Simon Gray, a ninth-year athletic administrator at Eastern Kentucky, will be named the new athletic director at Niagara today, sources say. The university has scheduled a 11 a.m. news conference.
Gray, a Pittsburgh native, became EKUs senior associate athletic director in 2011, according to his biography on the school website. It says that he served as senior administrator for men’s and women’s basketball while also acting in a variety of other capacities.
Steve Butler has served as Niagara’s interim AD since Tom Crowley was removed from the post in September of 2013 after just 11 months on the job. Niagara named Chris Casey to replace the departed Joe Mihalich as basketball coach during Crowley’s tenure, but it’s unclear whether Crowley played a significant role in that hiring. Crowley has since been hired as special assistant to the commissioner in the Horizon League.
Butler was promoted to interim AD from his role of Associate AD for External Relations. Butler has been at Niagara since May of 2009.
Gray graduated from Richmond in 1998, according to his EKU bio, and worked in media relations at Boston College and East Tennessee State before becoming director of athletic public relations at Richmond. He joined EKU’s athletic administration four years later and earned a master’s degree in sports administration in 2010.