SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino today announced his retirement, effective June 30. Iamarino has been with the conference for the past 13 years. He is the second-longest serving commissioner in the 98-year history of the Southern Conference.
“There are family obligations that will increasingly demand more of my attention,” Iamarino said. “I think the conference is well positioned to address the many long-range decisions it will face in the coming years. It’s been a privilege to serve the SoCon, but I feel this is the right time for me to step aside.”
Iamarino is in his 40th year in intercollegiate athletics, having previously worked at Georgetown University, Jacksonville University, the Sun Belt Conference and the Northeast Conference. He was commissioner of the Northeast Conference for nine years before his appointment to the SoCon in January 2006.
During Iamarino’s term, the conference launched its own digital network, created a hall of fame, successfully returned the basketball championships to Asheville, North Carolina, increased the number of league sports from 19 to 22, and initiated the SoCon Academic Exchange, the first academically oriented collaboration in Southern Conference history.