Allen Greene has been named the 15th Director of Athletics at Auburn University and will assume day-to-day responsibilities beginning in February. Greene has served as director of athletics at the University at Buffalo since November 2015.
A graduate of Notre Dame with a degree in finance, Greene was a three-year starter in baseball. Greene was selected by the New York Yankees in the 1998 MLB draft and played in its minor league system until March of 2001. Greene later received his master’s degree from Indiana University.
Prior to being named director of athletics at the University at Buffalo, Greene served as the senior associate athletic director for administration and deputy director of athletics. Greene also has experience working in the Southeastern Conference, having led several important business development and advancement functions at the University of Mississippi. Prior to joining Ole Miss, Greene spent two years working in athletics advancement for Notre Dame and five years in its compliance office.
Greene’s tenure at the University at Buffalo is noted for success on the field and in the classroom, as well as for donor and corporate development efforts that led to an array of facility enhancements.
One of the youngest athletics directors in the NCAA Division I ranks, Greene, 40, is highly regarded by his peers. He is actively engaged in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, Minority Opportunities Athletics Association, and LEAD1, an association dedicated to preparing today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders.
Leath hired Greene after consultation with the search committee, Parker Search Firm, and numerous leaders in intercollegiate athletics.
Under Jacobs’ leadership, annual revenues grew from $46 million to more than $145 million. The financial strength of the department allowed for investment in numerous facility projects designed to benefit Auburn student-athletes and fans. Consistent with Jacobs’ stated vision to be “the best school for the best athletes,” the Graduation Success Rate for Auburn’s student-athletes under his watch recently reached 80 percent, the highest in program history. Jacobs was named a 2017 NACDA /Under Armour AD of the Year and was a finalist for the 2017 Sports Business Journal AD of the Year.