LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) -- Jim Marchiony, Kansas' Associate Athletics Director of Public Affairs, is set to retire in July from the university after 16 years and more than 40 years in collegiate athletics.
Athletics Director Jeff Long announced Marchiony's decision on Thursday, stating his want to prepare for the next chapter and to be closer to his grandchildren.
"I've known Jim since his NCAA days and was very pleased to work with him since my arrival," Long said in a press release. "Jim is respected throughout college athletics because of his friendliness, sense of service, dedication and commitment.
"He will be missed - and frankly - you can't replace Jim Marchiony. All of us in KU Athletics wish Jim and Mary Beth the best in the next chapter of their lives."
Marchiony worked as KU's liaison with local and national media outlets across the country and served as the sport administrator for the school's volleyball and tennis programs.
He joined the Jayhawks in August of 2003 from the University of Connecticut. Before that, he worked for 18 years at the NCAA, serving in various communications positions.
"Jim has made an invaluable contribution to Kansas Athletics during his time in Lawrence," Kansas Volleyball Coach Ray Bechard said in a press release. "His value won't be measured in wins and losses, but more importantly by the impact he had on all those he worked with and his unwavering commitment to Kansas Athletics.
"We wish him nothing but the best."