Allen Greene was elevated to Athletic Director on November 24, 2015 as announced by University President Satish Tripathi.
At the time of his hire, Greene was one of the youngest athletics directors in the NCAA Division I FBS ranks. As a highly regarded up and coming administrator, Greene was nominated for Sports Business Journal’s 40-under-40 in 2016. He joined UB from the University of Mississippi in 2012 and previously served as UB’s senior associate athletic director for administration and, most recently, deputy director of athletics.
During Greene’s short tenure as director of athletics, UB has experienced tremendous success on and off the field. A hallmark of Greene’s tenure is the soon-to-be constructed $18M indoor practice facility that has been on the docket for nearly two decades. In the classroom, UB sports teams have achieved a GPA of 3.00 or better for 11 consecutive semesters, with football earning their highest team GPA in the programs Division I history. Competitively, UB Athletics has sent four teams to the NCAA tournament in a two year span including men’s and women’s basketball in 2016, the first time a men’s and women’s MAC school won both titles since 2002. Prior to Greene’s arrival, UB Athletics had only participated in one NCAA tournament. Since arriving in Buffalo, UB teams have hoisted MAC Tournament trophies seven times and advanced to the same number of NCAA tournaments.
In the spring of 2017, men’s and women’s tennis won their respective conference championship tournaments and qualified for NCAAs. The men’s team finished the season undefeated in conference play marking the second time in three years the men’s team appeared in the NCAA tournament.
Men’s and women’s basketball continued their success, both winning the MAC Championship in 2016. Men’s basketball finished the 2015-2016 season with their second consecutive MAC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance while the women made history with their first MAC Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance ever. UB’s athletic teams have also been accomplished in the classroom, finishing the 2015-2016 school year with a program-best GPA of 3.096. In addition to successes both on the field and in the classroom, fundraising has consistently been at an all-time high.
As deputy director of athletics, Greene oversaw the day-to-day operations of the athletic department, whose NCAA Division I men’s and women’s programs have a combined budget of nearly $30 million. He was also in charge of UB’s football and men’s and women’s basketball programs, including scheduling, game contracts, student-athlete management and post-season planning.
Each of those three programs earned bids to high-level postseason contests during Greene’s tenure as deputy athletic director, as UB football competed in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl — the third bowl bid in program history — in 2013. Men’s basketball advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 2014-15 and the women’s program went to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, another program first.
In addition to these successes, UB’s women’s soccer and men’s tennis teams won Mid-American Conference championships, and shot-putter Jonathan Jones captured the Bulls’ first Division I era NCAA national title — all during the 2014-15 season. And for nine consecutive semesters UB athletics teams have earned a collective GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Greene has also been instrumental in building donor and corporate support for UB athletics, including arranging an apparel partnership with Nike. He spearheaded development of the UB athletics facilities master plan, and led capital projects for the UB Sports Medicine Center, football field turf replacement, the Murchie Family Football Center and the Edmond J. Gicewicz Club, a new premium seating section at UB Stadium that was unveiled for the 2015 season.
From 2009 to 2012, Greene held several positions with the UMAA Foundation at Ole Miss, including major gifts officer, assistant athletics director for development and assistant athletics director for development/priority seating. Greene was instrumental in creating, planning and implementing a $150 million capital campaign, the largest in Ole Miss athletics history.
He has also worked in the athletic development and compliance offices at the University of Notre Dame from 2003 to 2009.
Greene holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Notre Dame and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Indiana University. He was a three-year starter in the outfield for Notre Dame’s baseball team before signing with the New York Yankees — who selected him in the ninth round — after his junior season. He played in the Yankees’ minor league system from 1998 to 2001.
Greene is actively engaged in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Minority Opportunities Athletics Association (MOAA) and LEAD1 presenting at conventions, sharing experiences and aiding the professional development of other administrators. Greene also fulfills his civic obligations to the Western New York region by serving as a board member for the Amherst Chamber of Commerce.
Greene lives in East Amherst with his wife, Christy, daughters Rian and Seneca, and son Samuel.