Former Stanford hoops star becomes first woman in school history to hold post
Debra Gore-Mann was named the new athletic director at USF on Friday, becoming the first woman to hold the position at the school and only the third in West Coast Conference history.
Gore-Mann moves from her post as senior associate athletic director at Stanford to take the top job on the Hilltop. She had worked under influential athletic director Ted Leland while on The Farm. During her tenure at Stanford, the Cardinal won 14 Division I national championships.
Gore-Mann will officially replace Bill Hogan on Aug. 1. Hogan left USF to take the same position at the University of Seattle.
“I am so excited and humbled to be sitting here as USF’s next athletic director,” Gore-Mann said. “I think there’s a lot of upside here.”
Gore-Mann was a two-time captain of the Stanford women’s basketball team and graduated in 1982 with a degree in industrial engineering. She earned her MBA in capital markets and finance from the school in 1987 and worked first for Morgan Stanley and later for Bechtel Enterprises before returning to Stanford in 1999, this time in the athletic department.
She was considered by some to be a potential successor to Leland, who left Stanford this year to become vice president of university development at Pacific. That job went to Iowa athletic director Bob Bowlsby. Instead, she comes to San Francisco to take the helm of an athletic program that seems to be on the rise. The Dons earned the West Coast Conference’s men’s all-sports award in 2005-06 for the first time in school history and the baseball team reached its first NCAA tournament.
“She’s got a great resume and she should be able to do some really great work here,” USF baseball coach Nino Giarratano said. “We’ll give her as much support as we can to make sure she’s a big success.”
Gore-Mann is married to former USF basketball player Anthony Mann, who was a member of the 1985-86 “Return to basketball” team. She said Mann’s ties to USF were one of the factors that drew her to the school.