Rudy Davalos

Former Athletic Director, University of New Mexico and University of Houston

Rudy Davalos is one of the most successful college athletics administrator. He has served as director of athletics at the University of New Mexico (UNM), the University of Houston, and Texas San Antonio (UTSA). He has served on many NCAA committees, including the NCAA Championship Cabinet, the Men’s baseball committee, and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball selection committee. In 2003, Sports Illustrated named Davalos as one of the top 101 minorities in sports.

Under Davalos’ leadership, New Mexico teams made NCAA postseason play 112 times, won or shared 35 regular season or postseason conference championships, and won its first NCAA championship, the 2004 NCAA men’s skiing championship. Also during his 14-year tenure, UNM’s fundraising organization, the Lobo Club, increased its annual contributions substantially, allowing the university’s athletic budget to increase dramatically.

While at Houston, his leadership brought the largest gifts in their history, allowing them to build and upgrade their athletic facilities in an unprecedented way, and the UH football program enjoyed great success, culminating with Andre Ware’s winning of the Heisman Trophy in 1989.

As the director of athletics for UTSA, Davalos was most notably responsible for elevating the department to NCAA Division I level. 

Prior, Davalos, a San Antonio native, served as San Antonio Spurs assistant coach for three seasons from 1973 to 1976.

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