Mike Vollmar was hired as associate athletics director for football on May 22, 2008. Vollmar's primary role at Alabama is to oversee the administration and operation of the football program. Before joining the Crimson Tide, he spent 12 years as an assistant athletics director and director of football operations at Michigan State. Vollmar had the opportunity to serve on the 2010 Citi BCS National Championship Game Advisory Committee earlier this year.
Vollmar's duties at Michigan State included internal and external operations of the football program. He also managed the football operating budget, team travel, camps and the construction of a new $12 million football facility. He served as the liaison between Michigan State and NFL scouts as well as high school coaches. Vollmar serves on the AFCA National Committee for Directors of Football Operations and the Duffy Daugherty Memorial Award Committee.
In 1996, then-Michigan State head coach Nick Saban called on Vollmar to serve as the assistant athletic director of football operations. During Vollmar's tenure at MSU, he saw the Spartans appear in six bowl games ('96 Sun, '97 Aloha, `00 Citrus, '01 Silicon Valley, '03 Alamo and '07 Champs Sports). During Vollmar's stay with the Spartans, they compiled a 10-2 record in 1999 which included a win over Florida in the Citrus Bowl.
Prior to joining MSU, Vollmar spent five years at Syracuse where the Orangemen posted a record of 41-15-1. He served as recruiting coordinator from 1991-93 and director of football and recruiting operations from 1994-96 under Paul Pasqualoni. Four players recruited during that time were named to Syracuse's All-Century team, including Donovan McNabb, Donovan Darius, Kevin Johnson and Kevin Abrams. Syracuse won three bowl games in his five years ('92 Hall of Fame, '93 Fiesta and '96 Gator Bowls).
Vollmar also spent three seasons as assistant recruiting coordinator and in athletic administration under the late Bo Schembechler and Gary Moeller at the University of Michigan (1988-90). The Wolverines went 28-7-1 during his stay in Ann Arbor, winning three Big Ten Championships, with two Rose Bowl appearances and a Gator Bowl appearance. Mike's father, James, was a running back at Michigan from 1956-58.
Vollmar participated in track and field as a pole vaulter at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Mich. He received a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in speech communication from Siena Heights in 1988.
A native of Riverview, Mich., Vollmar earned a total of eight letters in track and basketball at Riverview Community High School. As a senior, he earned all-state honors as a pole vaulter. Vollmar attended the same high school that produced former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr, former Vanderbilt head coach Woody Widenhofer and former Colorado head coach Bill McCartney. Vollmar earned a master's degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala., in 1989 where he was recently added to the school's alumni board. He and his wife, Tami, have a daughter, Bailey Lauren.