Desiree Reed-Francois Agrees to Become Athletic Director at UNLV

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Over the weekend, Desiree Reed-Francois emerged as the leading candidate for the athletic director position at UNLV. On Monday, the school made it official.

Reed-Francois arrived at Virginia Tech in 2014 as the Senior Associate Athletics Director, and in 2016 was promoted to Deputy Athletics Director. Reed-Francois has served as the primary confidant to Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock, and has been instrumental in helping Babcock run the department. Reed-Francois held a pivotal role during the search for Frank Beamer’s replacement in 2015, and even flew to Memphis to allow Bud Foster to meet Justin Fuente. Reed-Francois also served a large role in the hirings of women’s basketball Head Coach Kenny Brooks, as well as lacrosse Head Coach John Sung.

Prior to following Babcock to Virginia Tech from Cincinnati, Reed-Francois spent four years at Tennessee, where she was in charge of strategic planning and initiatives. Reed-Francois has also worked at California, San Jose State, Santa Clara and the University of San Francisco. She has also worked as a legal associate with the Oakland Raiders and worked with the NFL’s Management Council.

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  1. I wonder if her previous work with the Raiders had any impact on this opportunity. Wish her the best.

  2. She is super talented. A great hire by UNLV. We all wish her the best, I am sure. I hope Whit Babcock can pull another super rabbit out of his hat. So far, he has not disappointed the Hokie Nation.

    1. Except with the baseball situation, need a new coach , present one is not good and team is going to have another loosing record.

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