News & Features

Athletic department names an alumna as intermin athletic director

March, 23, 2010 Fontbonne University has announced that it has named an alumna as its interim athletic director.

Maria Eftink, a 2006 Fontbonne business graduate and standout student-athlete, will lead the university’s athletic program for the next year while a search is conducted to replace long-time AD Lee McKinney.

“I am grateful to Dr. Golden and the Fontbonne administration for giving me this opportunity.” Eftink said. “I would like to commend Coach McKinney for all he has accomplished during his tenure and thank him for being a wonderful mentor to me throughout the years. I look forward to continue enhancing Fontbonne athletics and enriching the experience of our student-athletes.”

Eftink has been serving as Fontbonne’s associate athletic director and senior women’s administrator since last fall. She returned to her alma mater after a stint as assistant athletic director for external affairs at the University of Evansville. She holds a master’s degree in higher education with an emphasis in sports administration from Southeast Missouri State University.

McKinney, 72, who has served the university for 23 years, announced last October that he would be retiring as AD following the spring 2010 season. He will stay on, however, as head men’s basketball coach for the 2010-2011 season.

“My greatest pleasure has been working with the young men and women who have traveled through my life the last 23 years at Fontbonne” McKinney said. “I still have a passion for coaching, and I’m looking forward to another great season with our basketball team.”

“I thank Dr. Lee McKinney for his years of service to Fontbonne University” said Dr. Dennis C. Golden, president. “For over two decades, Lee has positively influenced the lives of our student-athletes and countless others both on campus and throughout the extended community” Golden said.

“Again, I thank Lee and I look forward to working with Maria Elftink as she leads the Griffin tradition of high quality athletic programs” Golden said.

Fontbonne is a Division III program in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and teams compete in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.