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Norwood Teague was introduced as Minnesota’s director of athletics on April 23, 2012. In his short time in the Twin Cities, Teague has already begun implementing strategies that have the potential to dramatically change the landscape of Golden Gopher Athletics.

Teague, 46, joined Gopher Athletics after a very successful, six years as director of athletics at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.

Recognized as one of the nation’s most innovative administrators prior to his hiring at the University of Minnesota, Teague wasted no time in assessing and improving Gopher Athletics efforts across the board. With a big picture mentality and dedication that encompasses all student-athletes and programs, he brings his energy to every aspect of running an innovative and trailblazing department.

In his first year, Teague made a bold hire in head men’s basketball Coach Richard Pitino and has shown similar qualities in reshaping the Golden Gopher Athletics Administration and Development functions. After only months on the job, Teague commissioned a facilities needs assessment and planning process resulting in a $190 Million vision to propel Gopher Sports into national relevancy.

With a refreshed vision and departmental culture, Teague is poised to replicate the success he has brought to past institutions in only his second year at Minnesota.

During his tenure at VCU, Teague propelled the Rams’ athletic program to new heights, overseeing success in the classroom and on the playing field. Additionally, he led remarkable growth in gifts to VCU’s annual and capital funds. Most impressive of all, however, may be the growth of the VCU brand under Teague, who helped take the Rams’ image from from regional awareness to national acclaim.

Teague PitinoTeague joined the Rams after five years as associate athletic director at the University of North Carolina, where he oversaw external operations, including the Tar Heels’ multimedia property, marketing, and licensing. At UNC, he negotiated numerous partnership and rights agreements. Among them was an eight-year, $20 million contract with Learfield Sports and a first ever on-premises signage partnership with Wachovia in the Dean E. Smith Center.

Prior to his work at North Carolina, Teague spent time honing his craft at some of the nation’s most prestigious athletic departments.

Teague is a native of Raleigh, N.C. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1988 with a degree in political science. In 1992, Teague earned a master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University.

University of Minnesota Athletic Directors

Men's Athletic Directors
1922-30: Fred Leuhring
1930-32: H.O. Crisler
1932-41: Frank G. McCormick
1941-46: Lou Keller (Acting)
1945-50: Frank G. McCormick
1950-63: Ike J. Armstrong
1963-71: Marshall J. Ryman
1971-88: Paul Giel
1988-89: Holger Christiansen (Interim)
1989-91: Rick Bay
1991-92: Dan Meinert (Interim)
1992-95: McKinley Boston
1995-99: Mark Dienhart
1999-02: Tom Moe

Women's Athletic Directors:
1974-76: Belmar Gunderson
1976-81: Vivian M. Barfield
1981-82: M. Catherine Mathison (Interim)
1982-88: Merrily Dean Baker
1988-02: Chris Voelz

Athletic Directors:
2002-12: Joel Maturi
2012-pres: Norwood Teague

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