Michael Borsz ’03 has been appointed athletic director for Wells College, in Aurora, N.Y. Previously, Borsz spent two years as an assistant lacrosse coach at Colgate University and five years at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. There he first served as an admissions counselor and assistant lacrosse coach before being promoted to assistant athletic director and recruiting coordinator in 2008.
In a statement announcing his appointment, Wells College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson said, “We are excited to welcome Mike to Wells where he joins an outstanding athletics staff leading our growing and competitive program. Mike brings a deep commitment to Division III athletics and a broad experience in outstanding colleague colleges.” He will oversee 16 varsity programs and more than 160 student athletes.
In high school, Borsz was a top lacrosse goalie recruited by a number of schools. Interested in a small school with strong academic traditions, Borsz enrolled at and went on to graduate from Hobart with a B.A. in sociology.
In considering his Hobart education, he credits five people with having an impact on and shaping his college experience. He says former lacrosse coach Matt Kerwick, Hobart Athletic Director Mike Hanna, and Professors of Sociology Dunbar Moody, Jack Harris and Jim Spates. “They gave me the right advice at the right time from a personal perspective to a future career perspective.”
It was never obvious to him that athletic administration was the career he would pursue, he says in retrospect, however, there were defining moments during his college years that shaped this eventual career path.
“Being a part of the Hobart lacrosse team and seeing how much that program meant to my teammates, alumni and community had a big impact,” he says. He also credits the opportunity he had to take part in the Napier Leadership Seminar, noting it “opened my eyes to the reach of athletics in teaching skills useful beyond the playing field- skills that include fostering constant character development, persistence, gratitude and selfless behavior.”