Dan Starr, athletic director at Canisius College for 25 years, announced Tuesday that he will step down on June 20.
"It is time to make way for a younger person," Starr said in a letter to friends and colleagues announcing his decision. "I have worked one millennium and don't want to do another."
Starr has been on the job longer than any sitting athletic director in NCAA Division I ranks. He succeeded Jim Bedell at the post in 1974. While Starr has been the AD at Canisius, other Western New York colleges have gone through four or five different directors.
"I am winding down a bit but I will remain busy," said Starr, who will continue to teach history courses at Canisius, where he has been a full-time faculty member since 1962. He also has other ventures planned.
Starr first became involved with the athletic program at Canisius working part-time in the department under Bob MacKinnon, serving as promotion manager and faculty athletic representative. He continued under Bedell, then moved up to the head job.
During his tenure, the Golden Griffin athletic program grew to 23 men's and women's varsity teams with 466 participants in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference competition. Canisius ranked fifth among 10 schools in the MAAC Commissioner's Cup standings for the 1998-99.
Canisius had no women's teams when Starr began. Also, the Demske Athletic Complex was developed on campus.
Other accomplishments were working with the MAAC in the effort to land the NCAA Division I basketball first- and second-round Eastern Regionals next March and the NCAA hockey Frozen Four in 2003 at Marine Midland Arena.
MEN'S SOCCER: Senior forward Tom Lemmon, the NCAA leader in points and goals, added to his total with his 10th goal in St. Bonaventure's 3-2 loss to Cornell in Ithaca. Bona dropped to 2-4 for the season. John Phoumanny and Sean Kelty assisted on Lemmon's goal.
Lemmon had 10 goals and two assists for 20 points in the Bonnies' first five games to lead the nation in games that had been played through Sunday. He was third with 4.0 points per game. A former defender, he already has surpassed his previous career high of six goals.
"Tom is simply a tenacious player no matter where he plays on the field," Bona coach Bill Brady said.
Erie CC (1-2-1) dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to Finger Lakes CC in Canandaigua. Joshua Meyers (Alden) scored twice for the Kats. Mark Belafuente (West Seneca West) had the other goal for ECC in the NJCAA Region III match.
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: D'Youville came back from an opening rout to defeat Buffalo State in five games, 3-15, 15-7, 17-15, 6-15 and 15-11. Monica Polka (Lew-Port) had 20 kills and Amber Kehr (Sweet Home) had 15 digs for Buffalo State.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: Nicole Becker (Kenmore East) and Alexis Shoemaker (Lancaster) scored singles victories and Christina Wilson (Kenmore East) teamed with Melissa Kulju (North Tonawanda) for a doubles victory as Buffalo State edged Fredonia, 5-4.