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Former ACC commissioner Corrigan dies at 91

Field Level Media
26 Jan 2020, 03:05 GMT+10

Former Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner Gene Corrigan died overnight at his home in Charlottesville, Va., the league reported Saturday. He was 91.

Corrigan was hired as the ACC's third commissioner in September 1987 and served until his retirement in December 1996. In 1990, he engineered the addition of Florida State as the league's ninth member.

While serving as commissioner, he also served as president of the NCAA from 1995-97.

"His impact on the ACC and college athletics was profound and immeasurable, only surpassed by his impact on the individuals he positively affected -- and there are a multitude of us," ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. "I will miss him immensely, but I am so grateful to have had him as a mentor, boss, friend and colleague for so many years."

Before moving into administrative roles, Corrigan was the head lacrosse coach at Washington and Lee (1955-57) and the lacrosse and soccer coach at Virginia (1958-65).

He served as athletic director at Washington and Lee (1969-71), Virginia (1971-81) and Notre Dame (1981-87) before guiding the ACC.

Corrigan was a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lena, and their seven children, 19 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

--Field Level Media

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