TCU is expected to officially introduce Jeremiah Donati as its new athletic director on Tuesday.
Donati will move up from his role as deputy AD to replace former AD Chris Del Conte, who left to take the same title at the University of Texas.
Here’s what people should know about Donati.
Jeremiah Donati was Chris Del Conte’s right-hand man at TCU
Del Conte hired Donati in 2011. Since 2013, he had been Del Conte’s “right-hand man in charge of raising money,” according to the Star-Telegram’s Mac Engel and Stefan Stevenson.
When Del Conte announced his decision to leave for Austin, Donati’s name quickly came up in reports as a possible replacement. The hire maintains continuity within the athletic department, and it makes sense given how well respected Del Conte was on campus and among alumni.
Jeremiah Donati got the job very quickly
Texas hired Del Conte more than two years after firing former AD Steve Patterson. Conversely, TCU’s announcement of Donati as AD comes just two days after Del Conte’s departure. Media members offered ideas for who the Frogs should go after ( like former Arkansas AD Jeff Long), but TCU had to be high on Donati if it made the decision so quickly.
Jeremiah Donati has a background in fundraising, which probably helped him get the job
Donati was named the director of the Frog Club, the fundraising arm of the TCU athletic department, in 2011. With his later promotions, Donati continued to play a large role in raising money for athletics. He worked with Del Conte to help TCU raise $72 million for the new Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena, home of TCU men’s and women’s basketball, which opened in December 2015.
Del Conte spearheaded a number of major fundraising efforts for major facilities upgrades for TCU football, basketball, baseball and women’s soccer. So it makes sense that TCU would want someone with a similar skillset, especially one who worked under Del Conte.
Jeremiah Donati has risen quickly through the ranks at TCU
Donati didn’t stay in his role with the Frog Club very long. In 2013, he was promoted to associate vice chancellor and associate athletic director for development. In August 2016, he was named deputy AD.
Jeremiah Donati must now oversee a massive expansion of the TCU football stadium
TCU announced plans a $100 addition to Amon G. Carter Stadium in November, which will include a new video board and luxury suites on the east side of the football stadium. Construction is scheduled to begin in May 2018, pending funding. With Del Conte off to Texas, Donati will be responsible for raising the money for the expansion.
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