Julio FreireAssociate Athletics Director for Development
...It's difficult to believe that Julio Freire is only in his second year on the Tennessee Tech Athletic staff.
arrival at Tech in January, 2005, he
has quickly become a significant figure in the growth of the department, and his
role as Associate Athletics Director/Director of Athletics Development is central to the department's strategic planning and fundraising efforts.A native of Tucson, Ariz., Freire came to Tech from Ohio University where he served as Assistant A.D. for Facilities and Operations from 2000 to 2003.He
was promoted to Associate A.D. for Operations in 2003.Freire also supervised varsity teams and was directly involved with the athletic department's External Operations, overseeing the concessions and merchandise contracts as well as assisting with development efforts.
duties are paramount to the strategic planning for facilities and coordinating the capital plans, where the immediate goal is to secure funding to open a new, 10,000 square foot strength and conditioning center which will serve all 16 TTU varsity sports.Additionally, while all of Tech
's facilities are being evaluated and a comprehensive plan compiled, Freire
is responsible for all development efforts including major gifts and annual giving, that will benefit Tech's
student-athletes, coaches, staff and community.He
has worked at establishing relations with donors, and is also working at planning and funding of the proposed Basketball Office Suites to be constructed in Eblen Center
.He earned his bachelor's degree in education in 1990 from Arizona State University, where he was a member of the ASU cross country and track & field teams.Once he began his professional career, he advanced within 10 years through the ranks to principal, filling roles in between as teacher, coach, counselor, assistant principal and athletics director.
That ascent began as a counselor, teacher and coach at Brophy College Prep School
in Phoenix. While at Brophy, he earned a Masters of Counseling degree in 1997 from the University of Phoenix.In 1998, he received Administrative Certification from the University of Phoenix, and was named assistant principal in charge of athletics at Tempe (Ariz.) High School and later principal of Fees Middle School.In 2000, he joined the staff at Ohio University to oversee all of the department's facilities and game operations. Julio
wife, Cherie, have two children - Christopher (4) and Gabriella (2).