Boston College names Bates AD

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Boston College named Brad Bates new athletic director, replacing Gene DeFilippo, who retired from the position on Sept. 30.

"I am delighted that Brad Bates will be our atheltic director," said BC president William P. Leahy in a news release. "He is thoughtful, a proven leader, and someone who understands and supports Boston College's commitment to excellence in both academics and athletics. I look forward to working with him."

A Michigan graduate who was a walk-on for the Wolverines football team, Bates was associate athletic director at Vanderbilt prior to running the department at Miami of Ohio from 2002-2012.

"My wife Michele and I are honored to have this tremendous opportunity, and we feel an enormous sense of responsibility to the students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans of this extraordinary institution," Bates said in a statement. "Boston College offers a world-class education with first-rate athletics in one of the nation's best cities, and its Jesuit/Catholic tradition demands that we seek knowledge in ways that better the human condition and promote student development. I look forward to joining the Eagle family."

Bates was the president of the NCAA Division IA Athletic Directors Association in 2011-12.

Among the RedHawks athletic successes were conference championships by 14 of 18 varsity sports teams. The men's ice hockey team went to consecutive Frozen Fours and played for the national championship in 2009.

One of his pressing matters in Chestnut Hill, Mass., is weighing the future of football coach Frank Spaziani. The Eagles are 1-4 and Spaziani, who was 4-8 last season, is headed toward a second straight season without a bowl bid. Last season was the first time in 12 years the Eagles didn't play in a bowl game.
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