Gophers promote Dan O'Brien to Senior Associate Athletics Director
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After David Benedict's departure last week, the Minnesota Gophers have decided to promote longtime director of football operations Dan O'Brien to Senior Associate Athletics Director.
O'Brien, who has been with the Gophers since 2008, takes over his new post less than a week after Benedict announced he was leaving athletic director Norwood Teague's staff to become the chief operating officer of the Auburn University athletics department.
"We are extremely excited for Dan to take on his expanded role within the Athletics Department," Teague said in a statement. "His work with the Gopher Football Program speaks for itself and his more than ten years of experience as Director of Athletics at both Hamline and Concordia Universities will be a welcome addition to our current staff."
O'Brien, a 60-year-old Minnesota native, served in both assistant and head coaching roles for the Concordia University football team from 1995-2000 before eventually shifting into athletics director positions. His main responsibilities in his new role with the Gophers will be overseeing the football program and the development of the athletic department's facilities.
The move has also resulted in a promotion for Adam Clark, a member of football coach Jerry Kill's staff for six years dating back to Kill's tenure at Northern Illinois. The 33-year-old Clark will shift from director of player personnel into O'Brien's former position.