Jason Mulligan is in his second year as the Director of Athletics at Rockford University. Mulligan brings with him an extensive background in coaching and administration at both the collegiate and high school level. He has spent 11 years at two top-tier NCAA Division III institutions, Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., and the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine.
In his first year at Rockford he redesigned a new family of logos for Regent Athletics. The athletic department also partnered with Kollegetown and Under Armour to become their official uniform provider. In 2018 they had a successful launch of their new athletics website, GoRegents.com. With a strong commitment to recruitment, RU had its largest incoming class of student-athletes in the fall. Collectively the Regents had their highest finish in the NACC overall sports standings. In January of 2019 the Regents announced a partnership with the Rockford Park District to provide their student-athletes with state-of-the-art facilities. This fall two new sports will be added, men’s volleyball and women’s golf.
Mulligan came to Rockford from Western Boone High School where he was the athletic director for five years. During his tenure, the program claimed 22 conference, sectional and regional championship titles in both girls and boys programs.
Prior to Western Boone, Mulligan was the Head Men's Basketball Coach and Director of Athletics Facilities at the University of New England. In just his first season, Mulligan orchestrated the biggest turnaround in NCAA Division III. The Nor'easters earned the school's first ever berth into the ECAC New England Tournament, where they upset top-seeded Emerson College in the opening round en route to an appearance in the championship game. His second season he led the team to the school's first ever Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship and NCAA tournament appearance. They set a record for most wins in a season at 24 (including 19 in a row, 2nd longest streak in the nation). That same year he was named CCC Conference Coach of the Year.
A native of Highland, Indiana, Mulligan came to UNE from Wabash College, an NCAA III institution in Crawfordsville, Ind. There he served as Assistant Director of Athletics and Assistant Men's Basketball Coach for six years.
Mulligan is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., where he was a four-year member of the basketball team, a program that made four consecutive appearances at the NAIA Division I National Tournament and earned a berth in the 2000 national semifinal. In that same year ONU broke a school record for wins (30) and Mulligan was named Most Improved Player. He and his teammates were inducted into the ONU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.
He earned his Master of Science in Education from Nova Southeastern University. Jason and his wife, Kara, have two children, Lily and Cade.