New Garden City Community College Athletic Director Greg McVey discussed his vision for GCCC’s sports programs and department on Monday in an introductory press conference.
McVey takes over at GCCC after a multi-month search for a replacement for former A.D. John Green, who resigned in August 2018 shortly after an investigation found he had broken KJCCC and NJCAA bylaws, resulting in severe sanctions levied against the volleyball program.
“There were several qualities that we were looking for in our next director of athletics,” GCCC President Ryan Ruda said Monday in the Hall of Fame Room. “First of all, definitely looking for experience … We were also definitely looking for an individual with integrity … also looked at qualities as far as a proven fundraiser and a people-oriented person.”
In hiring McVey — a former AD at College of DuPage in Illinois and Jefferson College in Missouri and a baseball coach at several colleges — Ruda said the college has hit a “home run.”
McVey, 49, was hired at DuPage in August 2018, after four years at Jefferson College. He also was the A.D. at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., from 2010 to 2014, and an associate athletic director at Quincy University in Illinois.
McVey said he chose to take over at GCCC for four reasons: 1. The commitment to student success Ruda showed, McVey said; 2. A “chance to work at the highest level of the NJCAA with a comprehensive athletic program”; 3. GCCC felt like a “family”; and the challenge.
“I enjoy a challenge, and I know I have one here,” McVey said. “I have a lot of things to do, and I’m excited about those things.”
One of the first things McVey mentioned in the challenges he faced was “to rebuild some relationships here in the city. I think that’s going to be a challenge, but I think it’s one I’m going to be able to handle.”
He also laid out some goals for the department he’d like to see achieved.
“I really want to see us graduate and place 100 percent of our student-athletes. If we’re doing that, we’re doing the right thing,” McVey said. “I want us to be involved in the community. I want us to make a true commitment to being involved in the community, and say we’ve done this, we put this many hours in, here’s how we impacted things.
“And then yeah, I want to win. But at the end of the day, I know there’s a progression to those things. We want to be viewed as the best two-year college in the nation, and we’ve got a chance to do that here but we’re going to have to grow some things and do things the right way.”
McVey also trying to bolster both fundraising and, in turn, facilities, as main goals for him and the athletic department, which may see some changes in staffing, McVey said.
“There are some things with our staffing we need to get straightened out. I think that we have great folks, and I think there are some things we might need to adjust to make sure we’re sustainable going forward,” he said.
He did not elaborate on what specifically those changes may be during the press conference.
The college, led by interim Athletic Director Colin Lamb, who will remain as assistant athletic director, has recently hired a women's soccer coach, a volleyball coach and a football coach.
McVey has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Saint Joseph’s College (Ind.) and a master's degree in sports administration from Miami University (Ohio), according to GCCC.
He and his wife, Amy, have five children, Justin, 28; Dalton, 25; Avery, 20; Casey, 15 and Sofia, 7.