Boston College athletic director Brad Bates resigned Monday and will leave at the end of the school year to join Collegiate Sports Associates.
Bates is in his fifth year leading the school’s sports programs. He will be a vice president at CSA, an executive search and consulting firm based in Chapel Hill, N.C. Bates will lead the firm’s consulting division.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Boston College and am especially grateful for the opportunity to serve the university,” Bates said in a statement. “I will forever be an Eagle and a fan of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff, and will cherish the great relationships that I have made here.”
Bates was named athletic director in October of 2012, replacing Gene DeFilippo, who retired in September of that year.
Before coming to BC, Bates was athletic director at Miami of Ohio for 10 years and spent 17 years in the athletics department at Vanderbilt from 1985 to 2002. He played college football at Michigan.
Bates hired both football coach Steve Addazio and men’s basketball coach Jim Christian at BC. The football team is 24-27 under Addazio, with bowl appearances in 2013, 2014, and 2016.
The men’s basketball team is 9-18 overall and 2-11 in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season. It went 13-19 in 2014-15 and 7-25 in 2015-16.
Bates also played a role in BC’s plan to add $200 million worth of new athletic facilities.
BC said it would conduct a national search for a replacement, with the assistance of an executive search firm.