Rockford native Carl Armato, a former Huskie basketball player and assistant coach, and a member of the Northern Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame, will return to his alma mater as an Associate Athletics Director, NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher announced June 16, 2011.
Armato, who has spent the past three years as the Director of Athletics for the Rockford Public School system, previously spent seven years at NIU as an assistant basketball coach, working with the Huskie men's basketball team from 2001-07 and spending the 2007-08 campaign on the women's basketball staff.
Armato takes over for long-time Northern Illinois administrator Dee Abrahamson, who announced her retirement from NIU in May 2011. His duties will include the supervision of several Huskie sports programs, including volleyball, gymnastics, women's tennis and baseball, and leadership of the game operations staff.
A 1984 graduate of Northern Illinois, Armato left the NIU men's basketball program ranked second in career assists (284) and currently ranks ninth on the list. He was the starting point guard on the first Huskie men's basketball team to play in the NCAA Tournament; that 1981-82 team was inducted into the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009. As a junior, he averaged 4.3 assists, 8.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 steals per game and as a senior, he led the MAC and ranked 15th in the country in free throw percentage.