BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University and Director of Athletics Doug Gillin have agreed to a four-year contract extension that will keep him at App State through 2022.
Gillin was named the school’s director of athletics on Feb. 27, 2015, and he officially began the role on April 6, 2015. The extension was announced Wednesday by Chancellor Sheri Everts.
“Doug Gillin’s leadership of the athletics division has led to unprecedented success for our student-athletes in the classroom and in their sports,” Everts said. “I appreciate his emphasis on the academic success of our student-athletes, his inclusive vision and his thoughtful approach to growth for our athletics programs.”
In the midst of his third year in Boone, Gillin has overseen progress in all facets of an athletics department that was in the beginning stages of its transition from FCS football and Southern Conference membership to FBS football and the Sun Belt Conference upon his arrival.
Among the achievements under Gillin’s leadership have been App State student-athletes leading the way academically within the Sun Belt; installation of state-of-the-art video boards at Holmes Convocation Center and Kidd Brewer Stadium; plans approved for a $38.2 million football end zone project, field hockey stadium upgrades and other facility enhancements; negotiating home games against top-tier programs such as Miami, North Carolina and South Carolina; record-breaking football crowds; and a significant increase in philanthropic giving.
“I would like to thank Chancellor Everts for giving me the opportunity to lead the athletics department at this great institution,” Gillin said. “We have a wonderful team of administrators, coaches and support staff who consistently recruit and develop high-quality student-athletes. We’ve been able to enhance our program through articulating our vision for comprehensive excellence in all facets of our athletic department – academically, athletically, socially and through innovative resource acquisition. We will keep working hard toward our goal of being the best athletics department in the country and provide our student-athletes a world-class college experience. My family and I are excited about what the future holds at Appalachian.”
Gillin has helped oversee one of the most successful transitions to the FBS level of football in history. The Mountaineers, under the leadership of head coach Scott Satterfield, became the first team to win bowl games in the first three consecutive years after making such a transition. They claimed the 2015 and 2016 Camellia Bowl trophies and were most recently crowned champions of the 2017 Dollar General Bowl after a 34-0 shutout of MAC champion Toledo.
The football team claimed Sun Belt Championships in 2016 and 2017. Its 36-9 record over the last 45 games trails only Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Wisconsin among all FBS programs.
Other team championships under Gillin’s watch include 2016, 2017 and 2018 Southern Conference wrestling, 2016 Sun Belt women’s indoor track and field, 2016 Sun Belt women’s cross country and 2017 Sun Belt men’s cross country.
Following are some of the top achievements during Gillin’s tenure as director of athletics.
Before arriving in Boone, Gillin was most recently the deputy director of athletics at the University of Missouri from 2012-15, playing a prominent role in the Tigers’ transition to the Southeastern Conference.
Gillin spent a decade in North Carolina in various roles with ISP Sports/IMG College from 2002-12. The first nine years of his athletics career were spent on college campuses, including Lehigh (1993-94), New Mexico (1994-95), Missouri (1995-99) and Syracuse (1999-02).
GILLIN AT A GLANCE
1993-94: Lehigh (assistant ticketing/business office director)
1994-95: New Mexico (assistant marketing director)
1995-97: Missouri (assistant marketing director)
1997-99: Missouri (general manager – Mizzou Sports Properties)
1999-2002: Syracuse (general manager – Syracuse Sports Properties)
2002-07: ISP (senior vice president)
2007-10: ISP (executive vice president/chief sales officer)
2010-12: IMG College (senior vice president for college properties)
2012-15: Missouri (deputy athletics director)
2015-present: Appalachian State (athletics director)
Bachelor’s: SUNY Cortland, 1991 (physical education – sports management concentration)
Master’s: Ohio, 1993 (physical education)
Ice Hockey: SUNY Cortland (1987-91)
Hometown: Binghamton, N.Y.
Birthdate: May 28, 1969
Daughters: Shea and Lia