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People: Executive transactions

The Big South Conference hired Whitney King as administration assistant, Brittany Hill as public relations assistant and Caitlin Munchel as marketing assistant.

The University of Delaware athletic department hired Jimmy Smith as director of multimedia.

Jackson State University hired Vivian Fuller as athletic director. Fuller was most recently with Sojourner-Douglass College where she was dean of the Cambridge, Md., campus.

James Madison University hired Brian Frerking as associate athletic director for development. Frerking was most recently associate athletic director for external operations at Western Carolina University.

Bruce McCutcheon, athletic director for Lafayette University, will step down after the coming school year to become the school’s director of athletic development in July 2012.

Marshall University hired Jason Corriher as assistant athletic director for media relations. Corriher was assistant athletic director and media relations director at Ohio University.

VMI hired Tom Shupe as associate athletic director of marketing and promotions.

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh hired Victoria Stimac as assistant athletic director and senior woman administrator. Stimac was assistant director of media relations and senior woman administrator for Western New Mexico University.

Bakersfield College hired Ryan Beckwith as athletic director.

The Horizon League hired Craig Hammel as assistant director of communications.

Global Spectrum promoted Michael Carosielli to assistant general manager at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

The International Association of Venue Managers named Vicki Hawarden president and chief executive officer. Hawarden was most recently the vice president of knowledge and events for Meeting Professionals International.

Maloof Sports & Entertainment promoted John Rinehart to executive vice president of business operations for the Sacramento Kings and Power Balance Pavilion and Craig Amazeen to senior vice president of broadcasting and brand development. Jeff David rejoined Maloof Sports & Entertainment as senior vice president of sales and marketing.

The Pittsburgh Steelers hired Nathan LoCascio as public relations and media manager and Sonia Gysland as an assistant athletic trainer.

The Phoenix Coyotes hired Rick Knickle as director of amateur scouting. Knickle was a scout with the Nashville Predators.

Horse Racing
Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino promoted Tim Ritvo to president and general manager.


The Aspire Group hired Duane Haring as manager of the Fan Relationship Management Center at the University at Buffalo and hired Kevin Dwan and Patrick Foley to the same position for Army athletics and Western Michigan University, respectively. Haring was account executive, season tickets for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Dwan the director of sales and marketing for University of Richmond athletics and Foley a sales consultant for the Dallas Cowboys.

Front Row Marketing Services hired Liam Weseloh and Chris Rumer as regional directors, and Laurie Kemmit and Jim Beaudoin as regional managers.

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic hired Chuck Gormley as primary reporter covering the Washington Capitals for Gormley covered the Philadelphia Flyers and the NHL for the South Jersey Courier-Post.

YES Network promoted Jason Feneque to senior director of affiliate sales and marketing.

Universal Sports Network hired Elliott Gordon as vice president and general manager of digital media. Gordon was director of digital media and product management for the NFL.


The NHRA hired Erik Blaisdell as ticket sales manager. Blaisdell was a ticket sales account executive for the Ontario Reign.

Richard Petty Motorsports promoted Brian Moffitt to chief executive officer and named Mike Hargrave executive vice president of sales and marketing. Hargrave was senior vice president of global sponsorship marketing for Bank of America.

Rusty Wallace Racing hired Rory Connellan as public relations representative for driver Steve Wallace and his No. 66 Toyota.


The Houston Dynamo hired Linda Pinsent as manager of client services. Pinsent was a sponsorship coordinator with the Houston Astros.

People news
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