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A Message from Mack Rhoades
Mack Rhoades Issues Statement on Hofheinz Pavilion
understands that this is what I expect."
Mack Rhoades became the 11th director of athletics in University of Houston history with his hiring in June 2009 after an award-winning career at the University of Akron.
vision of an award-winning Athletics Department, both academically and athletically, Rhoades
has electrified the University and City of Houston with his
bold plans for Houston Athletics as its brand continues to spread nationally.
All of this has been done while remaining true to the department's core values: Accountability, Excellence, Inclusivity, Integrity, Loyalty and Sportsmanship.
Working with Dr. Renu Khator, Rhoades successfully steered Houston into a new era as the University was invited in December of 2011 to join The American Athletic Conference beginning with the 2013-14 academic year.
The three conference titles marked the first of eight in Rhoades'
first three years on campus.
direction, Houston teams have advanced to postseason competition 28 times while 31 individuals have earned All-America honors.
also has been a leader in the development of the Cougar Pride Leadership Academy
As one of just a handful across the nation, the program brings student-athletes together as freshmen through to graduation with activities that promote the complete person.
A leader among conference administrators as well, Rhoades
was selected to The American Athletic Conference TV Committee
after having served as the Conference USA chairperson for the Championship and Site Selection Committee
This kind of leadership is nothing new for Rhoades
Most impressively, Rhoades
led Akron to success while balancing the budget each of his
last three years.
In 2008-09, he
implemented a zero-based budget, where coaches and unit heads pre-planned spending in order to present a need-based budget proposal to the University Board of Trustees.
With a proven track record of budget management and proactive steps, Rhoades
gained support from University officials, allowing the department's budget to grow from $13.5 million to $19.2 million during his
drive for perfection and expectation of excellence quickly put his
name on the map nationally.
Rhoades served as a member of the NCAA Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet -- also serving on the Administrative Committee of that cabinet as well as leading the communications committee for the MAC.
On the business end of the spectrum, Rhoades played a key role and was chairperson on the steering committee in the Zips' new on-campus football and multi-use facility -- InfoCision Stadium/Summa Field -- which opened in September 2009.
also oversaw vast improvements to all facilities.
increased staffing levels across the department, adding 10 full-time assistant coaches and creating more than 30 full-time and graduate assistants positions within the department.
Rhoades came to Akron after a seven-year stint at UTEP, where he most recently served as the executive senior associate athletics director.
He worked his way up the ranks with the Miners after joining the staff as assistant AD for development.
In his final role with UTEP, Rhoades oversaw all fundraising, the marketing and media relations offices as well as football external operations, men's basketball, men's golf, licensing, Miner Athletic Club and the athletics ticket office.
While at UTEP
administered the Athletic Major Gift Program, through which $9.1 million was raised.
also was instrumental in increasing marketing revenue from $800,000 to $1.33 million in just four years.
In addition, he
to being among the conference leaders in attendance for football and men's basketball.
was heavily involved in athletics facility upgrades at UTEP
, including the construction of the $11 million Larry K. Durham Sports Center
which houses state-of-the-art football coaches' offices and locker rooms, as well as a training room and strength and conditioning center for all sports.
Prior to his stint at UTEP, he worked at Marquette, where he was the athletics advancement officer.
In that role, Rhoades oversaw all external operations for the Office of Athletic Advancement and the Blue & Gold Athletic Scholarship Fund.
Rhoades worked for one year as an athletics marketing assistant for Yale, where he developed marketing plans for football, men's basketball, men's ice hockey and the NCAA Fencing Championships.
obtained sponsorship agreements for Yale
A graduate of the University of Arizona with a bachelor's degree in physical education, Rhoades later attended Indiana University where he earned his master's degree in sports management and marketing.
wife, Amy, have three daughters - Nicolette, Natalie and Noelle.