|Position:||Associate Athletic Director/Business Operations|
|Alma Mater:||Minnesota State-Moorhead '95|
Cory Hilliard enters his sixth year with Athletic Department at the University of Colorado, his fourth as the associate athletic director for business operations.
Hilliard, 43, came to CU from the University of North Dakota where he was the assistant athletic director for business operations for three years (2006-08). He earned the promotion at UND after serving five years as the assistant director for business services (2001-06).
In his position, Hilliard is responsible for the management of the administrative, financial, budget, human resources, and payroll functions for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and its 17 sport programs. In addition to his business operations duties, Hilliard oversees the equipment, sports video and information technology support services for the Buffaloes.
Hilliard graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead in 1995 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health Education, and in 2006 earned his Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of North Dakota. Hilliard also attended the University of Wyoming from 1990-92 where he was a member of the track team, participating in the hurdles and relay events. While at MSU-Moorhead from 1993-95, he also lettered in the sport..
He was born August 2, 1972 in Rochester, Minn., he graduated from Manitou Springs High School (Colo.) in 1990, where he lettered in football and was an outstanding track and field athlete. He ran the 110- and 300-meter hurdles and was a member of the 4x200 and 4x400-meter relay teams that won multiple state titles in addition to the boys team championship in 1990. At one time (during the 1989 season), he held the Colorado state high school record in the 300-meter hurdle and is a former high school national champion in the 60-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles.
Hilliard is married to the former Abby Barendt, and the couple has two sons, Zach (19) and Jacob (13). He is actively involved in the College Athletic Business Management Association (CABMA) as well as a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).