Senior Associate Athletic Director Andy Dunn departing Yale for AD role at Taft

Courtesy of Yale Athletics and Taft School

Andy Dunn, Yale’s senior associate athletic director for internal operations, is set to become the director of athletics and afternoon program at the Connecticut boarding school Taft on July 1.

Dunn, who announced his new role in a tweet late last month, joined Yale in November 2011. As an administrator, he oversaw Yale baseball, men’s lightweight crew, cross country and track and field. He also assisted with responsibilities such as scheduling contests, travel, budget management and NCAA compliance. With Dunn’s departure from Yale, the Athletic Department is losing one of its more tenured administrators. But as he was considering a new job, Dunn said that he mostly considered interactions with students over specific professional experiences.

“I’ve been looking for a leadership opportunity in a place where I feel like I can go and kind of put my stamp on something, and the one thing that I’ve found in my 10 years here at Yale is that I love working with these incredible young people that come to this institution, the students that are equally driven by what they do on the court or field or ice versus what they’re doing in the classroom,” Dunn said in a Zoom call with the News. “As I learned more about Taft and learned more about their community, it struck me as a place where I have the opportunity to really meet these incredible young people at a point where they need mentorship probably even more than college kids do.”

Dunn serves as one of Yale’s three current senior associate athletic directors, a group that also includes Nathalie Carter, whom Director of Athletics Vicky Chun hired to serve as senior associate AD for fan engagement in May 2019, and Senior Associate AD for Payne Whitney Gymnasium Administration and Physical Education Anthony Diaz, who has worked in Yale Athletics since 1988.

Dunn leads the athletics operations unit within Yale Athletics and is the second-most tenured department employee atop an administrative unit after Diaz. The business office, equipment services, facility operations, fan engagement, strategic communications, creative services and ticketing units’ highest-ranking staff members all started at Yale after AD Chun began her tenure in July 2018.

Associate Athletic Director for Strategic Communications Mike Gambardella told the News that the department does not have any details on the process for filling Dunn’s position, adding that Yale currently remains in a hiring freeze.

At Yale, Dunn said his role in recent years involved liaising between the Athletic Department and Yale College by communicating with the Yale College Dean’s Office, as well as the deans and heads of the residential colleges. Having the chance to interact at the intersection of athletics and the broader student population was “a great learning experience” for him, the soon-to-be AD said.

Dunn, right, with Yale men’s cross country runner Cade Brown ’23 after Yale raced Harvard at the Yale Golf Course in September 2019. (Photo: Courtesy of Joe Wolenski/Yale Athletics)

His new gig as an athletic director this summer follows nearly 15 years working in college athletics at Yale and the University of Minnesota. During his recent search for a leadership role outside Yale, Dunn said he was mostly considering college opportunities at Division III schools…

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