Mark Alnutt enters his 14th year with the University of Missouri Department of Athletics and is in his second year as Senior Associate Athletics Director for Administration. Alnutt was promoted to his current position in August of 2009, after spending three years as the Associate Athletics Director for Administration.
In his current role, Alnutt serves as the administrative liaison to the sports of football, track and field, cross country, gymnastics and golf, spearheads the department's project management team and is highly involved with various external operations for the department.
The Kansas City, Mo., native also manages postseason travel arrangements for each of MU's 20 intercollegiate sport programs which includes coordinating Bowl trips and basketball post season tournaments, and handles the scheduling for a number of sports as well. Additionally, Alnutt oversees Missouri's Nike contract, the Big Wheels and Flying Tiger programs and the department's budding relationship with Old Hawthorne Golf Club. In 2009, he oversaw the $5 million video board project throughout the MU Sports Complex with the main attraction being the new board at Faurot Field. He is currently overseeing the design and construction of the new Golden Girls/Gymnastics practice facility, which will be completed in fall 2001.
Alnutt spent the previous six years as football's director of operations, adding an assistant athletic director title prior to the 2005-06 season. In that role, his duties included coordinating the team's travel plans, oversight of the football budget, handling compliance issues, scheduling of facilities, assisting with recruiting operations and managing the day-to-day operations of the football program.
Alnutt coordinated all public relations and community service events for football, and oversaw all organizational aspects for Mizzou's trips to the 2003 and 2005 Independence Bowl games played in Shreveport, La. He also represented the football program as part of the design team that planned the $16 million expansion and renovation project of the Tom Taylor Building into the Mizzou Athletics Training Complex.
Alnutt was a three-year letterman for the Tigers as a linebacker and tight end (1993-95), and was voted the team's Champion of the Year as a senior. He earned a degree in sociology in 1995 and went to work for Major Brands as a salesman in Kansas City from Feb. 1996-Aug. 1997. He then returned to MU to pursue a master's degree in public administration with an emphasis on sports psychology. He joined the MU football staff in 1998 as an administrative/video graduate assistant. Alnutt completed his master's in May 2000 and took over as Director of Football Operations that August.
A native of Kansas City, Alnutt was born Jan. 4, 1973. He served as the president of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Boone County, and was selected to participate in the 2002-03 NCAA Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Males. In June of 2005, he received recognition by Columbia Business Times as one of Columbia's 40-Under-40 business leaders, for his work in the community.
He also participated in the Division I-A Athletic Director's Institute in 2005, 2007 and 2010, attended the NACDA Mentoring Institute in June of 2008, and was appointed to the NCAA Women's Gymnastics committee in December of 2008. In 2010, he was the recipient of an Outstanding Chancellor's Staff recognition, the Barbara S Uehling Award for Administrative Excellence, for the University of Missouri campus.
Alnutt is married to the former Kate Hankins, the couple was crowned 2011 Rainbow House Masquerade Ball King and Queen for raising over $5,000 for the charity. They have a ten-year-old son, Jaren Michael, a six-year-old daughter, Kinleigh Allyn, a four-year-old son, Mason Craig and a newborn, Aidan Miller.