(St. Bonaventure University Press Release)
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — Brian Stavisky has been named Director of Compliance, St. Bonaventure University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Steve Watson announced on Monday.
Stavisky, a Port Allegany, Pa. native, is responsible for ensuring compliance with NCAA and Atlantic 10 Conference rules in all areas of St. Bonaventure athletics. In addition to certification of eligibility, recruiting, playing/practice seasons and financial aid, Stavisky also serves as an on-campus reference for NCAA rules and regulations.
“We are excited to give Brian his start in the business of college athletics,” added Watson. “It is always exciting to add someone who brings a high level of commitment and determination to succeed to St. Bonaventure. He is the right fit and a great addition to the staff.”
Stavisky brings a diverse athletics background to the Bonnies after decorated high school, college and professional sports experiences. He joins St. Bonaventure after recently retiring from a nine-year professional baseball career in which he was named League Most Valuable Player and batting champion (.343 batting average) of the high-A Modesto Athletics of the California League. He was also named MVP of the short-season A Vancouver Canadians and class AA Midland (Texas) Rockhounds. During his professional career, Stavisky was a part of four league championship teams at three different levels: Modesto Athletics (2004, high-A); Midland Rockhounds (2005, AA); Sacramento River Cats (2007, AAA); and Arkansas Travelers (2008, AA).
A versatile outfielder and first baseman, he ends his professional career with a .301 batting average on 880 hits in 2,921 at-bats, including 83 home runs, 20 triples, 202 doubles and 445 RBI.
“During my baseball career I got to see what it takes to be successful at a very high level,” noted Stavisky. “That’s what I remember most and what I will bring with me to St. Bonaventure. I never had success by myself and I have a strong desire to compete and succeed as a part of this team.”
A two-time Academic All-American and three-time All-Big East second team pick for the Fighting Irish, Stavisky helped Notre Dame to a No.1 national ranking as a sophomore and an appearance in the College World Series as a junior. He was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the sixth round of the 2002 MLB Draft and also spent time in the LA Angels of Anaheim and Philadelphia Phillies’ organizations.
“After retiring from baseball, St. Bonaventure represents the next step for me,” he commented. “I want to be involved in all aspects of college athletics, and will have the opportunity to do so as Director of Compliance.”
Stavisky, the son of two St. Bonaventure graduates, earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame.