Long-time intercollegiate athletics administrator Gene Taylor has been
selected as the deputy director for the intercollegiate athletics program at
will remain the athletic director at
State through the month of July.
worked in athletics administration for more than 28 years and is currently the
director of athletics at
where he guided NDSU through the transition from NCAA Division II to NCAA
During his 13 years as athletics director, NDSU has produced
64 CoSIDA Academic All-America awards, three NCAA Woman of the Year nominees,
four NCAA Championships Elite 89 student-athletes, and 18 NCAA Post-Graduate
Taylor has engineered
double-digit growth in NDSU's development efforts and triple-digit growth in
its corporate partners program. He is currently overseeing a $41 million
capital campaign for renovation of NDSU's basketball arena, administration
offices, locker rooms, and indoor track and field facility. NDSU recently completed a $3.5 million
renovation of its football administrative space and locker room complex.
Competitively, NDSU has won the last three national
championships at the Football Championship Subdivision level of play, achieved
a 7-3 record over Football Bowl Subdivision teams a record that includes four
wins over Bowl Championship Series opponents. NDSU has won 57 conference
championships since 2007-08, a total that includes nine championships in 2013-14.
The 2013-14 NDSU men's basketball team posted a 26-7 record,
won the Summit League regular season and post-season tournament championships,
and advanced to the third round of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball
Tournament by beating
Oklahoma. NDSU's volleyball and softball teams have
also been regular participants in NCAA post-season competition with softball
advancing to the 2009 Super Regional.
"I would like to thank Gary Barta for this exciting
opportunity to be a part of Hawkeye Athletics and the
Iowa. I have a tremendous amount
of respect for Gary, the athletic program and the University. Other than the
difference in size, the two share a number of similarities including the very
high priority put on student-athlete success athletically, academically, and
doing things the right way. I look forward to working with the athletic staff
"I need to thank (NDSU) President (Dean) Bresciani for
his leadership and support the last four years. He has been a great source of
strength for me both personally and professionally and our athletic program. I
am happy to call him a friend to me and my family and will miss working with
"I have been very fortunate to work with an extremely
talented and dedicated coaching staff, administrative staff, directors, and
support staff. There are the best a
person could ever ask to work with and have been critical to the success we
have enjoyed the last several years. It has been an honor and privilege to work
amongst the best in the industry. Whoever will be the next director of
athletics will be coming to work every day with people that will make their job
"I have also had the pleasure to watch an extremely
talented and committed group of male and female student-athletes the last 13
"I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing them prepare and
compete at a high level. They represent NDSU against the best in the nation and
make us very proud with their outstanding success athletically and academically."
Academy where he began his career
in 1986 as an administrative assistant for business. He held several positions in the ticket
office and ticket and business operations before serving as assistant athletics
director for internal operations, a position which included responsibility over
the department budget, supervision of eight sport programs, coordination of
football team travel, and event management.
"Gene Taylor is highly respected across the country and
has been a leader in college athletics for more than quarter of a century. He
shares the values of
will comfortably fit the Hawkeye culture," said Gary Barta, the UI's
director of athletics.
As the deputy director of athletics a new position at the
UI but a fixture at many of the UI's peer institutions nationally
will be responsible for administrative oversight for the athletic department's
day-to-day operations. He will also
supervise of select UI sports programs and will serve as the primary
departmental decision-maker in the absence of the director.
will serve as the primary advisor to the director of athletics, oversee
implementation of the department's strategic plan, provide vision and
leadership in the formulation and implementation of departmental policy, and
will oversee the department's financial, information technology, and human
resources operations. He will serve as a
member of the department's senior management team that provides strategic
leadership and direction to the UI's 24 sports programs.
The hiring of
comes on the heels of the retirement of Mark Abbott, a long-time member of the
senior staff. Abbott's retirement is the
first of several that will involve a member of the department's senior staff in
the immediate future.
"Mark's retirement, paired with the plans of other
senior staff approaching retirement age and the shifting landscape of
intercollegiate athletics at the conference level and nationally, provided a
window of opportunity to evaluate how we are currently structured
administratively and to envision the best structure for the UI Athletics
Department moving forward," Barta said.
"The creation of the deputy director position was the
first next step in this process. Gene's
experience and expertise are exactly what I was looking for as we position
ourselves for success in the future."
earned a bachelor of science degree in business management from
in 1980. He earned a master of science
degree in sports administration from
Florida, in 1985.
Gene and his wife, Cathy, will celebrate their 20th wedding
anniversary on July 2. Cathy received a
bachelor of science degree in special education from
University. The couple have two children: daughter Casey, 19, is a sophomore at
majoring in sports management. She is a
manager for the men's basketball team. Son
Jared, 16, will be a sophomore in high school.