Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development
first year at the University of Nevada Las Vegas
, Julio Freire
has immersed himself into the culture of the Las Vegas community and the University.
As the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development he led a complete overhaul of the Rebel Athletic Fund (RAF).
is now focused on securing financial contributions for the benefit of UNLV student-athletes, donor needs and being transparent in all of their actions.
Prior to coming to UNLV in July of 2010, Freire served as Associate Athletics Director at the University of Arizona (UofA) where he played a key role in the department's strategic planning and fundraising.
His specifics duties included overseeing the development staff, with another Associate Ahtletics Director, and serving as the administrative liaison for the football and men's basketball program.
tenure at the UofA
the development team experienced unprecedented growth and opened a state-of-the-art basketball practice facility in addition to kicking off a $70 million campaign to renovate the football stadium and open a an end zone complex to better serve the needs of the football program.
From 2004 to 2007 Freire served at Tennessee Technological University where he also played a key role in strategic planning and led all fundraising efforts.
Before that, he served as Associate Athletics Director for Operations at Ohio University from 2000 to 2004.
A native of Tucson, Arizona, Freire earned his bachelor's degree in education in 1990 from Arizona State University.
He was a member of the Arizona State cross country and track and field teams.
He earned a master's of counseling degree in 1997 and administrative certification in 1998.
Before entering college athletics, he was a counselor, teacher, coach and assistant principal at the high school level.
He then became a school principal.
wife, Cherie, have two children - Christopher, nine and Gabriella, six.