AMHERST, Mass. – After a two-year period featuring growth, innovation and success, University of Massachusetts Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford has earned a two-year contract extension through April 2022. Since joining UMass in April 2015, Bamford’s tenure has been marked by several milestone accomplishments both on and off the field benefiting over 650 student-athletes.
Bamford has made an immediate impact on the Department of Athletics and the University at-large. In his first two years, UMass has found renewed success in the Atlantic 10, provided cost-of-attendance benefits to student-athletes, negotiated multiple marquee match-ups in football as an independent, and undergone facility enhancements benefiting both student-athletes and fans.
Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said, “Ryan Bamford has provided strong leadership for our Athletics Department, and he is devoted to the success of our student-athletes. We are pleased to extend Ryan’s contract, and we look forward to many additional accomplishments in the years ahead.”
“I am honored to receive this two-year extension from Chancellor Subbaswamy. Since I arrived at UMass in 2015, I have been humbled by the opportunity to lead the intercollegiate athletics program at the Commonwealth’s Flagship campus,” said Bamford. “I am extremely fortunate to work with some outstanding colleagues and some of the best and brightest student-athletes. I believe in this University and look forward to continuing our development of a championship-caliber athletics program that complements our status as a renowned public research institution.”
That championship-caliber development has already begun to be realized at the start of Bamford’s tenure. UMass leads the Atlantic 10 in that span with a total of 13 regular-season and tournament championship titles which doubles the previous three-year period. Additionally, he has made three widely praised hires in Greg Carvel (hockey), Matt McCall (men’s basketball) and Tory Verdi (women’s basketball) ushering in new eras for each program.
In the classroom, UMass has been one of the top programs in total number of student-athletes recognized on the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, witnessed new departmental records for team grade-point averages, and bolstered resources dedicated to academic and post-college success.
A major focus to start Bamford’s tenure has been enhancing relationships with campus partners in all facets, providing un-paralleled opportunities for student-athletes, and fostering communication amongst all UMass stakeholders. The sum of the initiatives has resulted in record fundraising activities in his first two years and a reinvigorated optimism moving forward among all who are represented by UMass athletics.
Bamford is the seventh permanent University of Massachusetts Director of Athletics and comes from a family devoted to higher education and professionalism within college athletics. He is a 2000 graduate of Ithaca (N.Y.) College where he was a standout basketball player for the Bombers. His professional tenure includes stops at Georgia Tech, Yale and Springfield College.