March 28, 2006
MORAGA, Calif. - Mark Orr has been appointed Athletic Director at Saint Mary's College of California. He succeeds Carl Clapp, who resigned his post to assume a senior administrative position in Athletics at the University of Hawaii.
Orr came to Saint Mary's College in August 2000 as Assistant Director of Athletics for Student Support Services. In February of 2003, Orr assumed the position of Associate Director of Athletics for Business and Finance, and most recently served as the Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Finance and Internal Affairs.
"Mark is a mature, meticulous, organized manager with a vision for the future of Gael Athletics," said Saint Mary's College President Brother Ronald Gallagher in announcing the appointment. "He is a thoughtful person, an able listener, and is highly respected by peers, students and student-athletes, and the Saint Mary's community."
During his tenure at Saint Mary's, Orr has managed the Department of Athletics' $9.1 million budget and served as the lead administrator for football, women's basketball, women's volleyball, and men's and women's tennis. He has also overseen the areas of compliance, eligibility for student-athletes, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, and ticket operations.
"I look forward to moving Saint Mary's athletics toward its ambitious goals of being truly competitive in the WCC and toward full funding of our 14 men's and women's athletic programs," said Orr. "Equally important, I look forward to the challenge of bringing more recreational opportunities to students and improving our facilities."
Before coming to Saint Mary's, Orr served as the compliance assistant and interim eligibility assistant at the University of California at Berkeley from 1999 to 2000. As an undergraduate, Orr played on the Cal football team from 1994 to 1998. A four-year letterman as a defensive back, Orr was an Honorable Mention All-Academic Pac-10 selection in 1997 and 1998. He was awarded the Pappy Waldorf Honorary Scholarship for Academic Excellence in 1998 and received the Tiny Bates Memorial Award for Leadership in 1998. He earned his bachelor's degree in social welfare in 1999 and his master's degree in education in 2000.
Carl Clapp leaves Saint Mary's College after six years as Athletic Director. During his tenure, the college's athletic budget increased by more than $4 million and Saint Mary's teams earned six NCAA Tournament appearances. He was responsible for implementing a new strategic plan for athletics that strengthened the college's commitment to 14 NCAA Division I sports and a broad-based recreational sports program. Clapp hired nine of the college's 13 current head coaches, including Randy Bennett (men's basketball), Scott Hardy (golf) and Rob Browning (women's volleyball).