After 17 years as SUNY Potsdam's Director of Athletics, Jim Zalacca, 66, has announced that he will retire September 1. Zalacca's career in college sports spans nearly 40 years, beginning at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. as assistant basketball coach in 1980. He then ascended to his first administrative post as director of athletics and men's head basketball coach at Bethany College (W.Va.). From 1990-93, Zalacca served as athletic director at Castleton University (Vt.). He first entered the State University of New York Athletic Conference in 1993 as director of athletics at SUNY New Paltz, where he guided the Hawks for seven seasons. Zalacca assumed the helm of Bears Athletics prior to the 2000-01 campaign and is currently the longest serving SUNYAC athletic director and second longest in Potsdam history. Athletically, Zalacca's tenure at Potsdam has seen three team SUNYAC titles, nine individual SUNYAC titles, one NCAA Championship, two NCAA Tournament appearances and Bears men's basketball advance to the Elite Eight.