Purdue names Notre Dame grad Mike Bobinski as athletic director


Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

A Notre Dame graduate will be directing the Purdue athletic department.

Mike Bobinski, a 1979 Irish grad and former baseball player, was named athletic director for the Boilermakers on Tuesday. Bobinski served as Georgia Tech’s athletic director since 2013 and has held the same title previously at Xavier and Akron. Bobinski started his career in athletic administration at Notre Dame in 1984.

Morgan Burke, Purdue’s athletic director since January 1993, announced in February plans to retire in July 2017.

“Mike Bobinski truly understands the lasting value of college athletics in preparing young people to experience success in competition, in the classroom and most importantly in life,” Burke said in a press release. “His values match Purdue’s, and I look forward to working with him and the athletics staff in what is my ‘senior year’ to hand the baton over in a smooth and seamless transition.”

Bobinksi pitched at Notre Dame and logged 76.1 innings, a 4.24 ERA, a 4-8 record and 45 strikeouts in his career. He struck out 10 batters in a game against Bethel in 1977.

Mike Bobinski fields questions from the media following his introduction as the new athletic director at Purdue University during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, in West Lafayette, Ind. (John Terhune/Journal & Courier via AP)