Doug Gillin was named Appalachian State University’s director of athletics on Feb. 27, 2015, and he officially began the role April 6, 2015.
In the midst of his fifth year in Boone, Gillin has overseen progress in all facets of an athletics department that was in the beginning stages of its transition from FCS football and Southern Conference membership to FBS football and the Sun Belt Conference upon his arrival.
Before arriving in Boone, Gillin was most recently the deputy director of athletics at the University of Missouri from 2012-15, playing a prominent role in the Tigers’ transition to the Southeastern Conference. He had direct oversight over Mizzou men’s basketball and was part of a three-person administrative team that oversaw the Tigers’ football program. Among his accomplishments in Columbia, he helped lead the university’s athletics capital campaign and was involved in a $102 million facilities enhancement plan for football, baseball, softball, golf, tennis and track and field.
He also spent time early in his career on college campuses at Lehigh, New Mexico, Missouri and Syracuse, while holding senior leadership positions at ISP Sports/IMG College from 2002-12.
During his 10-year stint with Winston-Salem-based ISP/IMG, the country’s leading collegiate multimedia, marketing and licensing/brand management company, he served as the company’s senior vice president (2002-07), executive vice president/chief sales officer (2007-10) and senior vice president for college properties (2010-12). In those roles, he managed the company’s entire sales force, which included approximately 350 employees and more than 90 university and conference partnerships.
The Binghamton, N.Y., native was a four-year letterman in ice hockey at SUNY Cortland from 1987-91. He was a two-time team MVP and was selected as the squad’s co-captain in 1990. He graduated from SUNY Cortland in 1991 with a B.S. in physical education (sports management concentration). He went on to earn a master’s degree in physical education from Ohio University in 1993.
Gillin and his wife, Leslie, have three children: daughters Shea and Lia and son Chase.