Jim Olayos, who as athletic director helped build St. Joseph into a sports powerhouse for 11 years, is expected to announce he will be resigning to take a job at Notre Dame-Fairfield, according to multiple sources.
It wasn't certain what Olayos' role would be at Notre Dame. One source said he would have a dual role at ND and Sacred Heart University.
Though a Sacred Heart source denied that the school had hired Olayos, the source did praise his impending hire at Notre Dame.
"A gigantic coup for Notre Dame," the source said in a text message.
Olayos and Notre Dame will likely make an announcement either Tuesday or Wednesday, according to another source.
Olayos wouldn't comment when reached late last week. Notre Dame athletic director Rob Bleggi also declined to comment when reached Monday night.
Olayos, a 1976 St. Joseph graduate who played on the school's first state championship basketball team in 1975, resigned from a 20-year law practice to become athletic director when Christy Hayes left to become the AD at Wilton. Hayes replaced then-basketball coach Vito Montelli, who was forced to resign in 2001.
Olayos guided extensive upgrades in St. Joseph's athletic facilities, including the Dalling Sports Complex. The school's teams have won 13 state championships during his tenure.
Sacred Heart and Notre Dame entered into a partnership in December 2011 that gave the university more land while allowing qualifying ND students the opportunity to cut college tuition costs in half.
Correction: An original version of this story incorrectly stated Jim Olayos replaced Vito Montelli in 2002. Olayos replaced Christy Hayes, who served as AD from 2001-02. The article has been corrected to reflect this change.