Oct. 8, 2004
Longtime athletic director, coach and alumnus Robert J. Talbot will turn his attention from the playing field to fund raising in his new role as senior development officer for Catholic University’s campaign to raise money for improving its sports facilities.
Talbot, who has been CUA athletic director for 12 years, will assume his new position Oct. 15, taking charge of “The Competitive Edge: A Campaign for Cardinal Athletics” and running it until Aug. 31, 2005, when he plans to retire. Kristine Manning, associate director of athletics, will serve as interim athletic director.
Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., university president, says when Talbot told him that he was thinking about retiring, the president spoke to him of “the powerful legacy that Bob would leave behind.”
“Through his dedicated service over the past four decades, in ways small and large, Bob Talbot influenced the lives of thousands of our students,” says Father O’Connell. “I am grateful that he took the initiative to postpone his well-deserved retirement in order to help his alma mater in one last important challenge.”
The capital campaign has raised more than $1 million of its projected $2.8-million goal. The funds will be used to upgrade critical athletic facilities and create an endowment for future maintenance.
Robert M. Sullivan, vice president for university development, says that Talbot’s move to his office is a boon to the campaign.
“I look forward to working with Bob on the athletics campaign and helping him bring it to a successful conclusion,” says Sullivan. “He’s a natural development officer. Just look at the strong relationships he has developed over the years with generations of alumni and friends.”
Talbot’s ties with the CUA community stem from his deep roots at the university, where the baseball field was named in his honor in fall 2000. The athletic director met his wife, Barbara, at CUA, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Three of their four children earned CUA bachelor’s degrees and their oldest son earned his law degree at the Columbus School of Law.
A 1960 CUA graduate with a bachelor’s degree in politics, Talbot started working at the university in fall 1963 when he was hired as a part-time freshman basketball coach. Talbot, who also coached baseball at CUA from 1965 to 1977, took a job as a CUA admissions counselor in 1968 and in 1975 was appointed dean of admissions and financial aid. He returned to the Department of Athletics as director in 1992.
As athletic director, Talbot hired several winning CUA coaches, notably football coach Tom Clark, who brought his team to national playoff contention three times between 1994 and 2000; former men’s basketball coach Mike Lonergan, whose 2001 team won the NCAA Division III national championship; and women’s volleyball coach Nagy Abdelrazek, who took his players to the NCAA championship Sweet 16 in 2001. The athletics department also fielded its first-ever NCAA men’s and women’s lacrosse teams under Talbot’s direction.
Susan D. Pervi, who is vice president for student life and oversees athletics, says “present and future student-athletes will continue to benefit from Bob Talbot’s deep commitment to CUA as he works to secure resources to enable the university to be a model NCAA Division III institution in academics and athletics.”
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