Kyle Pifer


Kyle Pifer, senior associate athletic director at Oregon State, has been named deputy athletic director and chief operating officer at Western Carolina.

He worked with Alex Gary, WCU’s AD, who came here earlier this year from Oregon State, where he was senior associate athletic for development.

Pifer will manage and coordinate all internal functions for the WCU athletic department, including business and budgetary operations, sports administration, human resources, equipment and facility operations. Among other responsibilities, he will work with Gary to manage all day-to-day internal operations for Catamount athletics.

“We are extremely fortunate to welcome such an experienced leader in intercollegiate athletics to our team here at Western Carolina,” Gary said. “Kyle’s experience at all levels of college athletics, including his time as a student-athlete here in the southeast, will be a tremendous asset to our department and further help prepare us for future success.”

Pifer, who will officially start at WCU on Nov. 16, has spent the past 18 years working in higher education and intercollegiate athletics.

As a part of the OSU athletic executive staff, Pifer served as the sport supervisor for the Beavers’ men’s golf and the women’s cross country/track and field teams.

During his eight-plus years at OSU, concluding as the senior compliance administrator, Pifer served on a variety of campus committees including the Enrollment Management Leadership Team, the High Incident and Event Group and the Criminal History Attendance and Participation Committee.

Pifer began his professional career as an NCAA compliance officer in 2003 at Gonzaga in Spokane, Washington. After four years, he was named an assistant director of compliance at Oregon State. He then took on the role of director of compliance at Washington, working his way to an associate athletic director position and served on the UW Athletic Department before returning to OSU in 2013.

A native of Frankfort, Indiana, Pifer earned his bachelor’s degree in math from Francis Marion in Florence, South Carolina, in 1999. While at FMU, Pifer was a four-year letter winner in track and field, earning academic all-district honors and graduating summa cum laude.

Pifer and his wife, Sydney, are the parents of three daughters: Reese, Delaney and Ellis.