The Search For The Next AD: Part II

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In Part 2 of our series, we will be profiling Boston College Athletic Director Brad Bates. Bo Schembechler raved about Bates whenever given the opportunity. For many, Bates is the favorite for many different reasons. Bates recently stated in an interview that he hasn’t been contacted by Michigan. He also stated that he was looking forward to staying at Boston College for a long time. You can never take anything at face value in college football. Although Bates claims he wasn’t contacted yet, he’s still likely a top candidate. Here is his profile.


Brad Bates


Boston College Director of Athletics

Years active at current position:



He attended the University of Michigan and earned his master’s degree in education in 1982 and a doctorate in education from Vanderbilt in 1998.


Bates began his career as a senior associate athletic director at Vanderbilt University between 1985 and 2002. After that he became the athletic director at Miami of Ohio. In 2011-2012, Bates also served as president of the 1A Athletic Directors Association. In late 2012, Bates was officially named Director of Athletics at Boston College.

Athletic success:

During his tenure at Miami (OH), the athletic department saw athletic success. In the 2003-2004 season, the football team had the school’s first back-to-back bowl game appearances in nearly 30 years. They also earned two Mid-American Conference championships in 2003 and 2010. Under his leadership, 14 of Miami’s 18 teams won at least one conference championship, including men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, soccer, field hockey, cross country and football. 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.

So far in his Boston College tenure, the Eagles football team went 7-6 in 2013. This year’s team is 6-4 thus far.

Academic success:

Bates implemented strategies to raise student-athlete graduation rates, achieving an overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 89 percent in 2011. As of 2012-2013, the football team had an APR of 981. The basketball team had an APR score of 951. Men’s ice hockey scored a 982. Boston College has also had perfect APR scores in multiple sports.


In May 2012, Boston College received its largest gift ever of $5 million dollars in support of the athletics program.

Fixing facilities:

Bates was able to raise private funds to upgrade Miami University’s athletic facilities, including a complete renovation of Yager Football Stadium and a new ice hockey arena and softball field.


Bates was a walk-on student-athlete at Michigan. He played defensive back before earning a football scholarship under coach Bo Schembechler. Bates is from Port Huron, Michigan. He and his wife regularly volunteer with the Special Olympics, the American Red Cross, Meals on Wheels and the Community Reading Program.

Notable Hires:

Jim Christian (basketball) and Steve Addazio (football).

Stick with us as we will bring you part III of our profile series, featuring Jeff Long.

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