Sharief Hashim hired as SUNY Potsdam AD

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BENNINGTON — SUNY Potsdam President Kristin G. Esterberg announced the hiring of Southern Vermont College's Sharief Hashim to become the College's seventh Director of Athletics.

Hashim joins the Bears after serving in the same capacity at SVC for the last two seasons.

"SUNY Potsdam is thrilled to welcome Sharief Hashim as our new Director of Athletics. His experience in NCAA athletics and his dedication to building an inclusive campus community fits perfectly with what Potsdam is all about. We're looking forward to welcoming Sharief to the Potsdam Bears family," said President Esterberg in a press release last Monday.

For Hashim, a native of the Maryland-Washington, D.C. area, the move represents a new challenge in his career in college athletics and he is grateful for the opportunity.

"I am thrilled to be joining the SUNY Potsdam Family," said Hashim in the press release. "I am thankful to President Esterberg and the search committee for this opportunity. Potsdam offers a unique mix of academics, student wellness opportunities and emerging diversity. I was able to meet with many of the students, staff and coaches. I am incredibly impressed by the positive energy and I know that it's a special place. I am looking forward to establishing relationships and partnering with faculty, staff and student-athletes towards new levels of success both on and off the playing surface."

Hashim was appointed the interim director of athletics at Southern Vermont in October 2016, before having the interim tag removed in July 2017. As AD, he oversaw internal and external compliance to college policies and NCAA rules and regulations. Hashim also managed department staffing, budgets and NCAA grants. In addition, he was a member of senior leadership and collaborated with other campus administrators on enrollment management and diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Prior to serving as AD, Hashim held multiple roles at SVC. He originally joined the staff as an assistant men's basketball coach, athletics liaison and admissions counselor in April 2013. During the 2016-17 season, he also served as interim head women's basketball coach.

Hashim describes SVC as more than just a school community and it's hard for him to leave the relationships and good times he's had behind as he embarks on his next journey.

"It's an understatement to say that it's a community atmosphere or a family atmosphere," said Hashim in a phone interview with the Banner Tuesday. "The staff in athletics, faculty, all the other departments on campus are all very supportive of each other. I worked in athletics and I worked in admissions for two years. I worked closely with student life and administration. It's a great place to work. It's a great place for students to go to school."

Originally, Hashim had come to SVC to be a basketball coach under former coach Dan Engelstad.

Before making the transition to college athletics, Hashim was the varsity boys basketball coach at Wheaton High School in Silver Spring, Md. While coaching, he also spent five years as a recreation specialist for the Montgomery County (Md.) Recreation Department. He briefly served as a park and recreation specialist for the Fairfax County (Va.) government before leaving for Bennington.

As his time at SVC transitioned into full gear, his experience grew more and more as the years went on.

"I came here as an assistant men's basketball coach and it was a great opportunity for me to move from high school to college and it was a great opportunity for me to get into higher education," Hashim said. "If you told me five years ago, this is how it would turn out, I never would have believed you. I had some strengths that appealed to the administration and they just put me in a position to be successful. I wanted to just wanted to do the best job I could while I was here."

When it comes to looking for the person that impacted him the most over his time at SVC, Hashim can't pin it to just one.

From Engelstad, who he had known from when Engelstad was a teenager in Maryland, to coaches and faculty like Christin Gowan, Greg Gilmore, Pat Robidoux to former baseball coach Dave Gage, among so many others, every person he's come in contact has impacted him in major way.

"The culture here, not only in athletics, but across the campus is a really strong one," Hashim said. "I'm going to miss it. I developed a lot of positive relationships with a lot of different people."

Adam Aucoin can be reached at aaucoin@benningtonbanner.com and followed at @AAucoin_Banner on Twitter.


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