Athletic Directors, Administrators and Coaches

Recruiting Dynamic College Athletics Leaders

It is a different college sports landscape today, one in which coaches and administrators wield more influence yet are also placed under greater scrutiny than ever. The pressures of their jobs have multiplied, as have the responsibilities of managing complex departments and programs. More than ever in college athletics, great leadership is needed.

WittKieffer’s Intercollegiate Athletics Practice strategically recruits college sports leaders who seek to positively influence the higher education landscape. These include athletic directors, coaches, conference commissioners and other sports administrators who run exemplary programs and truly make a difference in the lives of student-athletes.

A Call for Multifaceted Leaders

Led by practice leader Jeff Compher, we work with clients to think creatively about their leadership needs and to search for athletics administrators and coaches who excel in addressing today’s priorities. These executives must live the educational missions of their institutions, create a world-class student-athlete experience, and be adept at communications and marketing, fundraising, developing new revenue sources, and building consensus for change.

Partnering with Integrity

Our strategic approach to athletic director search and college coach recruitment is client-centric, communicative and comprehensive. We get to know key stakeholders at each institution we partner with and tailor our college sports leader search process accordingly. We work with and for our clients based on a timeline that is aggressive and balanced with unique sources and intriguing candidates specific to each institution. And we work with the utmost integrity and respect for the individuals involved and their time, confidentiality and reputations.

Success Story

Jim Knowlton – Director of Athletics, University of California, Berkeley
Knowlton lays out a plan for success at Cal

Upon being named Director of Athletics at the University of California, Berkeley in 2018, Jim Knowlton took charge of a department that had seen rising Academic Progress Rates among its athletes, yet was still marked by financial shortfalls and a department thirsty for leadership. In 2019, Cal Athletics laid out a new “strategic plan,” laying out a set of priorities and a mission “to educate, compete, serve and excel … developing leaders of tomorrow” to guide the department for the next five years. The plan includes the restructuring of staff leadership positions, and a series of priorities aimed at enhancing the expertise for Cal’s 850 student-athletes across 30 sports.

Intercollegiate Athletics Resources

Connect with a Practice Leader

Our expertise in college athletics executive search comes from our search work as well as experience in athletics leadership roles. Practice leader Jeff Compher is a former NCAA Division I athletic director who supports each client with insight and candor.

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