athletic liaison to the admission office, among other duties.

"You only get one lifetime," said Goldberger at the press conference, "and the chance to do some different things at a place that you love is amazing. The opportunity to take on an new challenge with people I really care about is sort of hard to beat."

After 10 years in athletics, Goldberger moved to the College Admission Office, where he would serve for 22 years. He began as associate director in 1983 and was named director in 1995. Brown's applicant pool expanded steadily during his tenure.

"Mike Goldberger has demonstrated how successful he can be in the most competitive area of the Ivy League - admissions," said David Greene, vice president for campus life and student services, to whom the athletic director reports. "His competitive spirit and his deep concern for the experience of all students is the perfect combination for success as Brown's athletic director. Sometimes you search around the world, and the brightest star is right here."

Kevin Mundt, Class of 1976 and chair of the Advisory Council on Athletics said that Goldberger, "embodies all the traits and characteristics that make up an excellent athletic director and leader at Brown." Murphy added that, we talked about someone who was magic, who brought something special to our department, who understood Brown athletics. Someone who understands students, who understands the student-athletes, who could articulate how valuable athletics could be as a teaching tool. Mike Goldberger is that person."

A graduate of Middlebury College, Goldberger played defensive back on the gridiron team for three years, captaining the team in his senior year. He was an outfielder/pitcher for the baseball team while earning a Bachelor's degree in History.

He and his wife, Kathy, have two children, Kevin and Brian, and reside in Barrington, R.I.