Zach Goines serves as the Office of Athletics Development’s deputy administrator and moved to Champaign in July 2016 after serving as the director of development for Chicago operations since December 2012 upon joining the University of Illinois’ Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Goines came to Illinois from the University of Connecticut, where he served as senior director of development for athletics and oversaw the UConn athletics development staff, including annual fundraising, major gifts, events and operations from 2011-2012. During his time at UConn he served as a member of the athletic director's leadership team, and oversaw the Division of Athletics $110 million capital campaign.
From 2007-2011 Goines served as director of development for athletics with the Iowa State University Foundation. He oversaw capital campaign and major gift fundraising initiatives for Cyclones Athletics. He helped direct "Campaign Iowa State: With Pride and Purpose" by securing over $85 million, surpassing the $77 million goal for ISU Athletics, which includes renovations to Jack Trice Stadium, construction of the Sukup Basketball Complex, construction of the Cyclone Sports Complex, as well as renovations and additions to the Bergstrom Football Complex.
Prior to working at Iowa State, Goines served Marquette University as director of the Blue & Gold Fund from 2004-07 where he managed and coordinated a team of athletics development professionals who grew the Blue & Gold Fund from $940,000 in 2004 to over $3 million in 2007. He and his team also implemented a men’s basketball priority seating program.
Goines worked at the University of Miami (FL) as an assistant director of development from 2001-04. He worked on the $63 million "UExcellence" Campaign for Hurricane Athletics, with specific responsibility for for the Campaign for the Convocation Center, a $48 million basketball arena project. He also assisted in the creation of a priority points system, and helped develop and implement the Orange Bowl Priority Seating Plan.
A native of Kettering, Ohio, Goines graduated with a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Kentucky in 1999 and earned a master's degree in sports administration from Indiana University in 2000. While at Kentucky, he served the Wildcat men's basketball program as a student manager from 1995-99, which included two national championships and one national runner-up finish. Goines served an internship at the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) from 2000-2001.