Darin Spease was named Senior Associate Athletic Director for Business Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2004, after serving in the role of Assistant and Associate Athletic Director from 1998-2004. In the role, Spease is responsible for the overall administration of financial affairs within the 49ers 17-sport athletic program and oversees a $24 million dollar annual budget. In addition, he oversees the department's Business Office, Athletic Ticket Office, Office of Marketing, and is the principal sport administrator for baseball, softball and golf. He serves on various campus committees, and has headed the department's annual Combined Campaign (United Way) and Arts Council Fundraising drives. Externally, he is involved in youth league coaching and epilepsy awareness initiatives.

From 2004-2009, Spease served on the Executive Board of the College Athletic Business Management Association (CABMA), a 500+ member organization devoted to the business operations of intercollegiate athletic programs, and was the association's President in 2007-2008. He was named CABMA's Manager of the Year in 2009. More recently, Spease served on the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Committee from 2007-2011, including a three-year stint as its chair from 2008-2011.

Prior to coming to Charlotte, Spease served as an Assistant Athletic Director for Business Affairs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) from 1993-98. While in Birmingham, he was heavily involved in the Blazers move to Division I-A football in 1996.

A 1989 graduate of UNC Charlotte, Spease holds a B.S. in Business Administration, as well as a MA in Education (1993), with a concentration in Athletic Administration, from UAB. A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Spease and his wife, Kathy, have three children, (Mason, Morgan and Kasey).