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Director of Athletics Emeritus
Bob Goin's tenure as director of athletics brought unprecedented success to the University of Cincinnati sports program. His vision positioned the university to achieve continued success for decades to come. His crowning accomplishment was ushering UC into membership in the Big East Conference, a move that aligns the Bearcat sports program with one of the nation's premiere athletic conferences. Goin's other major achievement is the Richard E. Lindner Varsity Village, a comprehensive $80.3 million enhancement of all of UC's athletic facilities. Goin has played the lead role in the planning, put together a funding plan, and set an aggressive construction schedule. Goin's efforts began to take form last year with the opening of the new UC Baseball Stadium and Gettler Stadium, a state-of-the-art track/soccer complex opened. The crown jewel of the project, the Richard E. Lindner Center, is a state-of-the-art athletic center which will be completed in early 2006. Other components include the renovation of Armory Fieldhouse and a new natatorium, tennis center and boathouse. Other significant accomplishments during Goin's tenure include:
enhancement of Nippert Stadium with the conversion of approximately 9,000 bench seats into individual seating and the installation of a new grass-like artificial playing surface.
increased academic support for current student-athletes and launched a program to help recent student-athletes complete their degrees.
implemented a gender equity plan which upped all women's sports to full scholarship levels and added rowing for women.
stabilized the athletic department's budget through more stringent fiscal management and the development of new revenue sources. UC's sports teams have parlayed these accomplishments to success on the field. Bearcat teams posted a combined winning percentage of nearly .600 over the past eight years. UC has claimed 31 conference titles, made 49 postseason appearances and produced 51 All-Americans. Goin, who was named to the Cincinnati AD position on Oct. 1, 1997, is nationally recognized for his administrative acumen. He has served on the NCAA Division I Championships/Competition Cabinet and the NCAA Football Bowl Certification Subcommittee. Goin has shared his professional expertise, serving as a consultant to two NCAA Division I athletic programs. Goin carved his professional niche during his five years as athletics director at Florida State (1990-94). FSU's across-the-board success made the school a regular top 20 contender for the Sears Cup. His most significant accomplishment was guiding Florida State into membership in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1991. Goin played a major role in shaping the future of the Florida State program during his previous nine years as associate AD. A 1959 graduate of Bethany College, Goin launched his career in athletics at the school a year later, holding a number of coaching and teaching positions. He served as AD and chair of the physical education department from 1970-1976, and was a tenured professor. From 1976 to 1979, Goin served as assistant athletics director at West Virginia, and spent two years as athletics director at California University of Pennsylvania (1979-81). Prior to coming to UC, he was special assistant to the president at the University of North Florida.