Michael Mooney enters his eighth year as the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation at SUNY Geneseo in 2018-19. A member of the college's community for 32 years, he was tapped to lead over 450 student-athletes, coaches and staff after serving as the Knights' men's soccer coach for 26 seasons.
Mooney is responsible for the administration of 20 intercollegiate teams, including the management and supervision of over 50 full and part-time staff members. He also has oversight of the department's athletic and recreational facilities and athletic budget, while administering the strategic planning and initiatives for the Roundtable Athletic Association (RAA), which provides direct financial support for the entire athletic program.
Under his watch, the Geneseo Athletics Department has experienced unprecedented success and growth. The Knights finished 11th in the 2017-18 Learfield Sports Director’s Cup standings, which measure the overall excellence of the 450 Division III athletic programs in the country. Also the highest ranked public institution, it was Geneseo's best finish ever and marked the sixth-straight time the program moved up compared to the previous year. Geneseo also won its fourth-consecutive State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Dr. Patrick R. Damore Commissioner’s Cup, awarded to the top overall program in the league, after winning a record 13 out of a possible 19 conference championships.
THE MOONEY YEARS
- 11 Individual National Championships
- 56 SUNYAC Team Championships
- 4 SUNYAC Commissioner’s Cup Titles
- 89 Individual All-Americans
- 172 Total All-America Awards
- 58 SUNYAC Coach of the Year recipients
- 5 National Coaches of the Year
- 36 Student-Athletes Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa
- 9 SUNY Chancellor’s Award For Student Excellence Honorees
- 5 SUNYAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award winners
- 53 SUNY Chancellor's Scholar-Athletes
Mooney was responsible for overseeing the design, construction and completion of the Knights’ $18 million home at College Stadium. Officially opening its gates on Sept. 1, 2015, the 2,500-seat complex features two full-sized synthetic turf fields, complete with lights, a fully equipped athletic training facility, four locker rooms and a press box with four suites, among its amenities.
GeneseoKnights.com, the official website of Geneseo athletics which boasts hundereds of thousands of visitors annually, has undergone two redesigns under Mooney. The department has also developed a high-quality webstreaming platform for all home events, while the department has been on the leading front in providing its fans and alumni with information thanks to an expansive social media network.
Mooney served one year as the interim director of athletics before assuming the permanent role in July of 2011 following a national search. Along with his head coaching duties, he had previously served as associate director for six years (2004-10) following a five-year stint as assistant director (1999-04) while also serving as an instructor in the department.
The winningest coach in Geneseo men's soccer history, Mooney compiled a 262-186-47 record and guided the program to three SUNYAC Championships as well as its only two NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2004, he led the Knights to a No. 4 final national ranking and a school-record 17-5-2 mark that included an appearance in the NCAA Tournament Semifinals following a 1-0 double-overtime upset of perennial-power Williams (Mass.).
Following one season as the head men's soccer coach at Erie Community College, Mooney was hired to lead the Geneseo men's soccer program in 1985. He also worked as a residence hall director for his first year on campus before serving a five-year term as director of intramurals and recreation (1986-91) and an eight-year stint as a facility manager (1991-99) in addition to his coaching duties.
Mooney is a past president of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) and continues to serve on numerous committees within the league. He also served on the NCAA Division III Soccer committee for six years, including three years as the national chair, and is also a past chair of the Division III All-America selection committee.
Mooney serves as the Instructor Development adviser to the Genesee Region of the National Ski Patrol and is also an executive board member and instructor for the Swain Mountain Ski Patrol.
A native of Amherst, N.Y., Mooney earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Buffalo in 1983 and a master's degree in physical education from Canisius in 1985. He and his wife, Jean, have two children. Trevor graduated from Geneseo in 2011 after playing on the men's soccer team for his father, while Allison is a recent graduate of St. John Fisher where she was a member of the women's soccer team.