Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Bye, Chuck

Chuck Yrigoyen, one of the most universally well-liked people ever to set foot in Jadwin Gym, is leaving the Princeton area after a long career here.

Yrigoyen is moving from his current position as Associate Director for Athletic Administration and Championships at the Ivy League office to become the commissioner of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The complete release about the move is available here:

Chuck spent 19 years at the Ivy office. Before that, he worked in the Princeton Office of Athletic Communications, beginning as an intern in 1983 and then spending six years as Director of Athletic Communications. Yrigoyen was the men's basketball contact at Princeton when the Tigers almost defeated Georgetown in the 1989 NCAA tournament. Yrigoyen stayed close to Princeton athletics at the Ivy office, including some time as the color commentator for Tiger basketball.

More than that, he was a friend to almost anyone in the Princeton athletic department, especially those with whom he went back 10, 20, almost 30 years. He has a gregarious personality and a sharp sense of humor, and he will definitely be missed by those who were his friends for all these years. He will especially be missed by the Jadwin lunchtime basketball crowd, as Chuck has probably played in more games on the east court than anyone else in the decades-old history of that game.

Best of luck, Chuck, and thanks for all the laughs through the years.

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