University of Washington Director of Athletics Scott Woodward announced the hiring of Lance Lopes as Senior Associate Athletic Director in February 2014. Lopes joined the Huskies after serving as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the Seattle Seahawks, Sounders FC and CenturyLink Field.
Lopes carries a wealth of executive sports administration experience, having guided facets of the internal, external and legal affairs efforts throughout his tenures with the Seahawks and Sounders as well as with the Green Bay Packers. At UW, Lopes has oversight of marketing and communications efforts, as well as multimedia rights. He also holds sport oversight of several Husky sports programs and serves as a member of Woodward’s executive staff.
In addition to his duties as general counsel with the Seahawks, Lopes handled special projects for the team, including playing a primary role in identifying and hiring the Seahawks’ head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider. Lopes also spent time leading Corporate Partnerships and administering the business affairs of CenturyLink Field and oversaw the construction of the club’s Virginia Mason Athletic Center headquarters.
Prior to the Seahawks, Lopes served with the Green Bay Packers from 1993-2000 where his duties primarily involved salary cap administration and player contract negotiations. In 2000, he left the Packers to serve on the original management team of StubHub.
A graduate from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1989, he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Linfield College in 1985 where he played tight end on the 1982 and 1984 NAIA national championships football teams. Lopes was born and raised in Winnemucca, Nevada. He is married to Susie Ridder Lopes and they have six children.