Zach Barnett

Assistant Athletics Director of Athletics Development

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Barnett came to Furman from the University of Missouri, where he served as director of athletics development in 2022. In his brief stint in Columbia, he closed $15,829,622 in new gifts to the Tigers Scholarship Fund that supported the Mizzou Arena Renovation Project, Softball Facility Enhancement, Gymnastics and Football/Men's Basketball Giving Societies. He also assisted in increasing football attendance by 21 percent and men's basketball attendance by 30 percent. In addition, he helped develop educational resources for major gift officers in their task of cultivating revenue for philanthropic giving.

In his role with Furman, Barnett's primary responsibilities will include oversight of the day-to-day operations, annual giving strategy, communications, and events for the Furman Athletics Fund.

Prior to his stop at Missouri, he served as an account manager with Opendorse, Inc., where he oversaw 50-plus Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) partner relationships and helped to grow engagement across all platforms, while also focusing on NIL staff, coach, donor, and student-athlete education.

From Jan. 2020 thru Sept. of 2021 he held the position of client success manager with Uniglobe Travel Partners in Atlanta, Ga., overseeing operations and coordinating and implementing all marketing efforts, including social media, InMail marketing, and digital advertising. During that span he also volunteered his time as a football player development coach at Clark Atlanta University.

He was a graduate assistant at the University of Arkansas, where he assisted the associate athletic director of event management and assistant athletic director of development. While in Fayetteville he cultivated and solicited donors while recording capital gift proposals ranging from $25,000 - $1M; managed construction/traffic signage and traffic flow strategy for the North Endzone Project and assisted with corporate employer relations for student-athlete development.

He served as a football operations intern at the University of Georgia from Feb. 2015 thru Jan. 2016, an experience that included, among other duties, preparing travel plan logistics for home, away, and bowl games and managing official and unofficial recruiting events and visits on campus for prospective student-athletes.

Barnett, a 2015 graduate of Samford with a degree in sports administration, was a walk-on member of the Bulldogs' football program for three years prior to earning a scholarship as a senior. He was a member of Samford's 2013 Southern Conference championship.

He holds a master's degree in sports administration from Arkansas.


  • B.A., Samford University
  • M.Ed. University of Arkansas