With a championship vision and a "roll up the sleeves" work ethic,
University of Missouri Director of Athletics Michael Alden has already made
an indelible mark on Tiger Athletics in just two short years on the job.
Since taking over in 1998, Alden set out to position Mizzou as a leader at
both the conference and national levels, and the Tigers' recent
accomplishments reflect that on and off the field, MU's program is on the
Athletically, Missouri's achievements are well documented. For the
1999-2000 school year, the Kansas City Star rated MU's program fifth in the
Big 12 Conference all-sport standings, marking the second straight year
under Alden that the Tigers have ranked among the powerhouse league's upper
On the national scope, the 1999-2000 season was quite possibly MU's finest
ever. Six different Tiger teams qualified for NCAA post-season competition,
including men's basketball, under first-year coach Quin Snyder. Other
postseason teams included soccer, men's and women's cross country,
gymnastics, and women's golf. Individually, Tiger athletes qualified for
NCAA competition in men's and women's track and field, women's swimming and
wrestling. Additionally, the women's basketball program made its first-ever
appearance in the Women's NIT.
Such national success translated into a 52nd-place finish in the Sears'
Directors Cup, which ranks all NCAA Division I programs on their overall
strength. The showing represented MU's best-ever finish in the rankings.
But Alden's drive to make Mizzou one of the nation's most comprehensive
programs isn't limited to the playing field. Tiger student-athletes have
achieved new academic heights under Alden's direction, as evidenced by the
1999 NCAA Graduation Report, which confirmed that MU's graduation rates were
the highest in the Big 12 Conference.
Additionally, each of the last two semesters has seen Tiger student athletes
record the highest overall grade point averages in MU history, including a
program-best 2.846 GPA in the Winter 2000 semester.
At the heart of every successful program lie sound resources for its
lifeblood - its student-athletes. Alden has made it a priority to provide
the resources needed to create an environment in which Mizzou
student-athletes can achieve at the highest level academically, socially and
Prior to Alden's arrival, Missouri found itself mired near the bottom of the
Big 12 Conference in operating budget. But thanks to proactive fundraising
efforts and sound management principles, MU now ranks in the league's top
five in that category. Mizzou went to battle for the 2000-01 season with a
record $25 million budget, which is a near 100 percent increase from a
working ledger of $13 million just three years ago.
Alden has kept alive and even accelerated the University's commitment to
excellence in its athletic facilities. In the past year, projects included
the construction of a $13 million state-of-the-art pressbox facility at
Memorial Stadium, a 3,000-square foot addition to the Yeckel Weight Room,
the construction of the Ralph and Debbie Taylor Phi Delta Theta Baseball
Stadium, improvements to the Hearnes Center, and an improvement of football
practice fields, among others.
Other successful areas of emphases in which Alden has implemented include:
- Student-Athlete Development - Missouri continues to be on the cutting edge
in the total development of its student-athletes. The Life Skills program
has been created to foster growth in community involvement, career
development and other "life" skills.
- Outreach Program - The goal of the Outreach Program is to make a
constant effort to aggressively network the State of Missouri to spread the
word about Tiger Athletics. Alden has been a pioneer of sorts in this
area, as he has already visited 123 different communities throughout the
state in his short time on board at MU.
- Development and Fundraising - Development efforts have seen unprecedented
growth in the areas of annual giving and major gifts in the past two years.
Membership in the Tiger Scholarship Fund is at an all-time high, and the
record amounts of funds raised continue to provide Tiger Athletics the
financial impetus to succeed.
- Exposure - Missouri Athletics continues to maintain a strong presence on
national and regional media outlets. With the ever-expanding Mizzou Sports
Network, MU's program is constantly in the public eye. The Tiger Radio
Network also continues to be one of the most comprehensive collegiate sports
radio networks in the country.
- Program Interest - Interest in Tiger Athletics is at an all-time high, as
evidenced by the record number of season tickets sold for the 1999 football
season (35,000). Additionally, the Hearnes Center single-game attendance
record was broken twice in the 1999-2000 season, as a record 14,098
supported the Tigers against Kansas.
On July 16, 1998, MU Chancellor Richard Wallace introduced Alden as MU's new
athletic director. Previous to his Missouri appointment, Alden served as
director of athletics at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos,
Texas from 1996-98.
Alden has worked in athletic administration at the Division I level since
1985. He served as assistant athletic director for administration at Arizona
State University from 1985-92, and as associate athletic director for
development at the University of New Mexico from 1992-96.
In the early 1980s, Alden was offensive line coach and recruiting
coordinator (1982-84) at the University of Evansville. He moved on to the
University of Pennsylvania (1984-85) and was offensive line coach and
strength coach for Penn's 1984 Ivy League championship team.
Alden earned a master's degree in educational administration/supervision
from Arizona State University. He holds two degrees from Evansville, where
he was a starting member of the football team - a Bachelor of Science degree
in marketing and a Bachelor of Arts degree in education.
A native of Chicago, Alden chairs the NCAA committee that directs the
National Youth Sports Program, an outreach program directed at economically
disadvantaged youth, and was recently appointed to the NCAA Championships
Cabinet where he will be serving a four year term.
He and his wife, the former Roxanne (Rockie) Falk, have a son, Jake (5).
B.S. & B.A., Evansville, 1980
M.S., Arizona State, 1992
Assistant Athletic Director, Arizona State, 1985-92
Associate Athletic Director, New Mexico, 1992-96
Athletic Director, Southwest Texas State, 1996-98
Athletic Director, Missouri, 1998-Present
Son, Jake (5)