|Position:||Director of Athletics|
Entering his fifth year as the director of athletics at the University of Richmond, Keith Gill has played a vital role in the growth of Spider athletics since coming to Richmond in December of 2012.
Since joining the Spiders, Richmond has won 10 team conference championships, nine individual conference champions and 22 All-Americans. Seven different programs have won conference titles during Gil’s time in Richmond, highlighted by the football team’s run to the FCS Semifinals in the fall of 2015.
Academically, the over 350 student-athletes have flourished in the classroom during Gill’s tenure. Over 300 student-athletes have earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, which recognizes student-athletes who earn a 3.25 grade point average or higher. This past year, 64-percent of the student-athletes posted a GPA of 3.00 or better, the highest mark in department history. In addition, Gill has been critical in supporting the student-athletes global education with student-athletes studying on every continent but Antarctica during Gill’s tenure.
Gill also played a key role in the $17-million renovation of the Robins Center, which has been recognized among the best arena settings in the country by StadiumJourney.com since the project was completed.
Due to his role in the Spiders’ recent success, Gill was named the 2014-15 Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year for the FCS level. Also during that year, he was elected as the Vice Chair of the NCAA Division I Council.
Prior to coming to Richmond, Gill spent five years at the helm of the athletic department at American University. During his time in Washington, D.C., he led the athletic department to unprecedented heights, highlighted by 25 team conference championships, 16 individual conference champions and 25 All-Americans. In Gill's first season in 2007-08, the men's basketball team, coached by Jeff Jones, won the Patriot League title, earning the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. The Eagles repeated the feat in 2008-09. Three other teams, men's cross country, field hockey and volleyball were crowned Patriot League champions during Gill's first year.
AU's more than 250 student-athletes have flourished in the classroom, as well. Under Gill's guidance, the Eagles' 16 teams have earned a combined grade point average over 3.0 for 23 consecutive semesters. In 2011-12, 121 student-athletes were named to the university's Dean's List as the department posted a 3.36 combined GPA.
Gill's vast experience in college athletics includes two stints at the NCAA, as well as senior athletic administration positions at the University of Oklahoma and Vanderbilt University.
Prior to his arrival at American, Gill spent three years at Oklahoma as senior associate athletics director. He oversaw a major portion of OU athletics, including men's basketball, women's soccer and baseball, and the supervision of personnel, budgets, facilities, fundraising, student-athlete issues and the selection and evaluation of coaches for those sports. He worked with the athletic director and staff in overseeing the strategic and annual planning process for the department.
Gill was the director of membership services at the NCAA from 2000-04. He developed and communicated policies related to Division I intercollegiate athletics, including governance, rules compliance, diversity, gender equity, academic integrity, student-athlete welfare, fiscal integrity, strategic planning, sportsmanship and legislation. He oversaw and ensured the effective operation of the athletics certification program, and managed a staff of 35 who provided education and guidance to Division I institutions conducting their periodic self-studies. Gill began his career in intercollegiate athletics with his first stint at the NCAA from 1995-99 as a membership services representative.
At Vanderbilt in 1999 and 2000, Gill was an assistant athletic director, working to implement the annual planning process to help 16 athletics teams achieve their academic and competitive goals. He worked with the National Commodore Club, major gifts, media relations and marketing and supported the Vanderbilt board of trustees by working with the athletics committee.
Gill is a graduate of Duke University, as is his partner, Tiffany Speaks, who is American's Senior Director of the Center for Diversity & Inclusion. Gill was a four-year football letter-winner at Duke. The Orlando, Fla. native earned his masters degree from the University of Oklahoma.
KEITH GILL THROUGH THE YEARS
1994 Graduate of Duke University
2006 Masters Degree from the University of Oklahoma
1995-1999: NCAA - Membership Services Representative
1999-2000: Vanderbilt University - Assistant Athletic Director
2000-2004: NCAA - Director of Membership Services
2004-2007: Oklahoma University - Senior Associate Athletic Director
2007-2012: American University - Director of Athletics and Recreation
2012-present: University of Richmond - DIrector of Athletics
· Elected Vice Chair NCAA Division I Council, February 2015
· Co-Chair NCAA Transfer Issues Ad Hoc Working Group, March 2015