Brad Bankston is in his 26th year of service to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and his 21st as the commissioner of the league. During his tenure, conference membership has grown to 15 full-time members and 24 sports. Bankston reports directly to the Presidents Council and serves as the league’s chief administrator and oversees all matters involving championships, compliance, eligibility, finances, legislation, marketing, officiating, sportsmanship, and office management.
He was appointed the conference’s second commissioner in March 1997. During his first four years in the conference office, Bankston served as Assistant Commissioner and Sports Information Director. He began his work in the ODAC office as an intern while completing his graduate degree.
In addition to his duties with the league, Bankston has served on the steering committee for over 60 Division III NCAA Championships hosted in conjunction with the City of Salem, Va., since 1993. He holds memberships in the National Association of Division III Athletics Administrators (NADIIIAA) and the Division III Commissioners Association (D3CA), which he chaired in 2008-09. Bankston has also assisted DIII leadership in programming at the annual Division III New ADs Orientation and the Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) Institute.
Bankston has also been heavily involved in the NCAA Division III committee structure since 1999. He currently serves on the DIII Management Council, Championships Committee, and Playing and Practice Seasons Sub-Committee. Previously, he served as chair of the Championships Committee and the Men’s Golf and Football Committees while spending time with the Budget Committee and Convention Planning Sub-Committee.
A native of Virginia, Bankston received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and completed his Masters of Science in Education from Virginia Tech. Outside of the office, he works hand-in-hand with a number of state and local agencies supporting athletics including the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame where he is a member of the Honors Court.