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Rick Bay - University of Oregon

April 27, 2010

bayRick Bay has an extensive background in all levels of sport dating back to his high school wrestling days in the state of Illinois. His stops as director of athletics included the University of Oregon, the University of Minnesota, San Diego State University and The Ohio State University.

Bay graduated from the University of Michigan, where he played football and was an All-American wrestler and voted the Most Outstanding Wrestler in the Big Ten. After graduation, he went on to coach his alma mater’s wrestling team. His last two teams were undefeated and included winning the conference championship, finishing 2nd and 3rd in the NCAA Tournament and earning him NCAA Coach of the Year honors in 1974. Bay left his coaching position to work for the University of Michigan Alumni Association, while also serving as president of the United States Wrestling Federation and their representative to the United States Olympic Committee.

Following his service to the Michigan Alumni Association, Bay served as athletics director and facilitated the transformation of athletics departments at the aforementioned institutions. He also worked in Major League Baseball when he served as Executive Vice President and COO of the New York Yankees and later President and CEO of the Cleveland Indians.

He once ran the Boston Marathon in 2:47, and two years ago, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.