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The Houston Astros promoted Brooke Ellenberger to senior director of ticket services, Bill Goren to senior director of ticket sales, Sally Gunter to assistant director of media relations, Clint Pasche to director of marketing, Jennifer Randall to vice president of marketing and Larry Stokes to vice president of human resources.
The Denver Nuggets hired Jesse Mermuys as video coordinator. Mermuys was director of basketball operations at the University of Arizona.
The Continental Basketball Association’s Lawton-Fort Sill (Okla.) Cavalry named Stacy Johnson-Klein general manager.
The New Jersey Nets promoted Dana Bonner to account executive for partnership marketing, Erin Cauthen to marketing coordinator, Drew Green to senior account manager of VIP access and experience, Dan Lefton to director of premium services, Mimi Viau to senior director of information technology and Mike Zavodsky to director of new corporate marketing ventures. The team hired Tony Brasile as operations coordinator.
The Harlem Globetrotters hired Michael Kenney as senior vice president of live event marketing. Kenney was director of marketing for Comcast Spectacor, Wachovia Center and Wachovia Spectrum.
The NCAA named Steve Piotrowski Ice Hockey Rules Committee secretary-rules editor.
The National Association of Collegiate Directors Association hired Katie Newman as assistant administrator and association liaison.
The America East Conference hired Kerri Fagan as senior associate commissioner. Fagan was associate director of championships for the NCAA.
The Horizon League promoted Nate Flannery to director of new media and technology, Cindy French to senior executive associate and Brandy Ingles to assistant director of championships and compliance. The league hired Matt Segal as director of communications, and retitled Joel Barnhill’s position as assistant commissioner of sales and marketing.
The Pacific-10 Conference promoted Kathy Lynch to assistant commissioner for business and finance.
The University of Alabama named Dave Hart Jr. executive director of athletics. Hart was athletic director at Florida State University.
The University of Kentucky named DeWayne Peevy associate athletic director for media relations. Peevy was director of media relations for the Southeastern Conference.
The University of Mississippi named Jamil Northcutt assistant athletics director for internal operations earlier this year. Northcutt was player development coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Auto Club Speedway of Southern California promoted Otis Greer to director of community affairs.
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Arena named Hugh Gallagher general manager of food and beverage.
The American Hockey League’s Norfolk (Va.) Admirals named Mike Butters general manager. Butters was president, co-owner and associate coach of the Northern Pacific Hockey League’s Helena (Mont.) Bighorns.
The Chicago Blackhawks named Scotty Bowman senior adviser of hockey operations and Jordan Horst media relations assistant.
The New Jersey Devils named Jeff Longo vice president of marketing and community development. Longo was president of the ECHL’s Charlotte Checkers.
The New York Islanders named Seth Sylvan director of communications. Sylvan was director of communications, community tennis for the U.S. Tennis Association.
Scott Borgemenke resigned from his position as Magna Entertainment Corp. executive vice president.
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan named Robert Wright Jr. a partner in the firm’s litigation practice group.
Just Marketing International hired David Endres as senior director of design services.
SportsQuest named Scott Andresen director of business and legal affairs. Andresen is the founder of Chicago-based Andresen and Associates.
ANC Sports Enterprises named Mark Roberts vice president of LED sales. Roberts was a regional manager for Philips Solid State Lighting Solutions.
Forty Forty hired Leila Mancuso as senior client director.
Rogers & Cowan promoted Heather Krug to executive vice president and Glenn Lehrman to account director. The agency hired Vanessa Kromer as an account director.
AOL Sports named Daniel Redgate property sales director. Redgate was senior manager of global media for the NBA.
ESPN Publishing named Steve Wulf editor-in-chief of ESPN Books. Wulf was executive editor for ESPN The Magazine, and will continue to contribute to the magazine.
FSN Arizona promoted Meg Case to account executive.
FSN Midwest hired Allan Flowers as coordinating producer. Flowers was director of FSN’s “Best Damn Sports Show Period,” “College Football Saturday” and “Pro Football Preview.” Flowers will also help manage production for FSN Indiana and FSN Kansas City.
Insight Sports hired John Sorrells as director of U.S. field sales for World Fishing Network. Sorrells was director of the Midwest region for Tennis Channel.
Turner Sports and Entertainment Digital named Andrea Ching vice president of marketing and promotions, entertainment digital. Ching was senior partner and managing director for Neo@Ogilvy.
CBS Sports promoted Steve Karasik to coordinating producer.
Disney-ABC Television Group promoted Dianne DeSevo and Tonya Dobine vice presidents, human resources business partner.
ESPN hired Gregory Molina III as regional manager of affiliate sales and marketing for ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio HD. Molina was president and director of operations for Sus Deportes Media Enterprises.
ESPN Star Sports promoted Mike Kerr to vice president of Southeast Asia for affiliate and multimedia sales, and hired Wong Swee Teng as managing director and chief representative of ESS China.
Fox Sports promoted Jerry Steinberg to senior vice president of field operations.
Learfield Sports named Tommy Byrnes research coordinator.
MindShare Worldwide shifted Jonathan Chadwick to head its international Nike account from his role as managing partner across central Europe and Russia.
Sirius XM Radio named Dara Altman executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Patrick Donnelly, executive vice president and general counsel, David Frear, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Scott Greenstein president of entertainment and sports and James Meyer president of operations and sales.
Broomfield Sports and Entertainment promoted Gene Felling to chief executive officer and general manager. Felling will continue his role as general manager of the Broomfield Event Center, and will also oversee the business and marketing operations for the Central Hockey League’s Rocky Mountain Rage and the NBA Development League’s Colorado 14ers.
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