University of Saint Joseph Welcomes First Female Athletic Director

The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) will welcome Amanda Devitt as the new athletic director. Devitt, who will serve as the first female athletic director at USJ, was most recently the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Services and Success at the University of Hartford.

“I am extremely excited to be the next Athletic Director at the University of Saint Joseph. I am grateful for the opportunity and the trust that Vice President Ken Bedini and President Rhona Free have placed in me to lead this department,” said Devitt. “I look forward to working with the coaches, the staff, and the gifted student-athletes of USJ to continue to elevate Blue Jay Athletics. Graduating student-athletes, winning titles, and doing both with great integrity will be our chief aims.”

Devitt will replace Bill Cardarelli, who spent 26 years at the helm, seeing USJ develop from a four-sport, Division-III college to a thriving 13-sport coeducational university. In the fall, Cardarelli will move across campus to become the inaugural director of Internships and Sport Studies in the undergraduate Sport Management and Promotion program.

As an NCAA Division III school, the University of Saint Joseph hosts 13 varsity teams, several intramurals, and numerous recreation and wellness programs. The University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC).

The Blue Jays have won GNAC championships in volleyball, women’s basketball, softball and women’s tennis. USJ also offers varsity programs in men’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s swimming & diving.

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