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Cal Poly names Donald Oberhelman athletic director

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, chose Donald Oberhelman as athletic director. Oberhelman was chief operating officer and senior associate director of athletics at San Diego State University.

Colonial Athletic Association promoted Cindy Williams to chief operating officer of the conference.

Maryville University Athletic Director Tony Duckworth will resign effective May 31.

The NCAA hired Kathleen McNeely as vice president of administration and chief financial officer. McNeely was associate vice president and executive director of financial management services at Indiana University.

St. John’s University hired Ed Kull as director of development for men’s basketball. Kull was sports marketing manager at Coca-Cola.

AEG Facilities named Rod O’Connor executive vice president in Europe. O’Connor was the chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Chicagoland Speedway hired Nicole Meagher as head of public relations and communications. Meagher was manager of communications at Alli Sports.

Churchill Downs hired Alan Tse as executive vice president and general counsel.

Craig Rust was named president of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and the Mid-Ohio School as well as vice president and general manager of Green Savoree Mid-Ohio.

Mobile International Speedway hired NASCAR driver Rick Crawford as manager and promoter.

VenuWorks promoted Scott Schoenike to executive director of New Evansville Arena. Gene Felling will take over as executive director of U.S. Cellular Center, Paramount Theatre and Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, in addition to his duties as Western regional vice president.

Quicken Loans Arena hired Brian Milner as director of housekeeping. Milner was regional director of facility services for Aramark Sports and Entertainment.

The Roanoke Civic Center hired Joe Dolan as assistant general manager.


Marc Silverman started his own auditing practice called MH Silverman & Associates LLP. Silverman was an audit partner at Ernst & Young LLP.

The Green Bay Packers’ public relations director, Jeff Blumb, resigned.

The Dallas Cowboys promoted David Frey to chief financial officer.


Dave Lockett, communications coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers, has left the team. Public relations and media manager Burt Lauten will become interim communications coordinator.

St. Louis Rams general counsel Bob Wallace has left the team.

The Canadian Football League Montreal Alouettes hired Ray Lalonde as president and chief executive officer.

The Canandian Football League Hamilton Tiger-Cats promoted Danny McManus to head U.S. scout, Drew Allemang to coordinator of Canadian player development and head Canadian scout, Shawn Burke to director of football operations and Scott McNaughton to director of communications.

The PGA Tour named Gerald Goodman executive director of the Accenture Match Play Championship.

The Columbus Blue Jackets named Greg Kirstein interim executive director of the foundation. Wendy Bradshaw is stepping down.

The Texas Stars hired Travis Turner as director of operations for the team and Cedar Park Center.

The American Hockey League’s Charlotte Checkers hired Eric Bridenstine as director of creative services and production.

The Professional Hockey Players’ Association hired Simon Frechette as director of player relations. Frechette was director of business operations for the Montreal Junior Hockey Club.


Major League Lacrosse hired Aly Morrissey as marketing and public relations manager and Amy Saulen as staff accountant.


IMG College hired Doug Gillin as senior vice president of collegiate properties sales and Joe Potter as senior vice president of
operations. Gillin was executive vice president and Potter was chief operating officer for ISP Sports.

Home Team Marketing hired Ethan Guine as account executive in the Los Angeles office and Randy Newell as account executive in the Cleveland office.

The Aspire Group promoted Abbey Carter to marketing manager.

Learfield Sports promoted Jim McIver to general manager and hired Robert House as associate general manager for Hurricane Sports Properties at the University of Miami.

Team Epic promoted Sam Berg and Tom Cerasoli to senior manager and Tom Hendry, Arleen Zulawski and Chad Wallace to director.

Sportsman Channel hired Mary Jeanne Cavanagh as executive vice president of advertising sales. Cavanagh will continue as executive vice president for advertising sales for GMC, a sister network in InterMedia Partners.

NBC Universal promoted Jeff Wachtel and Chris McCumber to co-presidents of USA Network.

English Premier League’s Liverpool promoted Ian Ayre to managing director and Damien Comolli to director of football.

Sporting Goods and Apparel

Tifosi Optics hired Bob Bartlett as operations manager. Bartlett was a senior-level executive for Dunlop Maxfli, Srixon Sports USA, US Kids Golf and PowerBilt Golf.

The Kentucky State Fair Board named Amanda Storment to be vice president of public relations and media.

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