CAPE COD, Mass. -– Commissioner of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Rudy Keeling announced the appointment of Keith Bullion of Salem International University to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Board of Directors. he will serve a four-year term that will expire in October of 2014 at the annual ECAC Convention and Trade Show.
"Elevating administrators from the membership is an important process. You want to bring members aboard that not only add to the makeup of the existing Board but will fulfill the constitutional mandates of divisional representation," said Keeling. “Both Gene Doris in Division I and Keith Bullion in Division II are excellent additions and will bring a wealth of knowledge and ability to our Board. They will represent the membership well and add the new blood that every organization needs to be successful.”
Bullion enters his fifth year as director of athletics at Salem International University. Initially, he was the head men’s and women’s water polo and swimming coach and taught biochemistry and physiology. Since taking over the helm of the athletic program in 2007, he has helped coordinate a three-million dollar renovation that includes a new Connor basketball court, a Cybex Fitness Room, a new athletic training room equipped with two HydroWorx therapy pools and a renovation of the college swimming pool. Significant improvements and staffing enhancements have occurred in the department during his tenure.
Prior to coming to SIU, Bullion was the men’s swimming and men’s and women’s water polo coach and aquatics director at Grove City College for five years. He served in the capacity of sports information director, aquatics director and assistant sports complex coordinator at Buffalo State College over a twelve-year span.
He served on the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Committee from 1998-2002 and the Men’s and Women’s Diving Selection Committee. Coach Bullion founded the club water polo program at Buffalo State College and hosted the first three Collegiate Club National Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. He was the sport chairman and tournament director for the 1993 World University Games and was the chairman and tournament director for the Empire State Games Water Polo tournament for six years. He was instrumental in securing a grant from the U.S. Olympic Committee for Grove City College, his alma mater, to develop the water polo on the varsity level. He has been active in the USWP Northeast Zone as a coach and referee.
He has had the privilege of coaching All-America and numerous Academic All-America selections at Buffalo State College, Grove City and Salem International on both the women’s and men’s side in swimming and water polo. Equally accomplished in the classroom as the pool, his teams have been a regular fixture on the list of the top academic teams in the nation.
He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Grove City College in 1983 and a master’s degree in natural sciences from SUNY Buffalo - Roswell Park Memorial Institute in 1987. He has ten articles that have been published in refereed scientific journals and a science/sport collaborative article in the Journal of Swimming Research.
Thirty eight of his former athletes are presently coaching swimming, diving and/or water polo in age group, high school, master’s or college programs in eleven states. Still others are refereeing swimming, diving and water polo. His son, Rob, is playing water polo for Gannon University for his fourth and final season.
Bullion has been a member of the ECAC Membership Committee since January 2010.
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The ECAC is the nation’s largest athletic and the only multi-divisional conference in the country with more than 300 Division I, II, and III colleges and universities. The ECAC stretches from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Illinois. Established in 1938, the ECAC, a non-profit service organization, sponsors nearly 100 championships in 37 men’s and women’s sports and assigns more than 4,400 officials in 12 sports. The ECAC also administers nine affiliate sports organizations and six playing leagues. Through the public relations arm of the conference, more than 2,500 student-athletes in 23 sports are recognized. Finally, the ECAC serves as the primary conference for select members in the sports of men’s ice hockey, women’s ice hockey, and men’s lacrosse.