Georgetown University Athletic Director Joe Lang will retire effective July 1, the university announced yesterday. Adam Brick, a Georgetown graduate who is the senior associate director of athletics for legal affairs, will serve as the interim athletic director.

The school plans to conduct a national search to find Lang's successor, though no details about the search committee or timetable were released.

"I appreciate the opportunity that Georgetown provided me to spend my career working to enhance the undergraduate experience of our student-athletes," Lang, 62, said in a statement released by the university's athletic department. "The chance to work with an outstanding group of colleagues, students and alumni has been one of the great blessings of my life."

Lang declined to comment further through an athletic department spokesman.

Lang spent 32 years at Georgetown as a coach, adjunct professor and administrator. He was a successful track and field coach, producing 27 all-Americans, a Boston Marathon champion, and one Olympian during his tenure as the Hoyas' coach (1974 to '83). He became an administrator in 1983, and was promoted to director of athletics in 1995.

Twenty-eight teams won Big East championships during Lang's nine-year tenure as director of athletics. Since 1996, Lang has helped the athletic department raise more than $50 million as part of the university's $1 billion Third Century Campaign, President John J. DeGioia wrote in a letter e-mailed to the Georgetown community. The funds established 36 new merit and need-based scholarship endowments and helped renovate existing facilities and plan for a new boathouse and multipurpose sports facility, DeGioia wrote.

"I wish to extend my deep appreciate to Joe for his outstanding leadership," DeGioia wrote. "With Joe's leadership, we have created and sustained a truly remarkable athletic community and we will build on this firm foundation in years to come."

-- Camille Powell