May 20, 2013

The Citadel Announces Changes to Athletic Department Staff

Charleston, S.C. – Director of Athletics Larry W. Leckonby has announced the promotion of two current members of The Citadel staff as well as the addition of a new assistant athletic director.

Rob Acunto, The Citadel’s assistant athletic director for compliance since 2010, was promoted to associate athletic director for administration and compliance. Donnell Boucher, The Citadel’s director of strength and conditioning the past five years, has been given the added title of assistant athletic director and will take on more administrative responsibilities.

Joining the staff will be Danielle Dillahey as assistant athletic director for external operations. Dillahey has spent the past seven years working in various capacities with the City of Charleston after spending four years in the front office of the Charleston RiverDogs.

“Rob and Donnell have been integral members of our staff for several years, and the experience they bring to their new positions will further enhance the success of The Citadel athletic department,” said Leckonby. “Danielle brings a proven track record in both athletics and special events and promotions to our program.”

In addition to continuing his role as compliance director, Acunto will now work with Dillahey in overseeing The Citadel’s athletic marketing and promotional efforts. He had a similar role as associate director of athletics at American University from 2004-09 and served as co-interim director of athletics at the Washington, D.C.-based school for nine months during the 2006-07 school year.

Prior to his tenure at American, Acunto spent three years as associate director of admissions at Cornell, providing leadership to athletic department and university administrators regarding the successful identification, recruitment and enrollment of elite-level student-athletes. Acunto also has coaching experience, most recently serving as an assistant men’s soccer coach at Vanderbilt from 1997-2001.

“Rob has performed many of the same duties he will have at The Citadel at his previous career stops, and that experience will be invaluable as he takes on this new position and additional responsibilities,” said Leckonby.

Boucher came to The Citadel as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach in May 2007, moved into the associate director’s position in June of that year and was promoted to director a year later. He has worked most closely with the Bulldog football and baseball programs and developed football players Andre Roberts and Cortez Allen and pitcher Asher Wojciechowski into professional draft picks.

Well-respected in his field, Boucher has been published in American Football Monthly and contributed two chapters to Carl Germano’s book “The Misled Athlete.” Beginning April 20 at Brown University, he will be a guest speaker on the Hammer Strength national clinic circuit.

“Donnell has been a daily influence in the development of our student-athletes and a key component to our coaching staff,” said Leckonby. “He has all the skills to be an effective administrator, and I am looking forward to seeing him perform in that capacity.”

Dillahey came to Charleston in May 2002 as director of community relations for the RiverDogs, the South Athletic League Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees. She oversaw game day operations, made appearances on behalf of the team to engage and foster partnerships within the community and served on the creative team that developed between inning promotions and special promotional nights.

She moved on to the City of Charleston in 2006 as marketing and special events coordinator for the department of recreation. Two years later she took became the clerk of council tourism manage, served on the City of Charleston Special Events Committee and coordinated logistics for events such as the Cooper River Bridge Run, Spoleto USA and Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Charleston Marathon and several others.

“We are always looking to build our relationships with all aspects of the Charleston community, and Danielle’s background will fit in perfectly with that goal,” said Leckonby. “Her contacts will be vital in bringing events to our campus and renting our facilities to outside groups as well as developing more of an entertainment element to our home athletic events.”

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