Mack Rhoades is the Director of Athletics at Baylor University. Previously, he was Director of Athletics at the University of Missouri, where his tenure was marked with a focus on preparing student-athletes to be men and women of character who are successful inside the classroom as well as in their areas of athletic competition. In addition to managing key coaching hires such as head football coach Barry Odom, actively engaging donors in the vision for the programs, and leading efforts to reignite the excitement of Mizzou alumni and fans, Rhoades’ success at Missouri includes student-athletes posting the highest cumulative grade-point average in school history and the recognition of Missouri football as one of 15 programs honored by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) for graduating at least 90 percent of student-athletes since 2008. Only three SEC programs were recognized by the organization this year.
“The past year has taught me a great deal about who I am as a person and as a leader. I am very grateful to the people I’ve worked with and come to know throughout the state of Missouri. The experience has helped galvanize a commitment to my core values and to the values I want to infuse into an athletics program,” said Rhoades. “I look forward to the opportunity to join Baylor University at this important time in its history. I am excited to support and develop programs of the highest caliber, in facilities that are second to none, alongside coaches who are among the best in the industry, all grounded in a Christian tradition and committed to academic excellence.”
Prior to joining the University of Missouri, Rhoades served as vice president for athletics at the University of Houston where he led the resurgence of the Houston program for almost six years. While at the helm in Houston from August 2009 to March 2015, Houston’s football team appeared in four bowl games and enjoyed a historic 2011 campaign which saw the Cougars climb to No. 6 in the BCS standings en route to a 13-1 record and its first season-ending finish in The Associated Press Top 25 since 1990. Rhoades led the university’s efforts to raise nearly $100 million for athletics and build numerous facilities including a new on-campus football stadium and a men’s and women’s basketball development center. In addition, Rhoades made student-athlete education and success a priority during his tenure in Houston.
From 2005-2009 Rhoades served as athletic director for the University of Akron, a member of the Mid-American Conference. During his tenure, Akron achieved unprecedented success on and off the field. Akron student-athletes earned: 765 total Dean’s List honors, 213 All-Conference honors, 83 Academic All-Conference awards, 20 team championships, 14 Conference Player of the Year awards and 12 All-America honors. Akron men’s basketball won its first Division I Post-season game in the NIT, after posting the best winning record in a season in school history. The football team won its first MAC championship and first berth in a Division I bowl game; women’s cross-country and men’s soccer also won MAC championships.
Rhoades has also served in athletics department roles at University of Texas El Paso, Marquette and Yale University.
A native of Tucson, Arizona, Rhoades is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences. He earned a masters degree in athletics administration/sports management from Indiana University. He and his wife Amy have three daughters: Nicolette, Natalie and Noelle.