It was the kind of opportunity Danny McCabe couldn't ignore.
Citing its great reputation as a Division II athletic operation, its overall prestige in academic circles and its proximity to his home, McCabe accepted the offer to become the new director of athletics and campus recreation at Adelphi University.
McCabe was introduced Wednesday and succeeds Robert Hartwell, who stepped down after 26 years. The move will be effective July 8.
"Mr. McCabe adds further distinction to our athletics, intramural, and recreation programs," school president Robert A. Scott said in a statement. "This is an especially exciting time to be part of Panther Athletics as we just captured our first NE-10 President's Cup since joining the conference in 2009."
McCabe has extensive experience in college sports, having spent the last eight years in Hofstra's athletic department, most recently as its executive associate athletic director. He also served in the athletic departments at the University of Miami and Providence College.
"I was immediately attracted to this position," said McCabe, who inquired about the opening earlier in the spring. "Adelphi has an outstanding reputation."
McCabe cited the many similarities between Adelphi and Hofstra as one of the reasons he took the position.
Both schools have several new or recently renovated athletic facilities. And both universities have strong, successful traditions in many of their sports. He noted the success of Adelphi's men's and women's lacrosse teams, which both advanced to the Division II Final Four this season.
"They built that beautiful basketball complex," McCabe said. "The baseball field is new and the softball field is state of the art."