Former Toronto Raptor and New York Knicks General Manager Glen Grunwald has been named the Director of Athletics and Recreation at McMaster University in Hamilton.

The university made the announcement early Thrsday morning. In addition to working as an executive in the National Basketballl Association, Grunwald was also president of the Toronto Board of Trade. He replaces Jeff Giles, a former president of the Canadian Football League. Giles left the university in April.

Sean Van Koughnett, associate vice-president, students and learning, and dean of students said in a press release "Welcoming Glen to McMaster is great news for our students, student athletes and the community. Glen brings a wealth of experience to McMaster. He shares our commitment to providing the best athletic and recreation opportunities for all McMaster students, while ensuring our teams are ready to compete at the highest levels.”

Grunwald was fired as General Manager of the New York Knicks in September. He was General Manager of the Toronto Raptors from 1994 to 1997 and was responsible for drafting Chris Bosh, Tracy McGrady and Vince Carter.

Grunwald served as president and CEO of the Toronto Board of Trade from January, 2005 to October, 2006.

“It is a privilege to be joining one of the world’s best universities, home to one of the country’s top athletics programs,” Grunwald says. “McMaster has a long tradition of athletic excellence. I am especially eager to join the highly-regarded staff working to enrich the recreational and sports opportunities for our students and to take full advantage of the world-class facilities on campus.

“Whether it is a group of students enjoying a pick-up basketball game, a student playing recreational badminton or a team competing for a Vanier Cup or national championship, sport is an important part of a fully-rounded student experience.”