|Title:||Director of Athletics|
|Sport Supervisor for:||Football, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Men's Lacrosse|
|Areas of Supervision:||Fundraising, Capital Projects, Strategic Planning, Licensing|
Daron Montgomery is serving in his third full year as the Director of Athletics at Saint Anselm College in 2018-19 and serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet.
Montgomery arrived to the Hilltop and officially began his duties in January 2016. In his first full academic year, 2016-17, Saint Anselm posted its highest Northeast-10 President’s Cup finish in 10 years, finishing 11th in the all-sports standings. In 2017-18, the Hawks jumped even two spots higher in the NE10 standings.
Several landmark achievements propelled the Hawks to these back-to-back improvements—led by field hockey’s first ever run to the NCAA Division II national semifinals in 2016-17 and softball’s historic trip to the NCAA Division II national championship game in 2017-18.
Athletics has seen similar success on the admission and enrollment front during Montgomery’s tenure. The Class of 2021 included 149 recruited student-athletes who arrived on campus for the fall of 2017. That number was the largest cohort of recruited student-athletes in seven years and marked an increase of 53 student-athletes from the fall of 2016. The Class of 2022 was not far behind when 141 new student-athletes arrived for the fall 2018 semester.
Montgomery has spearheaded several changes in just over two years. The department reinstated the Athletic Hall of Fame after a 10-year hiatus, inducting six members in the classes of 2007 and 2017 followed by another record-setting event in January 2018. The department also organized an event in 2017 to celebrate 40 years of women’s athletics on the Hilltop and celebrated 50 years of men’s soccer that same season.
He has also navigated the additions of nine new head coaches and transitioned all team sport head coaching positions to full-time, while also adding positions in strength and conditioning, game management, recreation/intramurals, and compliance. Under Montgomery’s guidance, the department designed and completed the addition of a varsity team film room and has bolstered transportation services with two busses, HAWKS1 and HAWKS2, dedicated to athletic team travel. The athletic department also re-designed and resurfaced the Stoutenburgh Gymnasium floor in 2017.
Most recently, the athletic department unveiled its new Student-Athlete Academic Success Center, a state-of-the-art study space dedicated to varsity teams. The project also resulted in brand new offices for both the men’s and women’s lacrosse coaches.
As the Athletic Department shifts its focus towards external revenue generation for the 2018-19 academic year, the department has formalized and announced the Hawks Soar Higher Club, the new official fundraising arm of Saint Anselm athletics.
The department also entered into a formal licensing agreement (Exemplar Associates) in 2018 on behalf of the entire College and launched its first e-commerce platform, SaintAnselmSidelineStore.com.
Montgomery holds 20 years of experience in the field of intercollegiate athletics at the Division I, Division II and Division III levels.
Prior to taking the post at Saint Anselm, he served as the Director of Athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for four and a half years. At UW-Stevens Point, he oversaw 20 NCAA Division III teams which competed in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). Under his leadership, the university earned 14 conference championships, 30 NCAA appearances and numerous All-America recognitions, with eight teams nationally-ranked during his tenure. They displayed an equal commitment to academic success, posting a cumulative student-athlete grade-point average of 3.15 in 2014-15.
Montgomery supervised a full-time and part-time coaching staff of more than 50 individuals at UWSP, as well as financial operations and external relations. He set philanthropic records for both donors (a 70% increase in number from 2011 to 2014), and funds raised (more than $2.2 million in external revenue through new athletic corporate sponsorships over four years).
Before his stint at UWSP, Montgomery spent 13 years at the University of Detroit Mercy, a Division I private, Catholic institution in the Horizon League. He held several administrative positions, including Senior Associate Athletic Director during his final five years. As Senior Associate Athletic Director, he served as second in command and provided daily oversight for a 19-sport Division I program ($10 million budget). He was Chief Athletics Development Officer with an emphasis on major gift fundraising and coordinated capital campaigns that culminated in facilities construction and renovation projects on campus, including locker rooms, office suites, six-lane track and synthetic turf multi-purpose playing field and a tennis complex.
He also served as the head coach for women's tennis from 2000 until 2009, where he set a new record for wins in his final season, and took the team to the Horizon League Championship match for the first time in the history of the program. Montgomery holds more wins than any other coach in Titan tennis history.
Montgomery served as Tournament Manager for the 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship – Midwest Regional and 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship – Final Four held at Ford Field in Detroit. He worked extensively with the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee and played a key role in all facets of the events, while also working as host institutional chair for the Detroit Local Organizing Committee (2003-2009).
The Florida native holds a Bachelor of Arts in sports management from Lenoir-Rhyne University (1995) and a Master of Arts in athletic administration from Ball State University (1998). He and his wife, Karen, reside in Bedford with their three children, Bailey (12), Izzy (10), and Jack (6).