Dan Gaston is in his fourth season at LSU as Senior Associate Athletics Director of Athletic Facility Management after working at Villanova in 2018-19 as the Senior Associate AD for Facilities and Game Operations.
Gaston oversees the operation of all LSU Athletics facilities, event and equipment operations. He is the sport administrator for baseball, soccer and golf.
During his tenure at Villanova, the school opened a $65 million dollar basketball facility, where Gaston supervised event and facilities operations. He also worked as VU’s sport administrator for baseball and for women’s rowing.
Gaston worked from 2015-18 at the University of South Dakota, where he was the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations. He provided in that role oversight of athletic facilities and event operations for the Coyotes’ 17 programs. He also served as liaison for all new development projects including new construction, upgrades, renovations and ongoing maintenance of USD athletic facilities. In addition, Gaston served as sport administrator for women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf, and swimming and diving.
Prior to South Dakota, Gaston served more than three years as the Assistant Athletic Director of Event and Facility Operations at University of Washington. He served an internship as an assistant event manager at UW in 2004 and was hired full-time in 2006.
Gaston managed an $8 million budget at Washington, which included a facilities operating budget of $2 million, a gameday budget for 21 sports of $3.5 million, and a facility enhancement budget of $2.5 million. He served as project manager for four capital improvement projects totaling $37.5 million.
He is a 2003 graduate of the University of Washington, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences. Gaston was also a student-athlete at Washington, where he was a member of the swimming team, earning two varsity letters. He went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration and Leadership from Seattle University in 2009.
Gaston and his wife Machiko have two children, Ryuu and Raeden.