Former Memphis Athletic Director Laird Veatch is headed to Missouri, to become Mizzou’s next Athletic Director. Veach is no stranger to Mizzou. He started working at MU in 1997 and moved up to lead the fundraising division. He has over 25 years of experience in college athletics.

Veatch has been the Director of Athletics at the University of Memphis since Oct. 1, 2019, and was elevated to Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics in June 2021.

Learfield Sports hired Veatch in 2003 as the general manager for Mizzou Sports Properties before his promotion to regional vice president in 2006. In that role, he coordinated all multimedia activities within the Missouri Athletics Department’s external operations team.

He spent six years at Missouri (1997-2002), where he oversaw fundraising activities for the athletics department. Veatch managed the Tiger Scholarship Fund.

Veatch was a team captain for Kansas State football.

Career history:

October 2019-present: University of Memphis (Director of Athletics)
July 2017-19: University of Florida (Executive Associate Athletics Director, Internal Affairs)
2016-17: Kansas State University (Deputy Athletics Director & Chief of Staff)
2015-16: Kansas State University (Deputy Athletics Director)
2013-15: Kansas State University (Executive Associate Athletics Director)
2012-13: Kansas State University (Senior Associate Athletics Director for Strategic Initiatives)
2010-12: Kansas State University (Associate Athletics Director for Capital Support)
2006-10: Learfield Sports, Heartland Division (Regional Vice President)
2003-06: Learfield Sports, Mizzou Sports Properties (General Manager)
2002-03: Iowa State University (Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Operations)
2000-02: University of Missouri (Assistant Athletics Director for Development)
1998-2000: University of Missouri (Director of Athletics Development for Major Giving)
1997-98: University of Missouri (Director of Annual Giving & Development Coordinator)
1995-97: University of Texas (Graduate Assistant for External Operations & the Longhorn Foundation)

Source: Memphis Athletics bio page.