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USD’s flagship fundraising event sold out and raised over $175,000 dollars
Both selected for Senior Associate Director of Athletics positions with Torero Athletics
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During his tenure with Southern Miss, McGillis was successful in creating a winning tradition in the classroom, on the playing field and in the community. He helped facilitate the restoration of excellence within Southern Miss athletics, highlighted by unprecedented academic achievement and significant competitive success, including the resurgence of the storied Golden Eagles football program.
McGillis was named the Southern Miss athletic director on July 18, 2013 and quickly articulated his vision for Golden Eagle Athletics: Winning in the Classroom, Winning on the Playing Field and Winning in the Community. Since then, his contagious energy helped facilitate the restoration of excellence within Southern Miss athletics, highlighted by unprecedented academic achievement and significant competitive success, including the resurgence of the storied Golden Eagles football program.
This past fall the Southern Miss football team participated in the 16th annual R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl with a game against Louisiana-Lafayette. The Golden Eagles came away with a 28-21 victory over the Ragin' Cajuns at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to finish the season with a winning record of 7-6. In 2015 the football team won nine regular-season games, captured the Conference USA West Division Championship and earned a trip to the Heart of Dallas Bowl. In addition, this past fall the women's volleyball team finished 23-8 overall and placed second in conference play.
During his time in Hattiesburg, McGillis demonstrated an unwavering commitment to ensuring a positive student-athlete experience and culture of academic excellence within the Southern Miss program. He delivered an inspired message to student-athletes, coaches and staff that was wholly embraced as academic performance soared. During the 2015-16 school year, Golden Eagle student-athletes earned the highest cumulative student-athlete grade point average on record at the university; the women's cross country team earned the nation's highest grade point average among all Division I teams in two of the last three years; while the football team recorded its highest multi-year APR score in seven years. Collectively, and for the 10th time in the last 12 years, male student-athletes at Southern Miss received the David Halbrook Award for achieving the highest graduation rate among public universities in Mississippi.
On the playing field, proud success for Golden Eagles football returned in 2015 as a result of the relentless commitment of an outstanding coaching staff, a talented group of young men and strong administrative support. Southern Miss capped a massive rebuilding process by winning nine regular-season games, capturing the Conference USA West Division championship and earning a trip to the Heart of Dallas Bowl just three short years removed from a winless 2012 season.
The football program, though, was far from the only Southern Miss team to achieve great success during McGillis's three-year tenure. In 2016 the women's tennis team won a school-record 17 matches while the men's team won 16 times -- the most in a single season in nearly 20 years. Under first-year head coach Erika Brennan, the women's golf team had its best finish in Conference USA Tournament history this spring and, the Golden Eagles softball team won more conference games in 2016 than in any of the last 10 seasons. In 2015, second-year women's volleyball head coach Amanda Berkley's club posted the fourth highest win total in program history, and the women's soccer team won more Conference USA games than it had in any season since 2007.
With the aim of igniting a loyal and passionate fan base, McGillis and his staff launched one of the most innovative football marketing campaigns in college athletics in 2015. As a result, football season ticket sales increased nearly 30 percent and a home game against Mississippi State drew the largest crowd in Southern Miss history. All-time high single game attendance marks have also been recorded for baseball, softball and women's basketball while under McGillis's leadership.
McGillis's focus on staff development and synergy led to a well-received reorganization of the development team and operations, that stimulated growth within the Eagle Club -- the fundraising arm of Southern Miss athletics -- including the addition of four new members in the Circle of Champions (individual commitments of $125,000+) and the successful solicitation of other major gifts utilized to fund scholarships and special projects.
More exciting accomplishments in 2015 were realized on the facilities front as fundraising was completed for the opening of a new state-of-the-art baseball weight room at Pete Taylor Park and McGillis announced a $2 million campaign to build the Bower Academic Excellence Center. The department also unveiled an architectural feasibility study of a proposed $40 million renovation of Reed Green Coliseum for which funding models are now being developed.
To further fuel football's momentum, the development team secured a gift of $1.2 million for the summer 2016 renovation and expansion of the team's locker room and gift commitments that enabled both a stunning renovation and expansion of the Duff Athletics Center weight room and the planned construction of a state-of-the-art nutrition center - two projects that will benefit all Southern Miss student-athletes.
Prior to his arrival at Southern Miss, McGillis served as the Executive Associate Athletic Director at the University of South Florida for six years, supporting the Director of Athletics in the day-to-today management of the department.
Operating in a Chief Operating Officer-type role, his duties at South Florida included serving as the sport administrator for the nationally ranked football and softball programs. The Bulls football team enjoyed top-25 success in four of the six seasons under McGillis's watch -- including climbing as high as No. 2 in 2007, while the softball program reached new heights when it earned a spot in the Women's College World Series in 2012.
McGillis led all of USF's revenue-generating units and initiatives, including ticket sales, sponsorship, marketing, broadcasting, licensing, merchandising and communications. McGillis was also responsible for the administration and oversight of the university's partnerships with Under Armour, IMG College and Coca-Cola, as well being the lead on the searches of all head coaching and senior-level administration hires, and representing the university in a leadership capacity at select national meetings and championships. During his stint in Tampa, McGillis oversaw the advancement of what, at the time, was the single largest athletics facility project undertaken at a Division I institution in the last 25 years (based on number of new facilities) involving the construction of six venues within the department's master facilities plan (football practice facility, basketball practice center, soccer stadium, softball stadium, baseball stadium and dining hall/training table -- approximately $40 million) and a $37 million renovation of the Sun Dome.
