Whenever Missouri’s next athletic director is hired, that person will have a vacancy to fill after deputy athletic director Doug Gillin was introduced Friday as the new athletic director at Appalachian State.
Gillin, 45, has been outgoing MU athletic director Mike Alden’s right-hand man since he rejoined the university May 1, 2012. He will assume his new role with the Mountaineers on April 6.
Alden announced Jan. 29 that he would step down effective Aug. 31. Missouri chancellor Dr. R. Bowen Loftin is currently conducting a nationwide search for his replacement.
“We are so proud and excited for Doug and (his wife) Leslie and their family for this wonderful opportunity,” Alden said in a statement from MU athletics. “Congratulations to Appalachian State, as they are getting someone who has an outstanding background in many varied aspects of the athletic business.”
During the last three years, Gillin oversaw external operations for the Tigers’ athletic department, including the Tiger Scholarship Fund, ticketing, strategic communications, Mizzou Sports Properties and game operations.
Gillin, a native of Binghamton, N.Y., and former hockey standout at SUNY-Cortland, also helped spearhead Missouri’s capital campaign for facilities improvements, including Memorial Stadium’s east-side expansion, during the transition to the SEC.
“Doug was an invaluable member of our team here at Mizzou who is a great leader who can roll up his sleeves and get involved, but he’s also got a feel for stepping aside and letting his staff get the job done,” Alden said. “His personality and work ethic really set him apart and we’re all very confident that he’s ready for this and that he’ll do great things at Appalachian State.”
Gillin was in his third stint with the Tigers after previously serving as assistant marketing director (1995-97) and general manager of Mizzou Sports Properties (1997-99).
Gillin worked for 12 years at IMG College, the nation’s top collegiate sports marketing company, in various capacities between his stints at Missouri.
Now, he takes the reins at Appalachian State, an NCAA Division I school that moved to the FBS ranks last fall.
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I welcome Doug Gillin to the Appalachian
community and share that the board looks forward to working with him in support of our student-athletes and the athletics program,” Appalachian State board of trustees chairman Bradley T. Adcock said in a release from the school.
The Mountaineers joined the Sun Belt Conference in 2014 after a dominant run at the FCS level, which included three straight national football championships from 2005-07 and 10 Southern Conference crowns.
Gillin is the fifth Alden disciple to advance into a Division I athletic director job. The others are Virginia Tech’s Whit Babcock, Mississippi’s Ross Bjork, New Mexico State’s Mario Moccia and Louisiana-Monroe’s Brian Wickstrom.
Gillin made $219,000 this year, according to MU’s 2014-15 salary report.
Charlie Cobb resigned Aug. 15 as Appalachian State’s athletic director and accepted the same position at Georgia State. He made $235,606 last year, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Senior associate athletic director Rick Beasley served as the Mountaineers’ interim athletic director.