University of Texas Vice President and Athletics Director Chris Del Conte is
a proven, well-regarded and nationally recognized athletics administrator
who has a long history of leading highly-successful athletic departments.
In his second year at UT and 14th year as an athletics director overall, Del Conte
has strong ties to the Lone Star State, having spent a dozen years at TCU and Rice
before taking over leadership of Texas Athletics on December 9, 2017. His 28 years
of experience as a collegiate administrator are wide-ranging and far-reaching
with previous stops at Arizona, Washington State and Cal Poly.
During his time at UT, Del Conte has spearheaded a number of projects designed
to keep Texas at the forefront of college athletics. The biggest of these enhancements
so far is a $175 million renovation to the South End Zone of Darrell K Royal-
Texas Memorial Stadium, which broke ground in May 2019. The new design will
bring renovations to the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center, expand amenities for
student-athletes and enhance the coaches offices, along with providing a number
of improvements and additions to gameday fan experiences. The Longhorns also
have renovation and enhancement projects underway for Baseball, Basketball,
Softball and Swimming & Diving.
Improving the gameday experience of Texas Athletics has been another key
initiative of Del Conte’s since his arrival in Austin and the implementation of Bevo
Blvd. and Longhorn City Limits under his watch have been highly successful
features around football games. Beginning with the 2018 football season, Bevo
Blvd. provided a new feel to the west exterior of DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium as
San Jacinto Blvd. was completely transformed into the action-filled pregame
street party that provides Texas-sized fun for Longhorn fans of all ages. The
Longhorn City Limits Stage on the LBJ Lawn is another exciting game day venue
and attracts some of our countries top performers.
Del Conte’s vision has helped keep Texas on the cutting edge of modern trends
in terms of facility upgrades and unique gameday experiences, but he has also
sought to showcase the rich tradition that the University’s athletics programs boast.
To do so, Del Conte helped UT complete plans for its first-ever Hall of Fame,
which was designed to tell the story of Texas Athletics from the vintage days of
its first football team in 1893 to what is now one of the nation’s premier athletics
programs. The Frank Denius Family University of Texas Hall of Fame, which is
located in the Red McCombs Red Zone inside the north end of DKR-Texas Memorial
Stadium, opened its doors on Aug. 30 and features visual and digital displays
honoring the 55 National Championship teams, nearly 600 conference titles,
hundreds of individual national champions, more than 2,500 All-Americans and
hundreds Olympians, as well as the traditions and tales that encompass the
history of Longhorns Athletics.
Texas has also had tremendous success across the board in all of its sports
under Del Conte’s leadership. In 2018-19, the Longhorns finished fourth in the
Learfield IMG College Director’s Cup standings, their highest finish in the national allsports
rankings since 2005-06. During
last year’s sports seasons, the Longhorns
won one NCAA team title (Men’s Tennis)
and registered four top-2, seven top-5
and 11 top-10 NCAA Championship team
finishes. UT’s four top-2 finishes mark its
most in an academic year since 1993-94,
the seven top-5 finishes are the most for
the Horns in more than a decade (since
2008-09) and the football team’s No. 9
final ranking was its best since 2009.
Texas also claimed a Big 12-best nine
conference titles. That came one year
after the Longhorns registered a fifthplace
ranking in the 2017-18 Director’s
Cup standings. Del Conte was on board
for the spring portion of that academic
CHRIS DEL CONTE
VICE PRESIDENT & DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS
year, as UT concluded ’17-18 with one NCAA team title (Men’s Swimming & Diving),
four top-5 and 10 top-10 NCAA Championship team finishes and eight Big 12
Championships. All totaled, Del Conte has seen the Longhorns win two NCAA
team titles, post 11 top-5 and 21 top-10 NCAA Championship team finishes and
capture 17 Big 12 Championships in his two years at Texas.
Before coming to Austin, Del Conte served as director of intercollegiate athletics
at Texas Christian University for eight years and was nationally recognized for
developing winning programs, upgrading facilities, improving the fan experience
and helping student-athletes excel on and off the field.
During his time at TCU, Del Conte oversaw a series of historic moments for
TCU Athletics that included the Horned Frogs’ July 1, 2012 entrance into the Big
12 Conference. He oversaw nationally competitive teams in football and other
sports and upgraded facilities for football, basketball, baseball, track and field
and volleyball, among other sports. He also increased donations to the athletics
department in record-setting fashion, helped guide TCU’s student-athletes to the
top-three cumulative grade-point averages in program history during his final
three semesters and hired several world-class coaches.
Del Conte was the recipient of a 2015 NACDA Under Armour AD of the Year
Award and the 2010 Bobby Dodd Division I-A Athletic Director’s Award. In February
2015, he was named to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Committee.
During his tenure as Athletics Director at Rice (2006-09), Del Conte had responsibility
for 16 intercollegiate programs, 350 student-athletes, along with coaches
and staff. Del Conte also designed, developed and managed the Rice Vision for
the Second Century Campaign, which raised over $90 million. The Second Century
Campaign included athletic facilities such as the Tudor Fieldhouse and Youngkin
Center for Student-Athlete Excellence as well as upgrades to the football stadium.
Del Conte also secured a marketing sponsorship and broadcast rights contract for
Rice and maintained a focus on student-athlete academic achievement, resulting
in numerous public recognition awards from the NCAA for the academic progress
rate of student-athletes.
Prior to Rice, Del Conte was the senior associate athletics director for external
operations and sports programs at the University of Arizona (2000-06). In that
role, Del Conte had responsibility for the planning, management and oversight
of the day-to-day operation for the department of intercollegiate athletics. He
also functioned as the chief financial officer; managed external operations; had
oversight and management of all contracts, ticket sales, broadcast rights fees,
corporate sponsorships, and trademarks and licensing; and oversight of all facility
Del Conte also served as an assistant athletics director for external operations
at both Washington State (1998-99) and Cal Poly (1994-98).
Del Conte received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from UC Santa Barbara,
where he was a track and field student-athlete, and a master’s degree in education,
administration and supervision from Washington State.
Del Conte is married to Dr. Robin Ward and has two daughters, Sienna and Sophia.
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