Prior to South Florida, McGillis served as the Director of Athletics at the University of Evansville from April 2002 to May 2007, where he effectively reestablished hope, confidence and interest in the Purple Aces program.
Responsible for providing leadership and administration for the department of athletics, McGillis served as a collaborative member of the President's Cabinet and made significant contributions on major university decisions, policy and practices related to enrollment management, student life, facilities development, fiscal affairs, human resources, marketing, fundraising and the university's five-year strategic plan.
Under the leadership of McGillis and head coach Dave Schrage, who would depart after the season for the same role at Notre Dame, the Evansville baseball program won a program-record 43 games en route to a Missouri Valley Conference Championship, an NCAA Regional and within three wins of the College World Series in 2006.
Before embarking on his first job as an athletic director, McGillis spent four years as the Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of New Mexico, two years as the General Manager of two professional women's basketball teams in the American Basketball League (ABL) and 13 years in an administrative capacity at the University of Houston.
McGillis earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in sports administration from St. Thomas University (Fla.) in 1984 and graduated from the Sports Management Institute Program in 1996. He and his wife Margie, both natives of Seattle, have five children--sons Jordan, Taylor and Will, and daughters Marissa and Gabrielle.
Men's Basketball: Rock the House
Toreros played No. 6 Gonzaga in a fight to the last minute
Men's Basketball: Day in the Life
Guard Olin Carter III knows the games starts long before tip-off
Rowing, tennis, basketball and baseball, a winning day in the books
Baseball: For the Love of the Game
Baseball celebrates 60 years
Women's Basketball: Women in Sports Day
Julie Foudy spoke to student-athletes and guests for National Women in Sports Day
Men's Basketball: At LMU
Men's basketball on the road
Women's Rowing: Day in the Life
Senior Lizzie Bader shows how three-a-day practices are done
Men's Basketball: Youth Basketball Clinic
Toreros lead clinic in local community
Men's Rowing: Winter Camp 2018
There are plenty perks to being the early bird
60 Years of USD Baseball
Milestones on the road to Omaha
USD Honors Local Military Members
Toreros showed their support and hosted local military members at the men's basketball game
USD Athletes Sing "Santa's Coming to Town"
Toreros show their talent out of uniform
Basketball: City Championship
Toreros play SDSU Thursday night at 8
Football: Week Fourteen
Football preps for second round of playoffs at NDSU
Football: NAU From the Sidelines
Toreros win in first round of playoffs at NAU
Football: Week Thirteen
Football travels to NAU for the first round of the FCS Playoffs
A day to give to Torero Athletics
Football: Week Twelve
Toreros gear up for last game of conference play
Football: Week Eleven
Toreros prep for game day
Torero Timeout with Summer Mason
USD junior women's soccer player takes a timeout during a study break
On Saturday We Dominate
Big wins for both USD Football and USD Volleyball Saturday afternoon
Torero Timeout with Henry Lander
Men's soccer sophomore Henry Lander takes a Timeout between classes
Football: Week Ten
Toreros gear up for home game against Drake
Men's and women's basketball teamed up to host a Halloween event
Football: Week Nine
Big day in the weight room for the Toreros
Seamus McFadden's Legacy
39 years in review by former players and coaches
Alumni, staff and the San Diego community gathered to celebrate Men's Soccer Head Coach Seamus McFadden
Sixth Man Night: The Event
Recap video of the October 12 fundraiser event
Women's Basketball: WCC Hoops Tip-Off
Coach Fisher and Maya Hood attend media day in Las Vegas
Men's Basketball: New Heights
Men's basketball celebrates the third era of the program
Alumni and family gathered together for an eventful Homecoming weekend
Torero Timeout with Kristen Gengenbacher
Take a Timeout with the senior setter at her house in South Mission Beach
Football: Week Seven
Football preps for this Saturday's Homecoming game
Torero Timeout with Jonathan Petersen
USD Football's Petersen strolls through Belmont Park during his bye week
USD Basketball: Practice No. 1
Check out what practice looks like for the Torero ballers
Football: Week Five
Toreros prep for big game against Dayton
Football: FaceTime with Lion's Jamal Agnew
USD Head Coach Dale Lindsey congratulates Torero alum Agnew on his first NFL touchdown
Football: Brian Fogarty PFL Classic
From tailgates to touchdowns, we got it all
Football: Week Four
Hard work follows these Toreros on and off the field
Cross Country: USD Invite
Missed Saturday's race? Don't stress, we have it right here
Football: Week Three
Sights and sounds of USD Football at work
USD Invite: Take a Lap
Men's and women's cross country host the USD Invite: the only home race for the Toreros
Football: Week Two
Football hard at work for their first away game at UC Davis
Three Games - One Day
Ole Weekend was one to remember for USD Athletics
Football: Week One
Toreros preps for their home opener against Western New Mexico
2017 Football Season Preview
Head Coach Dale Lindsey and Senior Ray Clark discuss upcoming season
USD Athletics Highlight Video 2016-17
Don't miss the best highlights from this past year in USD Athletics