Northeastern University needed a new athletic director after Jeff Konya left to take the same position at San Jose State University late last week. They didn't have to look far.
According to the Boston Globe, Northeastern will promote men's hockey head coach Jim Madigan to athletic director. Madigan's associate head coach, Jerry Keefe, will be promoted to head coach.
Madigan, 58, had been the head coach of the men's hockey team since 2011 and had led the Huskies to one of their most successful stretches in program history.
In 2016, the Huskies won their first Hockey East tournament championship since 1988. They won the title again in 2019. They ended another drought in 2018, winning the Beanpot for the first time in 30 years. The Huskies repeated as Beanpot champions in 2019 and 2020.
Northeastern had an overall record of 174-139-39 under Madigan and made three NCAA tournament appearances in 2016, 2018 and 2019.
Madigan has worked for Northeastern in one capacity or another since 1986, when he was named an assistant coach a year after graduating. He played for the Huskies from 1981-85 and bleeds Northeastern red and black as much as just about anyone could.
Keefe has been on Madigan's staff since he took over in 2011, serving as an assistant coach for three years before being promoted to associate head coach. He was previously an assistant coach at Brown University, and he has also been an assistant coach for the United States at the World Junior Championships in 2019 and 2020.
Keefe, 45, is a native of Billerica. As a player, he helped lead Matignon to a state championship in high school and then played four years at Providence College from 1996-2000.