Garin Veris, a member of the New England Patriots for seven seasons, was named as Director of Athletics at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy on November 12, 2015.
Veris has served in various administrative capacities at both the collegiate and high school levels over the past 14 years, including stints at Stanford University (his alma mater), Marquette University, the University of New Hampshire and most recently as Associate AD for External Business Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Additionally, Garin served for one year each as Director of Athletics at Chillicothe (Ohio) High School (where he graduated in 1981) and Haverhill (Mass.) High School, with the latter role coming prior to his current position at UMass Boston.
“I am extremely pleased and excited to welcome Garin into the Academy family,” Massachusetts Maritime President Admiral Fran McDonald said of Veris. “He has extensive experience in and incredible knowledge of intercollegiate athletics, and his track record of success in creating and developing new resources and opportunities is impeccable. This is an exciting time for Buccaneer Athletics as we continue to grow and improve, and Garin will undoubtedly lead our program to great heights in the years to come.”
Veris, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford as a member of its Class of 1985, was inducted into the Cardinal Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. He earned All-Pac-10 honors at defensive end during his senior campaign of 1984 under Head Coach Jack Elway, and he led Stanford in sacks during all four seasons while also leading the Cardinal in tackles for loss in three straight campaigns. Garin was selected in the second round of the 1985 National Football League draft by the Patriots, and he earned a spot on the NFL All-Rookie team that season under Hall of Fame mentor Raymond Berry in helping New England capture the AFC championship with a memorable 31-14 road victory over the Miami Dolphins and advance to a Super Bowl XX date with the Chicago Bears. Veris concluded his professional football career with the San Francisco 49ers in 1992, as he registered 36 career sacks that included four in the 1985 post-season run.
In 2002, Veris returned to his alma mater in the role of Assistant Director of the Buck/Cardinal Club, where he managed the annual direct mail and telemarketing solicitation program for over 50,000 alumni and donors. In September 2003, Garin left Palo Alto to become the Director of Marquette’s Blue and Gold Fund before being promoted to the position of Director of Major Gifts, as he raised over $2 million for the Golden Eagles’ annual fundraising program and directed a strategic initiative for increased focus on endowed athletic scholarships at the University.
Veris returned to New England in the fall of 2004, as he was appointed by the late Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino as the City’s Director of Recreation. He established recreational programming for approximately 50,000 Boston youths and adults while overseeing one of New England’s largest summer basketball programs and a budget of $1 million. Veris also collaborated with all five major Boston sports teams for youth instructional clinics and speaking engagements, and he also collaborated with over 15 colleges and universities, along with the Boston Police Athletic League, to create youth sports leagues and clinics throughout the city. During that time, Garin also served on Mayor Menino’s Strategic Crime Council.
In December 2006, Veris’s next stop took him due north to Durham, New Hampshire, where he served as Co-Director of Athletic Fundraising and Major Gift Officer at UNH. He managed over 150 major gift prospects that led to a 30 percent increase in annual scholarship funding in the first year while securing $3 million in gifts for Wildcat Athletics in a 20-month span, and he also directed the fundraising committee that secured over $1 million for New Hampshire’s skiing program. Garin was also a member of the planning and marketing committee for a new sports complex at UNH while also collaborating with athletic administrators on the development of a Student-Athlete Life Skills position.
Veris left the collegiate ranks in August 2009 to become the Director of Athletics at Haverhill High, where he oversaw a $2 million renovation of the facilities at Haverhill Stadium that included a new synthetic playing surface for football, soccer, baseball and field hockey as well as seating renovations. During his tenure directing the Hillies, the school saw a 100 percent increase in fundraising and rental income revenue, as he oversaw programming for 50 teams and 620 student-athletes. A return to his high school alma mater beckoned in 2011, Garin went back to Chillicothe High as its’ Director of Athletics and At-Risk Coordinator, where he oversaw programming for 24 varsity teams and over 700 student-athletes.
Two years later, Veris returned to Boston and his previous position under Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics Charlie Titus at UMass Boston. As a member of the Beacons’ senior leadership team, Veris led a $750,000 fundraising campaign for the naming of the school’s ice rink, and he oversaw all fundraising procedures for the university’s 18 varsity sports. Garin also directed UMass Boston’s annual golf tournament to a 120 percent revenue increase in his first year, and he helped implement an alumni mentoring and advising program for student-athletes.
“I am thoroughly excited to lead Massachusetts Maritime into the future and look forward to working with our outstanding administration, staff, coaches and cadets to enhance our tradition of academic and athletic success,” Veris said of his appointment. “I am grateful to both Admiral McDonald and Captain (Ed) Rozak (Vice President of Student Affairs) for their commitment and their vision that will carry this institution to greater heights in the years to come. Our athletic philosophy will mirror that of the school’s, and by working together, we will create and attain our short and long term goals while providing the best student-athlete experience possible in the classroom, in competition and in the community.”
Veris received his degree from Stanford in 1990 and earned a Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School in 1998. An active member of the Patriots’ Alumni Association and a current member of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, Garin has served on numerous committees during his collegiate and high school administrative career, and he has also served on the Board of Directors of The New England Sports Museum as well as Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Seacoast New Hampshire.
What They’re Saying About Garin Veris...
“For seven seasons with the Patriots in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Garin Veris was always a consummate professional, both on and off the field. He continues to represent the Patriots with his work in the community and remains a great ambassador for the team. I am happy to hear that he has joined the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and am certain that he will continue to positively impact the lives of others through his work as athletic director.”
--Robert Kraft, Chairman & CEO
New England Patriots
“Massachusetts Maritime will be in a very good place with Garin as AD. He is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet and he’s a competitor, and he will make sure everyone else is competitive. As a person and as a teammate, they don’t come much better. He came in as a rookie (in 1985) and helped us get where we wanted to be, and I know he will do the same at the Academy.”
--Steve Grogan, New England Patriots Hall of Fame Quarterback
Veris’s Teammate – 1985-1990
“Garin Veris is a dynamic, passionate, caring professional. His experience as a student-athlete at Stanford was transformative for him, and I’ve seen first-hand his concern for student-athletes. Additionally, his professional career and connections to the Patriots organization are enormous assets for Garin and will greatly benefit the Academy. Garin is going to be a fabulous AD and we are so pleased at UNH for him.”
--Marty Scarano, Director of Athletics
University of New Hampshire
“Even though Garin’s time at UMass Boston was brief, he established the development and fundraising components of our divisions and advanced our two major fundraising events, the Hall of Fame celebration and our annual golf tournament. I know Garin will continue this trend as the Director of Athletics at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, and I wish him nothing but the best.”
--Charlie Titus, Vice Chancellor for Athletics & Recreation
University of Massachusetts Boston