May 30, 2013
OREM, Utah -- Utah Valley University today announced that Vincent Otoupal will succeed Michael Jacobsen as director of athletics and lead the Wolverines into the WAC era. He will formally assume the position July 15, 2013, just as the Wolverines officially transition to the Western Athletic Conference. Otoupal was selected from an initial pool of 80 applicants from across the nation.
“UVU Athletics is at a critical crossroads,” said UVU President Matthew S. Holland. “Vince Otoupal brings a dynamic blend of personal energy and extensive leadership experience from a variety of institutions with top-flight athletic and academic programs. Such a combination is just what UVU needs right now, especially as we move into the Western Athletic Conference and seek to raise the level of our game across every sport we play.”
Otoupal has served as athletic director at California State University Monterey Bay since 2008. Prior to that, he worked for three years as an athletics administrator at San Jose State University. He has also held multiple positions in Stanford University’s department of athletics.
“I want to thank the UVU administration for inviting me to be a part of what they are doing and where they are going,” Otoupal said. “I am honored to be able to call myself a Wolverine and, as the President says, am looking forward to being a part of UVU as we strive to raise the level of our game. President Holland’s view for UVU and Wolverine Athletics impressed me, as did my conversations with the other UVU leadership, coaches, staff and student-athletes. The attitude is right where it needs to be as the Wolverines enter the nationally renowned Western Athletic Conference.”
“Together, we will concentrate on our student-athletes’ welfare and academic and athletic success,” Otoupal continued. “These are the goals on which we will be relentlessly focused.”
A native of Seattle, Wash., Otoupal was a student-athlete at Stanford, where he played outside linebacker on the football team under the tutelage of coaches Jack Elway, Dennis Green and Bill Walsh. He was a four-year letterman and was named Defensive Special Teams Player of the Year in 1990, 1991, and 1992. He also played rugby for the Stanford club team in 1991 and 1992.
After graduating from Stanford, where he earned bachelor degrees in both political science and sociology with an emphasis in organizational behavior, he was commissioned and subsequently promoted to captain in the Marine Corps with the Second Battalion Seventh Marines based in Twenty-Nine Palms, Calif.
He joined Stanford’s athletic department in 1998 as the assistant director of annual giving and was later promoted to become the director of the Buck- Cardinal Club. After earning an MBA from the University of Oregon, he rejoined Stanford’s athletic department in 2002 as director of major gifts. In 2005, he became associate athletic director for development at San Jose State University and, one year later, became senior associate athletic director for external relations. In this role, he oversaw the external relations functions, including the major gift program and annual fundraising organization known as the Spartan Foundation. In 2006 and 2007, the Spartan Foundation set new records for dollars raised and number of donors, and the external relations team turned in record-breaking years for revenue generation.
His work at San Jose State caught the attention of the California State University system, and in 2008 Otoupal became the director of athletics at California State University Monterey Bay, which was founded in 1994. With its athletic department becoming NCAA Division II certified in 2007, Otoupal played an important role in that transition. Since that time, Cal State University Monterey Bay has won several championships, including an NCAA National Championship, and its student-athletes have earned a number of academic distinctions.
Otoupal has also worked as a member of NCAA regional committees and currently serves as a member of the executive board for NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics). He and his wife, Brady, have a son, Zachary and a daughter, Annie.