Matt McMillen joined the University of Oklahoma Athletics Department in 1999 as the administrative coordinator for the Sooner football program. He was promoted to assistant director of athletics in November 2011.
In this position, McMillen oversees football operations by working directly with OU’s strength, sports medicine, football video, equipment, field maintenance and secretarial staffs. He serves as the football program's liaison to athletics administration, communications, marketing, development, academic student life, game day operations and the business office, as well as FCA, the Touchdown Club, the OU Football Lettermen’s Association and Sooner Sports Properties.
McMillen coordinates all of OU's travel arrangements, including Big 12 Championship and bowl games. He works closely with head coach Lincoln Riley in coordinating the football program's outreach into the local community through the OU Football/FCA Holiday Food Drive and the Partners for Youth Football Clinic. He also serves as the co-coordinator of the OU Football Camp and the OU Football Coaches Clinic, and as the president of the Bob Stoops Champions Foundation.
A Kansas native, McMillen joined the OU staff after two years at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. As director of marketing for the group, he oversaw the areas of allied industry, sponsorship, advertising and trade shows that generated more than $3 million annually for the trade organization that represents more than one million beef producers.
He started his career in collegiate athletics, serving as an associate AD at Kansas State from 1987-97. He created KSU's Corporate Partner Program and secured $3.4 million in advertising revenues to install a Sony Jumbotron and three other scoreboards in the football stadium.
McMillen also coordinated the annual fund-raising plan for the Mike Ahearn Scholarship Fund, increased the number of Catbacker Clubs from eight to 34 and established and managed the Ahearn Fund Board of Directors, the Kansas State Sports Hall of Fame and the Golden Cats football support group.
McMillien is a 1985 Kansas State graduate who attended Salina Central High School. He and his wife Gina are the parents of sons Alex and Nathan.