Thomas Theodorakis
Assoc. Athletics Director, Development
McKale Memorial Center
Tom Theodorakis (“Theo”) is an ambitious, passionate, process-driven leader with over twelve years of college athletics experience at the Division 1 level as an administrator, coach and national champion student-athlete. Theo serves as the Associate Athletics Director for Development and as a sport liaison. Theo brings extensive experience in leadership roles in development, marketing, sales, events and public relations.
Theo was previously at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he served as the Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs and supervised the day-to-day operations of the development office which yielded over $38M in annual support for UCLA Athletics in 2015 – the second highest total in the history of the University. Theo was an integral part of an accomplished staff that produced exponential growth in Westwood with the groundbreaking of two comprehensive training centers, the $75 million Wasserman Football Center and the $35 million Mo Ostin Basketball Center.
Prior to his arrival to UCLA, Theo spent five years at the University of Arizona and was an important part of two major capital campaigns undertaken by Arizona Athletics, the state-of-art $72 million Lowell-Stevens Football Facility and the $30 million Phase 1 of the McKale Center Renovation Project – also serving as the Pac-12 conference representative for NACDA. Previous to the University of Arizona, Theo had the distinct honor to work in the Marketing and Development office at the United States Air Force Academy charged with revenue generation for all Falcon Athletics programs and assisting with the initial plans for the $18 million Holaday Athletic Center - the largest privately funded capital project in the Academy's history. Theo also served as a volunteer coach on the Men's Lacrosse team.
A native of Stony Brook, N.Y., Theo earned a bachelor's degree and was a national champion student-athlete (Lacrosse) from Syracuse University and earned a master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Theo is also a 2013 graduate of the Executive Program of the Sports Management Institute and attended instruction at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.
Theo and his wife, Jackie, a national champion student-athlete as well, have a daughter named Olivia. They have three rescued dogs that serve as therapy animals in the Tucson community.