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Mizzou’s Doug Gillin reportedly will become Appalachian State athletic director

Missouri deputy athletic director Doug Gillin reportedly will become the athletic director at Appalachian State, the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal and CollegeAD.com reported Thursday.

Gillin did not immediately return a message from The Star and the university declined comment through a spokesman.

Early Thursday evening, a spokesman for Appalachian State said there is “no announcement or press conference scheduled at this time.”

Gillin, 45, has been deputy athletic director since May 1, 2012.

In that role, he oversaw external operations for MU athletics. That included the Tiger Scholarship Fund, ticketing, strategic communications, Mizzou Sports Properties and game operations.

Gillin, who is originally from Binghamton, N.Y., also has been assistant marketing director at Missouri (1995-97) and general manager of Mizzou Sports Properties (1997-99).

In between stints with Tigers athletics, Gillin worked for 12 years at IMG College, the nation’s largest collegiate sports marketing company.

Appalachian State joined the Sun Belt Conference in 2014 after a successful run in the FCS ranks, including three consecutive national titles during 2005-07.

He will become the fifth former assistant under Mike Alden to advance to athletic director at a Division I school, joining Virginia Tech’s Whit Babcock, Mississippi’s Ross Bjork, New Mexico State’s Mario Moccia and Louisiana-Monroe’s Brian Wickstrom.

Missouri also is looking for a new athletic director after Alden announced Jan. 29 that he would step down effective Aug. 31.

Alden, who had been the Tigers’ athletic director since 1998, will remain at MU as an instructor in the education department. He also will teach courses in Missouri’s Positive Coaching program.

MU chancellor Dr. R. Bowen Loftin is conducting a nationwide search for Alden’s replacement.

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