Student-Athletes with a GPA of 3.70 or higher attended an Academic Recognition Dinner on Monday.
Boston College named Brad Bates the director of athletics on Oct. 9, 2012. Bates, who is credited with bolstering Miami (Ohio) University's athletics program during his 10 years as AD, succeeded Gene DeFilippo, who retired on September 30 after 15 years at Boston College.
As athletics director at Miami University, Bates oversaw a program that featured the school's first back-to-back football bowl game appearances in nearly 30 years (2003-2004) and two Mid-American Conference (MAC) championships in 2003 and 2010. Under his direction, 14 of Miami's 18 teams won at least one conference championship, including football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, soccer, cross-country and field hockey. The RedHawks men's ice hockey team won a Central Collegiate Hockey Association championship and appeared in two consecutive NCAA Frozen Fours, including the national championship game in 2009. In addition, Bates implemented retention strategies to raise student-athlete graduation rates, achieving an overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 89 percent in 2011, while also raising private funds to upgrade Miami University's athletics facilities--including a complete renovation of Yager Football Stadium--and a new ice hockey arena and softball field.
In 2011-12, Bates also served as president of the 1A Athletic Directors Association.
Prior to being named director of athletics at Miami, Bates served as senior associate AD at Vanderbilt University, where he had held positions of increasing responsibility within the athletics department between 1985 and 2002. In addition to overseeing the administration of all 15 sports, Bates supervised the athletic department's budget, while leading its marketing, development, licensing and Title IX compliance efforts.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, where he began as a walk-on defensive back before earning a football scholarship under legendary coach Bo Schembechler, Bates holds a master's degree in education from Michigan and a doctorate in education from Vanderbilt. He was also a member of the faculty at Miami University, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in sports administration.
A native of Michigan, Bates and his wife, Michele, were active members in the Miami University and local community, serving as volunteers with Special Olympics, the American Red Cross, Meals on Wheels and the Community Reading Program.