Baylor announces 10-year contract extension for VP/AD Rhoades

WACO, Texas (April 4, 2022) – Baylor University has agreed to a new 10-year contract with Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mack B. Rhoades IV, President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. announced on Monday. The contract, which has was approved by the Baylor University Board of Trustees this afternoon, will allow the two-time Athletics Director of the Year to finish his career at Baylor, leading one of the newest Power 5 programs from the country.

As a private institution, Baylor does not disclose specific contract terms.

Rhoades came to Baylor on July 13, 2016 from the University of Missouri. In June 2021, he was selected as Sports Business Journalof the 2021 Director of Athletics of the Year, marking the second Director of Athletics of the Year honor earned by Rhoades in as many years. Rhoades was chosen by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics as the 2019-20 Under Armor Athletics Director of the Year in March 2020. During his six years at Waco, Baylor won 24 Big 12 titles and six national championships.

“The Athletics Championship is an integral part of the Baylor experience, and it is a key recruiting tool for prospective students, current student engagement and positioning our brand,” said Chairman Livingstone. “Mack Rhoades has a deep commitment to Baylor’s Christian mission. His personal and departmental alignment continues in the development of our student-athletes in “Preparing Champions for Life,” which provides a championship-level experience in academics, athletics, character building, and their spiritual growth. Mack’s leadership has been recognized nationally over the past five and a half years, and his name has recently been associated with several opportunities. This new contract reaffirms that Baylor is where it wants to end its career and continue the work on our four pillars of Athletics. We look forward to Mack’s continued success at the helm of Baylor Athletics over the next decade.”

“Amy and I felt called to be at Baylor University and be an integral part of Baylor’s future,” Rhoades said. “It is a blessing to work with President Livingstone, who leads our university with great integrity and vision, and to continue to work alongside our championship coaches, staff and student-athletes over the next decade as we pursue our mission of ‘Preparing Champions for Life.’ We are humbled and appreciate the trust placed in us by the Board of Trustees, President Livingstone and University leadership.We are delighted that Baylor has given us the opportunity to complete my career as the University’s Athletic Director. ‘university.

Most recently, Baylor became the first Big 12 school to win a regular season football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball championship in the same year and was the first Power Five school to win their basketball regular season titles. conference in consecutive years. .

The 2020-21 college year, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, brought huge success to Baylor Athletics as the department combined to bring 20 trophies back to Waco. For the second straight term (not counting the COVID-shortened 2019-20 campaign), the Bears have won multiple national championships. After acrobatics and tumbling won its fifth consecutive title and women’s basketball won its third overall national championship in 2019, A&T won six games in a row in 2020-21 and men’s basketball won its first. national championship in program history.

Academically, Baylor tied a school record with an overall score of 94 in graduation rate (GSR), which led the Big 12 for an eighth straight year, was second in Texas State and s is ranked 14and nationwide among Power Five schools. The Bears have had a GPA of 3.0 or better for 27 consecutive semesters.

“Our intention is for Baylor to be the last job that Mack Rhoades aura, and we’re glad he trusted Baylor and chose to end his career here. We look forward to sharing more success with Mack, our coaches and our student-athletes in the decade to come,” said Baylor Board of Regents Chairman Mark Rountree, BBA ’86, MTA ’87. “Mack embodies who Baylor is as a Christian seeker. university, and we appreciate his leadership of a successful athletics department that elevates Baylor’s Christian mission and enhances the university’s visibility across the country.”

Under Rhoades’ tenure, Baylor secured the largest philanthropic donation in University history, leading to the future Paul and Alejandra Foster Pavilion that will house the men’s and women’s basketball programs in time for the conference. Big 12 in 2024. In addition, Baylor will soon open the Fudge Football Development Center. Additional information relating to Rhoades’ tenure at Baylor, including his significant impact on fundraising, facilities, staff, and student-athlete success, can be found here.


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked 1 research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 20,000 students by combining interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Established in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continuously operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a wide range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.

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