The University of South Florida announced Thursday that former head baseball coach Lelo Prado has returned to the school as Deputy Athletic Director of Development, and Brandon Hall has joined the staff as Senior Associate AD/CFO.
Prado, a University of Tampa grad, returns to USF after spending a little more than a year as the Assistant Vice President/Market Development Officer at Republic Bank in Tampa.
In May 2014, Prado accepted an administrative role at USF under former athletic director Mark Harlan. He began his new job as associate athletic director for administration and external services shortly after the conclusion of the baseball season and held the position until July 2017.
Prado posted a 763–580–2 record in 24 years of coaching college baseball. Before being hired at USF in June 2006, he had long stints at his alma mater, winning consecutive national titles with the Spartans (1992-93) and later led the University of Louisville to its first NCAA regional.
At USF, Prado led the green and gold to five winning seasons but never reached the NCAA Tournament. He was also in charge for the Bulls first season in the American Athletic Conference, finishing 26-29 and winning one game in the conference tourney.
According to the USF press release, Prado will “oversee all of athletic fundraising efforts and will direct sports oversight programs to ensure effective compliance and collaboration with head coaches and sports supervisors.”
With deep ties and connections to Tampa, Prado seems like a perfect fit and with a new regime at the helm, a USF reunion makes a ton of sense.
Brandon Hall comes to USF after six years as Assistant Athletics Director of Business Operations for the University of Oklahoma. Before assisting with the Sooners, Hall had stops at the College of William & Mary and Radford as an Athletics Business Manager.
In his new role with USF, Hall will “oversee the entire USF Athletics business operation, including financing, budgeting, processing and reporting.”