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Volume 23 No. 8
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Colleges make summer hires, promotions


The San Diego Padres hired Nicole Smith as director of brand development.

Alan Ledford resigned as president, general manager and chief operating officer of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League’s Sacramento River Cats. Vice president of business operations Jeff Savage will take over the role of general manager.

The Class A South Atlantic League’s Lakewood (N.J.) BlueClaws promoted Ross Pibal to director of premium seating and hired Zack Rosenberg as director of sponsorships.

J.E. Isaac resigned as Portland Trail Blazers senior vice president of business affairs. Isaac will continue to work with the team as a consultant.

Kennesaw State University named Karen Pfeifer associate athletic director for student-athlete welfare. Pfeifer was the university’s director of sports medicine.

The College of Charleston promoted Otto German to assistant athletic director for compliance and Andrew McGlaughon to assistant athletic director for external operations.

Arizona State University promoted Jean Boyd to senior associate athletic director.

Dom Perno retired as George Washington University associate athletic director for development.

Georgia State University promoted Marvin Lewis to senior associate athletic director for finance and administration, Bob Murphy to associate athletic director for sports medicine and nutrition, John Portland to associate athletic director and Kevin White to assistant athletic director for business operations. Delvin Jones was hired as travel coordinator.

Willamette University named David Rigsby athletic director. Rigsby was the university’s associate dean of campus life.

Marquette University Athletic Director Steve Cottingham resigned.

Missouri Western State University did not renew the employment contract of Athletic Director Dave Williams.

Penn State University hired Charmelle Green as associate athletic director and senior woman administrator. Green was senior assistant athletic director for student-athlete welfare and development at the University of Notre Dame.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi hired Megan Allen as assistant athletic director for external operations and senior woman administrator. Allen was director of marketing for the Western Athletic Conference.

Rowan University named Erin Barney assistant athletic director for compliance and academic support. Barney was assistant athletic director at Rutgers-Camden.

Grambling State University Athletic Director J. Lin Dawson resigned.

San Jose State University named Anh-Dao Nguyen-Church director of operations for Olympic sports. Nguyen-Church was coach of the school’s women’s tennis team.

Southern Illinois University hired Temeka Samuels as director of athletic ticketing and donor management. Samuels was assistant director of ticket operations at Bradley University.

The University of California-Riverside hired Brian Wickstrom as athletic director. Wickstrom was senior associate athletic director at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Washington State University hired Randy Buhr as a senior associate athletic director of athletics, effective July 25. Buhr was an associate director of championships for the NCAA.

The Calgary Flames hired John Weisbrod as assistant general manager for player personnel. Weisbrod was director of pro and collegiate scouting for the Boston Bruins.

The St. Louis Blues hired Tim Taylor as director of player development.

The San Jose Sharks named John Tortora executive vice president and general counsel. Tortora replaces Don Gralnek, who stepped down but will remain of counsel to senior management through June 30, 2012.

Bob McNamara stepped down as general manager of the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids (Mich.) Griffins.

Horse Racing
Hal Handel, New York Racing Association executive vice president and chief operating officer, will step down at the conclusion of the Saratoga Race Course meet.

Davidoff Malito & Hutcher hired Ed Schauder as chairman of its new sports and entertainment practice.

Breaking Limits hired Jeff Elliott as chief operating officer. Elliott was senior vice president of global sponsorship marketing for Bank of America.

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