Bob Arkeilpane
Bob  Arkeilpane

Deputy Director of Athletics/Internal Affairs

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2011 All-Sports Banquet

Photos from UC's 2010-11 All-Sports Banquet, held on June 4, 2011 inside Fifth Third Arena.

Bob Arkeilpane joined the University of Cincinnati as Deputy Director of Athletics in December of 2005. He is the No. 2 administrator, overseeing the daily operations of the athletic department.

He has held direct sport oversight of the football, men's basketball, and baseball programs as well as overseeing the sports medicine and athletics business offices.

Arkeilpane has three decades of Division I experience as a student-athlete, coach and administrator. He joined the Bearcats after serving for three years as Associate Vice President of the UC Foundation, the private sector fund-raising entity for the University of Cincinnati and its campuses, colleges, departments and units.

Arkeilpane previously had worked for the UC Foundation as college director of development and alumni affairs from 1987-91.

Arkeilpane made his return to UC after five successful years as Director of Athletics at the University of Buffalo. Arkeilpane was named officer-in-charge in UB's Division of Athletics and then served as interim athletics director for 10 months prior to being named director in February 1999. He was promoted to the helm of the Bulls' department of athletics after spending three years as Associate Athletics Director of Development at UB starting in 1995. As director of athletics, Arkeilpane had responsibility for all intercollegiate athletic, recreational and intramural athletics programs at Buffalo. UB had 17 sports teams competing in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) when Arkeilpane was named director of athletics. Football joined the conference in the fall of 1999 and, under Arkeilpane's leadership, UB added three new sports-women's softball and crew, and baseball. Arkeilpane's accomplishments also included successfully guiding UB through the Division I-A reclassification process, positioning UB to comply successfully with all aspects of Title IX, improving attendance at football and basketball games and achieving a balanced budget for five consecutive years.

He came to UB from Miami University (Ohio) where he was an assistant athletics director from 1993-95. His career in administration started in Buffalo when he worked as Director of Annual Giving from 1983-85. Arkeilpane then moved on to an Assistant Athletics Director/Development position at Cal State-Fullerton until 1987. He has also served as a Development Officer at UC and as Assistant Athletics Director/Development at Miami University.

A native of Amherst, N.Y. and a standout high school football player at Sweet Home High School, he earned an athletic scholarship to Syracuse, where he was a starting defensive back for three seasons. He played with future NFL stars Art Monk, Joe Morris and Gary Anderson-and against such big-name players as Warren Moon, Dan Marino and Jim Kelly. Arkeilpane earned his bachelor`s degree in 1981 from Syracuse. He earned his master's degree from Ohio University while serving as a graduate assistant football coach.