Hall of Fame

Dr. Robert J. Dranoff
Induction Class of 2009
Athletics Administration

Growing up in Fairfield, CT, Bob would start out his college career at the University of Hartford, eventually transferring to St. Johns University where he would receive his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Administration in 1978. In his senior year, he would also start an internship at Fairfield University where he would do work in facility development, sports information and budgeting. From there, the building blocks were set as he started as an Assistant  to the Athletic Director at St. Johns University in 1978. Bob would finish up at St. Johns as Assistant AD and Assistant to the Vice President in 1985, but not before earning his Masters of Science degree in Counselor Education in 1984. 

Bob’s first stint as a Director of Athletics began in 1988 at the College at Old Westbury. He would spend 4years there before moving onto to Dowling College, becoming the Athletics Director there in 1992.

During his 12 years as a Golden Lion, Bob transformed the Athletics Department at Dowling. Aside from overseeing the daily operations of varsity sports, developing new and existing sport programs and coordinating and implementing public relation campaigns and special projects including regular season tournaments, the Golden Lion Club, the Athletic Hall of Fame, and annual Athletic Department golf tournament, he was also responsible for researching and preparing proposals resulting in athletic facility improvements. Many teams flourished during his time as AD at the College, overseeing numerous NCAA appearances and conference championships. In addition, along with earning his Doctorate in Education from Dowling in 2006, one of his fondest accomplishments at Dowling came when the Department won the Commissioner’s Cup two separate years for successes by all teams. 

Bob also worked as an adjunct professor at Dowling as well as presenting various programs for the Dowling Institute. His involvement in college athletics at Dowling was far reaching as he also served on various ECAC and NCAA committees, serving as the President of the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference for 3 years. 

After 12 years at Dowling, Bob left to take the position of Director of Athletics at Suffolk County Community College along with the role of Men’s Regional Director for Region XV of the National Junior College Athletic Association. In addition, he was appointed Assistant Dean of Student Services for the Selden Campus. 

In 2008, Bob would be named Commissioner of the East Coast Conference where he currently oversees 8 member institutions. At the Conference, Bob is instrumental in the running of the daily operations and coordination of Conference Championships and events as well as acting as the chief compliance and enforcement officer for all members.

Active in community work, Dranoff has volunteered for ten years with Child Abuse Prevention Services while presenting programs to children and adults regarding youth violence and bullying issues.

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