The University of North Carolina at Charlotte promoted Chris Thomasson to associate athletic director for compliance and championships, and named Scott Byrd assistant director of compliance and Jesse Garber assistant ticket manager.

The University of Puget Sound named Steven Olveda sports information director and promotions specialist.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga promoted Laura Herron to senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator, Matt Pope to senior associate athletic director for administration and internal operations, and Jay Blackman to assistant athletic director for communications and media relations.


Global Spectrum promoted Shura Lindgren-Garnett to regional vice president and named Erin Bilton director of marketing for the Sears Centre Arena and Ron Rideout assistant general manager for the UCF Arena.

Kansas Speedway promoted Darren Cook to vice president of operations and hired Chris Schwartz as vice president of marketing and sales. Schwartz was vice president of marketing and communications for Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


The San Francisco 49ers hired Ethan Casson as vice president of corporate sales. Casson was senior vice president of corporate sales and services and game presentation for the Minnesota Timberwolves.


The PGA of America named Corey Aurand senior director of PGA Golf Properties.


The Calgary Flames hired Jay Feaster as assistant general manager.

The Minnesota Wild promoted Blair Mackasey to director of player personnel.

The Montreal Canadiens hired Larry Carrière as assistant general manager for player personnel. Carrière was a pro scout for the Washington Capitals.

The American Hockey League’s Adirondack (N.Y.) Phantoms hired Brandon Croce as an account executive.

The American Hockey League’s Worcester (Mass.) Sharks hired Chris Curtis as an account executive. Curtis was a group accounts manager for the independent Atlantic League’s Camden (N.J.) Riversharks.

The North American Hockey League’s Amarillo (Texas) Bulls hired Denis Puska as director of broadcasting and communications and as an account manager.


The Beverly Hills Sports Council hired George Burns as executive director of athlete marketing, Paul Kuo as director of public relations, and Ellen McGlynn as associate counsel assisting in salary arbitration, contract endorsements and other legal matters.

Cosmos Sports promoted Scott Mosey to executive director, Mike Miele to director of marketing and Bryan McGahey to director of team services. Jordan Harding was hired as manager of corporate partnerships, and manager of corporate partnerships Jason Szames resigned to pursue an MBA.

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