Bridget Niland, the Daemen College director of athletics who oversaw the college's transition to Division II, will be leaving that post in January, the school announced today. Niland will remain on faculty teaching in business administration but will also be joining the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo as director, youth sports initiative.
Daemen has prepped for Niland's departure by elevating three members of the athletic department to the titles of senior associate athletics directors. Mike Miranto will oversee external operations and communications, Brandi Guerinot will oversee internal operations and Mike MacDonald, the men's basketball coach, will be in charge of external operations. Miranto has been at Daemen since 2010, Guerinot since 2016 and MacDonald is in his fourth years with the Wildcats.
"It it difficult to leave Daemen Athletics, especially the 230 student-athletes that we got to work with each day, but as the recent restructuring confirms, we have numerous talented staff members who can continue to implement our strategic initiatives," Niland said in a news release. "I'm excited to cheer on the Wildcats' progress under the next phase of leadership."
Niland, a Williamsville native, has been a member of the Daemen faculty since 2006 and was elevated to director of athletics in July of 2014. During her tenure, external athletic funding increased by more than 500 percent and varsity sports offerings were expanded to include women's bowling, women's triathlon and men's volleyball.
It is expected that Daemen will commence a search for Niland's replacement in the near future.