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Gene Doris

Gene Doris is the Director of Athletics at Fairfield University. Fairfield Athletics has flourished under the guidance of Eugene P. Doris, who is in his 17th year as the Director of Athletics. His responsibilities include overseeing the varsity athletic program.

In 2010, Doris was named the Division I Athletics Director of the Year for the Northeast at the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). He also received the Distinguished Service Award from the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association. Under his leadership, the varsity athletic program has undergone many changes, including increasing the number of varsity sports to 20 and the improvement of athletic facilities, a softball field, an artificial turf field and the construction of a multi-million dollar athletic facility. Doris has seen the Stags win the overall MAAC Commissioner's Cup twice, while the men have won the Cup twice and the women's teams an impressive five times. In 2004, Doris received the Constituent Supporter of the Year award from the Coastal Fairfield County Convention and Visitors Bureau for his role in bringing the 2004 NCAA Women's Basketball First and Second rounds to the Arena at Harbor Yard. Doris was also instrumental in securing the 2006 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Regionals, and the 2007 MAAC Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments. Fairfield also hosted the 2008 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament First and Second rounds and played co-host the 2009 and 2011 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey East Regional.

Doris remains active off-campus, serving on both regional and national committees, as well as several MAAC committees. He has also served a term as president of the ECAC, the nation's largest athletic conference, and has sat on the Division I-AA Athletic Directors Football Committee. Prior to Fairfield, Doris was the athletics director at Marist College for five years, during which time Marist increased the number of its intercollegiate athletic teams from 14 to 20. He enjoyed a five-year stay at Fordham University where he started as an assistant athletic director before earning a promotion to associate athletic director. He was also an assistant basketball coach at Fordham under Richard "Digger" Phelps.

He coached basketball for 11 years at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, N.Y., where his team won the Division II New York Catholic High School Championship in 1985. He also coached baseball at Stepinac for eight seasons, as well as JV baseball at Archbishop Molloy High School in Jamaica, N.Y.

In 2007, Doris was inducted into the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) Hall of Fame for his contribution to the New York City-based league. He is also a member of the Stepinac High School Athletic Hall of Fame as well as the school's Hardwood Hall of Fame.