Deputy Athletics Director Greg Ianni oversees the Spartans' athletic facilities and works toward the development of long-range plans for improving those sites.
In addition to his facilities duties, Ianni administers event management for all sports and serves as the sport administrator for daily operations for football and men's basketball. He also has oversight of the day-to-day operations of the department when athletics director Mark Hollis is on the road.
Ianni has played a primary role in the opening of numerous athletic facilities at Michigan State. Most recently, the $24.5 million north end zone project at Spartan Stadium was completed for the start of the 2014 season. The new structure features a two-story, 50,000-square-foot addition as well as an entrance plaza, renovated gates, and additional restrooms and concessions. The building includes new locker rooms for teams, coaches and officials, including a 4,500-square-foot home locker room and a 700-square-foot home training room, in addition to a 3,600-square-foot media center and a 4,000-square-foot engagement center for all varsity sports.
Ianni also was instrumental in the building of the $12.5 Skandalaris Football Center, a 25,000-square-foot addition to the Duffy Daugherty Football building which opened in August 2008. One of the top football facilities in the nation, the Skandalaris Football Center features team, staff and position meeting rooms, coaches' offices and The Demmer Family Hall of History.
In the past decade, more than $100 million has been committed to upgrading Spartan Stadium. In addition to the north end zone project, a $64 million expansion project completed prior to the start of the 2005 football season featured the addition of nearly 3,000 seats, including 24 suites and a 193-seat press box, bringing the current stadium capacity to 75,005. Prior to the 2012 season, new high-def Panasonic video screens and scoreboards as well as a new sound system were installed in Spartan Stadium at the cost of $10 million.
During his tenure, Ianni has also overseen renovations of Jenison Field House, Munn Ice Arena, the football practice fields, and the men's and women's basketball locker rooms, as well as construction of the Clara Bell Smith Academic Center and Berkowitz Basketball Complex. The Old College Field project, which features new homes for soccer (DeMartin Stadium), baseball (McLane Stadium) and softball (Secchia Stadium) in MSU's most historic venue, was completed in 2011.
In 1993, Ianni came to MSU, his alma mater, after serving as Associate Director of Athletics at Ohio University. At Ohio University, he was responsible for the athletic department facilities, financial management and daily operation of the 17-sport, Division I program.
A native of Dexter, Michigan, he graduated from MSU in 1975 with a bachelor of arts, and earned a master's degree in sports administration at Ohio University in 1978. Ianni played baseball at MSU in 1972-73, earning Academic All-Big Ten honors in 1973.
Greg and his wife, Jamie, have a daughter, Allison, who lettered as a member of the MSU volleyball team, and a son, Anthony, who played basketball at Michigan State and Grand Valley State. Jamie, a Morenci, Michigan, native was a three-sport star at Adrian College and a Division III basketball All-American. She was inducted into the Adrian Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991 and is one of only two athletes whose number has been retired at the school.