ST. BONAVENTURE, NY - Tom McElroy, a 1974 St. Bonaventure University journalism graduate, received the John Domino Award Monday during the university's biennial Dick Joyce Sports Symposium.
McElroy, an accomplished athletic administrator and media professional with a career spanning more than four decades, begin his professional career at St. Bonaventure working in alumni services, public relations and sports information until 1981 when he left for a 20-year run at the Big East Conference. Originally employed as director of communications, he was promoted four times, ultimately serving as senior associate commissioner.
In 2001, he joined the University of Connecticut as deputy director of athletics and helped the university’s football program transition to NCAA Division 1-A classification.
In 2004, the University of Rhode Island named McElroy director of athletics where he oversaw 20 intercollegiate and 15 club sports teams. Under his leadership, the department achieved record fundraising.
Since leaving Rhode Island, he’s served as senior vice president/sports division at the Leffler Agency, senior associate director of athletics at the University of Massachusetts and as a consultant.
McElroy also holds a master’s degree from St. Bonaventure.
Domino graduated from St. Bonaventure in 1984 and helped usher in the video era while an undergraduate, successfully lobbying the administration to acquire a truckload of professional video equipment being sold by a local school district.
Domino worked for NBC Sports before joining ESPN. He was regarded as one of the growing sports network’s best and brightest personalities when he left to return to the Buffalo area and join the Empire Sports Network. He told friends he was coming back because someone in the family was battling cancer.
Domino was that someone; he died in 1994.
St. Bonaventure's Jandoli School of Communication celebrates his courage, skills and humanity by presenting the John Domino Award to a St. Bonaventure graduate who has excelled in his or her sports communication position.
Held every other year, the Joyce Symposium honors the memory of Dick Joyce, SBU class of 1960, a former sports writer for The Associated Press who died in 1988.
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