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University of Missouri welcomes new athletic director, Mack Rhoades

The University of Missouri welcomed a new athletic director Tuesday afternoon after making the official announcement Monday morning.

Mack Rhoades will take over for current AD Mike Alden; coming to Missouri from the University of Houston.

Rhoades took the time to thank Chancellor Bowen Loftin, who said money was not an issue in the hire. He wanted to find someone to raise funds for the athletic department.

Rhoades also thanked UM System President Tim Wolfe, as well as his wife and three daughters.

Rhoades asked the crowd for a round of applause for exiting AD Mike Alden and his wife, Rockie.

Speaking on Alden’s tenure, Rhoades said, “This is not a fixer-upper. Did you have to be that good?”

“I’m coming to a great place, and I’m leaving a great place. I’m really fortunate for the staff and student athletes at the University of Houston.”

Rhoades went on to explain why he chose MU.

“Why Missouri? I want to be somewhere that is the best, a national leader. The University of Missouri is that place.”

“We’re going to expand the Mizzou brand. We are going to take the brand outside the state. I’m looking forward to carrying on the tradition and making new traditions, and meeting this incredible fan base,” said Rhoades.

“I want to be a part of making sure our student-athletes leave with a degree from a world class institution and leave with the values instilled through teamwork and competition,” said Rhoades.

Rhoades explained some of his goals coming into the program.

“It’s hard to win, and everyone has to be on the same page, including athletic director, support staff, coaches, and athletes.”

Rhoades said Mizzou is a destination job for him.

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