Mike Vollmar begins his 12th year as an assistant athletics director and director of football operations at Michigan State.
Vollmar's duties include overseeing the internal and external operations of the football program. In addition, he manages football's operating budget; oversees football facilities, regular- and post-season team travel and future scheduling; plus organizes preseason camp. Vollmar has been closely involved in the planning, designing and construction of the $12 million Bob and Julie Skandalaris Football Operations Center, scheduled for completion in August 2008. He also has regular communication with National Football League scouts and the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association. Vollmar serves on the American Football Coaches Association's national committee for Directors of Football Operations and the Board of Directors for the MSU Football Players Association, Duffy Daugherty Memorial Award and Mid-Michigan Touchdown Club, a chapter of The National Football Foundation.
Vollmar previously spent five years at Syracuse where the Orangemen posted a combined record of 42-15-1. He served as recruiting and personnel coordinator from 1991-93 and director of football and recruiting operations from 1994-96 under Paul Pasqualoni. Four players recruited during that period were named to Syracuse's All-Century team, including Kevin Abrams, Donovan Darius (Oakland Raiders), Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia Eagles) and Kevin Johnson. During his tenure at Syracuse, the Orangemen claimed the ECAC championship and Lambert Trophy (Eastern Football Champions) in 1992. The Orangemen also won three bowl games, including the '92 Hall of Fame, '93 Fiesta and '96 Gator Bowls.
Prior to joining the Syracuse staff, Vollmar worked for three years as assistant recruiting coordinator and in athletic administration under the late Bo Schembechler and Gary Moeller at Michigan (1988- 90). During his stint in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines produced a record of 28-7-1 while winning three Big Ten championships, making two trips to the Rose Bowl and a trip to the Gator Bowl. Vollmar's father James played running back for the Wolverines from 1956-58.
Vollmar participated in track and field as a polevaulter at Siena Heights College in Adrian, Mich. He received a bachelor's degree in history with a minor in speech communications from Siena Heights in 1988.
A native of Riverview, Mich., Vollmar earned a total of eight letters in track and basketball at Riverview Community High School. As a senior, he earned allstate honors as a pole-vaulter. Vollmar attended the same high school that produced Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr, former Missouri and Vanderbilt head coach Woody Widenhofer and former Colorado head coach Bill McCartney.
Born Jan. 21, 1965, in Mt. Clemens, Mich., Vollmar earned a master's degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala., in 1989.
Married to the former Tami Schneck of Tecumseh, Mich., he and his wife have a daughter, Bailey Lauren (9).
THE VOLLMAR FILE
YEARS AT MICHIGAN STATE: 12th. Joined staff on Feb. 13, 1996, from Syracuse.
PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE: College - Assistant recruiting coordinator at Michigan (1988-90); recruiting and personnel coordinator at Syracuse (1991-93); director of football and recruiting operations at Syracuse (1994-96).
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in history and a minor in speech communications from Siena Heights College in 1988; master's degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in 1989.
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: College - Track and field athlete at Siena Heights College (1983-87). POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE: Coach - 1989 Rose Bowl, 1990 Rose Bowl, 1991 Gator Bowl, 1992 Hall of Fame Bowl, 1993 Fiesta Bowl, 1996 Gator Bowl, 1996 Sun Bowl, 1997 Aloha Bowl, 2000 Florida Citrus Bowl, 2001 Silicon Valley Football Classic, 2003 Alamo Bowl.