Tate Gillespie -  - Kansas Jayhawks

Tate Gillespie

TITLE Director of NIL Strategy


Gillespie will lead internal initiatives related to the Jayhawks Ascend NIL program including communication with Kansas Athletics’ compliance leadership team, program enhancements, liaison with Altius Sports Partners and communicate internally related to national best practices and trends.  In addition, Gillespie will work with student athletes on NIL brand development and education initiatives.

Gillespie comes to KU after a career spanning across professional and collegiate athletics, most recently at Talkwalker where he helped develop and launch their new collegiate sports vertical, specializing in NIL and branding initiatives.

Prior to Talkwalker, Gillespie played two seasons of professional baseball in the Czech Republic and France, where he also played for the International Stars in the prestigious Prague Baseball Week showcase. As a professional athlete, Gillespie also served as a brand ambassador and partner for multiple brands in the sports and entertainment space. In addition, he also created and produced content such as blogs and YouTube channels centered around life as an athlete.

Additionally, Gillespie previously served as an International Envoy for Major League Baseball, where he worked with the league office, players, and staff across China on various player development and marketing initiatives.

Gillespie graduated from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi with a Bachelor’s in Communications, where he was a baseball letterwinner, SAAC Representative, and member of the Intercollegiate Athletics Council. He returned to Corpus Christi after graduation to assist in various student-athlete performance and external efforts with the Islanders athletic department. He also received an Associate’s Degree from Navarro College, where was a baseball student-athlete and selected to the Texas-New Mexico All Star team. Gillespie also holds a certificate from New York University’s Tisch Institute for Global Sport in Fundamentals of Global Sports Management