IOWA CITY, Iowa — North Dakota State athletics director Gene Taylor was hired as University of Iowa’s deputy athletics director, the school announced this morning.
Taylor, 56, has served as athletics director at North Dakota State for the last 13 years. The deputy director of athletics is a new position at Iowa. Taylor will supervise the athletics department’s day-to-day operations, several sports programs and become the primary decision-maker when Athletics Director Gary Barta is unavailable.
Other duties include srving as Barta’s primary advisor, overseeing the department’s strategic plan and heading the athletics department’s financial, information technology and human resources operations.
“I would like to thank Gary Barta for this exciting opportunity to be a part of Hawkeye Athletics and the University of Iowa,” Taylor said in a statement. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Gary, the athletic program and the University. Other than the difference in size, the two share a number of similarities including the very high priority put on student-athlete success athletically, academically, and doing things the right way. I look forward to working with the athletic staff and coaches.”
“Gene Taylor is highly respected across the country and has been a leader in college athletics for more than quarter of a century. He shares the values of Iowa and will comfortably fit the Hawkeye culture,” Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta said in a statement.
Taylor guided the school in its transition from Division II to Division I. North Dakota State has won the last three Football Championship Subdivision titles and has posted a 7-3 record against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents. That includes last year’s season-opening win at defending Big 12 champion Kansas State.
Taylor has worked as an athletics administrator for 28 years. Taylor currently oversees a $41 million capital campaign for renovation of NDSU’s basketball arena, administration offices, locker rooms, and indoor track and field facility. NDSU recently completed a $3.5 million renovation of its football administrative space and locker room complex.
The new position comes months after the retirement of associate athletics director Mark Abbott, who was in charge of legal affairs. Several department administrators are nearing retirement age, which made this hire essential, Barta said in a statement.
“Mark’s retirement, paired with the plans of other senior staff approaching retirement age and the shifting landscape of intercollegiate athletics at the conference level and nationally, provided a window of opportunity to evaluate how we are currently structured administratively and to envision the best structure for the UI Athletics Department moving forward,” Barta said.
“The creation of the deputy director position was the first next step in this process. Gene’s experience and expertise are exactly what I was looking for as we position ourselves for success in the future.”
Taylor is a 1980 graduate of Arizona State University. In 1985, he earned a master of science degree in sports administration from St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla. He worked at the United States Naval Academy before moving to North Dakota State.
Taylor and his wife, Cathy, have two children: a 19-year-old daughter, Casey, who is a sophomore at North Dakota State and manager of the men’s basketball team; a 16-year-old son, Jared, will be a sophomore in high school.
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