Chris McIntosh
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McIntosh (#75) in 2000
Wisconsin Badgers
Position:Athletic director
Personal information
Born: (1977-02-20) February 20, 1977 (age 45)
Pewaukee, Wisconsin
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:308 lb (140 kg)
Career information
High school:Pewaukee (WI)
NFL Draft:2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22
Career history
As a player:
As an administrator:
  • Wisconsin (2014–2016)
    Director of business development
  • Wisconsin (2016–2017)
    Associate athletic director for business development
  • Wisconsin (2017–2021)
    Deputy athletic director
  • Wisconsin (2021-present)
    Athletic director
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:24
Games started:13
Player stats at · PFR

Chris McIntosh (born February 20, 1977) is an American college athletics administrator, businessman, and former professional American football player who is the current athletic director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.[1]

After a standout college career as an offensive tackle for the Wisconsin Badgers that included a consensus All-American selection, Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year award, and Rose Bowl victory, McIntosh declared for the 2000 NFL draft and was selected 22nd overall by the Seattle Seahawks. He would play for parts of three seasons but suffered a neck injury in 2001 which derailed his career and lead him to retire from football before the start of the 2003 season. Upon his retirement from the NFL, McIntosh pursued various unsuccessful business ventures in the private sector before returning to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he would quickly rise to become deputy athletic director before being selected to succeed longtime athletic director and former head football coach Barry Alvarez upon Alvarez's retirement.[2][3]

Early life

McIntosh was born and raised in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. He attended Pewaukee High School and played for the Pewaukee Pirates high school football team.

College career

McIntosh attended the University of Wisconsin on a full football scholarship and was a standout tackle for the Wisconsin Badgers football team from 1996 to 1999. As a senior and team captain in 1999, he was selected as first-team All-Big Ten, won the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year award, and was a consensus first-team All-American.[4] McIntosh was a key member of the Badgers' back-to-back Rose Bowl winning teams in 1999 and 2000 and was inducted in the UW Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.[5]

Professional career

McIntosh was drafted along with Shaun Alexander by the Seahawks in the first round of the 2000 NFL draft. As the 22nd overall pick, he was met with high expectations and seen as a potential long term anchor on the Seahawks' offensive line. McIntosh's playing time increased throughout the 2000 season and he would go on to start 10 games during his rookie season. In 2001, however, he suffered a neck injury in training camp that limited him to just three starts. McIntosh continued to suffer from neck issues the following year and would never return to his pre-injury level of production - leading to his retirement from the NFL just before the 2003 season after an unsuccessful comeback attempt.[6]

Post-playing career

After his playing career ended, McIntosh entered the business world where he pursued various start-up ventures focused primarily in health and wellness-related industries. In 2014, he returned to the University of Wisconsin-Madison as the director of business development in the Wisconsin Athletic Department.[7] McIntosh was quickly promoted to deputy athletic director in July 2017.[8] During his time at the Wisconsin Athletic Department under athletic director Barry Alvarez, McIntosh oversaw the hiring of notable Wisconsin coaches Greg Gard and Paul Chryst, helped establish and expand the Inclusion and Engagement unit and Department of Clinical & Sport Psychology, served as Government Affairs liaison, and played a key role in the identification of financial threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When Alvarez announced his retirement in April 2021, a national search was launched to replace Alvarez as Wisconsin's athletic director. As deputy athletic director at the time, McIntosh was seen as the frontrunner to land the athletic director job having been groomed for the position by Alvarez. Chancellor Rebecca Blank announced on June 2, 2021 that he had in fact been selected as Alvarez's successor. McIntosh is just the third athletic director at Wisconsin since 1989 and follows the long tenures of Pat Richter and Alvarez, each of whom oversaw a continuous rise of many of Wisconsin's athletic programs to national prominence beginning in the 1990s. Upon his promotion, McIntosh said "“Barry and Pat caused our program to be risen out of the ashes...The challenges are different today. The context is different today. It will require a different style of leadership, a different approach. I’m confident that the approach we take will position us well in the future.”[9]


  1. ^ "Wisconsin Athletics Staff Directory". University of Wisconsin Athletic Department. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  2. ^ Megargee, Steve (2 June 2021). "Wisconsin promotes Chris McIntosh to replace Alvarez as AD". AP News. The Associated Press. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  3. ^ Milewski, Todd (24 July 2021). "Read Chris McIntosh's cover letter, resume for the Wisconsin athletic director job". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  4. ^ 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 25, 2012.
  5. ^ "Hall of Fame". University of Wisconsin-Madison Athletic Department. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved November 25, 2014.
  6. ^ Kelly, Danny (4 April 2011). "Top 10 Draft Busts in Seattle Seahawks History: #10 - Chris McIntosh". SBNation. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Chris McIntosh a rising star in the Wisconsin athletic department". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  8. ^ "Chris McIntosh promoted to UW's deputy athletic director". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  9. ^ Megargee, Steve (2 June 2021). "Wisconsin promotes Chris McIntosh to replace Alvarez as AD". AP News. The Associated Press. Retrieved 9 September 2021.