Vince Volpe is in his fourth year as the Associate Athletics Director for External Operations at ORU. Volpe directs capital fund-raising, major gifts, the Golden Eagle Club, the Varsity Club, ticket sales, branding, licensing, merchandising and other sources of revenue generation and strategic initiatives for the Golden Eagles. Volpe serves as a member of the Department of Athletics executive staff and works directly with the Men’s and Women’s Tennis programs as their sport supervisor. He also serves as the liaison to University Advancement, the ORU Alumni Association and other units on the ORU campus.
Volpe came to ORU on June 1, 2009 from the University of Missouri where he spent 5 and a half years in various capacities concluding as the Executive Director of Development & TSF. Vince was a member of the senior management team within the Department of Athletics and oversaw all development operations within the Tiger Scholarship Fund including the $150 million Champions for Life capital campaign, the Tiger Scholarship Fund annual giving/ticket priority program, the coordination and sales of all suite lease agreements in football and men’s basketball, and the Gift-In-Kind program. Volpe also oversaw all aspects of Mizzou’s 140 endowed scholarships totaling more than $25 million as well as all aspects of estate and planned giving totaling more than $25 million. In December of 2005 Vince assumed the role of Director of Development for Major Gifts concentrating on the Champions for Life capital campaign. Vince began his tenure with the University of Missouri in February of 2004 as the Assistant Director of Development as the primary contact for more than 1,000 donors in the Kansas City, MO market. He also oversaw sport specific campaigns, former student-athlete locker campaigns, TSF brochure production and donor signage. The development office and the Tiger Scholarship Fund are responsible for annual revenue production in excess of $18 million.
During his time in Columbia, MO Volpe was a member of the Big Brother’s Big Sister’s of Boone County Missouri Board of Directors and a member of the Central Missouri Food Bank Board of Directors.
Before joining Mizzou, Volpe worked in the Department of Athletics at the University of Kentucky as an Athletics Department Associate. At UK he had the unique opportunity to work in several administrative departments including marketing, game operations, event management and development. Prior to his tenure at UK Volpe spent five years at Indiana University as a student-athlete, graduate student and intern in athletics administration working directly with the executive management team with the Department of Athletics.
A native of Baltimore, MD, Volpe attended Indiana University on a baseball scholarship. In 2002, he graduated with his BS degree in Sports Management. Volpe continued his education at IU and in 2003 graduated with his MS degree in Athletics Administration. While studying for his graduate degree at Indiana he was an Associate Instructor with the Department of Kinesiology.
Volpe, 32, currently resides in Tulsa, OK with his wife Laura, a former student-athlete (Gymnastics) for the University of Missouri.