Administration Coaching Staff
Peter Pilling
Campbell Family Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education
Coach Info:
Position: Campbell Family Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education
Alma Mater: Brigham Young University
Graduating Year: 1984
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 is Columbia’s seventh athletic director since the position became full-time in 1931.

With a family-oriented emphasis and focus, Pilling enters his third full academic year at the helm of a Columbia Intercollegiate Athletics Department which features 31 varsity sports, serves more than 750 student-athletes and boasts over 150 years of athletics tradition. His vision of “Victories in the Classroom, Victories in Competition and Victories in Life” has provided the foundation for Columbia Athletics and serves as its guiding principle.

During Pilling’s first two years at Columbia, the Lions have claimed three team national championships (2017 archery; 2016 fencing and 2016 lightweight rowing), three individual national championships (Osama Khalifa, 2017 men’s squash; Bianca Gotuaco, 2017 archery; Jake Hoyle, 2016 fencing/foil), five Ivy League team championships, 25 individual conference or Ivy League titles and the 2016 postseason basketball tournament championship

Columbia student-athletes have also achieved in the classroom as 100 student-athletes attained a perfect 4.0 term grade point average, 615 student-athletes earned Dean’s List honors and student-athletes totaled a cumulative 3.32 grade point average over that span. In addition, 98 percent (145 of 148) of all graduating 2016 student-athletes either secured employment, enrolled in graduate school and/or completed training while securing employment with firms such as Goldman Sachs, Unilever, Morgan Stanley, MSNBC, JP Morgan Chase and Northwestern Mutual.

On the facilities front, Pilling oversaw and directed the creation of the Bubble at Baker, an air-supported structure which is placed over Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium and enables Columbia student-athletes a much-needed indoor practice facility during the winter months of November through March. The Bubble at Baker opened in January 2017. Pilling has also overseen the development and evaluation process of revitalizing Dodge Fitness Center on Columbia’s campus.

In November 2016, he introduced a new branding and recruiting initiative #OnlyHere, which focuses on the assortment of advantages to the Columbia student-athlete. #OnlyHere emphasizes Columbia’s extraordinary location in New York City, unparralleled academic and career opportunities, an elite-level athletic performance program and a “built to win” foundation in facilities and personnel.

In June, 2017, Pilling introduced a new multimedia agreement with national marketing giants JMI Sports and IMG for Columbia Athletics, a contract which will provide valuable national and international brand exposure and recognition to the University community and New York City, while also providing for an even greater experience for student-athletes.

Pilling’s first two years 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).

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.

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 as 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 two grandchildren: June and Oliver.


Date announced as Director of Athletics: February 3, 2015

Hometown: Los Alamitos, Calif.


Master of Science-Sports Administration, Ohio University, 1990

Bachelor of Arts-Accounting, Brigham Young University, 1984


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



Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education, Columbia University, 2015-current

Vice President, IMG College, 2006-15

Senior Associate Athletics 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