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Doug Max celebrates 30 years of service

April 7, 2011

Doug Max, associate athletic director, is celebrating three decades of service at Colorado State University. The University community is invited to honor Doug and all employees during Celebrate! CSU Milestones at 3 p.m. May 5 in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom.

A career of accomplishment

When Doug Max began his career at CSU 30 years ago, there was a letter sitting in his mailbox.

“Ten years from now, I would like to be a conference champion, win a state championship and be the head coach of a college sports team.” These were the words that Max wrote in an undergraduate course when his professor asked the class where they would like to be in their futures.

“Well, I’m not a conference champion, and I fell two points short of winning a state championship, but when I read the words ‘to be a head coach of a college sports team,’ I knew I had accomplished something,” Max says.

Max, who graduated from CSU in 1974 with a bachelor’s in science, also received a scholarship as a member of the university’s track and field team.

“I was one of seven kids, so earning a scholarship was one of the only ways I was going to go to college,” he says.

Max has lived in Colorado for the majority of his life, and currently lives in Fort Collins with his wife Cindy. He has three children: Jordan, 29; Rachael, 25; and Joel, 19.

Return to CSU

Max, who is associate director for athletics, returned to CSU in 1980 as the head track and field coach.

“When I graduated from CSU, I never thought that I would be back,” Max says. “But once I was back, I was really excited about it. It was a big opportunity for me.”

After serving as the head track and field coach for 19 years, Max stepped down from coaching and accepted an administrative job with the university’s athletic program.

“I loved coaching, but it grew to be tough on my family,” Max said. “I missed my children, and wanted to be around more.”

Do what you love, love what you do

Over the past 30 years, Max has helped to oversee construction of major athletic facilities on campus including the Jack Christiansen Memorial Track, the Fum McGraw Athletic Center, the Indoor Practice Facility and the Hughes Stadium renovation.

“I guess you could say I’ve been building ever since I got here,” Max jokes.

Perhaps one of the most memorable career experiences for Max was the construction of the Fum McGraw Athletic Center.

“Fum McGraw gave me the opportunity to come coach at CSU,” Max said. “He had a great influence on my life. It was wonderful to see the completion of a building to a man who truly deserved it.”

Max’s passion for coaching and athletics is what makes excelling at his job something he loves.

“You have to do what you love,” Max said. “I have enjoyed watching the growth of the athletes I’ve coached and I am thankful for all the relationships that I have built. I have loved my time here, but I’m not done yet.”

Max will be recognized for his 30 years of service at CSU at Celebrate! CSU Milestones, Thursday, May 5.

Celebrate! CSU Milestones Thursday, May 5

Join the University community in honoring employees during Celebrate! CSU Milestones at 3 p.m. May 5 in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom.

The event will honor Colorado State University employees who are celebrating retirement and those who have reached 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years of service to the University.

Contact: CSU Events & Constituent Engagement
Phone: (970) 491-4601