John Suarez has served as LIU Brooklyn’s athletic director since 1997, but will be stepping down from the position at the end of the month, a source confirmed with the Brooklyn Eagle. The news was first reported by Northeast Conference commissioner Noreen Morris.
Suarez has been a key figure at LIU Brooklyn during his tenure as he worked to get the Blackbirds out of the Paramount Theater and into the $45 million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center and helped to renovate LIU Field as well. He also helped to workout a partnership with the Barclays Center that LIU Brooklyn’s teams have enjoyed using since it opened.
His teams also thrived, especially the basketball team that won an unprecedented three consecutive Northeast Conference championships starting in the 2010-11 season. The Blackbirds won a 46 NEC titles in total under him including 34 in the last 10 years and 12 over the last three, the most in school history over a three-year span.
The student-athletes also thrived under Suarez as they compiled a cumulative GPA above a 3.0 for 28 consecutive semesters, or 14 years, with the men’s soccer team earning the top academic honors in the country in 2013.
So far there is no word on Suarez’s replacement, who it might be or when it might happen. It will likely happen soon as fall sports are just about underway with women’s and men’s soccer and volleyball all returning this week. That person will have an interesting task on their hands as Suarez has recently been trying to expand LIU Field to make it NCAA regulation size. It’s something the school needs, but it hasn’t gone over 100 percent smoothly with nearby Fort Greene residents.
The Brooklyn Eagle will keep you updated on any developments as LIU Brooklyn looks for its next athletic director.