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Blake James
Position: Director of Athletics
Alma Mater: Minnesota State-Mankato, 1992
Blake James Biography
Release: 01/01/2012

After serving in the role of Interim Director of Athletics since October 2012, Blake James was named the University of Miami's Director of Athletics on Feb. 8, 2013. Prior to his Interim AD role, he previously served as Miami's Senior Associate AD for Development and Ticket Operations. James oversaw the day-to-day operations of development, ticket sales and ticket operations. He was also a member of the Hurricanes' senior staff and provided sport supervision.

James is currently in the fourth year of his third stint at the University of Miami.

James came to UM after spending seven years the University of Maine, where he first served as Senior Associate Athletic Director before serving as Director of Athletics from July 2005 to September 2010. As Senior Associate AD, his primary responsibilities focused on marketing, ticketing, retail operations, athletic development along with men's and women's track and field, cross country, men's soccer, men's basketball and baseball.

During his tenure at Maine, athletics experienced tremendous success, including three trips to the Frozen Four for the men's ice hockey program and NCAA playoff berths for football, baseball (two), women's basketball and softball. Additionally, James implemented a comprehensive $17 million facility improvement plan, which included an indoor practice facility and numerous other facility upgrades and renovations. Academically, the program flourished, earning the conference academic cup twice and maintaining better than a 3.0 GPA.

Prior to his stint at Maine, he worked in athletic development at Providence College, where he established the "Friars Forever" campaign and the Friar Athletic Fund.

James is no stranger to South Florida, beginning his athletic career with the University of Miami, working in ticket sales, corporate sales and athletic development. In April 1995, he was hired as Miami's Director of Ticket Sales, serving in that capacity until October 1997, when he was named an athletic development officer at the University of Nebraska. He returned to Miami in 1998 as the Director of Major Gifts and Corporate Sales. He was promoted to the Director of Athletic Development at Miami in March 2000 before moving on to Providence in 2002.

He graduated from Minnesota State University - Mankato with a bachelor's degree in marketing in 1992 and later received his master's degree from St. Thomas University in 1994.

He and his wife, Kelly, have two children: daughter, Haley, and son, Ryan.

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