Dr. Robert J. Dranoff
Title Commissioner
E-Mail rdranoff@eccsports.org
Phone 631-372-0332

Dr. Robert J. Dranoff, was named the fifth Commissioner of the East Coast Conference in June, 2008.

"The opportunity to return to a conference with which I am very familiar makes this a great fit," noted Dranoff upon his appointment. "Being part of the ECC is not only about providing championship opportunities, it's also about creating and building community service and helping the student-athletes truly enjoy their collegiate experience."

Dranoff has been involved in college athletics in the New York metropolitan area for nearly 40 years. He began his career as Assistant Director of Athletics at St. John's University in 1978 before moving to the position of Director of Athletics at the State University of New York/College at Old Westbury from 1988 through 1992. He served as AD at Dowling College from 1992 to 2004. In recognition for his work at Dowling, he was inducted into the Dowling College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

Following his tenure at Dowling, Dranoff moved to Suffolk County Community College where he held the title Assistant Dean of Student Services and Director of Athletics. While serving Suffolk, Dranoff has also served as the Men's Regional Director of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XV, and 18-institution regional athletic conference. He held those positions until 2008 when he was appointed Commissioner of the ECC.

During his time with the ECC, the conference has added championship events in Men's and Women's Soccer, Lacrosse, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field as well as Women's Bowling and Esports. The ECC has been recognized for its work in the community through partnerships with the High School for Sport Management in Brooklyn, N.Y.; TEAM Impact, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Special Olympics. In addition, the conference created leadership programming for student-athletes: (the annual Experience in Community and Character; and for female coaches and administrators (the annual ECC SWA program). The conference has also expanded its efforts to recognize achievements on the field, classroom and in the community through the development of the annual ECC Awards and Hall of Fame events. Dranoff has been involved in NCAA national service including the DII Championships and Management Council committees.

In addition to his work with the conference, Dranoff is active in the community with involvement in several organizations and instructs and presents to student and adult groups as well as college classes in the area of youth violence and bullying issues. He also is an adjunct professor in Sport Management at St. John's University and St. Joseph's College.

A 1978 graduate of St. John's University with a degree in Athletic Administration, Dranoff earned a Master of Science Degree concentrating in counselor education from St. John's in 1984 and his Doctorate in Education concentrating on Educational Administration from Dowling in 2006. He resides in Sayville, N.Y. with his wife Ann and has two daughters, Alexandra and Kathryn.

Melissa Reilly
Title Associate Commissioner
E-Mail mreilly@eccsports.org
Phone 631-372-1886

Melissa Reilly (formerly Perry) begins her second tenure at the ECC after being named Associate Commissioner on June 8, 2015.

Reilly rejoins the ECC after a nearly three year stint as the Associate Athletic Director and SWA at conference member, NYIT. During her tenure she oversaw 12 intercollegiate Division I and II athletic teams by serving as the direct supervisor for coaches. In addition, she managed the department's business operations, helping to secure an additional $200,000 for the athletic operating budget and also supervised the department's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Prior to her time at NYIT, Reilly spent four years working for the ECC in multiple positions. She started as the Director of Media Relations before being promoted to Assistant Commissioner.

Previously, Reilly also spent time as a special events assistant at the American Heart Association and as the Director of Athletic Communications at Dowling College.

A graduate of Ithaca College with a bachelor's degree in Sports Management, Reilly also obtained her master's degree in public administration from Dowling. Reilly currently reside in Oakdale, N.Y. with her husband, Ryan, and sons, Ryan Joseph and Logan.

Casey Rafferty
Title Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Communications
E-Mail crafferty@eccsports.org
Phone 631-372-0886

Casey Rafferty was promoted to Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Communications on May 12, 2014 after serving the conference as the Director of Media Relations since October 11, 2010.

Rafferty is no stranger to the East Coast Conference, spending two years as a member of the Dowling College baseball team and then serving as an assistant in the Athletic Communications office after graduation. During his time at Dowling, Rafferty assisted in the promotion and publicity of their 15 NCAA varsity athletic programs. He served as the primary media contact for the women's soccer, men's basketball, women's lacrosse and baseball programs, which entailed staffing all home contests, providing statistical support and maintaining the athletic website along with securing feature stories in local media outlets such as Newsday, Bigapplesoccer.com and Baseball Player Magazine.

In addition, Rafferty was responsible for designing game-day programs, media guides and promotional materials for the athletic department and headed the technical aspects of the Dowling Athletics Awards Banquet which entailed video editing and presentation design.

Prior to Dowling, Rafferty spent a year as the Sports Information Director at Suffolk County Community College and oversaw the media relations of the college's 12 athletic programs. Additionally, he served as the Assistant Tournament Director for the NJCAA Cross Country National Championship, Region XV Men and Women's Basketball Tournament and Region XV Baseball Tournament.

Rafferty graduated from Dowling with a Bachelor's degree in Sport Management. He went on to receive a Master of Business Administration degree, also at Dowling, in General Management and Leadership.

A native of Averill Park, N.Y., Rafferty currently resides in Lynbrook, N.Y. with his wife Beth, daughter Natalie, and son Calvin.

Ruth Rodriguez
Title Communications and Operations Assistant
E-Mail rrodriguez@eccsports.org