Spartans Securing Future With Hollis

The success of Michigan State athletics has been amazing under athletic director Mark Hollis and on Monday, Hollis was rewarded with a new contract.

While Michigan State fans can easily see the success from Spartan teams on the field or court, it's the behind the scenes work done by athletics director Mark Hollis that has provided the Green & White with leadership and a vision.

Hollis was rewarded with a new contract on Monday and president Lou Anna K. Simon shared the thoughts of Spartan Nation with her comments following the announcement.

"In his short time as Michigan State's athletics director, Mark Hollis has time and time again proven to be a visionary leader, one not afraid to take risks for the betterment of his department and this university," said Simon. "From being named Sports Business Journal's Athletic Director of the Year to his appointment to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee, we're pleased that his talents have been recognized on a national level. We are grateful for his dedication to MSU and look to have him as an integral part of Team MSU for years to come."

For Hollis, building a strong support staff and coaches that understand the overall vision he's put in place have been key to the overall success.

"Continuity in coaching staffs has been a critical ingredient for the sustained success of many of our sports programs," said Hollis. "Likewise, stability in the long-term strategic development for the department is equally vital for achieving that same level of success. While it's important to celebrate our past innovation and championship success, we will continue to set our sights higher for our student-athletes, who represent 25 programs, and I firmly believe our best days are ahead.

"In Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio, I have an opportunity to work alongside two of the nation's marquee head coaches in their respective sports, but what makes Michigan State special is that I'm surrounded by talented coaches and administrators. This is a cohesive coaching and administrative staff, and I look forward to continuing to work with them. My desire is to be here for the long haul, not only because I'm an alum, but because I believe in these coaches and in their positive contributions to our student-athletes and community.

"Our recent success reflects the fact that everyone has been working together with the same goals in mind. This mindset must continue to either sustain our championship success or to reach even loftier goals. I truly believe that we're on the verge of accomplishing some special things here, but we can't do it alone. We need a combined effort from all of our stakeholders – coaches, administrators, alumni, donors and fans – for our program to reach new heights. All of us must continue to support our student-athletes daily in their quest for championships.

"I understand market compensation, but it must be weighed against the challenges we're facing here on our campus. President Simon and I have been in constant communication in regards to compensation since last December. I deeply appreciate the confidence and trust President Simon, our Board of Trustees and other administrators have in me."

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