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Craig Angelos
Craig Angelos

Position:
Director of Athletics


06/28/2012

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Craig Angelos was named Director of Athletics at Florida Atlantic University in July 2003, assuming oversight responsibility for the institution's 18-team intercollegiate athletic programs and more than 500 student-athletes.

Angelos has moved at a rapid pace to take the program to new heights, by working with the University's administration, students and staff. His philosophy for running a successful intercollegiate athletic program is built on four fundamental principles: institutional control, academic excellence, fiscal integrity and winning championships.

Angelos immediately led the Athletics Department through a shift in conferences, entering the Sun Belt Conference (one of the 11 1-A conferences), which elevated play and aligned the football team with an FBS league. All of this was made possible by a successful transition from NCAA Div. I-AA to I-A. Angelos has since witnessed football hosting a sellout, a conference championship and two bowl appearances--both victories (New Orleans in 2007 and Motor City in 2008). FAU became the first football team in the SBC to earn consecutive-bowl victories and FAU was the only team in the state of Florida to win bowl games in both 2007 and 2008. The team's quick assent onto the national stage has been chronicled through television packages that Angelos initiated. These packages have been both regional and national broadcasts. Under Angelos' watch, the Owls inked an all-sport apparel deal that came on the heels of a brand identity campaign, chaired by Angelos, a campaign that has created a revenue stream for both the University and athletics. In 2011, the Owls football team will run into an on-campus stadium, a $70-million project that is the cornerstone of Innovation Village. Innovation Village, an idea brought to the University by Angelos, houses the Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center, the Recreation Center and state-of-the-art residence halls. During Angelos' tenure, the Owls have captured 15 conference titles and FAU has been represented in postseason competition 20 times. Four individuals have earned All-America status while five earned Academic All-America honors. The department's commitment to a holistic approach to student-athlete excellence shows with an average of more than 40% of the student-athletes maintaining a 3.0 GPA, and with the National Consortium for Academics and Sports honoring FAU as an Academics and Sports Outreach and Community Service Program Honor Roll member in 2005. This was made possible in part due to his creation of a Student Affairs program that assists the student-athletes development in the areas of academic and athletic excellence, personal and career development and community service.

Angelos and FAU athletics have made these accomplishments without losing site of fiscal integrity and prosperity. The department has balance the budget each year and witnessed a steady rise in community involvement and donor commitment. He has continued to develop a close administrative and head coaching staff relationship with 75% of the administrative staff coming on board since 2003 and eight head coaches being selected by Angelos. One of his most high-profile searches culminated in the 2005 when Matt Doherty, former Notre Dame and North Carolina head coach was hired returning the former National Coach of the Year to the college ranks. In just one season, men's basketball revenues tripled and attendance more than doubled. Mike Jarvis took the reigns just three years later, in 2008, and brought home a SBC regular-season title and a NIT appearance in 2011. Basketball attendance has continued to climb packing the FAU Arena in 2011 multiple times, including a nationally televised game in 2011. Baseball opened the 2008 season with a record crowd, which was surpassed in mid-season with a standing-room only crowd. The Owls hosted the nation's top-ranked team at Roger Dean Stadium in 2011 setting a program attendance record. In the summer of 2011, the Wall Street Journal recognized FAU as one of 17 NCAA Division I institutions that has not suffered penalties for a major infraction.

His comprehensive facilities master plan has seen the construction of a $4.5 million track-and-field complex that opened in the spring of 2007. In the fall of 2008, the volleyball and basketball teams returned to FAU Arena after an $11 million renovation that included new locker rooms, suites and chair-back seating. But, the gem of the master plan will shine in 2011 when the $70 million on-campus football stadium opens its doors to FAU and the community. The 30,000-seat, open-air stadium features 6,000 premium seats, including 24 suites, 26 loge boxes, 1,000 premier club seats and 4,000 priority club seats, and the latest, state-of-the-art amenities.

Prior to coming to FAU, he was the deputy director of athletics and chief operating officer at Indiana University. While there, he supervised many aspects of the athletic department including the football program. Previously, he was at the University of Miami (FL) for eight years, serving in a variety of positions but primarily as the second in command. Prior to Miami, Angelos spent three years at the NCAA as a legislative assistant interpreting the association's rules and regulations. He has served as an intercollegiate athletics administrator for nearly 20 years.

A graduate of the Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, NE, Angelos worked for a short time in a mid-sized litigation firm in Los Angelos, CA. During his undergraduate years at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, Angelos was the starting first baseman on the varsity squad. He later played in Buttrio, Italy for in an Italian professional baseball league.

Angelos and his wife, Kristin, have been married for 26 years. The couple has six children Alayna (22), Alexis (19), Abigail (16), Austin (14), Aaron (11) and Alivia (8).

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