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Arizona State expected to hire Graham Rossini as Athletic Director



Arizona State is promoting Graham Rossini to the athletic director role.
H/T Sedona Levy of Sun Devil Daily

TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State is expected to promote business officer and senior associate athletic director Graham Rossini to the role of athletic director. Rossini replaces Ray Anderson who resigned on Nov. 13, 2023.

ASU coaches across all sports were made aware of the move earlier this week, first reported by Devils Digest.

Arizona State expected to hire Graham Rossini as AD

Rossini is an ASU alum and returned to Tempe in 2021 as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Sun Devil Athletics. In the Fall of 2023, he was promoted to Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director.

Prior to his latest stint with ASU, Rossini worked in ASU’s athletic department following his graduation from the WP Carry School of Business at ASU. The up-and-comer then took a position with the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he worked for 13 years.

With the Diamondbacks, he led over 300 million dollars in capital projects. This included renovations to Chase Field and Salt River Fields.

After coming back to ASU, he helped secure the naming rights for Mountain America Stadium and an extension for Desert Financial Arena. Rossini was also instrumental in the hiring of volleyball coach JJ Van Niel. Van Niel just led the Sun Devil volleyball program to its second-best record ever. The first-year head coach also won Pac-12 Coach of the Year.

Just a few weeks ago, Brett McMurphy of the Action Network reported that Rossini was the favorite to land the athletic director position. However, many fans and boosters voiced their negative opinions over the possibility of an in-house hire.

It looks like while this may have caused a hiccup in President Michael Crow’s plan, it didn’t alter the final decision.


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