Manuel adds Gnodtke as executive associate AD

The Detroit News

Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel has hired Doug Gnodtke as executive associate director of athletics and chief of staff, the school announced Monday.

Gnodtke, who has two degrees from Michigan, spent most of the last four years as senior associate athletic director / chief financial officer and internal operations at Connecticut, where Manuel was athletic director before taking over at Michigan on March 14.

Gnodtke served as UConn's sports administrator in football and men's and women's ice hockey, and he oversaw the Huskies' equipment room operations and the department's apparel partnership.

Manuel and Gnodtke also worked together at Buffalo when Manuel was athletic director. Gnodtke oversaw internal operations, including business, human resources, capital projects, facilities and game operations and rose to the position of associate athletic director for internal operations. He also served as the sports administrator for football and oversaw the athletic training and sports performance departments.

Gnodtke worked in Michigan's athletic department from 2000-05 and assisted in the administration of football, men's and women's basketball, ice hockey, and strength and conditioning while also working in academic services and development.

He has a BA in sports management and communication from Michigan and an MBA from Michigan's Ross School of Business.