of Miami has announced today that Blake James has been hired as
Director of Athletics.
James has served as the interim Director of Athletics since October 2012.
UM Director of Athletics Blake James (Photo: Business Wire)
"Blake James has proven that he has the experience, skills, leadership
and especially the love for the University that we need in Athletics,"
said University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala.
Comprising 17 different sports, the UM Department of Intercollegiate
Athletics is dedicated to developing and supporting the University's
400-plus student-thletes in their efforts to achieve personal, academic
and athletic excellence. UM student-athletes have won 21 team National
Championships, 71 individual National Championships and earned 400-plus
"Having spent more than nine years at the University of Miami, I
understand what an honor and tremendous responsibility it is to serve as
Director of Athletics," said James. "My passion for this institution,
the students, the staff and our fans, is matched only by my commitment
to excellence in everything that we do. I want to thank President
Shalala and the Board of Trustees for their support and I look forward
to many great days ahead at The U."
James returned to UM for the third time in 2010 after spending seven
years at the University of Maine, the last five as the Director of
During his tenure at Maine, athletics experienced tremendous success,
including three trips to the Frozen Four for the men's ice hockey
program and NCAA playoff berths for football, baseball (two), women's
basketball and softball. Additionally, James implemented a comprehensive
$17 million facility improvement plan, which included an indoor practice
facility and numerous other facility upgrades and renovations.
To read the full news release, visit
The University of Miami's mission is to educate and nurture students,
to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond.
Committed to excellence and proud of our diversity of our University
family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world. http://www.miami.edu
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