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Cherry hired as associate athletics director

Former East Carolina facilities veteran will oversee Events Center

March 18, 2013


Cherry hired as associate athletics director

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton University has hired Mike Cherry as its associate athletics director for facilities/Events Center manager, AD Patrick Elliott announced on Monday. The senior-level position is responsible for the supervision, administration and operational management of the Events Center, including its physical plant operations and equipment, along with scheduling of internal and external events.

Cherry has spent the last 10 years at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. There, he served as assistant director of operations and athletics facilities, coordinating and overseeing the functions of the Pirates’ expansive sports facilities. Primary among his oversight was the school’s 50,000-seat football complex, 8,000-seat basketball arena, 3,000-seat baseball stadium and the 1,000-seat softball and soccer stadiums. In all, Cherry was responsible for the maintenance and scheduling of more than 100,000 square feet of athletics buildings.

“We’re excited to have Mike join our team,” Elliott said. “He brings a wealth of Division I experience in facility and arena operations and has collaborated with both internal and external constituents throughout his career.”

Originally from the Saratoga area in Upstate New York, Cherry received his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science from East Carolina in 2000. One year later he earned another degree in sports medicine from ECU and went on to receive his master’s degree in athletic administration from the school in 2003.

At ECU, Cherry had direct oversight of a game day staff that surpassed 50 employees and he recruited, trained and supervised a staff of more than a dozen student workers and interns each semester. He also spearheaded security procedures and created operations manuals for each facility. Cherry was the department’s liaison with a third-party security company, university police, external facility renters and staff across campus.

“I am extremely excited to join the outstanding staff at a fine institution such as Binghamton University,” Cherry said. “I want to thank Pat Elliott and all the athletics staff for selecting me to join their team. I embrace this opportunity to work with all the athletes, coaches and administrators. Athletics is an integral part of the community at Binghamton and I want to commend the previous staff for laying the foundation of excellence at the Events Center.  I look forward to starting the next chapter of my life as part of the Bearcats athletics family.”

Cherry will begin his appointment on April 8.

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