Boston College AD Brad Bates announced on Monday that he will step down at the end of the academic year to join Collegiate Sports Associates (CSA) of Chapel Hill, N.C., one of the nation’s leaders in executive search and consulting for intercollegiate athletics.
Bates will serve as vice president at CSA, where he will lead the agency’s consulting division.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Boston College and am especially grateful for the opportunity to serve the University,” said Bates. “I will forever be an Eagle and a fan of our student-athletes, coaches and staff, and will cherish the great relationships that I have made here. The Jesuit, Catholic education offered at BC is distinctive in higher education and epitomizes the very best of college athletics. I feel privileged to be a part of this community.”
Bates has served as director of athletics at Boston College since 2012. During that time, the University completed an assessment of its intercollegiate and intramural sports and finalized a strategic plan for BC Athletics in 2016 that calls for more than $200 million in new athletics facilities. The investment will include a 240,000 square- foot recreation center, a 115,000 square-foot athletic field house, and baseball, softball and intramural fields on the Brighton Campus. As AD, Bates was known as an advocate for student-athletes and their individual sports, and he led efforts to reorganize and enhance marketing and communications within Athletics.
BC said that it will embark on a national search for a successor and will engage the services of an executive search firm to assist in the process. When Bates was hired in 2012, former Merrimack athletic director Sean Frazier was said to be a finalist for the job.
“With the continued leadership of the University, quality coaches, new facilities and the recruiting classes that have been signed this year, the future is very bright for BC Athletics,” said Bates. “I look forward to supporting our student-athletes in the years to come.”