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Bates tabbed as DeFilippo's successor at BC

Chestnut Hill, MA (Sports Network) - Boston College named Brad Bates as its new athletics director on Tuesday.

Bates assumes the role in place of Gene DeFilippo, who retired on Sept. 30 after 15 years at the helm. John Kane had served as interim AD.

"I am delighted that Brad Bates will be our next director of athletics," said Boston College president Fr. William P. Leahy, S.J. "He is thoughtful, a proven leader, and someone who understands and supports Boston College's commitment to excellence in both academics and athletics. I look forward to working with him."

The 53-year-old comes from Miami-Ohio, where he served as athletic director since 2002, leaving behind a program which saw 14 of its 18 teams win at least one conference championship during his tenure. Bates had also spent the previous academic year as president of the I-A Athletic Directors Association. Prior to his time overseeing the RedHawks, Bates spent 17 years in various roles of sports administration at Vanderbilt, rising to the role of senior associate AD.

"My wife Michele and I are honored to have this tremendous opportunity, and we feel an enormous sense of responsibility to the students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans of this extraordinary institution," said Bates. "Boston College offers a world-class education with first-rate athletics in one of the nation's best cities, and its Jesuit, Catholic tradition demands that we seek knowledge in ways that better the human condition and promote student development. I look forward to joining the Eagle family."

Bates played for legendary coach Bo Schembechler at Michigan from 1977-81, helping the Wolverines take home three Big Ten titles and participate in four bowl games.

DeFilippo took over the Boston College program in September 1997 from Chet Gladchuk, approximately a year after 13 of its players were suspended from the football team for placing illegal bets.

10/09 14:09:35 ET