John Kaiser
John  Kaiser

Athletic Director Emeritus

Years of Service:


2013 St. John's Basketball Dribble for the Cure

2013 St. John's Basketball Dribble for the Cure


St. John's 69, USF 54 - Feb. 20, 2013

St. John's defeats USF 69-54 on Lou Carnesecca bobblehead night at Carnesecca Arena on Feb. 20, 2013.

Kaiser and St. John's University forge a relationship that began over 70 years ago as a baseball player in 1947. No longer Vice-President and Director of Athletics for SJU, he has served as Athletic Director Emeritus since 1995.

A former baseball All-American and College Player of the Year in 1949 at St. John's University, Kaiser has an extensive history at the University. Following graduation in 1949, Kaiser began a twin career at Brooklyn Preparatory School and playing professional baseball for the Boston Red Sox organization. A leg injury in 1953 ended his playing days, but he remained with the Red Sox for two seasons as a manager.

In 1952, Kaiser joined St. John's coaching staff as an assistant in basketball and baseball, assuming the head coaching post in baseball in 1956, a job he was to have for the next 18 years. Under Kaiser, the Red Storm baseball teams became established as a national power on the collegiate scene, winning six Metropolitan Intercollegiate Championships and earning 11 invitations to the NCAA post-season tournaments, including three trips to the College World Series. He also coached junior varsity and freshman basketball 15 years with a winning percentage over .800, and served as an assistant basketball coach under Al DeStefano, Joe Lapchick and Lou Carnesecca.

During his 21 years as athletic director, Kaiser held membership and chaired a host of ECAC and NCAA committees. A member of the St. John's Athletic Hall of Fame, Eastern College Athletic Conference Hall of Fame, the American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame and the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League Hall of Fame, Kaiser was instrumental in the formation of the BIG EAST Conference and the expansion of the women's programs. He also serves as president of the MIBA for 16 years, during which the postseason NIT went to the regional concept, and the Preseason NIT was conceived.

Kaiser has been the recipient of multitudes of awards and honor due to his many contributions to collegiate athletics. He received the NACDA/NIT Athletic Directors Award, was given the ECAC Distinguished Service Award and was honored with the General Robert R. Neyland Award for Athletic Directors at the All-American Football Foundation's Banquet of Champions.

Mr. Kaiser resides in Manhattan, N.Y.

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