ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University announced today a five-year contract extension for Athletics Director Jim Schaus. Schaus' contract extension runs through June 2017.
Schaus, who began his in fifth year in Athens this past spring, was named Athletic Director on April 7, 2008 by President Roderick J. McDavis. Since taking over as Athletics Director, Ohio has won seven tournament championships and nine conference titles.
"I feel very honored and blessed to serve at Ohio University," Schaus said. "I am proud to be a Bobcat. I am thankful in the confidence that President McDavis has in the growth of our athletics program and in my leadership. Success is always a team effort and ours is due to having the best student-athletes, coaches, staff, administration and fans anywhere in the country."
Under Schaus' leadership, Ohio experienced one of the greatest athletic seasons in school history during the 2011-12 campaign as football claimed the MAC East title and its first-ever bowl victory in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. The Bobcat field hockey team earned a bid to the NCAA tournament after it won the 2011 MAC Championship. The women's volleyball team also continued its winning ways as it captured its ninth-consecutive conference championship. In the spring of 2012, the men's basketball won the league championship for the second time in three years and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament following wins over Michigan and USF.
Schaus has assisted in building one of the most successful overall programs in the Mid-American Conference. During his leadership, he guided the effort to transform a $2.3 million annual operating budget shortfall into a balanced budget in two years through increased resources and strategic reductions which helped the department meet annual budget projections.
Upon his appointment, Schaus developed a comprehensive, five-year strategic plan which produced a 96% completion rate in just three years.
In addition, Schaus has proved to be an instrumental figure in providing the athletic department with several facility upgrades. This fall, Ohio concluded the fundraising effort for the University's $12.5 million dollar Multi-Purpose Center, which will allow each of the Bobcats' 16 varsity athletic teams to practice indoors during in-climate weather conditions.
He also spearheaded the fundraising effort for the complete renovation of the men's basketball locker room and athletic training suite.
Academically, Ohio's student-athletes have amassed a 3.018 grade point average under Schaus' leadership with 89 student-athletes being named to the Dean's List and 232 achieving a GPA of 3.0 or above during the 2011-12 campaign alone.