Steve Bamford currently serves his second stint as Interim Commissioner while the ECAC looks for a new Commissioner, having held the same position in 2006-2007.
Bamford has been working as an administrative overseer at the ECAC since October, 2012. He started at the ECAC in 2000 as an Assistant Commissioner and held that post until 2006. After the departure of then Commissioner Phil Buttafuoco, Bamford was named Interim Commissioner. In 2007 Rudy Keeling was hired as Commissioner, and Bamford was named Senior Associate Commissioner. He held that position on a full-time basis through 2009 and as a part-time employee until his retirement in 2011.
Prior to his stint at the ECAC, Bamford served as the Director of Athletics for 13 years at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire. He was responsible for 18 Intercollegiate Varsity Sports and 430 student-athletes at the NCAA Division III level and oversaw a $1.3 million annual budget. All of the programs combined were victorious in over 60 percent of their athletic contests during his tenure. Bamford initiated the NCAA Champs Life Skills Program in 1996 and also proposed and implemented women’s volleyball as 18th varsity sport in 1996.
Before arriving at Plymouth State, Bamford worked in public school administration. He was the principal at Hampton Academy Junior High School from 1984 to 1987 and the associate principal at Winnacunnet High School from 1975 to 1984.
He began his career as a teacher and a coach, working at Littleton High School (1965-68), St. Thomas Aquinas High School (1968-70) and Concord High School (1970-75).
Bamford is a 1965 graduate of Plymouth State with a degree in physical education. He went on to receive a master’s degree from the PSC in 1975, majoring in public school administration and supervision.