Jeramiah Dickey was named Baylor University's Associate Vice President for Athletics Operations on Feb. 13, 2017.
Dickey provides leadership, oversight and management to various external and internal units within the department while serving as sport program administrator for select programs. He also serves as a senior advisory staff member to Vice President and Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades, establishing, fostering and maintaining clear and concise communications with coaches, administration and direct reports with regard to the department's strategic initiatives and unit strategies, goals and objectives.
Dickey joined the Houston staff in May 2010 as Associate Athletics Director for Development and was promoted to Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Relations four years later before being named the Cougars' Deputy Athletics Director on May 22, 2015. Working with current Houston Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek to oversee the day-to-day operation of the Cougars' highly-successful program, Dickey also served as the department's liaison to University Advancement, the University of Houston Alumni Association and IMG, the multimedia rights partner for Houston Athletics. He was also the sport administrator for the nationally-ranked Houston football program.
Under Dickey's leadership, Cougar Pride, the development arm of Houston Athletics, established fundraising records in seven-consecutive years. More than 4,000 Cougar Pride members contributed $6.4M during the 2015-16 fiscal year to top the previous record of $5.2M. Dickey was also instrumental in the University of Houston securing a 10-year, $15M naming rights partnership with TDECU, an agreement that ranked third nationally among all collegiate facilities for corporate naming agreements, while serving on the stadium's opening committee.
In December of 2014, Dickey was a member of the hiring committee for Houston head football coach Tom Herman, and held the same responsibility when Major Applewhite was named Herman's replacement two years later. Prior to being elevated to serve as the sport program administrator for football, Dickey was Houston baseball's sport administrator during the program's run to an American Conference championship and a spot in an NCAA Super Regional while tying a program record with 48 wins.
In its first year under Dickey's watch, a then-record 15,022 Houston football season tickets were sold while Cougar baseball season ticket sales increased by 185 percent in 2014-15. In 2016, Houston again established record football season ticket sales (25,311) while posting a school-record on campus home attendance record of 38,953 fans to break the previous mark of 33,980 set in 2015.
Dickey joined the Houston staff from the University of Akron, where he spent three years on Rhoades' staff as Assistant Athletics Director for Development. During his tenure, he oversaw the Zips Athletics Scholarship Fund and solicited restricted sport-specific donations as well as major and capital campaign gifts. In a four-year stretch, his office increased overall giving from nearly $900,000 in 2005-06 to more than $2.2M in 2009-10; the first time in school history that giving topped the $2M mark. He also played a key role in creating capital campaign initiatives, including naming opportunities for a variety of projects at Akron such as InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field, the Lee Jackson Track and Field Complex, the Lee Jackson Soccer Facility and the Center for Basketball Excellence in James A. Rhodes Arena.
An El Paso, Texas, native, Dickey previously worked with Rhoades as UTEP's Assistant Director for Athletics Development. In addition to his primary role of managing and developing the Miner Athletic Club Annual Gift Fund, he successfully coordinated several projects, including a volunteer fund drive that resulted in nearly $400,000 in new season ticket sales and donations and a business campaign resulting in more than $40,000 in new contributions.
He began his UTEP career in 2003 as Assistant Director of Marketing and Promotions before transitioning to the development staff. During his one year in that position, he generated revenue through sponsorship and group ticket sales while acting as the community relations and advertising coordinator.
Dickey earned his bachelor's degree in sport management from the University of Texas in 2004.
He and his wife, Elizabeth, have a daughter, Emerson, and a son, Elijah.