|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 begins his fourth year as the Director of Athletics at Saint Anselm College in 2019-20 and also serves as a member of the College’s Senior Administrative Leadership Team.
Montgomery oversees Saint Anselm’s NCAA Division II program, which experienced the most successful year in school history in 2018-19. Five teams earned NCAA tournament appearances, highlighted by both the men’s and women’s basketball teams securing the 2019 NCAA Division II East Regional Championships and trips to the Elite Eight and Final Four.
NCAA Division II appearances by field hockey, volleyball, and softball also helped propel the Hawks collectively to their highest-ever finish in the NCAA Division II Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup standings, finishing 75th out of 320 Division II member institutions across the nation. The Hawks earned 270 points, shattering 2017-18’s previous record-setting total of 165 points, which was highlighted by the softball program that became the first Saint Anselm team ever to play for an NCAA Division II national championship.
In his first full academic year in 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 Northeast-10 Conference (NE10) standings.
During Montgomery’s tenure, which officially began in January 2016, he has also helped transition the women’s ice hockey program into its new league, the New England Women’s Hockey Alliance (NEWHA). He served as the NEWHA’s executive director in 2017-18 before the conference tabbed a permanent commissioner. The Hawks won both the NEWHA regular season & tournament championships in 2018-19, and the league was notified by the NCAA in 2019 of its election to active Division I membership effective for the 2019-20 academic year.
Also in 2018-19, the Hawks set all-time records for athletics fundraising under Montgomery’s leadership, including two separate $100,000+ commitments earmarked specifically for athletics. The athletics department exceeded its donor goal by 226% in April 2019, when coaches and student-athletes secured individual gifts from 2,265 donors in just two days, resulting in more than $125,000 raised. In 2018-19, the department also formalized and announced the Hawks Soar Higher Club, the official fundraising arm of Saint Anselm athletics.
Montgomery has spearheaded several changes during his time on the Hilltop, most recently the renovation of Stoutenburgh Gymnasium (2019), which included new upper and lower level bleacher seating, protective railings, lighting and gym floor re-design.
Athletics unveiled a state-of-the-art Student-Athlete Academic Success Center (2018), an academic study space dedicated to varsity teams. The project also resulted in brand new offices for both the men’s and women’s lacrosse coaches.
Under Montgomery’s guidance, the department designed and completed the addition of a 50-seat varsity team film room (2017) and bolstered transportation services with the acquisition of two busses, HAWKS1 and HAWKS2, dedicated to athletic team travel.
In 2017, the department reinstated the Athletic Hall of Fame after a 10-year hiatus and has begun construction on the Salamone Family Athletics Hall of Fame Project (dedication, Feb. 2020).
He has also navigated the additions of ten new head coaches and transitioned all team sport head coaching positions to full-time, while also adding positions in sports medicine, strength and conditioning, game management, recreation/intramurals, and compliance.
Montgomery negotiated the athletic department’s transition from Nike to Under Armour in 2018, when the Hawks entered a multi-year agreement with BSN Sports. 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. Both have resulted in significant revenue streams which will enhance the student-athlete experience.
Montgomery holds 20 years of experience in the field of intercollegiate athletics at the Division I, Division II and Division III levels.
Prior to Saint Anselm, Montgomery 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.
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 head women’s tennis coach 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 (13), Izzy (11), and Jack (6).