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Recruiting Exceptional Directors of Athletics

Witt/Kieffer's Intercollegiate Athletics practice recruits truly exceptional athletic directors and other sports administrators through a client-centric, communicative process. We get to know key stakeholders at each partner institution, working with and for them based on a timeline that is aggressive yet sources unique and intriguing candidates. And we work with the utmost integrity and respect for the individuals involved, their time, and their reputations.

Our clients include top-ranked colleges and universities across Divisions I, II and III, as well as affiliated athletics and alumni foundations. We push clients to think creatively about their leadership needs in athletics and which candidates would excel in addressing them.

Given the broad influence that collegiate athletics leaders have today, we seek candidates whose personal and professional missions are aligned with the strategic and educational missions of their campuses. These executives must be adept at building bonds with the institution's president and across departments, creating consensus for change, promoting fundraising and development of revenue sources, and ensuring the success and support of student-athletes.

Witt/Kieffer is the only leading executive search firm exclusively serving organizations committed to improving the quality of life. We bring to our Intercollegiate Athletics practice integrity and a passion for excellence. Integral to all the work that we do are our Leadership Solutions, a proven portfolio of tools and methodologies for assessment, executive development, onboarding, and more.

For more information on Intercollegiate Athletics, please contact Zach Smith.

Representative Searches

  • Cal Berkeley Names Jim Knowlton as Director of Athletics. Read more.
  • Vicky Chun becomes first female AD at Yale University. Read more.
  • Drew Galbraith Named Director of Athletics at Trinity College. Read more.
  • Samantha Huge selected as William & Mary Athletics Director. Read more.
  • Case Western Reserve University names Amy Backus Athletic Director. Read more.
  • Columbia University names Peter Pilling Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education. Read more.
  • Lindenwood University names Brad Wachler as VP of Intercollegiate Athletics. Read more.
  • Tufts University names John Morris as Athletic Director. Read more.


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