Alnutt named director of athletics at University at Buffalo

March 21, 2018 - 12:57 pm
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Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) - The University at Buffalo has found their replacement for Allen Greene as their director of athletics.

University President Satish K. Tripathi announced on Wednesday that Mark Alnutt will take over as U.B.'s athletic director effective April 11.

We are so excited to have Mark join our U.B. family," Tripathi said in the University's news release. "His time in NCAA athletics has been defined by his leadership and vision. We believe that he possesses exactly the qualities needed to elevate U.B. Athletics to our next tier of excellence.

"Throughout this national search, he demonstrated a keen understanding of the significant role a competitive athletics program plays in the overall success of a public institution of higher education and a clear commitment to ensuring the finest student-athlete experience through the core values of academic and competitive achievement."

Aluntt comes to Buffalo after serving as the deputy director of athletics at the University of Memphis for almost three years. He has spent 18 years of professional experience in the NCAA, including times at Southeast Missouri State University as the director of athletics, as well as the seniot associate athletics director at the University of Missouri.

During his time at Memphis, the football team set an attendance record and student-athletes achieved the highest grade point average in school history.

"I'm extremely honored to be named director of athletics at the University at Buffalo," Alnutt said in the University's news release. "I want to thank U.B. President Dr. Satish Tripathi for his leadership and committed vision to having an athletic department that is recognized nationally for academis excellence and competitive success."

Alnutt joins the University at Buffalo at a time when both the men's and women's basketball programs set record achievements this past season.

The men's program won their third Mid-American Conference Championship in four seasons, and just won their first ever NCAA Tournament game as a 13-seed against fourth-seeded Arizona. The school set program records for overall wins in a season (27) and conference wins in one season (15). Also, head coach Nate Oats just recently signed a five-year contract extension to remain as the head coach of the Bulls through the 2022-23 season.

As for the women's program, they earned an at-large bid into the 2018 NCAA Women's Tournament. What's more impressive is that the Bulls are heading to their first ever Sweet 16 appearance after wins over South Florida and Florida State. U.B. will take on the defending champion South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in Albany, NY.

"The positive trajectory of this athletics program is second to none as evidence by the recent on-the-court success of our men's and women's basketball programs," Alnutt said. "I look forward to engaging our university, the great community of the Buffalo metropolitan area and our prideful alumni to build upon the foundation that has been set to collectively achieve new heights for this department and the dedicated young men and women who comprise our student-athlete body."

Greene had spent three years as the athletic director of the Bulls until he took over the same position with Auburn University.

You can listen to Alnutt's entire introductory press conference below:

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