Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker introduced the new Athletic Director Sean Frazier today on the 80th floor of the AON Center in the MAC Club.
Sean Frazier left the Wisconsin Athletics department, where he was Deputy A.D. to lead the NIU Huskies in DeKalb. Frazier believes he and Northern Illinois are a perfect match.
"The fit, for me, was perfect," Sean Frazier said. "When I look at Northern Illinois University and Huskie Athletics, I see a community that reflects who I am as an administrator. Entering the process, I saw a lot of similarities between what is needed to take that next step at NIU, and what I have been able to bring to some of the jobs I've held previously. At Wisconsin I gained the day-to-day, Division I experience, while my decision-making skills were honed there and as athletic director at three different institutions.
"I believe I can bring exactly what is needed to help take the program to the next level. There is excellence here and we need to capture it, capitalize on it and keep the momentum building."
Will Sean Frazier be able to build off the NIU Huskies BCS appearance in the Orange Bowl of the NIU Huskies? Or will the NIU Huskies go back to afterthought in the Chicago college football scene? It'll be interesting as it's a program in transition. Rod Carey takes over for Dave Doeren; who left for NC State. A former football player at the University of Alabama, Frazier has 22 years of overall experience as a director of athletics at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels.
Here's video from the presser:
I'll be back later with exclusives with Sean Frazier, new coach Rod Carey and etc. from the NIU Huskies. Also I'll be doing more Northern Illinois coverage this college football season.
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