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Baseball
The New York Mets named Sandy Alderson as general manager. He was a consultant for Major League Baseball.

The Class A South Atlantic League’s Hagerstown (Md.) Suns promoted Bill Farley to general manager and hired Jon Peterson as consultant to President Bruce Quinn.


Basketball

The WNBA’s Washington Mystics promoted Trudi Lacey to general manager and coach.

The Oklahoma City Thunder promoted Abby Morgan to director of account services.


Bowling

The Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America named Bart Burger vice president of business development. Burger was vice president of marketing for Brunswick Bowling.

The United States Bowling Congress named Kevin Terry managing director of marketing and membership. Terry was president of the Class A Carolina League’s Winston-Salem (N.C.) Dash.


Colleges

Columbia College Chicago named Jonathan Jensen adjunct professor in the sports management department. Jensen was Relay Worldwide director of sponsorship consulting.

North Carolina State University named Carrie Doyle associate director of athletics for compliance and promoted Carrie Leger to associate director of athletics for academics and student services. Doyle was senior associate director of athletics for compliance and senior woman administrator at the University of New Hampshire.

The University of Virginia hired Zee French as associate athletic director of strategic ticketing. French was senior director of ticket services with the Houston Rockets.


Facilities

Palace Sports & Entertainment promoted Bryan Szlaga to director of events.

Atlanta Hall Management named Brad Olecki vice president of corporate partnerships and sales.

Iowa Speedway hired Jenny Murphy to lead a new group sales and hospitality initiative.

Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway named Jerry Caldwell general manager.


Finance
Charles Schwab & Co. Chief Marketing Officer Becky Saeger left her position.


Golf

The Kraft Nabisco Championship promoted Gabe Codding to tournament director.


Hockey

The American Hockey League named Maria Lauring coordinator of team business services. Lauring was assistant director of game operations at Miami (Ohio) University.


Horse Racing

WinStar President and CEO Doug Cauthen is stepping down. WinStar promoted Elliott Walden to replace Cauthen.


Marketing

The Aspire Group named Mike Meitin manager of the Coventry City Football Club Fan Relationship Management Center. Meitin was manager of inside ticket sales for Kroenke Sports Enterprises.

Eisenberg, Vital & Ryze Advertising hired Cheryl Abbott as vice president. Abbott was senior vice president for the American Hockey League’s Manchester (N.H.) Monarchs.

Massachusetts General Hospital hired Marty Ray in its public affairs department. Ray was manager of public affairs for the Boston Red Sox.

Maroon PR hired Katy Fincham as an associate account executive and Courtney Carey as projects manager. Fincham was director of marketing for the Frederick (Md.) Keys.


Media

Learfield Sports hired Ryan McDonald as an account executive for its Gopher Sports Properties at the University of Minnesota. McDonald was an account executive for the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves.

ESPN Star Sports hired Thomas Finn as chief financial officer and senior vice president.

XOS Digital hired Larry Sells as vice president of sales. Sells was vice president of sales and marketing for NeuralIQ.

NFL Network hired Mark Quenzel as senior vice president of programming and production. Quenzel was executive vice president of park strategy and management for Six Flags Entertainment.

Sportvision named Francis Govers as vice president of engineering and Christine Anderson as creative director. Govers was chief engineer of land solutions at Elbit Systems of America, and Anderson comes to Sportvision from Microsoft.

Sports Illustrated named Chris Tropeano associate director of communications.


Motorsports

NASCAR promoted Todd Armstrong to managing director for the NASCAR Automotive Group.

Richard Childress Racing named Jonathan Bayless manager of communications.


Multiteam Companies

DSF Sports & Entertainment hired John Willi as vice president. Willi was general manager for the Class AA Eastern League’s New Britain (Conn.) Rock Cats.


Soccer

The Philadelphia Union hired Dave Rowan as executive vice president and chief revenue officer. Rowan was director of sports sales for CBS Radio in Philadelphia.

Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing hired Guiselle Torres as legal counsel; Tim Bezbatchenko as director of player relations and competition; Jessica Minetti as director of player relations and competition; Meghan Cameron as coordinator of player relations and competition; and Brendan Fitzgerald as coordinator of partnership marketing.


Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards

Visit Fort Wayne named Josie O’Donnell convention sales manager.


Other

USA Sevens and its parent company, American International Media, promoted Jonathan First to president of both companies.

Toronto 2015 named Bob O’Doherty senior vice president of sports and venues for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.

New Era Tickets named Farrah Kelly quality assurance agent.

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