|Position:||Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics|
Joe Alleva continues to bring unprecedented national recognition to LSU as Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics, overseeing historic growth of one of the most recognized brands in all of sports. Under his leadership, LSU has one of the country's premier programs with tremendous academics and athletics success. Now in his 10th year at LSU, Alleva remains dedicated to overall excellence and providing the resources necessary for student-athletes to excel in competition, in the classroom and in the community.
Alleva's strategic plan involves an unwavering investment in the future of LSU Athletics that will benefit the university for generations and create an enduring, impactful environment for student-athletes that contains the best in facilities, academic support and coaching staffs.
Alleva has expertly managed the department's finances and operations, making LSU one of the nation's top 10 programs in terms of revenue, profit, ticket sales and investment into its student-athletes and athletic endeavors. He joined the LSU family on April 4, 2008, and he was named vice chancellor in August of 2009, marking the first time in school history that the director of athletics has also held a vice chancellor position.
In the spring of 2016, he completed a five-year term on the prestigious NCAA Men's Basketball Committee, an appointment that affirmed his reputation as one of the most respected athletic administrators in the country. Alleva has been appointed to numerous national committees, including the Football Bowl Certification Committee, the NCAA Division I Championships/Competition Cabinet and several Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference committees.
Upon his arrival at LSU, Alleva made an immediate impact with a strategic master plan for the LSU athletics program -- “LSU: Defined by Excellence” -- to confirm the advancement and future of LSU Athletics as an exemplary enterprise. The central mission of the plan is to create an environment for student-athletes to reach their ultimate potential, prepare them to be champions in life and to set goals and values for the entire athletics program.
In the classroom, a total of 89 proud Tigers received their degrees from the university last year. LSU's Graduation Success Rate as reported by the NCAA remains at an all-time high with a score of 88, four points higher than the national average. Alleva's ardent dedication to academics ensures that the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes is a first-class facility that cultivates success and the development of life skills.
The implementation under Alleva’s direction of the “Geaux Givers” community outreach program fosters a relationship between the local citizens and LSU student-athletes. The Tigers in 2016-17 logged 7,048 hours in community service work across 21 sports. They played an integral role in assisting victims of the devastating flood that struck the Baton Rouge area in August 2016, helping to provide relief, rebuilding and rebirth for the community.
He has also bolstered the L-Club program to connect with former student-athletes, and he instituted the thriving “Project Graduation” plan in which former student-athletes return to LSU to earn their degrees.
On the field of play, his tenure has been distinguished by a number of significant achievements, including four 10-win seasons and 86 total victories by the football team. The Tigers have played in a bowl game in each of his nine gridiron seasons, and LSU has finished in the Top 20 seven times in that period. LSU under Alleva's leadership has claimed the 2009 baseball national championship and four College World Series berths, the 2015 men's golf national championship, two women's basketball Sweet 16 appearances, five gymnastics Super Six berths, four softball College World Series appearances and 18 NCAA Top 5 finishes indoors and outdoors by the men's and women's track and field teams.
The Tigers in the past nine seasons have earned 42 individual NCAA championships in the sports of men's and women's track and field, gymnastics, men's golf and women's golf. LSU has captured 16 Southeastern Conference team championships, and the Tigers have won 115 individual SEC titles during Alleva's term.
LSU enjoyed another banner year in 2016-17, as the school produced four Top 5 NCAA finishes and earned an outstanding No. 18 national ranking in the annual Learfield Directors' Cup, which measures the overall strength of collegiate athletic programs. Fourteen LSU teams competed in an NCAA championship event, and the Tigers finished in the Top 10 in eight sports.
Alleva's vision keeps LSU among the nation's leaders in facilities, and he is devoted to enhancing the experiences of fans at each of the Fighting Tigers' venues. Tiger Stadium is currently undergoing a significant upgrade in its concessions and restroom facilities, and this summer the largest center-hung video board in college basketball was installed in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Last year, LSU unveiled two state-of-the-art venues – a Gymnastics Practice Facility and a Tennis Center featuring both indoor and outdoor courts – and construction is scheduled to begin this year on a Nutrition Center. An addition to the Football Operations Center's weight training area opened in August 2016, providing student-athletes with one of the finest strength and conditioning facilities in the world.
Under Alleva's direction, LSU in the fall of 2014 opened the expansion of the South End Zone of Tiger Stadium -- a project that added premium seating, general public seating and two state-of-the-art video boards -- continuing an effort to augment one of the most iconic venues in all of college sports. Since 2010, he has executed an aggressive campaign to preserve and enhance the appearance of Tiger Stadium that has included the installation of new windows, lighting systems, gating systems, and championship plazas.
Alleva supervised a major renovation to the University Club golf course that allows the LSU golf teams to play on one of the most challenging courses in the country. An overhaul of the LSU soccer facility has converted the stadium into fan-friendly venue, and the track and field program has received a new running surface in Bernie Moore Stadium and extensive renovations to its indoor facility.
An innovator with bold ideas that benefit Greater Baton Rouge, he was instrumental in the planning of Bayou Country Superfest, a three-day country music concert and festival held in Tiger Stadium from 2010 through 2016. The event attracted over 100,000 visitors each year and made a tremendous economic impact upon the community.
He became director of athletics at Duke in 1998 and his impressive tenure there propelled the university into the ranks of America's top all-around collegiate programs. Among his outstanding list of accomplishments includes the greatest 10-year period in Duke Athletics, winning more ACC and NCAA championships than in any other decade in school history.
Alleva, who earned his bachelor's degree in finance from Lehigh in 1975, was the quarterback of the football team and team captain in 1974. He also played on the baseball team and served as a graduate assistant football coach, earning an MBA in 1976.
While at Duke, he played a key role in the Durham, N.C. sports scene. He started Little League Baseball in Durham nearly 30 years ago, and also began the American Legion baseball program.
He is a member of the North Carolina American Legion Hall of Fame, Suffern High School Hall of Fame and the Rockland County Hall of Fame.
Alleva and his wife, Annie, have three children, J.D., Jeff, and Jenny, and four grandchildren.