DeCarolis Named Interim AD

As expected, Bob DeCarolis has been appointed interim Athletic Director while the University undergoes a national search.

OSU President Paul Risser has chosen Bob DeCarolis to succeed Mitch Barnhart while undergoing a search for a permanent Athletic Director.

It had been expected that DeCarolis would be given the interim position. He was previously the Senior Associate Athletic Director, with his responsibilities primarily covering internal operations. He has played a large role in the Reser Stadium Expansion Project and the day-to-day activities.

DeCarolis spent 19 years at the University of Michigan before being hired as an assistant to Mitch Barnhart at OSU in 1998. He has also worked on the athletic department staff at two of his Alma Maters, Bloomsburg State College in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, and the University of Massachusetts.

The chance to work in the eastern time zone is appealing to DeCarolis because of his family ties, but he turned down the chance to join former OSU AD Mitch Barnhart at Kentucky to stay in Corvallis.

The search for Barnhart's successor will be an expedited one, according to Risser. They will search out for candidates from all over the country, but has learned that DeCarolis stands a good chance of being offered the job on a permanent basis at the conclusion of the search.

DeCarolis was a finalist for the athletic director position at Massachusetts, and the chance to work at his Alma Mater was enticing, but the position was given to Northeastern Athletic Director Ian McCaw Tuesday.

Barnhart's strongest ability was the ease in which he raised money. DeCarolis also has strong fund-raising background, which should play a part in the decision. Whie at Michigan, he led a "gift brick" program that raised two million dollars for the stadium. He also largely responsible for securing lucrative deals with Nike and Pepsi.

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