Jan. 28, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke announced today (Friday, Jan. 28) the hiring of two administrative positions within the football program, appointing Mike Vollmar as the associate athletic director for football and Bob Lopez as the director of football operations. Both individuals will work closely with Hoke on the administration and operation of the Wolverine football program.
Following are biographies and comments from both individuals:
Associate Athletic Director for Football
Mike Vollmar is in his first season as the associate athletic director for football. In his second stint with the Wolverine program, Vollmar will oversee the administration and operation of the football program with Hoke.
Vollmar comes to Ann Arbor after spending the past three seasons at the University of Alabama, including the 2009 national championship season with the Crimson Tide. He was a part of three bowl appearances (Sugar, Rose and Capital One) while at Alabama and helped the program attain a 36-5 overall record during that stretch. Vollmar also served on the 2010 Citi BCS National Championship Game Advisory Committee.
He spent 12 years as an assistant athletic director and director of football operations at Michigan State prior to his arrival in Tuscaloosa in 2008. Vollmar handled the internal and external operations for the Spartans, managing the football operating budget, team travel, camps and the construction of a $12 million football facility. He also served as the program's liaison to NFL scouts and high school coaches. In addition, Vollmar served on the AFCA Committee for Directors of Football Operations.
Before joining the MSU program, Vollmar spent five seasons at Syracuse under former coach Paul Pasqualoni. Vollmar was recruiting coordinator from 1991-93 and served as the director of football and recruiting operations from 1994-96.
Vollmar worked for three seasons as an assistant recruiting coordinator and athletic administrator with the U-M football program from 1988-90. Working with Bo Schembechler and Gary Moeller, Vollmar was a member of three straight Big Ten championship teams, two Rose Bowl teams and a Gator Bowl squad.
He received a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in speech communications from Siena Heights University in 1988 (Adrian, Mich.). Vollmar participated in track and field as a pole vaulter at Siena Heights. He added a master's degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala., in 1989.
A native of Riverview, Mich., Vollmar earned eight varsity letters in track and basketball at Riverview Community High School. He earned all-state honors as a pole vaulter as a senior. Vollmar attended the same high school that produced retired U-M head coach Lloyd Carr, former Vanderbilt head coach Woody Widenhofer and former Colorado head coach Bill McCartney.
He and his wife, Tami, have a daughter, Bailey Lauren. Vollmar's father, Mike, was a running back at Michigan from 1956-58.
QUOTE FROM VOLLMAR: "I look forward to working with Coach Hoke, the coaches, support staff and administration at the University of Michigan. It's an opportunity to return to one of the finest academic and athletic institutions in the country. There's nothing that compares to the history and tradition of Michigan football. My family and I are very excited to be back in the state of Michigan."
Director of Football Operations
Bob Lopez is in his first year as Michigan's director of football operations. Lopez has eight years of experience as a collegiate director of football operations, serving three seasons at San Diego State (2008-10) and five years at UCLA (2003-08).
Lopez brings a wide range of football experience to Ann Arbor, coaching at the high school, junior college and collegiate levels. From 2001-03, he served as executive director for enrollment services and admissions at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire before accepting the operations position at UCLA. From 1987-98, Lopez served in several capacities at Northern Arizona University, including recruiting coordinator and assistant coach, and program coordinator in the Counseling and Testing Center. He also worked in the admissions office for five years, serving the final four of those years as assistant director of admissions.
Lopez began his professional career as a high school teacher and football coach at Loyola Academy in Illinois (1979-81). He then served as an assistant coach at Arizona Western College (1981-83) before becoming head football coach and director of admissions and athletics at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas (1983-87).
A quarterback at Illinois State from 1973-76, Lopez started his final two seasons with the Redbirds. The Chicago, Ill., native graduated from Illinois State in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in science, health and physical education and two years later, earned his master's in education administration (1979).
Lopez and his wife, Nancy, have two sons, Tyler and Daniel.
QUOTE FROM LOPEZ: "Our family is excited to be joining the Michigan football program and to have the opportunity to continue working with Coach Hoke and his staff."
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