OXFORD, Ohio - Mark Rountree, a veteran athletics administrator for six different universities, will join Miami University's athletics staff as Deputy Athletic Director, Director of Athletics David Sayler announced Tuesday (Mar. 12).

Rountree begins his duties in Oxford on Mar. 18. He will oversee football, men's and women's basketball, academics and strategic planning for the department, and will serve as the department's primary day-to-day administrator.

"Mark brings a strong skill set to Miami Athletics," said Sayler. "His experience as a Division 1 football student-athlete along with his solid track record in mentoring coaches and leading departments will prove to be beneficial to the student-athletes we serve. In addition, with his strong compliance background, Mark will serve as an extra expert in that important area. Having Mark come on board is a big boost for us and I welcome Mark and his wife Jennie to Oxford."

"I am extremely excited and grateful to be joining the RedHawk family," said Rountree. "Miami University has a strong tradition of academic and athletic excellence, and I look forward to making a positive difference every day for our student-athletes to have continued success on the field and in the classroom."

Most recently, Rountree served as the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations at Georgetown University. He oversaw human resources, compliance, sports medicine, sports performance, student-athlete leadership and development. He also assisted the director of athletics with the internal operations of the department and was a sport administrator for five different Hoya teams, including football and women's basketball. Rountree also served as the athletic department liaison with the Academic Resource Center, the Council of Associate Deans, and the Division of Student Affairs. He served on the Board of Directors for the Georgetown's Gridiron Club, driving the annual fund-raising efforts of the Hoya Football team.

Prior to his service at Georgetown, Rountree held the position of Associate Athletic Director for Compliance at Oregon State University. While in Corvallis, he oversaw the NCAA and Pac-10 Conference compliance operations for Oregon State's 17 Division I sports and served on the Athletic Director's Senior Staff.

Before Oregon State, Rountree was the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance at Towson University. For four years at Towson, he directed the NCAA compliance program and assisted in the university's transition from the America East Conference to the Colonial Athletic Association. While at Towson, Rountree served as sport supervisor for women's soccer and baseball. Prior to joining the Towson staff, he served three years as compliance coordinator at the University of Maryland, where he coordinated the NCAA compliance program.

Prior to Maryland, Rountree held similar positions at the University of Texas-Pan American and his alma mater, Louisiana Tech University, where he was a four-year, letter-winning running back for the Bulldogs from 1987-90.

Rountree's family includes his wife, Jennie, a teacher.

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