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People: Executive transactions

The Class A Midwest League’s Quad Cities River Bandits promoted Stefanie Brown to general manager, replacing Kirk Goodman, who stepped down.

The Detroit Tigers promoted Dave Owen to director of player development.

The Pittsburgh Pirates promoted Greg Smith to assistant general manager overseeing scouting operations; Kyle Stark to assistant general manager overseeing medical, physical, mental, personal and player development departments; Tyrone Brooks to director of player personnel; Joe DelliCarri to director of amateur scouting; Larry Broadway to director of minor league operations; and Kevan Graves to director of baseball operations. Doug Strange will have an increased role in the development department in his role as a special assistant to the general manager.

The Seattle Mariners hired Joe McIlvaine as a special assistant to the general manager. McIlvaine was a special assistant to the general manager for the Minnesota Twins.

The Class A Midwest League’s Wisconsin Timber Rattlers hired Jerrad Radocay as corporate marketing manager. Radocay was assistant general manager for the Northwoods League’s Madison (Wis.) Mallards.

Kent State University promoted Tom Kleinlein to deputy athletic director and hired Dennis Watson as group ticket and marketing manager and Kristan Dolan as coordinator of marketing and promotions. Former associate athletic director Pete Mahoney was named assistant director for the school’s Center for Student Involvement. Watson was director of group sales and an account executive for the independent Frontier League’s Southern Illinois Miners, and Dolan was coordinator of hosted events and catering for the Cleveland Indians.

The Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management at the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies named Robert Boland academic chair.

The University of North Florida hired Melissa Baxendine as associate athletic director for compliance and senior woman administrator and Nick Morrow as associate athletic director for finance. Baxendine was assistant athletic director for compliance at Seton Hall University, and Morrow was an assistant athletic director for facilities, operations and events at the University of Maryland.

The University of Northern Iowa hired Kerry Dickerson as assistant athletic director for development. Dickerson was associate athletic director at Washburn University.

The University of Alabama in Huntsville promoted Taylor Flatt to sports information director.

Wheaton College promoted Julie Davis to athletic director.


Centerplate expanded the responsibilities of vice president of sales and marketing Kay Towner to include a new business development role and hired Gary Prell as vice president of culinary development. Prell was president and chief executive officer for the Professional Culinary Institute.

The Miami Dolphins hired Michael Tannenbaum as marketing partnerships staff assistant.

AdSport promoted Andrew Johnston to director of client services and hired Cameron North as account director for the State Farm Territorial Cup Series.


Universal Sports hired Scott Brown as senior vice president and general counsel. Brown was vice president of business and legal affairs for Fox Cable Networks.

Learfield Sports named Chad Jackson business development manager for its Gopher Sports Properties at the University of Minnesota. Jackson was vice president of business development for Summit Group.

ESPN promoted Jay Rothman to vice president and hired Hugo Balta and Diego Longo as coordinating producers. Balta was managing editor of the news department for WCBS-TV in New York City, and Longa was a senior producer for Telemundo/NBC Universal in Miami.

Awards and Boards
The International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum named Stan Smith president, replacing Tony Trabert, who was named a life trustee. Named to the board of directors were Claudio Del Vecchio, Guillaume de Ramel, Michael Goss, Frew McMillan, Tim Phillips, John Ross II, Todd Traina and Gene Yoon.

People news
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