Menninger tapped to run Mount St. Mary's sports


Harold "Chappy" Menninger, who spent eight years reviving a struggling athletic program at Fairfield University, has been named athletic director at Mount St. Mary's.

For Menninger, who replaces Thomas Balistrere -- who resigned in August -- it will be a homecoming of sorts. Menninger attended the University of Maryland from 1958 to 1962, earning a bachelor's degree in agriculture and playing soccer and lacrosse. He was a Division I soccer All-American.

"I'm very impressed with the people at Mount St. Mary's, and I really enjoyed walking through the physical plant and the athletic complex that's already in place. Fairfield is still five years away from that," said Menninger, 54, who resigned last July after completing a five-year improvement plan at Fairfield, which is in Connecticut.

During Menninger's eight years there, Fairfield won nine Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference titles and finished second or third each year in the MAAC's Commissioner's Cup competition that recognizes the league's top programs.

After earning a master's degree in biology at C.W. Post and a doctorate in educational administration at New Mexico, Menninger served for 10 years as dean of student program development at Southern Maine, before getting into athletic administration.

Before going to Fairfield, he spent four years as director of university sports at Seattle University.

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