Mark Taurisani is in his fifth season at Arkansas. He was promoted to Assistant AD of Football Operations in 2014 and sits on the athletic department’s senior and executive staffs.
As Assistant AD of Football Operations, Taurisani oversees every aspect of the Razorback football team including team travel, budget, personnel, staffing, day-to-day operations, football-related events and bowl game travel. He also serves as the football program’s liaison to university administration and all other units within the athletic department.
Taurisani has served as a member of the Rose Bowl Advisory Committee since 2010.
Throughout his career, Taurisani has coordinated 10 bowl trips, including Arkansas’ trips to the 2014 Texas Bowl, 2016 Liberty Bowl and 2016 Belk Bowl as well as three consecutive Rose Bowls at Wisconsin. He also organized trips to the Outback Bowl, Capital One Bowl and two Champs Sports Bowls.
Prior to Arkansas, Taurisani spent seven seasons working in football operations at Wisconsin, including the last three as the Badgers’ director of football operations. He also served as 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.
A native of Utica, New York, Taurisani graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a bachelor’s degree in sociology/sports in 2003. 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 2005.
Taurisani will marry his fiancé Tara Rackleff in Spring of 2018.