University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced today that Mack Rhoades has been appointed as the new director of Athletics for the Missouri Tigers. Rhoades, who will take over the role from retiring director Mike Alden, will begin in late April.
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Here’s what Lofin said about the new director, taken from the University’s website.
"“Mack Rhoades brings a wealth of experience as a Division I athletic director to Mizzou, and he has demonstrated a commitment to our core values of academic integrity, social responsibility and competitive excellence,” Loftin said. “I am delighted to welcome a leader with a track record of enhancing the student-athlete experience and a proven record in fundraising and facility development. We found the right fit at the right time to take Mizzou Athletics to even greater heights.”"
Currently, Rhoades serves in a similar role at the University of Houston, where he has been since 2009. Prior to Houston, he also was the athletic director at Akron from 2006-2009.
Rhoades, who is 49 years old, was appointed at a closed Board of Curators meeting that took place Monday morning, but CBS Sports had the story first on Sunday night.
Other candidates that were rumored for the job include current Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork and Texas A&M senior AD Jason Cook.
It doesn’t get any bigger than the SEC, but it sounds like Rhoades is up to the challenge.
Rhoades as viewed as a very aggressive and assertive athletic director, according to Rock M Nation, and CBS Sports says he is “considered one of the most dynamic administrators in the country.”
While I don’t know very much about this guy, I’ve only heard good things so far about him. Everybody in Houston is sad to see him go, which speaks to how good he is at what he does. He is very good at hiring quality coaches, and might be even better at fundraising.
In Rhoades’ six years at Houston, the school raised over $100 million for the athletic department, while building around $160 million worth of new athletic buildings.
That’s at the University of Houston, an American Athletic Conference school. Now, Rhoades will be in the “Big Leagues”. It doesn’t get any bigger than the SEC, but it sounds like Rhoades is up to the challenge.
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