Rhoades has been leading the Baylor athletic department since July of 2016 and most notably has made back-to-back outstanding football coaching hires in Matt Rhule and Dave Aranda. Rhule took the Bears to a Big 12 Championship, where they lost to Oklahoma, and two years later, Aranda won the Big 12 title and then took home the Sugar Bowl.
Rhoades arrived at Baylor in the wake of a sexual assault investigation involving the school’s football team that led to the firing of coach Art Briles and resignation of athletic director Ian McCaw.
Meantime on the hardwood, Baylor won its first men’s basketball national championship in 2021, and a women’s basketball title in 2019.
Rhoades said in a statement, “We [his wife Amy and himself] are humbled and appreciative of the confidence reflected in us by the Board of Regents, President Livingstone and university leadership. We are excited Baylor has given us the opportunity to finish my career as the university’s athletics director.”
“Mack’s leadership has been nationally recognized over the past five-and-a-half years, and his name has been connected to several opportunities as of late,” Baylor president Linda Livingstone said in a statement. “This new contract reaffirms that Baylor is where he wants to finish his career and continue the work on our four Athletics pillars. We look forward to Mack’s continued success leading Baylor Athletics over the next decade.”
Rhoades was chosen by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics as 2019-20 Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year in March 2020. Over his six years in Waco, Baylor has won 24 Big 12 titles and six national championships.