FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU has named Jeremiah Donati its new athletic director, promoting one of Chris Del Conte's assistants after Del Conte left for the same job at Texas.
Donati, who was introduced at a news conference Monday, was executive director of the TCU Frog Club when he was hired as an assistant athletic director in charge of development in 2013. His most recent role was as deputy athletic director for external affairs.
"[Donati's] tremendous experience, his stellar work ethic and his sense of Horned Frog pride will be instrumental in assuring continued success of our athletics programs, along with ensuring that they remain integrated with the strategic direction of the university,” TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini said in a press release. “I’m excited to see what we can achieve under his leadership.”
Before joining the Frog Club, Donati worked for prominent football agent Leigh Steinberg as general counsel and director of player representation. He also had fundraising roles at Arizona, Washington State and Cal Poly.
Donati inherits a program that has been a Big 12 championship contender under longtime football coach Gary Patterson and is coming off an NIT championship in the first season under men's basketball coach Jamie Dixon, Del Conte's most significant hire.
“From the moment I set foot on campus almost seven years ago, I knew immediately that the TCU community was very special,” Donati said in the release. “It truly is home to me and I feel incredibly blessed and humbled to be appointed to the position of director of intercollegiate athletics... “I look forward to working with my incredible team to collectively continue the momentum we have at TCU.”
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