SBJ/August 13 - 19, 2001/Careerspeople



New Olympic roles for Neal, Zenkel

NBC Sports and Olympics added two more members to executive staff in preparation for life after the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games.

David Neal, who has headed production for NBC's coverage of the last three Summer Olympics, has been promoted to executive vice president of NBC Olympics. Neal will continue to be head of production for NBC's 2002 Winter Olympics coverage.

Gary Zenkel, NBC's senior vice president of business development and marketing, was also promoted to executive vice president of NBC Olympics. Both will assume their new responsibilities March 1, a week after NBC's broadcast of the Winter Olympics ends.

Neal and Zenkel will spend the next seven months under the tutelage of Randy Falco, president of the NBC Television Network and chief operating officer of NBC Olympics, and Kathleen Hurlie, executive vice president of NBC Olympics.

After the Salt Lake City Games, both Falco and Hurlie will relinquish their roles with the network's Olympic coverage. Neal and Zenkel will then work closely with Peter Diamond, who signed a new contract to continue as senior vice president of programs for NBC Olympics. All three will report to Dick Ebersol, president of NBC Sports and Olympics.


Dan Harrison was named senior vice president of programming and strategic planning for Fox Sports Group. Harrison has worked at ZeniMax Media, NBC Entertainment and NBC West Coast.

Rick Benjamin was named the anchor of NBC Sports' coverage of the American Le Mans Series. The network broadcast its first race, The X-Factor Grand Prix of Sonoma, on June 22.

The Minnesota Wild extended the contract of its television color commentator, Tom Reid, for two seasons. Reid will continue his work on Fox Sports Net and KMSP-TV, which both broadcast Wild hockey.

Nicholas Torello was named art director for Golf Digest. Torello has spent more than 15 years as a designer and graphic artist for numerous magazines.

Boston-based Global Strategies Group hired Amy Warren as an account coordinator and Erik Cooper as an account director. Warren, who had been a research assistant with the company, will join the Olympic marketing division. Cooper, who used to work at Boston-based Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, will represent sports properties and coordinate business development initiatives.

George Napier was named president and CEO of Bordentown, N.J.-based Benetton Sportsystems USA Inc. Napier, who has served as CEO of Meridian Sports and RockShox, will oversee the company's sports brands, which include Prince, Rollerblade, Nordica, Killerloop and Ektelon.


Michael Czarcinski was appointed executive vice president of operations for Pinehurst Resort, a golf course in Pinehurst, N.C. Czarcinski, who has spent 22 years in the golf, tourism and hospitality industries, will oversee Pinehurst's executive committee.

The National Golf Foundation named Jim O'Hara vice president of research. O'Hara previously was vice president of market research at Dallas-based Burke Marketing Research.

Calvin Peete, a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour, joined the teaching staff of the PGA Tour Golf Academy in St. Augustine, Fla. Peete will give private lessons, coach in the golf school and attend corporate events.


Craig Wells was named media relations director at East Carolina University.

Bo Carter, the director of media and public relations for the Big 12 Conference, was promoted to assistant commissioner. Carter has worked in conference operations for the Southwest Conference and the Big 12. Neal Freeman was named assistant for information services for the Big 12 Conference. Freeman, a graduate of Oklahoma State, interned for the conference for the last year.

Shane Lyons was named assistant commissioner of compliance and governance for the Atlantic Coast Conference. Lyons, who was an associate athletic director at Texas Tech for three years, has experience as the assistant commissioner of compliance for the Big South Conference.

Providence College athletic director John Marinatto announced his resignation. Marinatto was offered a position as vice president of athletic fund raising but turned it down.

Canisius College re-signed three coaches to three-year contract extensions. Softball coach Mike Rappl, men's hockey coach Brian Cavanaugh and women's basketball coach Mike Decillis, who have coached the Golden Griffins for a combined 55 years, had their contracts extended.

Dan DeVos was named assistant athletic director at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Hank Ford, who was the athletic director at Howard University, was named athletic director at Savannah State.

Six people were named to the NCAA Foundation board of directors, which supports intercollegiate student-athlete programs and higher education. They are: Napoleon Brandford III, chairman and co-founder of Siebert Brandford Shank & Co.; Robert Brown, chairman and CEO of B&C Associates; Karen Katen, president of U.S. Pharmaceuticals Pfizer Inc.; David Mathis, chairman and CEO of Kemper Insurance Cos.; Robin Roberts, ESPN and ABC sports reporter; and Donna Tuttle, president of Elmore-Tuttle Sports Group.

Keith Grant, assistant commissioner of the Northeast Conference, was named athletic director at Rutgers University.

Glenn Lewis was named interim athletic director at the University of Montana-Bozeman.

Purdue University promoted Lisa Olson to be what is believed to be the first female director of a combined men's and women's track and field program in NCAA Division I. Olson, 35, a former Washington State University high jumper and hurdler, has been an assistant coach at Purdue for three years.


The Portland (Maine) Pirates promoted Dave Ahlers, their longtime radio broadcaster, to the position of head of team communications and team services. Ahlers, who will continue to broadcast games for the American Hockey League team, was the head of the Pirates' communications department from 1997 to 1999.


The Kansas City Attack hired Rich Bradley as its new vice president and chief operating officer. Bradley, who last helped build the business plan for Pax Television, will oversee the daily operations of the National Professional Soccer League team.

Gina Durante was named director of finance for the New York Power of the Women's United Soccer Association. Durante held the same position with the New York/New Jersey Hitmen of the XFL. Brian Snerson was named director of marketing for the New York Power. Snerson comes to the Power from Emerald City Media. named Matt Basta its head of marketing and public relations. Basta will be responsible for marketing the Web site as the official home of the United Soccer Leagues.


The National Thoroughbred Racing Association named Chip Campbell to the new position of senior vice president of television and sponsorships. Campbell also will be in charge of media relations for the NTRA and the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.


Troye Frank was named director of the St. Louis Sports Foundation's Sports for Kids program. The program is the charity arm of the sports foundation.


Eric Liebler was named player licensing coordinator for sports card manufacturer Topps Co. Liebler was previously administrative assistant for the Seton Hall men's basketball team.

Prince tennis equipment and apparel hired Sarah Maynard as marketing manager. Maynard was previously the marketing manager of Volkl Sports America.

Jim Curley was named director of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. Curley, who previously ran IMG tournaments in California, Arizona and Australia, began his job Aug. 1.

Patrick Darr was named president of the Washington, Maryland and northern Virginia regions of Ticketmaster Group LP. Darr previously was vice president of events for Washington Sports and Entertainment.

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