Associate Director of Athletics for Development
Zach Goines joined the Illinois staff as Director of Development/Chicago Operations in 2012. He began his career as a fundraiser at the University of Miami as a development associate and assistant director of development from 2001-04. His next position was at Marquette, where he served as director of the Blue & Gold Fund from 2004-07. In 2007, Goines moved to Iowa State, where he served as director of development for athletics until 2011. He spent the 2011-12 school year at Connecticut as senior director of development for athletics, where he led and oversaw the UConn athletics development staff, including annual fundraising, major gifts, events and operations.
A native of Kettering, Ohio, Goines graduated with a bachelor's degree in finance from Kentucky in 1999 and earned a master's degree in sports administration from Indiana in 2000. While at Kentucky, he served the Wildcat basketball team as head student manager from 1995-99. He followed that with a graduate assistantship in the Indiana athletic ticket office during the 1999-2000 school year.