|Position:||Associate AD/Facilities & Game Day Operations|
|Alma Mater:||Iowa State '99|
Jason DePaepe is in his 16th year at the University of Colorado and his first as the associate athletic director for facilities and game day operations.
In his new role, DePaepe has overseen the entire athletic facilities expansion project – working as the athletic department liaison with Mortenson Construction and the Populous design team on the $156 million project that will add over 337,000 sq. ft. to the athletic department and renovate 38,000 sq. ft. The project is scheduled to be completed in February 2016 adding the five-story Champions Center building and an indoor football practice facility and track to the athletics facilities.
DePaepe, 41, is also responsible for overseeing all maintenance and scheduling needs for Folsom Field, the Dal Ward Athletic Center, Coors Events Center, Balch Fieldhouse, Prentup Field, Potts Field, the Football Practice Facility, Kittredge Lacrosse Field and the South Campus Tennis Facility.
In his position, he also continues to oversee CU’s athletic grounds and is considered by many to be the best in that field – responsible for all maintenance, renovation, up keep and painting and design of Folsom Field’s natural grass surface. DePaepe is also the liaison for major events such as the Bolder Boulder, CU commencement and the Fourth of July fireworks.
Prior to serving as associate athletic director, DePaepe was the assistant athletic director for facilities from February 2013 to January 2015. He worked to manage all athletic facility day-to-day maintenance and operations and manage all non-game day events.
He served as the athletic turf manager for 12 years prior to his promotion. He originally joined CU in June 2000 as an assistant turf manager and was promoted to the head position in February 2001.
DePaepe came to CU from the Baltimore Ravens, where he was the assistant field manager for a year. Prior to that, he was employed at Iowa State, where he graduated from in 1999 with Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture and Turf Grass Management. He worked two years at ISU as a student turf manager.
He was born May 4, 1974 in Minot, N.D., and graduated from Waterloo (Iowa) West, where he lettered in baseball and basketball. His hobbies include golf and basketball. He is married to the former Kristen Sorensen, CU’s former director of special events, and the couple has one daughter, Brielle (2).