A veteran athletic administrator with 20 years of experience as an NCAA Athletic Director, Dr. Dave Diles was named VMI's newest Director of Intercollegiate Athletics in November of 2013.
In his first years on Post, Diles has focused his efforts in many areas including the transition back to the Southern Conference, coordinating construction efforts for Cormack Field House and the Corps Indoor Training Facility, implementing department-wide structural and fiscal initiatives, and signing a five-year apparel and footwear partnership with Under Armour – the first such agreement in school athletic history. Diles has also seen the drastic increase in video availability and streaming, including the hiring of VMI's athletics' first multimedia coordinator, Tony Hermane.
Diles was recently named to the NCAA Division I Football Regional Advisory Committee.
Diles came to the Institute from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he served as Director of Athletics and Chair for the Department of Physical Education and Athletics from 2005 through 2013.
Diles was previously Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Eastern Michigan University (1999-2005) and was Vice President and Director of Athletics at St. Bonaventure University (1994-99).
“Dr. Diles has an impressive record of success in collegiate athletics,” said VMI superintendent Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III at the time of the hiring. “We feel that Dr. Diles’ experience and his demonstrated leadership ability fit well with the demanding VMI philosophy for cadet athletes of commitment on the field, commitment in the classroom, and commitment within the Corps of Cadets.”
During his tenure at Case Western Reserve, Diles led a department that has had nine NCAA postgraduate scholarship recipients, 37 Academic All-Americans, 46 All-Americans, and three NCAA individual champions. He also assisted in securing leadership gifts of $4 million to complete the funding for Varsity Field House and served key roles in raising funds for capital projects including new baseball and softball stadiums. The Case Western Reserve intercollegiate sports under Diles competed at unprecedented levels of success as seven programs earned their first NCAA Championship berths in program history. The football program won 38 consecutive regular season games, earning NCAA playoff berths in three consecutive years (2007, 2008, 2009).
Eastern Michigan won 21 Mid-American Conference Championships when Diles served as Athletics Director from 1999 to 2005, marking the second most prolific run of conference championships among conference members during that time period and the greatest number of championships in the program's history. Eastern Michigan also won two NCAA individual championships during that period – the only national titles in the history of the intercollegiate program. The inherited graduation rate of EMU student-athletes nearly doubled in five years.
While at St. Bonaventure, Diles raised $1.5 million for capital improvements to athletic facilities, and the teams he led won more Atlantic 10 Conference Championships from 1995 to 1999 than had been won in all years prior to 1995.
Diles began his career in intercollegiate athletic administration as an Assistant Athletic Director at Central Michigan University from 1989-91 and moved to a similar position at Auburn University from 1991-94 before being named to the head post at St. Bonaventure.
Diles also served as assistant director of public relations for the New York Jets and was a ticket and marketing intern for the New England Patriots in 1984. He also served as Director of Athletics at Dexter Community Schools from 1987 to 1989 and was an administrative assistant at the University of Michigan (1985-87).
A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Diles is a 1983 graduate of Ohio University, where he also earned a master's degree in sports administration. He was awarded a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree from the University of Michigan in 1988.
Diles is married to Suzanne Irene Diles, and they have two sons, Matthew and Mitchell. Matthew is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and graduate of Bucknell University. Mitchell, a Case Western Reserve graduate, is a first-year law student at Washington & Lee.