Bob De Carolis
Bob De Carolis was a two-sport performer at Bloomsburg, playing both football and baseball and earning two letters in each sport. Following Bloomsburg he received a Master's of Science degree in sports management in 1979 from the University of Massachusetts. His first position in athletic administration was at the University of Michigan where he began in 1979 as an administrative assistant. He was promoted to assistant business manager in 1980; at the same time, he was also named the head softball coach. De Carolis was Michigan's softball coach from 1980 to 1984 and his Wolverines had a third-place finish at the AIAW national championships.
De Carolis was promoted from assistant business manager to business manager in 1983; in 1987 to assistant athletic director for business; in 1990 to associate athletic director for internal operations; in 1994 to senior director for financial operations; in 1996 to senior associate athletic director and became responsible for all athletic facilities and venues at Michigan. He joined the Oregon State University (OSU) staff in 1998 as associate athletic director of internal operations and was promoted to senior associate athletic director in 1999. In August, 2002 he was named the 12th athletic director of the school.
Since arriving at OSU, De Carolis has developed and executed the financial recovery plan that helped the OSU Department of Athletics eliminate a $12.5 million accumulated deficit and grow the overall budget by more than $20 million. At the same time, the department was able to not only maintain competitive teams, but also had its first winning football season in nearly three decades, its first winning men's basketball season in 15 years, the softball program made its first appearance ever in the College World Series and the baseball team competed in the College World Series for the first time in over five decades - capturing the 2006 and 2007 national championships. With him in a leadership role, the football program has played in seven bowl games and overall 16 of the 17 intercollegiate programs sponsored by OSU have participated in postseason.
It's not all about wins or losses or about new facilities; De Carolis has stressed the importance of being a total student-athlete and being a part of the community. With his leadership, 51 percent of the entire athletic roster sports a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Community service hours have increased nearly 300 percent during his tenure and contributions for scholarships to the Beaver Athletic Student Fund have increased from $5 million to more than $11 million.
DeCarolis is married to the former Sandra Taylor and they have three children, daughter Lyndsay and twin daughters Lauren and Hayley.