Director of Athletics Brad Bates is stepping down at the end of the 2016-17 year to join College Sports Associates—one of the leading national executive research and consulting centers for Intercollegiate Athletics. Bates will assume the position of a vice president of CSA, heading the agency's consulting division.
Bates has been at the helm of Boston College Athletics since October 2012, when he took over for former AD Gene DeFilippo following his retirement.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Boston College and am especially grateful for the opportunity to serve the University,” said Bates. “I will forever be an Eagle and a fan of our student-athletes, coaches and staff, and will cherish the great relationships that I have made here. The Jesuit, Catholic education offered at BC is distinctive in higher education and epitomizes the very best of college athletics. I feel privileged to be a part of this community.”
During Bates' time on the Heights, the university has finalized a strategic development plan calling for $200 million in new athletics facilities of which includes a 240,000 square-foot recreation center, a 115,000 square-foot athletic field house, and baseball, softball and intramural fields on the Brighton Campus. But the new improvements haven't come without turmoil.
Bates is in the final year of his five-year contract, and the change--called upon by many Eagles fans--has finally arrived.
While BC has maintained the greatest number of varsity athletics in the ACC along with high achievement in the classroom, the two most profiled sports--football and men's basketball--have suffered tremendously. Football has gone 24-27 (10-22 ACC) under head coach Steve Addazio--who was brought in by Bates. Under men's basketball coach Jim Christian--also hired by Bates--the Eagles are 29-62 (6-44 ACC). During Bates' tenure, the Eagles have been a subject of national ridicule with both major sports teams going winless in the ACC last year.
Bates was speculated to be looking at opportunities at San Diego State University and the University of Missouri, but is ultimately headed to Chapel Hill, N.C. to join the CSA.
BC has announced that it will launch a national search for a new athletic director with the help of an executive search firm.