Eric Grundman Named MCCC Athletic Director



Eric Grundman has been named Athletic Director at Mercer County Community College.  Grundman begins his tenure on Monday, November 13th.


Grundman career in Athletics began at Binghamton University, where he was Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach from 1985-1991. Grundman moved onto Broome Community College, where he was Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach from 1992-1994.


Grundman’s next stop was Lackawanna College, where he served as Head Men’s Basketball Coach for seven years from 1994-2001.  Grundman won three Region 19 Championships and earned Region Coach of the Year three times, compiling a 153-47 record during his tenure. In addition to coaching men’s basketball, Grundman served as Retention Coordinator at Lackawanna, ensuring retention and academic success among students.


Grundman moved from Lackawanna to Marywood University, where he served as Assistant Director of Athletics and Recreation from October 2001-April 2019.  As Assistant Director of Athletics and Recreation at Marywood, Grundman held multiple duties including assisting with the oversight of 22 men’s and women’s sports programs.  Grundman was the Marywood Pacers Club Coordinator and directed Advancement activities within the Athletic Department. Grundman also served on multiple task forces and committees.


During his 12 years as Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Marywood, Grundman coached 14 All-Conference performers and 41 of his players earned Conference All-Academic honors. Grundman was the longest tenured basketball coach in Marywood program history. 


Grundman was also Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach at Marywood for six years from 2013-2019. Grundman won multiple coaching awards including 2019 Atlantic East Women’s Coach of the Year, 2018 Landmark Conference Women’s Coach of the Year, and 2015 CSAC (Colonial States Athletic Conference) Men’s Coach of the Year.  Grundman led the 2015 men’s golf team to a top 20 national ranking, the highest ranking for any team or sport in Marywood University history.  The men’s golf team were CSAC Champions in 2015 and 2016.


After leaving Marywood University, Grundman served as a Legislative Aide for Pennsylvania State Representative Martin Flynn (113 District) from August 2019 to April 2020.  Grundman next became a Senior Enrollment Officer at Ferrum College from April 2020-August 2022.  Grundman was responsible for recruitment and retention of students at Ferrum College.


Grundman earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Economics with a concentration in Sport Management from SUNY Empire State College and a Master of Science in Psychology from Ferrum College.


Grundman is looking forward to the opportunity to lead MCCC Athletics.  “I am extremely excited, as well as honored to have been selected to lead one of the premier NJCAA institutions in the country as the Director of Athletics, Fitness, and Recreation. I want to thank the search committee for their belief in me as well as entrusting me with the opportunity to play a role in developing future leaders. I look forward to working collaboratively with the entire Mercer County Community College campus community in continuing to build on the institutions rich and storied tradition of academic and athletic success.”


Grudman replaces John Simone, who served as Mercer’s Athletic Director for 26 years.  “Following in the footsteps of former Director John Simone is a responsibility that I do not take lightly. As a pillar of this community, he has led these programs for 26 years, with honor, character and integrity. My roots (Lackawanna College) are grounded in the two-year/community college experience. I look forward to continuing to provide a positive student-centered experience through athletics that prepares our student-athletes for personal and professional success.”