Shawn Eichorst was named the 14th Director of Athletics in the history of the University of Nebraska by Chancellor Harvey Perlman on Oct. 4, 2012. Eichorst was formally introduced as the Special Assistant to the Chancellor on Oct. 9.
Eichorst replaces legendary coach and athletic director Tom Osborne on Jan. 1, 2013. Osborne announced his retirement as Nebraska's athletic director on Sept. 26, after spending five years in the role.
Eichorst said he was honored to get the privilege to be a part of Nebraska Athletics.
"(Nebraska is) one of the great universities in America and one of the strongest athletic departments in all of college sports who has the welfare of its student-athletes at the heart of everything they do. I am humbled by both the responsibility and opportunities that lie ahead. I hope to carry on the rich tradition of Husker excellence set by Coach Osborne and so many others."
Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman said it was Eichorst's commitment to putting student-athletes first that made Eichorst stand out.
"When I asked him how, if he were here five years from now, would I be able to measure his success, his response was that if the coaches and student-athletes had been successful and nobody knows his name, it would be a success."
Eichorst comes to Nebraska after spending 18 months as the director of athletics at the University of Miami. He was named the 12th director of athletics at Miami on April 12, 2011.
Eichorst went to Miami after serving from 2009 to 2011 as the Deputy Athletic Director at the University of Wisconsin, where his responsibilities under Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez included serving as the department's Chief Operating Officer and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the highly successful athletics program.
During Eichorst's time at the University of Wisconsin, the Badger athletic department consisted of 23 intercollegiate programs, 850 student-athletes, 320 full-time employees and operated from a $90 million budget.
Eichorst was involved in the design and planning of a new $36 million ice hockey/swim facility that was completed in the fall of 2012, as well as with the student-athlete performance center in the north end zone of Camp Randall Stadium which began construction in the fall of 2011 at a cost of more than $70 million. He joined the Badgers' staff in 2006 as a Senior Associate Athletic Director and was promoted to Executive Associate Athletic Director in 2007.
In his first year as Director of Athletics at Miami, Eichorst helped grow the academic reputation of an already sterling program with NCAA Top 10 recognition in Academic Progress Rates (APR) for five programs - football, baseball, men's diving, women's cross country and women's golf. During the 2011-12 academic year, 149 student-athletes made the Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll and 70 earned their degrees.
Under his watchful eye, the Hurricane Club grew by more than 500 members, surpassing 5,000 members nationwide and $19 million in student-athlete support was generated in 2011-12.
An additional $14.2 million in capital gifts was raised toward the Theodore G. Schwartz and Todd G. Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence facility project, which is scheduled for completing in the fall of 2013.
During his first year, both the men's and women's basketball programs advanced to the postseason. The women posted the highest national ranking in school history (No. 5 overall) and advanced to the NCAA second round, while the men set a program record for conference wins and advanced to the NIT second round.
The women's tennis team advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals (Elite Eight) for the fourth straight season. The baseball program extended its NCAA postseason appearances streak to 40 consecutive seasons. The women's soccer team posted the first NCAA postseason win in program history, and the volleyball team advanced to the NCAA postseason for the third straight year and finished the season ranked 15th nationally.
Other accomplishments included long-term contract extensions for head football coach Al Golden, head men's basketball coach Jim Larranaga, and head women's basketball coach Katie Meier. Eichorst also coordinated a strategic review of all operations and reorganized the senior management team. Miami enhanced branding at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field, the BankUnited Center and inside the Hecht Athletic Center. New scoreboards were also added at the James L. Knight Sports Complex and Cobb Stadium.
Eichorst previously worked at the University of South Carolina, serving as the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Administration from 2004 to 2006 and as the Interim Director of Athletics in June 2005.
Working with the Gamecocks, he oversaw the department's daily operations as well as the football (Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier) and baseball (Ray Tanner) programs. The football team was bowl-eligible each year during Eichorst's tenure, and the baseball program competed in the 2004 College World Series. Additionally, he facilitated and supervised multi-million dollar facility projects, including a state-of-the-art football training facility, partnership/sponsorship agreements and substantial department organizational and policy growth.
A native of Lone Rock, Wis., Eichorst was an all-conference defensive back, three-time letterwinner and 1990 team captain for the UW-Whitewater football team. He graduated magna cum laude in business from UW-Whitewater in 1990 and earned a law degree from Marquette University in 1995.
In 2006, he was awarded the Sports Law Alumnus of the Year by Marquette. He also is a graduate of the Sports Management Institute and serves on its Executive Committee.
Eichorst practiced law in Milwaukee until 1999, when he was hired by UW-Whitewater as Director of Athletics, which he led until 2003. Under his tenure, UW-Whitewater developed into one of the nation's top Division III athletic programs, with four top 10 percent National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Directors Cup finishes; one NCAA team championship; four NCAA team national runner-up finishes and seven individual NCAA champions. The program also featured an NCAA Student-Athlete of the Year for Wisconsin, 84 All-Americans, 38 Academic All-America selections and nine NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners.
He is a past member of the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee and State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors. He also previously served as an assistant adjunct professor of law at Marquette University Law School, where he taught classes in sports law. He currently serves on the Marquette University National Sports Law Institute Board of Advisors.
Eichorst and his wife Kristin have three sons: Jack, Joseph and Bennett.
• Nebraska, Director of Athletics (2013)
• Miami, Director of Athletics (2011-12)
• Wisconsin, Deputy Athletic Director (2009-11)
• Wisconsin, Executive Associate Athletic Director (2007-09)
• Wisconsin, Senior Associate Athletic Director (2006-07)
• South Carolina, Interim Athletic Director (2005-06)
• South Carolina, Senior Associate Athletic Director (2004-05)
• Wisconsin-Whitewater, Athletic Director (1999-2003)
• Marquette University National Sports Law Institute Board of Advisors
• Wisconsin-Whitewater, 1990 (Bachelor’s Degree, Business)
• Marquette, 1995 (Juris Doctorate)
• Assistant Adjunct Professor of Law (Marquette)