Mike Ketcham is in his sixth year overall with Arizona Athletics, and second as Senior Associate Athletics Director for Men’s Basketball and Football Administration & Major Gifts, a position to which he was promoted in the summer of 2014. Prior to that appointment, he served as Associate Athletics Director for Major Gifts for four years.
Ketcham is in his fifth year overall as sport administrator for the Arizona men’s basketball, men’s golf and women’s golf programs.
In his current role, Ketcham oversees the day-to-day operations of the Wildcats’ men’s basketball, football, men’s golf and women’s golf programs, including budgets, scheduling, travel, personnel matters, compliance and fundraising.
Ketcham is a member of Arizona Athletics’ Executive Council, advising Vice President for Athletics Greg Byrne on upper echelon matters concerning the department. He is also actively engaged in identifying, cultivating and securing major gifts for the department’s fundraising arm, the Wildcat Club.
In Ketcham’s first year in his current position, the Arizona football program won the Pac-12 West Division Championship and competed in both the Pac-12 Championship Game and the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, while the men’s basketball program swept the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to the Elite Eight in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
Both programs finished the year ranked in the top 20 in their respective Associated Press polls, and both programs produced All-Americans in the form of Scooby Wright III (football) and Stanley Johnson (basketball).
In Ketcham’s tenure with the department, he has played an integral fundraising role in two major capital campaign projects undertaken by Arizona Athletics.
The $72 million Lowell-Stevens Football Facility, opened in August 2013, is a state-of-the-art, comprehensive home for the Arizona football program that houses the team locker room, athletic training and strength and conditioning facilities, coaches offices, meeting rooms, auditoriums and Bear Down Kitchen.
Completed in the fall of 2014, the $30 million Phase I of the McKale Center Renovation Project upgraded Arizona’s iconic basketball arena with new locker rooms, a new playing surface and new interior amenities, as well as new arena seating, new restrooms and new concessions areas.
Ketcham’s background also includes extensive fundraising experience as both a championship-winning collegiate golf coach and a high school athletic director.
Prior to his arrival in Tucson, Ketcham spent four years as Athletics Director at Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Ketcham oversaw a 19-sport athletic program at Dowling Catholic, as the Maroons won numerous state championships during his tenure. In 2009-10, his final year at the helm, the school finished second in the highest class in Iowa’s overall state ranking of high school athletic programs.
A 1988 graduate of the University of Arkansas, Ketcham was the head men’s golf coach at his alma mater from 2001-06. During that time, he led the Razorbacks to three NCAA Regional berths and two appearances in the NCAA Championships, as well as mentoring one of the 19 All-Americans in program history.
Ketcham was named NCAA South Region Coach of the Year in 2003 after taking Arkansas back to the NCAA Championships following a four-year absence. During his tenure at Arkansas, Ketcham also served Vice President of the Golf Coaches Association of America, Chairman of the All-American Golf Committee and head coach of Team USA at the 2004 Junior World Cup.
Under his direction, the United States won the 2004 Junior World Cup while establishing a new tournament record for score in relation to par (-32).
From 1996-01, Ketcham served as head men’s golf coach at Oregon State, where he worked closely with Byrne during the latter’s tenure as Associate Athletics Director for Development.
Ketcham led the Beavers to four NCAA Regional appearances and a spot in the 2001 NCAA Championships during his time in Corvallis. OSU finished second at the 2000 Pac-10 Championship under his guidance, a showing that still stands as the best in program history. The 12th-place finish under Ketcham’s direction at the 2001 NCAA Championships is also still the second-best in program history, and the best since 1959.
Ketcham got his start on the Division I coaching level at San Jose State from 1994-96, where he led the Spartans to a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Championships in his final campaign. He was also named Big West Conference Coach of the Year and guided longtime PGA Tour member Arron Oberholser to first-team All-America honors in 1996.
Ketcham broke into the coaching ranks in style at Scottsdale Community College from 1992-94, winning back-to-back JUCO national championships in 1993 and 1994, while also earning National Junior College Coach of the Year honors in both of those seasons. During his tenure at SCC, Ketcham also served as head coach for Team USA at the 1993 World University Games.
Ketcham was a two-year letterwinner at Arkansas in 1986 and 1987. He helped the Razorbacks reach the NCAA Championships in both of his seasons on the team.
The Ottumwa, Iowa, native and his wife, Kathy, have two children, Kelsey and Michael. Kelsey is entering her junior year at UA, and Michael is entering his senior year at Ironwood Ridge High School.