University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Ryan Bamford
Director of Athletics

Ryan Bamford

Ryan Bamford is the Director of Athletics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Previously, he worked in a variety of roles at Yale University for eight-plus years, spent four years as a key administrator in the Georgia Tech athletics department. Bamford was promoted from Associate Athletic Director to Senior Associate Athletic Director in June 2013. Bamford is responsible for the Athletic Association operational aspects of football, baseball and men’s basketball. Other departments which report to him include sports medicine, player performance, facilities, equipment and game operations.

At Yale, Bamford served as Senior Associate Director of Athletics since 2007, supervising Bulldog sports including football, men’s basketball, and men’s and women’s fencing. He coordinated internal operations for an athletic program with 35 varsity sports. Bamford was responsible for overseeing Yale’s event management team, equipment operations, and the sports medicine and strength and conditioning units. In addition, he oversaw intercollegiate scheduling, game contract administration and team support services.

Bamford has served on a number of NCAA and Ivy League committees, including four years on the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Committee, which he chaired in 2009 and 2010.

Prior to working at Yale, Bamford worked in the athletic department at Springfield College (2000-02). He has also previously served at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), Octagon Sports Marketing, Plymouth State University and the University of New Hampshire.

A 2000 graduate of Ithaca College, Bamford was a standout basketball player for the Bombers. He left Ithaca as the school’s all-time leader in single-season and career three-point field goals while finishing 13th on the career scoring list.

Bamford resides in Atlanta.