Administration Coaching Staff
Peter Pilling
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education
Coach Info:
Position: Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education
Phone: 212-854-4774

Peter Pilling was introduced as Columbia University’s Campbell Family Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education in February 2015 after serving as vice president at IMG College for nine years.

Pilling brings a family-oriented emphasis to the position with a focus on his vision: “Victories in the Classroom, Victories in Competition and Victories in Life.” That vision was evident in his first year at Columbia in 2015-16 as Lion varsity teams claimed national championships in both fencing and lightweight rowing, the postseason tournament in men’s basketball and Ivy League team titles in men’s cross country and men’s tennis. Individually, Lion student-athletes captured one national title (fencing) and seven Ivy League championships. Columbia student-athletes also achieved success in the classroom as 713 Lion athletes combined for a 3.30 total cumulative grade point average, 336 earned a Dean’s List semester honor and 51 achieved a perfect 4.0 semester grade point average. In addition, 65 percent (100 of 152) of all graduating student-athletes secured employment, enrolled in graduate school, completed training and/or other in 2015-16 (as of August 29, 2016). Student-athletes secured employment with firms such as Goldman Sachs, Unilever, Morgan Stanley, MSNBC, JP Morgan Chase and Northwestern Mutual.

Pilling’s first year at Columbia also saw the hiring of new head coaches in football (nine-time Ivy League champion Al Bagnoli), men’s basketball (Jim Engles), women’s basketball (Megan Griffith), wrestling (Zach Tanelli) and diving (Scott Donie). He has overseen and directed the creation of the Bubble at Baker, an air-supported structure which will be placed over the field at Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium. Scheduled to be completed in October, 2016, this much-needed addition will provide a variety of outdoor teams an indoor practice facility during the winter months of November through March. In addition, Pilling has overseen the development and evaluation process of revitalizing Dodge Fitness Center on Columbia’s campus.

Prior to arriving in Morningside Heights, Pilling accumulated an avid sports management background, as he has previously served in leadership roles as Vice President at IMG College, senior associate athletics director at Brigham Young University and associate athletics director at Villanova.

As Vice President at IMG College, the nation’s largest collegiate sports marketing company, from 2006-15, Pilling built extensive administrative experience working with a variety of NCAA Division I athletics departments including Brigham Young, TCU, Baylor, Gonzaga and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Prior to IMG College, Pilling worked at BYU where he was the Senior Associate Athletics Director overseeing athletic operations including finance, development, media relations, corporate sponsorships, marketing and promotions. He also served as the sports administrator for the men’s and women’s basketball, tennis, track and field, and swimming squads.

While at Villanova, Pilling managed the operations of marketing, promotions, licensing, media relations, ticket operations and the Wildcat radio and television networks. In addition, he was responsible for football and men's basketball scheduling and was active at the conference level serving on the BIG EAST Public Relations/Marketing and Tennis Championship committees.

A former board member and past president of NACMA (National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators), Pilling has also served on the Board of Directors for NCLA (National Collegiate Licensing Association). In June 2001, he received the 2001 NACMA National Outstanding Individual Achievement Award.

A graduate of Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in accounting, Pilling continued his education at Ohio University, where he earned a Master's degree in Sports Administration. At both BYU and Villanova, Pilling served an adjunct professor in the business department, where he taught a sports marketing course.

Pilling and his wife, Deanna, have four children, Travis, Kyler, C.J. and McKenna, two daughters-in-law, Sara and Nicole, and a granddaughter, June.


Date announced as Director of Athletics: February 3, 2015

Hometown: Los Alamitos, Calif.

Education: Masters-Sports Administration, Ohio University, 1990; Bachelor of Arts-Accounting, Brigham Young University, 1984.

Family: Wife Deanna; children Travis, Kyler, C.J., McKenna; daughters in law Sara, Nicole; granddaughter June

Career: Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education, Columbia University, 2015-current; Vice President, IMG College, 2006-15; Senior Associate Athletic Director, Brigham Young University, 2002-06; Associate Athletics Director for External Operations, Villanova University, 1997-2002; Associate Athletics Director, St. Bonaventure, 1995-97; Associate Athletics Director, University of Wyoming; Assistant Athletics Director, Morehead State University

Noteworthy Awards/Administrative Committees (past and present): Ivy League FCS Athletics Director representative; Ivy League Television Committee; Board of Directors for NCLA (National Collegiate Licensing Association), 1995-96; NACMA National Outstanding Individual Achievement Award, 2001; NCAA Peer Review Team; USTA Athletic Directors Advisory Committee; Big East Conference Public Relations/Marketing Committee; Big East Conference Tennis Championships Committee