Gonzaga University President Thayne McCulloh has announced that Chris Standiford will take over as director of athletics at GU following Mike Roth’s retirement in late August. Standiford, who is currently the department’s deputy director of athletics and chief operating officer, has served a number of roles at the university over the last 28 years.
“Chris is very well-known within Gonzaga Athletics and enjoys the confidence of colleagues both internally and externally,” McCulloh said in a press release. “We are confident that Gonzaga Athletics will reach new heights under his leadership as A.D.”
In his current position, Standiford is responsible for daily operation and oversight of the department, while also acting as the primary team administrator for the men’s basketball team and the school’s representative on the West Coast Conference Basketball Cabinet. Since 2009, his responsibilities have grown to overseeing fundraising and revenue generation, GU’s multi-media rights and the relationship with Gonzaga Sports Properties.
For his efforts, Standiford was named a Top Assistant Athletic Director by Silver Waves Media this past January. The award is based on a list compiled of research and consulting with coaches, presidents and other members of the college basketball community.
“I begin this new role with both humility and great confidence, grounded in the trust and admiration I have for those with whom I work,” Standiford said. “Our student-athletes’ and coaches’ achievements, in competition, the classroom and in the community are remarkable and a great source of institutional pride.”
Standiford, a Spokane native, earned his Bachelor of Arts in history at GU in 1991 and a master’s in athletic administration two years later as a graduate assistant in the department. He was promoted to assistant athletic director in 1997 and associate athletic director in 2002.