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Ferdinand "Andy" Geiger (born March 23, 1939) is a former athletic director at six different institutions, most recently holding that position from May 10th, 2012 to August 30th, 2013 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His most notable time as a athletic director was when he spent 11 years at the helm of the largest athletic department in the country at The Ohio State University, during some of which time was flanked by controversy over various dealings regarding former OSU running back, Maurice Clarett.


A native of Syracuse, New York, Geiger graduated from Syracuse University in 1961 and was a member of the crew team as an undergraduate. He also was a member of the U.S. squad that captured a gold medal in the 1959 Pan American Games.

After graduation Geiger accepted the job of freshman rowing coach at Dartmouth College in 1961. His first administrative role was as an assistant athletics director at his alma mater in 1964. He left Syracuse in 1970 to become assistant commissioner of the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

In 1971, at age 32, Geiger became athletics director at Brown University. He held that position until 1975, when he moved to the University of Pennsylvania in a similar capacity.

Geiger accepted the head athletics position at Stanford University in 1979. During his 11-year stay at the Pac-10 school, the Cardinal won a total of 27 national championships and Stanford was considered one of the elite programs in intercollegiate athletics.

In 1990, Geiger left Stanford to take over a Maryland program that was on NCAA probation. He spent a little more than three years at Maryland working to return the athletics department to stability.

On April 29, 1994 Geiger was named athletic director at Ohio State. He officially assumed the responsibilities of the position on May 16, 1994, succeeding former NACDA President Jim Jones.

Geiger's enduring legacy in Columbus was a building program, sometimes referred to as "Andy-land," that resulted in a number of new athletic facilities on campus, most notably the 4,450-seat Bill Davis Stadium (baseball); the 10,000-seat Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium (track, soccer and lacrosse); and the 19,200-seat Schottenstein Center (basketball, hockey) as well as a $194 million renovation & expansion of Ohio Stadium in 1999 & 2000. The resulting debt service on "the Schott" was so burdensome that operation of the building was eventually transferred to the Office of Student Life [1]which was in a better position to service the debt.

Geiger hired both Jim Tressel and Thad Matta as the head coaches to the football team and men's basketball team respectively.


As a result of his interaction with Maurice Clarett and other violations, Geiger retired.[2] Jim Brown came to the defense of Maurice Clarett.[3] Jim Brown went as far as to refer to Geiger as a "slave master." [4]

On January 1, 2005 it was announced that Geiger would retire as athletic director effective June 30, 2005 and would remain with the University through June 2006.[5] Geiger was an honorary captain for the Buckeyes during their September 15, 2007 game when they visited the Washington Huskies.

Geiger was announced as athletic director at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee on May 10, 2012. Geiger became the third athletic director at UWM within a two-year span. He succeeded Rick Costello, who resigned in April 2012. He was succeeded by Amanda Braun in 2013.

Geiger received the 2009 Homer Rice Award,[6] presented by the Division I-A Athletic Directors' Association, the NACDA FBS Athletics Director of the Year Award for the Northeast Region in 2004, as well as the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame’s John L. Toner Award[7] and the SportsBusiness Journal Athletics Director of the Year Award,[8] both in 2003.


University Position Year
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Athletic Director 2012 - 2013
Ohio State University Athletic Director 1994 - 2005
University of Maryland Athletic Director 1990-1994
Stanford University Athletic Director 1979 - 1990
University of Pennsylvania Athletic Director 1975 - 1979
Brown University Athletic Director 1971 - 1975
Eastern College Athletic Conference Assistant Commissioner 1970 - 1971
Syracuse University Assistant Athletic Director 1964 - 1970


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  2. ^ Wieberg, Steve (2005-01-07). " - Embattled Ohio State AD Geiger to retire". Retrieved 2015-06-13.
  3. ^ Dan Hope (2013-12-15). "ESPN's "Youngstown Boys" Tells Maurice Clarett's Story as Clarett Wanted It Told". Retrieved 2015-06-13.
  4. ^ Rittenberg, Adam. "Clarett could avoid sitting out a transfer year". Retrieved 2015-06-13.
  5. ^ [1] Archived June 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Division 1A Athletic Directors' Association". Archived from the original on 2015-08-13. Retrieved 2015-06-13.
  7. ^ "NFF OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE - Athletics News". Retrieved 2015-06-13.
  8. ^ "Geiger blends on-field success with overall mission". 2003-06-09. Retrieved 2015-06-13.