Gonzaga names Chris Standiford athletic director

6/8/2021 5:19:29 PM EST

Gonzaga promoted Chris Standiford to athletic director on Tuesday, one day after Mike Roth announced his retirement after 24 years in the position.

Standiford will take over for Roth on Aug. 31. He is currently the deputy director of athletics and chief operating officer.

"Chris is very well-known within Gonzaga Athletics and enjoys the confidence of colleagues both internally and externally," Gonzaga president Dr. Thayne McCulloh said in a news release. "We are confident that Gonzaga Athletics will reach new heights under his leadership as AD, just as it has enjoyed the benefit of his leadership and perspective over the course of nearly thirty years.

"The essential role he has played within Gonzaga Athletics over many years has been a key part of our success, and it has earned him the trust of colleagues and supporters."

Standiford was hired by Gonzaga in 1993 after two years as a graduate assistant in the athletic department.

He quickly became a well-trusted official in the eyes of Roth, and Standiford eventually became the administrator that oversaw Gonzaga's men's basketball program as it developed into an elite power.

At the same time, Standiford studied the way Roth ran the entire athletic department.

"Words cannot convey my gratitude and the admiration I have for Mike Roth," Standiford said in the news release. "As a mentor for over 30 years, he has shown grace, patience and trust. He has taught me by example the art of leading with compassion and care, while never compromising in the pursuit of excellence. I am thrilled to have his continued support and counsel as I move into this new role."

Men's basketball coach Mark Few was among those who endorsed Standiford's hiring.

"I am looking forward to partnering with Chris as we move forward into this next era of GU Athletics," Few said. "Chris has been here and been a big part of this great run over the last 22 years. He has a great understanding of what works and what we need to do to continue to move the athletic department forward."

Standiford attended Gonzaga and graduated with a bachelor degree in 1991 and a master's in athletic administration in 1993.

--Field Level Media

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