Boston College has hired former Miami of Ohio athletic director Brad Bates to replace Gene DeFilippo, who retired as athletic director on Sept. 30, the school announced Tuesday.
Before being named director of athletics at Miami, Bates was a senior associate AD at Vanderbilt, where he held various positions from 1985 to 2002. This year, Bates served as president of the NCAA Division IA Athletic Directors Association.
One of his first tasks at BC will be to decide whether to retain embattled coach Frank Spaziani, whose team is off to another disappointing start. The Eagles are 1-4, have lost three straight and have yet to beat an FBS team this season as they head to Tallahassee this weekend to face No. 12 Florida State.
"I am delighted that Brad Bates will be our next director of athletics," Boston College president William P. Leahy said in a statement. "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."
As athletics director at Miami, Bates oversaw a program that featured the school's first back-to-back football bowl game appearances in nearly 30 years (2003-04) and MAC championships in 2003 and 2010.
Under his direction, 14 of Miami's 18 teams won at least one conference championship, including football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, soccer, cross-country and field hockey. The RedHawks men's ice hockey team won a Central Collegiate Hockey Association championship and appeared in two consecutive NCAA Frozen Fours, including the national championship game in 2009.
Bates also helped raise student-athlete graduation rates, achieving an overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 89 percent in 2011, while also raising private funds to upgrade facilities, including a complete renovation of Yager Football Stadium, and a new ice hockey arena and softball field.
Bates is a graduate of Michigan, where he began as a walk-on defensive back before earning a scholarship under legendary coach Bo Schembechler. He has a master's degree in education from Michigan and a doctorate in education from Vanderbilt. He also was a member of the faculty at Miami of Ohio, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in sports administration.
"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," Bates said in a statement. "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."