OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — Dan Vélez was named NYIT interim director of athletics and recreation by Vice President for Student Affairs Patrick Love on June 5. In this interim role, Velez will oversee the university’s 13 intercollegiate sports and a robust recreation program, assuming the responsibilities of former NYIT Athletic Director Duane Bailey, who accepted an associate vice president role at the University of New Haven.
Since September 2015, Velez has served as NYIT’s associate director for intercollegiate athletics and chief of staff, responsible for the department’s day-to-day internal operations and business advancement. In addition to being the sports administrator for men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, men’s basketball, women’s soccer, volleyball and baseball as well as recreation and intramurals, Velez has served as the department’s liaison for human resources, finance, accounts payable and facility services. He also serves on the NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Regional Advisory Committee.
“Over the past two years, Dan has contributed greatly to NYIT Athletics and Recreation,” Love said. “He was the ideal choice to take on this interim role, and will hit the ground running to continue to lead us on the positive trajectory NYIT Athletics has been experiencing on the field and off.”
NYIT Athletics has thrived with Vélez as part of the leadership team. During the 2016-17 academic year, the department launched women's lacrosse and eSports teams, garnering positive attention from media including The New York Times, Newsday, ABC, CBS and News 12 Long Island. The volleyball, women's basketball, softball, women's lacrosse and both tennis teams reached NCAA tournaments, while the men's lacrosse team won the East Coast Conference regular-season and postseason titles. The department also raised more than $26,000 on Donor Matching Day in March, money that will directly benefit student-athletes. Nine student-athletes had perfect 4.0 GPAs, and 154 qualified for the Athletic Director's Fall Honor Roll by achieving at least a 3.2 GPA. The department also held its inaugural First-Pitch Dinner to christen the baseball and softball seasons, matching events staged for basketball and lacrosse.
“These are exciting times at NYIT as an institution as well as athletically,” Velez said. “I look forward to the opportunity to work with Dr. Patrick Love as well as our new president, Hank Foley, during this period of transition. Duane laid a great foundation at NYIT, and I am excited to be able to continue to build on the great work of the student-athletes and coaches as interim director. At the end of the day, our responsibility as athletic administrators is to serve the student-athletes and coaches. Without them, we wouldn't be able to become the champions we want to be. My hope is to help lead them to unprecedented success as we strive to become a national brand.”
Prior to joining NYIT, Vélez was the associate athletic director for operations at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. He was the sport administrator for field hockey, women’s swimming and diving, and men’s and women’s cross country. Additionally, Vélez oversaw the financial and general reporting of Siena’s Department of Athletics and led Siena’s summer sports camps, successfully partnering with Gatorade Summer Camps. Vélez coordinated all team travel for Siena’s 22 NCAA Division I sports and served on the MAAC Swimming and Diving Championship Committee. Vélez also directly worked with the architectural firm CHA in developing and executing Phase 1 of Siena’s Alumni Recreation Center renovation.
Prior to that, Vélez served as Seton Hall University’s assistant athletic director for facilities and operations. Vélez was responsible for overseeing the daily operation of the Richie Regan Athletics and Recreation Center, which included managing the department’s work-study program.
He has a B.S. in Education from Kutztown University and an M.S. in Sports Management from West Virginia University.