As a former student-athlete himself, Tim Lampe knows the effect a good facility can have on a collegiate athletic program.
VCU now knows what an elite Director of Facilities can do for an athletic department after having Lampe to run the show for the past 16 years.
Now in his 17th year with the Rams, Lampe serves as Senior Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Facilities, overseeing the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center, Thalhimer Tennis Center, VCU’s use of The Diamond, VCU’s Sports Backers Stadium, Sports Medicine Center, as well as the construction of the new basketball practice facility and upgrades/renovations to all VCU athletic facilities.
Since arriving in Richmond in 1997, he has helped construct the Siegel Center and has overseen the growth and renovation since the opening in 1999. He has brought personalities such as President Obama, President Clinton, Dave Matthews, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, and Bill Cosby while hosting such sporting events such as the Virginia High School League Basketball Championships, the Harlem Globetrotters, as well as tennis events featuring the likes of Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Andy Roddick, Serena Williams, John McEnroe, and others.
He also formed a relationships with the NBA’s Washington Wizards, which culminated into a six-year deal with the Wizards to use the Siegel Center as the team’s training camp headquarters from 2004-2009, as well as with the NBA Players’ Association when the NBA Top 100 Camp was hosted at the Siegel Center from 2000-2006.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Lampe graduated from Miami University, where he was a four-year letter winner on the men’s basketball team, earning three trips to the NCAA tournament.
Upon graduation, he traveled to the University of New Mexico to complete his master’s degree in sport administration and work as a graduate assistant for the Lobo’s basketball team. Lampe became the director of facilities at UNM before taking his current position at VCU.
Lampe also serves an adjunct professor for the Center for Sports Leadership at VCU, as well as teaching an undergraduate course in facility design and event management. Lampe recently completed a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and continues to help educate future leaders in the sport industry.
Lampe and his wife, Brenna, live in Glen Allen. Their daughter Nichole Smithson and her husband Larry are both employees of VCU and have three children, Carter 9, Brayden 3, and newcomer Jackson.