What seemed like a near-endless search for Jay Jacobs’ successor as athletic director has come to a close. Allen Greene, the current athletic director at Buffalo, will be the new hire.
Greene is one of the youngest athletic directors in the country, and he’ll turn 41 at the beginning of April. He attended Notre Dame in the mid-1990s and played baseball for the Fighting Irish for two years. After a short minor-league baseball career, he went to work in the athletic department at Ole Miss, where he was an assistant athletic director from 2009-2012. He was a huge player in the fundraising game, helping Ole Miss complete a $150 million capital campaign, the largest in school history.
After his stint in the SEC, he moved to Buffalo as a deputy director until 2015, when he was given the job as athletic director. In his time in New York, Greene was instrumental in getting several large projects taken care of in terms of fundraising and completion, and the Bulls’ athletic teams reached new heights across the board during both his terms as deputy and head athletic director.
Greene’s forte will be the fundraising aspect of the job, but he’s shown that he can run the department smoothly from both day-to-day and big picture viewpoints. Buffalo’s football team went to just its third bowl game ever under his leadership, the men’s basketball team made its first two NCAA Tournament appearances ever in 2015-16, and women’s basketball reached the NIT for the first time in school history as well.
More to come, War Eagle! And welcome, Allen Greene, to the Loveliest Village on the Plains!