January 15, 2013

ECAC Names Steve Bamford Interim Commissioner and Ben Layton Assistant Commissioner

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – The Eastern College Athletic Conference Administrative Committee announced today that former Interim Commissioner Steve Bamford will once again assume that role, and Ben Layton has been promoted to Assistant Commissioner for Programs and Services.

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. 

Layton, previously the ECAC Director of Sport Administration, is in his fifth year with the Conference.  In his Director role he oversaw the operational logistics and event management of more than 65 championships in 17 men’s and women’s sports for the organization’s Division I, II and III member institutions.  In his new position, Layton will assume responsibility for the ECAC Division I and Division II Lacrosse Leagues, the ECAC Division III Ice Hockey Leagues, the Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics League, and ECAC men’s and women’s rowing initiatives. His new responsibilities will begin immediately.

The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) is the nation’s largest athletic conference and only multidivisional conference, with approximately 300 Division I, II and III colleges and universities from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Colorado. Established in 1938 with 58 charter members, the ECAC has since emerged as the nationwide leader in service. The Asa S. Bushnell Center, named after inaugural commissioner Asa S. Bushnell, serves as the main office for the ECAC. It is located in Centerville, Mass., on Cape Cod.