Alleva Contract Extended Through 2019
Assoc. Athletic Director/Communications
BATON ROUGE – LSU vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva had his contract extended by three years on Friday as the LSU Board of Supervisors approved the extension that will keep him at LSU through June of 2019.
“I want to thank President (F. King) Alexander and the Board of Supervisors for the contract extension and for their continued support,” Alleva said. “LSU is a great place with a brand that is stronger than ever. We’ve been able to accomplish some great things here and under President Alexander’s leadership, the potential for LSU is unlimited. I’m very fortunate to work at a great university and it’s my goal to retire here.”
Under Alleva’s direction, LSU teams have won 10 Southeastern Conference titles and claimed the national title in baseball in 2009. LSU’s football team has been ranked as the fourth most valuable college program. The Tigers have appeared in six bowl games under Alleva, which includes a 13-0 regular season record and the SEC title in 2011.
In 2013-14, LSU was the only school in the SEC to post a 10-win season in football (10-3), a 20-win season in men’s basketball (20-14) and a 40-win season in baseball (46-16-1)
Off the field, Alleva has spearheaded unprecedented growth in facility improvements, which includes the recent opening of the south endzone expansion of Tiger Stadium. The south endzone expansion was another phase in what has been a continued effort of Alleva’s to enhance the appearance of Tiger Stadium.
Other enhancements to Tiger Stadium under Alleva‘s watch include: the addition of the plaza on the north and west sides of the stadium; the installation of new windows; new gates around the perimeter of the stadium and updated lighting in and around the stadium.
In addition to the improvements of Tiger Stadium, Alleva has overseen the construction of a practice facility for men’s and women’s basketball, the opening of the premier college baseball facility – Alex Box Stadium, the opening of Tiger Park, one of the finest softball facilities in the country, the total renovation of the University Club Golf Course, and a complete overhaul of the LSU women’s soccer stadium.
LSU is currently in the process of building a new gymnastics training facility as well as an indoor and outdoor tennis complex.
Academically, LSU graduation success rate for student-athletes has grown from 69 percent in 2008 to 81 in 2013. LSU also maintains one of the finest academic centers for student-athletes in college athletics, the Cox Communications Academic Center.