UH to Launch National Search for New Athletic Director

Mack Rhoades Leaves Legacy of Success at UH; Accepts Job at Mizzou

The University of Houston will launch a national search for a new athletic director to replace Mack Rhoades, who has accepted the same position at the University of Missouri.
“Mack did many great things at the University of Houston, including hiring championship-winning head coaches in the major sports, improving the academic performance of our student-athletes and spearheading the drive for our new TDECU football stadium. We wish him well, and we will move forward to find a dynamic leader who will take our athletics program to the next level,” said UH President Renu Khator.
Khator will appoint a committee to lead the search for a new athletic director.
Rhoades thanked the UH System Board of Regents and Khator for their support of UH student-athletes, coaches and staff.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the VP for Intercollegiate Athletics at UH,” Rhoades said. “UH Athletics is well positioned for great success in the near future.”
Rhoades, 49, has been AD at Houston since June 2009. He recently hired former Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman as the Cougars’ football coach. Last year he hired Kelvin Sampson as UH’s basketball coach. In addition to building a new on-campus football stadium under Rhoades, UH is in the process of a renovation to its basketball arena, Hofheinz Pavilion. Houston also is building a $25 million basketball practice facility.
Rhoades successfully guided the athletic department from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference during realignment. Under Rhoades’ watch, the Houston football team reached the top 10 and won 13 games in former coach Kevin Sumlin’s final season in 2011.
Rhoades will be formally announced at a Tuesday press conference at the University of Missouri.