INDIANAPOLIS---The NCAA has announced that Joe Alleva and Jamie Zaninovich have been appointed to the Division I Men's Basketball Committee.
Alleva, the vice chancellor and director of athletics at LSU, and Zaninovich, the commissioner of the West Coast Conference, will serve five-year terms that begin September 1, 2011. The duo will follow current committee chair Gene Smith, the director of athletics at Ohio State University, and the University of California-Riverside director of athletics Stan Morrison, whose terms expire this year.
Alleva was named LSU's director of athletics June 1, 2008 and 14 months later was promoted to vice chancellor. He went to LSU after spending the previous 32 years at Duke University, starting in the athletic department in Durham in 1980 before being named assistant director of athletics, then associate director of athletics and then athletics business manager. Alleva was named director of athletics at Duke in 1998, overseeing each of the university's 26 sports as well as the school's Health, Physical Education and Recreation department.
A native of Suffern, N.Y., Alleva is a 1975 graduate of Lehigh University, where he served as a team captain for the football team and also competed in baseball. He earned his Master's degree from Lehigh in 1976, before joining the Duke staff later that year to work for the vice president for business and finance.
"It's an honor to be named to this prestigious committee," said Alleva. "I'm excited about this appointment and I look forward to the opportunity of representing both LSU and the Southeastern Conference for the premier championship event in collegiate athletics."
Zaninovich has also been at his current post since 2008, having been named the West Coast Conference's Commissioner after spending five years as senior associate athletics director for external relations at Princeton University. Previously, he served as senior assistant athletic director for strategic planning and men's basketball operations at Stanford, where he earned a Master's degree in Business Administration in 2001.
The Eugene, Ore., native also earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford in 1993, and worked for the Cardinal as the men's basketball team's marketing and operations director from 1996-99.
Zaninovich is the current chair of the Division I Collegiate Commissioners Association Division I Subdivision and helped create a partnership with the Pac-10 and Big West conferences to assist with the training and evaluation of men's and women's basketball officials.
"I am both thrilled and humbled to be appointed to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee," said Zaninovich. "The unprecedented growth of collegiate men's basketball has brought with it exciting new initiatives and formidable challenges that make the work of this committee more relevant than ever. This is an important step for the West Coast Conference and I take very seriously the expected contributions that come with serving as part of this esteemed group."
Alleva and Zaninovich will join current committee members Jeff Hathaway, the director of athletics at the University of Connecticut; Lynn Hickey, the director of athletics at the University of Texas-San Antonio; Mike Bobinski, the director of athletics at Xavier University; Dan Beebe, the commissioner of the Big 12 Conference; Doug Fullerton, the commissioner of the Big Sky Conference; Ron Wellman, the director of athletics at Wake Forest University; Scott Barnes, the director of athletics at Utah State University; and Steve Orsini, the director of athletics at Southern Methodist University. Hathaway will chair the committee for the 2011-12 academic year.
The Division I Men's Basketball Committee monitors all issues affecting college basketball and oversees administration of the men's basketball championship, including the selection of host sites and tournament teams and the assigning of game officials. The committee is the primary contact with NCAA broadcast partners, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the Men's Basketball Officiating LLC and other key basketball organizations. The 2011 Division I Men's Basketball Championship field will be announced Sunday, March 13 and championship competition begins with the NCAA First Four beginning Tuesday, March 15.