HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Former Hofstra athletic director and official in football, basketball and lacrosse Jim Garvey has died. He was 70.

Garvey passed away Feb. 5 in Kentucky while awaiting a heart transplant, Hofstra said Tuesday.

He was the director of athletics at Hofstra from 1987 until his retirement in 1997. He hired football coach Joe Gardi in 1990 and men's basketball coach Jay Wright in 1994. During his tenure, the football team made one NCAA appearance, the men's lacrosse team made three NCAA, and the softball team two.

As an official he worked four bowl games, three NCAA basketball tournaments and six NCAA lacrosse championship games. He was a 1993 inductee into the Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame.