BSU Welcomes New Athletic Director
Anton Goff ready to take the reins as new BSU athletic director. Photo courtesy of University Relations and Marketing
By Kendall Robinson
Standing by himself in Thurgood Marshall Library Special Collections room, a man stood ready to change the culture he inherited. Ready to move the mindset from good to great, provide the necessary leadership to move BSU's Athletic Department forward, and to put student back in the term "student-athlete." This man is Anton Goff, former associate director of Academic Support and Career Development Unit at the University of Maryland College Park. On Oct. 1 he officially took the reigns as Bowie State University's new athletic director.
Goff succeeds interim athletic director Arlene Creek, who will remain with the University in another capacity.
At his introductory news conference Sept. 15, the room was abuzz with anticipation not only for Goff but for the new direction of Bulldog athletics. Of the many issues discussed at the press conference, the clear key word of the afternoon was "community presence."
"This is a tremendous opportunity for me professionally and personally. My goals and values mirror those of BSU and I am looking forward to leading the Athletic Department in pursuit of academic and athletic excellence as well as community participation," Goff said. "I am honored to be placed in this leadership position. My family and I are excited to become contributing members of the Bowie State University community."
With his extensive experience in various aspects of colligate sports, the most impressive attribute of Goff is his whole heartedly commitment to bringing student athletes back to a place where not just wins and losses but academics are vital to success. It is clear by his prior experience that this is his main goal, bringing the student back into athletics and being positive role models in the community.
Another constant topic of the afternoon was his move to implement programs that of community relations and outreach into the student body. At one point clearly pledging not just support of the athletes but of any student willing to come and be a part of the Bulldog nation.
All of this is quite impressive to the coaches, athletes, faculty, and most importantly the parents of these athletes who attend Bowie State. Many in the audience came away from the news conference with a positive impression of the new athletic director and said they felt confident in his abilities.
BSU President Mickey L. Burnim said, "Mr. Goff brings an array of experiences that are certain to enhance the athletic programs at Bowie State University."
As his era begins, BSU is looking for a renewed Bulldog spirit that will not only affect the athletes but the students and community as well. With a large push towards further community involvement and vigor to see that the athlete here at Bowie State is a student first in every facet, it should be a solid beginning here for these Bulldogs and their new athletic director.