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Boston College (BC) has named former Miami University Athletic Director Brad Bates as its next athletic director. Bates replaces former BC Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo who retired Sept. 30. 

Bates served as Miami’s athletic director for 10 years. During that time, Bates presided over a 7 percent increase in student-athlete graduation success rate, while overseeing 14 team conference championships and 46 total conference championships. 

Members of BC’s Twitter community welcomed Bates. Bates, who has begun using a new Twitter handle, @BCBradBates, tweeted, “Thank you to the BC community for the kind welcome. I’m excited to be part of this outstanding group of people, student-athletes & coaches.”

The details of Bates’ contract have not yet been released.

Boston College President Fr. William P. Leahy, S.J. announced the new hire at a 1:30 p.m. press conference.