Nov. 11, 2009
The Big Ten announced today that former head coach and current Mid-American Conference (MAC) Associate Commissioner Rick Boyages will assume the role of Big Ten Associate Commissioner for Men’s Basketball beginning on Jan. 1, 2010.
Boyages, a 19-year college basketball coaching veteran, will serve as the Big Ten’s primary administrator and conference office liaison for the sport of men’s basketball and will also have primary oversight for the men’s basketball officiating program, including supervision of an officiating technical advisor to be hired following the 2009-10 season.
“We are excited to announce the hiring of Rick Boyages as the incoming Big Ten Associate Commissioner for Men’s Basketball,” said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. “Rick’s background as a coach and administrator, along with his experience managing officiating programs, makes him an ideal fit for this role.”
“I’m thrilled to be back with the Big Ten, this time off the court, to work with a distinguished group of head coaches and a conference rich in history and tradition,” said Boyages. “I look forward to working with Commissioner Delany and his staff to further advance the sport of men’s basketball.”
Boyages joined the MAC in December of 2005 after serving as the Special Assistant to the Athletic Director at Ohio State during the 2004-05 academic year. The native of Wakefield, Mass., began his coaching career as an assistant at Babson College from 1985-87. He became the head coach at Bates College in 1987 at the age of 24, making him the nation’s youngest collegiate head coach at the time. His Division I coaching career began at Boston College in 1991 before he moved on to Ohio State as the associate head coach from 1997-2000. He served as the head coach at William and Mary from 2000-03 before returning to Ohio State for the 2003-04 campaign, his final year on the sidelines.
A 1985 graduate of Bowdoin College, Boyages was awarded the Allison Haldane Cup for outstanding leadership and character at his commencement. He holds a master’s degree in education from Boston University and was recently inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.