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Greene expected to succeed White as University at Buffalo athletic director

The University at Buffalo is expected to promote Danny White’s right-hand man, Allen Greene, to the athletic director position, according to two sources close to the athletics department.

The university has announced a news conference for Tuesday morning where UB President Satish K. Tripathi plans “a major announcement” about UB’s athletics leadership.

UB is losing White to the University of Central Florida, which announced White’s hiring as its AD on Thursday.

The appointment of Greene reflects a satisfaction among UB’s senior leadership and influential alumni with the direction of the athletics department under White the past three and a half years. Greene, 38, is in his second year as deputy director of athletics at UB.

Greene was one of White’s first hires. He joined UB in June 2012 as senior associate athletics director for administration. Greene came with White from the University of Mississippi, where he served as assistant athletic director for development and priority seating.

Greene is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He spent five years working in that institution’s compliance office, helping his alma mater adhere to myriad NCAA rules and regulations. Then he spent five years in the development end of athletics administration, working on stewardship, priority seating and major gifts campaigns. Two of those development years were at Notre Dame, and three were at Mississippi. He worked for the fundraising arm of the Ole Miss athletics department.

At Notre Dame, Greene was a three-year starter on the baseball team. He signed with the New York Yankees after being a ninth-round draft choice of that organization. He played in the Yankees’ minor-league system from June 1998 to March 2001.

White plans to keep working at UB through Dec. 11 to aid in the transition of the athletics department. During that time, he also will be working on hiring a new head football coach for Central Florida. White is strongly in favor of Greene taking over for him at UB.

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