According to Yahoo Sports, Missouri Athletic Director Mack Rhoades is leaving the university to take over at Baylor.
Former Baylor Athletic Director Ian McCaw resigned after the Peppr Hamilton Report was released detailing the school and athletic department’s sexual assault scandal.
Rhoades firs took over as Mizzou’s AD on April 27, 2015.
Rhoades came to Columbia, Mo., after serving as vice president for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Houston, where he oversaw 17 varsity sports and led a revival in academics and facilities since his arrival in August 2009. Prior to joining the University of Houston, Rhoades was director of athletics at the University of Akron.
At the University of Houston, Rhoades rejuvenated the athletics program across the board, including enhancements in the student athlete experience, academics, facilities, fundraising and competitiveness. During the 2013-14 academic year, 10 of the 17 sports programs competed in NCAA postseason competition. The football team participated in bowl games four times in a six-year span, including the 2011 season when the Cougars were ranked as high as No. 6 in the BCS standings and competed in two consecutive bowl games in 2013 and 2014. In almost every academic measurement, including GPA and APR, Houston reached record levels; Rhoades created the Cougar Pride Leadership Academy to provide life-long leadership skills for student-athletes.
During his tenure, Houston raised nearly $100 million and built $160 million worth of new facilities, including a new on-campus football stadium and a men’s and women’s basketball development center. Rhoades also negotiated a new multi-media rights deal for the athletics program as well as one of the top five facility naming rights deals at the collegiate level.
Additionally, Rhoades and Dr. Renu Khator successfully steered Houston into a new era as the university was invited in December 2011 to join The American Athletic Conference beginning with the 2013-14 academic year. The first year in The American saw one of the most successful years in Houston Athletics history as Houston’s programs combined for 157 victories, 17 American individual championships, 10 NCAA postseason berths and two American team titles. The surge in success led to Houston’s highest national finish in the Learfield Directors’ Cup since 2000-01.
Under Rhoades’ leadership, Cougar Pride, Houston Athletics’ fundraising arm, set an annual donations record for the fifth consecutive year in 2013-14 as more than 3,100 Cougar Pride members contributed $4.5 million, topping the previous record of $3.5 million the year before.
Prior to his arrival at Houston, Rhoades helped Akron reach unprecedented success on and off the field. During his tenure, Akron student-athletes earned: 765 total Dean’s List honors, 213 All-Conference honors, 83 Academic All-Conference awards, 20 team championships, 14 Conference Player of the Year awards and 12 All-America honors.
His drive for perfection and expectation of excellence quickly put his name on the map nationally. Rhoades served as a member of the NCAA Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet — also serving on the Administrative Committee of that cabinet, as well as leading the communications committee for the MAC.
Rhoades came to Akron after a seven-year stint at UTEP, where he most recently served as the executive senior associate athletics director. He worked his way up the ranks with the Miners after joining the staff as assistant AD for development. In his final role with UTEP, Rhoades oversaw all fundraising, the marketing and media relations offices as well as football external operations, men’s basketball, men’s golf, licensing, Miner Athletic Club and the athletics ticket office.
Rhoades holds a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in athletics administration/sports management from Indiana University.