Rob Mullens has presided over one of the most successful eras in the University of Oregon’s history with Duck student-athletes setting milestone records both on the field and in the classroom. He has guided Oregon two years in a row to its best finish ever in the Directors’ Cup, a national assessment of an athletic department’s overall achievements. At the same time, Mullens has improved the Ducks’ academic standards to where the University now averages more than 100 academic all-conference selections annually.
番茄社区下载And just as important as the athletic and academic success, Oregon’s philosophy of fiscal efficiency during Mullens’ tenure has been recognized nationwide. The University is one of only a handful of institutions across the country that is self-sufficient as the Oregon brand continues to grow.
番茄社区下载Those three pillars – student-athlete experience, academic excellence and broad-based competitive excellence – comprise the foundation of Mullens’ core beliefs as he oversees nearly 500 student-athletes and a budget of close to $110 million. Yet Mullens himself would tell you that it is the talented student-athletes, coaches and staff at the University of Oregon that are the department’s most valuable assets.
Mullens was named the University’s 12th director of intercollegiate athletics on July 15, 2010, after arriving from the University of Kentucky, where he served as deputy director of athletics and managed day-to-day operations for Kentucky’s 22-sport athletics department, with an annual operating budget of $79 million.
番茄社区下载Since Mullens’ arrival in Eugene, the Duck football team has claimed three conference championships in six seasons and played in the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship Game. The 2014-15 season saw the coronation of the University’s first-ever Heisman Trophy winner, Marcus Mariota, as the Ducks won the Pac-12 title and then beat undefeated Florida State in the Rose Bowl semifinal game.
番茄社区下载After claiming championships in 2015-16 in men’s and women’s indoor track and field, the Ducks’ winning legacy was strengthened by the first-ever national championship for the men’s golf team, won on its home course in Eugene at Eugene Country Club. The Ducks claimed the team championship just a couple days after Aaron Wise won the individual national championship.
Aided by the an Elite Eight appearance by the men’s basketball team and an NCAA quarterfinals finish for women’s golf, the Ducks’ three team championships helped carry them to a 10th-place Directors’ Cup finish, the highest in program history and the first ever top-10 finish.
One of only two teams in Division I athletics in 2015-16 to win three NCAA team titles, Oregon also became the only athletic department in the nation to have won multiple NCAA team titles each of the last four academic years.
番茄社区下载In the history of the Directors’ Cup, Oregon is the only program with 19 or fewer NCAA sports to place among the top 15 nationally, a feat the Ducks have done five times. Oregon also ranked among the top 25 for a seventh time in eight years. Thirteen of the University’s 30 all-time national championships have been won in the last six years.
Off the field in 2015-16, Mullens saw three UO student-athletes garner academic All-America awards and 90 student-athletes take home academic all-conference awards. Since the opening of the John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes in 2010, 32 UO student-athletes have earned academic All-America honors.
番茄社区下载Other highlights of Mullens’ tenure include three Women’s College World Series appearances for the softball team, a trip to the NCAA championship game in volleyball, four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament for men’s basketball and a combined total of 12 national championships won by the Duck track and field and cross country squads.
番茄社区下载Mullens arrived in Eugene as the Ducks opened their spectacular Matthew Knight Arena, which plays host to the school’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, women’s volleyball and acrobatics and tumbling, in addition to benefitting the entire Eugene-Springfield communities as a state-of-the-art venue for concerts, cultural forums and world-class entertainment. Other recent facilities include the Jaqua Center, the Hatfield-Dowling Football Complex and Pape’ Field. Spring of 2016 saw the opening of Jane Sanders Stadium on May 26, 2016, beginning a new era of Oregon softball.
Mullens’ background is in accounting and auditing, and he promoted sound fiscal management and self-sufficiency at the University of Kentucky. During his total of eight years at Kentucky, the athletic department’s operating budget expanded by nearly 70 percent. Fundraising for the department hit record levels each of the past seven years before his departure.
Prior to being named deputy director of athletics at Kentucky in 2006, Mullens began as the university’s executive associate director of athletics in 2002. He served at the University of Maryland from 1996 to 2002, starting as assistant director of athletics for business and ultimately as executive senior associate director of athletics and chief of staff.
The West Virginia native was senior athletics business manager at the University of Miami (Fla.) from 1994 to 1996, and prior to that he was an accountant/auditor at Ernst & Young in Raleigh, N.C.
The 46-year-old Mullens earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in sport management from West Virginia University in 1991 and 1993, respectively. He and his wife, Jane, have two sons - Cooper and Tanner.