Gonzaga names Chris Standiford athletic director

Gonzaga promoted Chris Standiford to athletic director on Tuesday, one day after Mike Roth announced his retirement after 24 years in the position.Standiford will take over for Roth on Aug. 31. He is currently the deputy director of athletics and chief operating officer.”Chris is very well-known within Gonzaga Athletics and enjoys the confidence of colleagues both internally and externally,” Gonzaga president Dr. Thayne McCulloh said in a news release. “We are confident that Gonzaga Athletics will reach new heights under his leadership as AD, just as it has enjoyed the benefit of his leadership and perspective over the course of nearly thirty years.”The essential role he has played within Gonzaga Athletics over many years has been a key part of our success, and it has earned him the trust of colleagues and supporters.”Standiford was hired by Gonzaga in 1993 after two years as a graduate assistant in the athletic department.He quickly became a well-trusted official in the eyes of Roth, and Standiford eventually became the administrator that oversaw Gonzaga’s men’s basketball program as it developed into an elite power.At the same time, Standiford studied the way Roth ran the entire athletic department.