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Zach Goines
Zach Goines

Kettering, Ohio

Assoc. Dir. of Athletics for Development - Chicago

Alma Mater:
Kentucky '99


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Zach Goines joined the Illinois staff in 2012 as Associate Director of Athletics for Development - Chicago Operations. In his role with the Fighting Illini Goines will provide management, supervision and strategic direction for the Chicago satellite athletics development office with focus primarily on the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of customers and prospects capable of making principal and major gifts as individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations.

Goines came to Illinois from the University of Connecticut, where he served as Senior Director of Development for Athletics and oversaw the UConn athletics development staff, including annual fundraising, major gifts, events and operations from 2011-2012. During his time at UConn he served as a member of the Athletic Director's Leadership Team. Collaboratively worked with the UConn Foundation and Division of Athletics to manage the expansion of the major gift program. Oversaw the Division of Athletics $110 million capital campaign, which is part of the University of Connecticut's broader $600 million capital campaign, "Our University, Our Moment. The Campaign for UConn." Focused on increasing the number of major gift donors to the UConn Athletic Department as a top priority and work to position the UConn Division of Athletics to leverage its national visibility and membership among BCS participant universities to achieve greater success. Worked to coordinate fundraising and prospect management.

From 2007-2011 Goines served as Director of Development for Athletics with the Iowa State University Foundation, where he oversaw all capital campaign and major gift fundraising for the Cyclones, and led fundraising initiatives for renovations and upgrades to Jack Trice Stadium, the construction of the Sukup Basketball Complex, construction of the Cyclone Sports Complex for track, soccer and softball, and construction of a new football training center. He also helped direct "Campaign Iowa State: With Pride and Purpose" by securing over $85 million, surpassing the $77 million goal for ISU Athletics.

Following his time with the University of Miami, Goines moved to Marquette University where he served as Director of the Blue & Gold Fund from 2004-07, and served as a member of the Athletic Department Senior Staff Advisory Group. He managed and coordinated a team of athletics development professionals who grew the Blue & Gold Fund from $940,000 in 2004 to over $3,000,000 in 2007. He worked to implement, in consultation with the marketing and ticketing offices, a priority seating program for men's basketball which directly led to increases in revenue generation as well as donor participation and oversaw a 57.4% increase in event fundraising revenue from 2004 to 2007.

Goines began his career at the University of Miami (FL) as a Development Associate and then an Assistant Director of Development, where he worked from 2001-04. Goines worked on the $63 million "UExcellence" Campaign for Hurricane Athletics, and served as a primary contact and coordinator for the Campaign for the Convocation Center, a $48 million basketball arena project. He also assisted in the creation of a priority points system, and helped develop and implement the Orange Bowl Priority Seating Plan

A native of Kettering, Ohio, Goines graduated with a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Kentucky in 1999 and earned a master's degree in sports administration from Indiana University in 2000. While at Kentucky, he served the Wildcat men's basketball program as head student manager from 1995-99, working with Rick Pitino ('95-'97) and Tubby Smith ('97-'99). During his time at Indiana he worked as a graduate assistant in the Indiana athletic ticket office during the 1999-2000 school year. Goines served an internship with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) from 2000-2001.

Updated July 2014