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Tom Michael
Tom Michael

Senior Associate Athletics Director

Tom Michael was promoted to senior associate athletics director in 2012 after serving as associate athletic director since July 2008. Prior to his promotion, Michael spent six years as assistant athletic director for academic services. In this position, he was responsible for the planning, development, and coordination of academic support programs and services for all 19 varsity sports. Before taking over the responsibilities of leading the Academic Services department, he spent seven years as an Academic Counselor for men's basketball, women's basketball, women's swimming and diving and wrestling teams for the Fighting Illini. During that span he also served as Head Academic Counselor from 1999-2002. Michael oversees Academic Services, Equipment, Event Management, Sports Medicine and Strength and Conditioning for the athletic department.

Michael was a four-year basketball letterman at Illinois from 1991-94. In his playing days, Michael helped the Illini to a 70-49 record in four seasons, including two trips to the NCAA Tournament.

In 1992, Michael led the Big Ten in three-point field goal percentage (75-of-152, .492) which still stands as the Illini all-time season mark. His career three point field goal percentage (.449) ranks third on the all-time list, and he is 11th in the Illini record books for three-point field goals made in a season (75).

Michael received a B.S. degree in speech communication in 1993 and earned an M.S. in sports administration in 1994. He was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 1993 and 1994.

Prior to joining the U of I staff, Michael worked in his family's business. He and his wife Shana have three children (Nicholas, Nathaniel and Kylie).

Updated August 2012