Baruch College Names Machli Joseph Deputy Athletic Director
After leading the Baruch College women’s basketball team to seven straight CUNYAC Championships and eight appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament, Machli Joseph is leaving the court. He will be fulfilling a dream he has aspired to for years when he becomes the school’s Deputy Director of Athletics.
Joseph served Baruch athletics in a number of positions before becoming the women’s basketball coach in 2004, including Director of Athletic Facilities and Associate Athletic Director. This coming January he is scheduled to graduate from the NCAA Pathways Program, which mentors individuals wishing to become athletic directors.
According to the Baruch Athletics website, Joseph said, “I never once wanted to be a coach. My desire was to be an Athletic Director but God ordered my steps for my growth. I believe I’ve been called into my new season and it’s all happening on his time. I couldn’t have scripted this, I’m just thankful and give God the glory for my success as a coach and also thank both my Athletic Directors (Dr. William Eng and Ray Rankis) for believing in me and giving me this wonderful opportunity.”
Rankis had nothing but good things to say about Joseph. “What women’s basketball may be losing this upcoming year, all of Baruch athletics will be gaining,” he said. “Machli is a quality man. He is a leader with a superb feel for coaching. His record speaks for itself. Now he will have to be a “coach” to all of our teams and coaches.”
Joseph’s goals in his new position include more regional and, eventually, national success for the basketball program. He will also continue to focus on retaining and graduating students, knowing that sports are only a vehicle to students’ success.
Kelly Ann Barrett will serve as Interim Head Coach of the women’s basketball team for the 2014-15 season.
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