Rockville Centre man new head of Adelphi athletics


Danny McCabe, a Rockville Centre resident and former associate athletic director at Hofstra University, will begin work as Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation at Adelphi University on July 8.

McCabe was appointed by Adelphi President Dr. Robert A. Scott to succeed Robert Hartwell, who announced his retirement earlier this spring after 26 years of service.

“Mr. McCabe adds further distinction to our athletics, intramural, and recreation programs. This is an especially exciting time to be part of Panther Athletics, as we just captured our first NE-10 President’s Cup since joining the conference in 2009,” Scott said. “As Athletic Director, he will continue to foster our sustained focus on Division II’s core value of a commitment to the student athlete.”

McCabe comes to Adelphi from Hofstra, where he was part of the Pride Intercollegiate Athletic program for the past eight years, recently spearheading Hofstra’s NCAA Certification process and playing a large role in developing and implementing the university’s five-year plan for athletics. He also served as the program administrator for the men’s and women’s basketball, men’s lacrosse, volleyball and the men’s soccer program, and had oversight responsibilities for the sports medicine and strength and conditioning departments.

“I’m thrilled that Dr. Scott and [Vice President for Enrollment] Dr. Mounty have the confidence in me to let me lead the athletics department. It has a strong tradition and history of success and athletics,” said McCabe. “And they really support the student athletes very well.”

Prior to Hofstra, McCabe was associate director of athletics external relations at Providence College from 2000 until 2005, director of ticket sales at University of Miami from 1998 to 2000, and worked in the marketing departments at both Fairfield and Fordham Universities.

A Rockville Centre native, McCabe looked forward to his return to work with Hofstra in 2005, and said he had hoped to be able to raise his children in his hometown. However, he had never expected the opportunity.

“I never really anticipated that I would be back on Long Island,” he said. “I grew up right down the road from both Hofstra and Adelphi. It’s really neat to now be working at Adelphi and continuing this.”

When asked about his sports allegiances, McCabe laughed.

“I’m a diehard Knicks fan,” he said. “But my kids are still [Miami] Hurricanes football fans and Providence basketball fans.”