The SEC’s struggles with men’s basketball performance are well-documented. If you’re not Kentucky fan, you probably don’t have a whole lot to brag about as a result of recent men’s basketball seasons.
Perhaps the first move in switching that narrative comes with a new man in charge of the sport at the conference administration level.
On Thursday, the league announced the hiring of Dan Leibovitz to be the SEC’s new Associate Commissioner for Men’s Basketball.
“I am excited about the addition of Dan to our staff because he brings the experience and expertise we need in the Southeastern Conference to address issues critical to the growth and future success of men’s basketball in this league,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said, per the conference’s press release. “His diverse background and extensive relationships, plus his knowledge and enthusiasm will bring a new level of energy to men’s basketball in the SEC.”
Leibovitz spent the last two seasons serving in the same role for the American Athletic Conference.
The hire comes with some high praise from some prominent officials within the game, including Dan Gavitt, who serves as the Vice President of Men’s Basketball Championships:
“Dan Leibovitz is a terrific hire for the Southeastern Conference. He brings to the SEC a wealth of coaching experience along with more recent success as a conference basketball administrator. I have been impressed with Dan’s intellect, character and perspective when dealing with national college basketball initiatives. Dan is a rising leader in our game, and I believe he will serve the SEC membership well in men’s basketball. Congratulations to Commissioner Greg Sankey on making an excellent choice in Dan Leibovitz.”
It will be interesting to see what ideas Leibovitz brings forward during the early moments of his tenure.