Cleveland State Director Of Athletics Konstantinos Resigns

CLEVELAND (AP) - John Konstantinos, director of athletics at Cleveland State University for 12 years, will retire June 30, the university said Tuesday.

Konstantinos, 65, said he wishes to have more family time after 35 years in intercollegiate athletics as a coach or administrator. He oversees 15 men's or women's programs and a budget of nearly $5 million.

Cleveland State President Michael Schwartz accepted the resignation. A successor to Konstantinos has not been determined.

Schwartz, who has known Konstantinos since both were at Kent State, praised him as someone who "keenly understands the role of intercollegiate athletics on the context of an academic institution."

Konstantinos said he is proud of the academic improvement among student-athletes at Cleveland State since his first year. He said the number with a 3.0 grade average or better increased from 36 then to 107 now.

"Our overall athletic program has made tremendous strides over the past 12 years," he said.

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