Former Vanderbilt University administator tabbed to lead Boston College athletics

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 6:56pm

Brad Bates is heading back to the big city and back to a private institution.

After 10 years as the athletics director at Miami (Ohio), Bates was named the athletics director at Boston College on Tuesday.
 From 1985-2002, Bates held several positions in the Vanderbilt athletics department. In his last job, senior associate athletics director at Vanderbilt, he oversaw 15 varsity sports and the athletics department budget while he also earned his doctorate in education.

“I am delighted that Brad Bates will be our next director of athletics,” Boston College president William P. Leahy, S.J., said. “He is thoughtful, a proven leader, and someone who understands and supports Boston College’s commitment to excellence in both academics and athletics. I look forward to working with him.”

Bates, a native of Michigan, helped guide 14 of Miami’s 18 teams to at least one Mid-American Conference championship during his tenure. The hockey team made back-to-back NCAA Frozen Fours and played in the national championship game in 2009. The football program reached bowls in consecutive years for the first time in nearly 30 years.

In April, he lured away John Cooper from Tennessee State to take over as the RedHawks’ men’s basketball coach.

Off the field, he implemented retention strategies to increase graduation rates, which reached 89 percent in 2011. Plus, he led fundraising efforts that contributed to a renovation of the football stadium along with the building of a new ice hockey arena and softball field. This year he served as the president of NCAA Division IA Athletic Directors Association.

He takes over for Gene DeFilippio, who retired less than two weeks ago. DeFilippio also had ties to Vanderbilt. He was the Commodores' offensive backfield coach from 1980-82, a period capped by an appearance in the Hall of Fame Bowl, and was Director of Administrative Services for two years (1983-84).

Bates will head up an athletics department that competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference and features 31 varsity sports, 750 student-athletes and more than 200 employees.

“My wife Michele and I are honored to have this tremendous opportunity, and we feel an enormous sense of responsibility to the students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans of this extraordinary institution," said Bates. “Boston College offers a world-class education with first-rate athletics in one of the nation's best cities, and its Jesuit, Catholic tradition demands that we seek knowledge in ways that better the human condition and promote student development. I look forward to joining the Eagle family.”