FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Mark Taurisani has been selected as Arkansas' director of football operations, head coach Bret Bielema announced Monday.
"Mark Taurisani brings many years of experience in football operations to our program," Coach Bielema said. "He is knowledgeable in his craft and has demonstrated great attention to detail and also the hard work necessary to be the best and keep our program running smoothly and efficiently. Mark has been an essential member of my staff for the past seven years and I'm looking forward to having him join us at Arkansas."
As director of football operations, Taurisani will be responsible for team logistics and day-to-day operations. His tasks will include organizing fall camp, team game weekend arrangements at home and on the road, weekly team schedules, bowl game preparations and spring football schedule and logistics, in addition to assisting with high school camps.
Taurisani spent the previous seven seasons working in football operations at Wisconsin, including the last three as the Badgers' director of football operations. Prior to taking over the post in 2010, Taurisani was football operations coordinator for two seasons after being a football operations assistant in 2006 and 2007.
Taurisani spent the summer of 2005 as a training camp assistant with the Seattle Seahawks. In that role, he helped with setup and operational duties, transportation and scheduling.
Taurisani is a native of Utica, N.Y., and graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a bachelor's degree in sociology/sports in 2003. At SUNY Fredonia, he was a captain on the baseball team and was a first-team all-conference performer. He earned a master's degree in sport administration from Louisville in December of 2005.