Dave Maggard has been brought on as the special assistant to the athletic director on a volunteer basis, Oregon State athletic director Bob De Carolis announced Monday.

Maggard is a retired seasoned athletic administrator who moved to the area to be close to his family. He called De Carolis and offered his help, and will work on special projects for the athletic department.

He served as an athletic director at California (1972-91), Miami (1991-93) and Houston (2002-09), and the managing director of sports for the Atlanta committee for the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Maggard was a competitor and flagbearer for the United States in the 1968 Mexico City Games in the shot put, where he finished fifth.

“To say it was quite a surprise to get a call from Dave is an understatement, and then to find out he was looking for something to keep busy in a small college town was even more shocking and intriguing,” De Carolis said in a press release.

Maggard has been inducted into the National Association of College Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010, the University of California Hall of Fame in 1996, he received the General Robert Reese Nyeland Athletic Director Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997, the U.S. Sports Academy’s Carl Maddox Sports Management Award in 1995 and the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Order.

He also has a history with OSU football coach Mike Riley. Maggard was the athletic director at Cal when Riley had his first college coaching job as a graduate assistant with the Bears in 1975.

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