Statements on David Brandon's Appointment as U-M Athletic Director

Jan. 5, 2010

David Brandon Named Director of Intercollegiate Athletics (1/5/10)

U-M Athletic Director Bill Martin
"I applaud Mary Sue Coleman for making such an outstanding selection. Dave has all the skills to run Michigan Athletics. He's a former Michigan athlete, an extremely successful businessman, he served the university as a regent so he understands the internal workings and we won't miss a beat. He'll certainly move us forward. I'm very, very pleased, and I look forward to working with him in a very orderly and smooth transition."

U-M Football Head Coach Rich Rodriguez
"We are very excited that Dave will be leading our athletic department. He has been a successful leader in business, and I'm sure all of our teams will benefit from his experience."

U-M Ice Hockey Head Coach Red Berenson
"David Brandon is one of a long line of Michigan alumni who have had to make a tough choice because of their success in business. He should be a great athletic director given his experience as a student and an athlete at Michigan and his achievements as a businessman with Domino's Pizza. He is in sync with the current events here at U-M, so he understands the needs and expectations in the department. I think he's a great choice.

"Bill Martin has done a great job with the challenges he had coming in. The job he faced was more than just finances. He has revamped the facilities and has done a terrific job in a short period of time."

U-M Men's Basketball Head Coach John Beilein
"This is great news for the University of Michigan and our athletic department. There was no question in my mind after the interview process that David Brandon is the right fit to lead our program at this time and in the years to come."

U-M Women's Basketball Head Coach Kevin Borseth
"David's played football here, he's been on the Board of Regents here, he knows everything about the University of Michigan, the culture, everything this university stands for. We couldn't be more excited to have someone who understands what our needs are here, and we look forward to working with him as we move forward."

U-M Volleyball Head Coach Mark Rosen
"I think it's an exciting time for us, the athletic department is starting a new era. Bill Martin did an outstanding job with our department. I'm excited about the experience Dave Brandon brings in, and the fact that he's from Michigan and has Michigan ties. So we welcome him and look forward to the new era."

U-M Softball Head Coach Carol Hutchins
"Clearly, David Brandon has long-standing ties to this university, and he is an upstanding member of the university community, the Ann Arbor community and the state of Michigan. I am certain that Mary Sue Coleman has found someone committed to upholding the traditions of Michigan athletics."

Former U-M Football Head Coach Lloyd Carr
"David Brandon brings a resume as a proven leader with a comprehensive knowledge of the institution and understanding of intercollegiate athletics. This is a great choice for the University of Michigan and for intercollegiate athletics."

Steve Hutchinson, Minnesota Vikings Left Guard
(Co-chair of the Champions for Children's Weekend benefiting C.S. Mott Children's Hospital)
"Being a Michigan man and playing football for Michigan coupled with his success in the business world makes David the right man for the job. He has a great heart when it comes to the Michigan family. He is a tremendous ambassador for this institution and has been very supportive of our golf tournament, Mott hospital and other initiatives at Michigan. He takes all aspects of the Michigan family personally and is the perfect man to lead this athletic department."

Jeff Backus, Detroit Lions Left Tackle
(Member of the philanthropy leadership team at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital)
"I'm extremely excited that David Brandon will be the new athletic director. I have been fortunate to know him over the last few years and his passion for the University of Michigan is impressive. I truly believe that he is the man we need to not just lead our athletic department but help our football program regain its form and get back to winning Big Ten Championships. Go Blue!"