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People: Executive transactions

The Los Angeles Dodgers named Alex Tamin director of baseball contracts, research and operations.

Washington Nationals executive vice president Bob Wolfe is stepping down.

The rookie level Pioneer League’s Orem (Utah) Owlz promoted Brett Crane to general manager. Crane replaces Jason Badell, who resigned to start his own sports marketing company.

The America East Conference hired Amy Huchthausen as commissioner. Huchthausen was director of academic and membership services for the NCAA.

Kent State University promoted Tom Kleinlein to deputy athletic director.

Old Dominion University promoted Deborah Polca and Bruce Stewart to senior associate athletic directors, Marty Bradley to associate athletic director for athletic training and sports medicine, Sandra Niedergall to associate athletic director for compliance and student athlete welfare and Nicole Turner to assistant athletic director of business and finance. M.L. Morgan was hired as assistant director for compliance.

Rutgers University named Janine Purcaro chief financial officer for intercollegiate athletics and Patrick Crawford assistant director of athletic communications. Purcaro was chief financial officer and assistant treasurer for the Rutgers University Foundation and Crawford was a media relations assistant at the University of Arkansas.

Texas Tech University named Marsha Sharp associate athletic director. Sharp was executive director of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and a former coach of the Texas Tech women’s basketball team.

The University of Virginia hired Eric Baumgartner as associate athletic director for compliance. Baumgartner was associate athletic director for compliance at the University of Georgia.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee hired Kelly Diener as assistant athletic director for student services, Matt Millet as director of corporate sales and Clare Thompson as associate director of athletic development.

The Sun Belt Conference promoted Kathy Keene to senior associate commissioner, Dominick Giambrone Jr. to assistant commissioner for championships and Keith Nunez to assistant commissioner of media relations, and named Scott Connors assistant commissioner for compliance and Thomas Hill director of championships.

George Washington University named Brian Sereno executive director of athletics communications. Sereno was director of basketball communications for the Washington Wizards.

Mississippi State University promoted Joe Galbraith to assistant athletic director for media relations and Chad Thomas to assistant athletic director for marketing.

Georgia State University promoted Dena Freeman-Patton to associate athletic director for student-athlete development.

Saint Joseph’s University promoted Renie Shields to associate athletic director for varsity programs and senior women’s administrator.

Savannah State University hired Sterling Steward Jr. as athletic director. Steward was a senior consultant for athletics at Mississippi Valley State University.

The University of New Haven hired Chris Brown as associate athletic director for business affairs and marketing.

Centerplate hired Ron Lee as general manager of its hospitality operations at Qualcomm Stadium. Lee was division manager of premium services at Angel Stadium.

Iowa Speedway named Doug Fritz chief executive officer and Stan Clement president.

The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts named Elizabeth Scott chief media and digital officer. Scott was vice president of programming and business affairs for Major League Baseball Properties.

The Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos named Len Rhodes president and chief executive officer, effective Dec. 1. Rhodes was senior vice president and general manager for Reebok-CCM Hockey.


The Annika Academy hired Gary Lorfano as senior director of sales and marketing.

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America named Richard Konzem chief operating officer. Konzem was athletic director at Rockhurst University.

The NHL hired Dan Marr as director of central scouting. Marr was formerly director of amateur scouting and player development for the Atlanta Thrashers.

The American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves named Lindsey Willhite director of public relations. Willhite was a sportswriter for the Daily Herald in Chicago.

The Western Hockey League’s Calgary Hitmen hired Joanna French as communications coordinator.

Horse Racing
The New York Racing Association promoted Ellen McClain to executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Major League Lacrosse’s Chesapeake (Va.) Bayhawks hired Brian Reese as general manager. Reese was general manager for the MLL Denver Outlaws.

Philadelphia Youth Lacrosse Association and Team Philadelphia named Jack Morrison director of lacrosse operations.

GroupM ESP hired Evin Dobson as an account director and Kendel Fiorentino as an account manager.

Prodigy Public Relations hired Zach Rosenfield as executive vice president of television and sports entertainment.

Idegy hired Chelsea Penzone as marketing director. Penzone was director of marketing for Charles Penzone Inc.

Marketing Werks named Jay Lenstrom chief marketing officer. Lenstrom was chief executive officer for Red Peak Group.

PMI College, a division of Playbook Management International, hired Samantha Lepovetsky as ticket sales manager and Jeff Homens as fan development executive at Florida Atlantic University Athletics. Playbook Management hired Pablo Troncoso as fan development executive for Chivas USA.


Comcast SportsNet Chicago promoted Phil Bedella to vice president and general manager.

Fox Networks hired Steve Carcano as senior vice president of national accounts and Kris Nielsen-Refs as vice president of digital distribution. Carcano was senior vice president of distribution for Lifetime Networks, and Nielsen-Refs was director of business development and multiplatform distribution for Turner Broadcasting. Executive vice president Michael Biard added additional responsibilities.

Univision Communications named David Neal senior vice president of production for sports. Neal founded David Neal Productions and was previously executive producer for NBC Sports and executive vice president of NBC Olympics.

Sportvision hired Joe Miller as vice president of engineering. Miller was vice president of platform and technology development for Linden Research.

Golf Channel
hired Krista Wakefield as executive projects manager, Jennifer Ruhe as associate producer and editor for its HUB division, Andre Veenhuis as broadcast IT systems engineer and Bryan Harden as senior producer of creative services.

Korrio hired Steve Banfield as chief product officer. Banfield wassenior vice president of production and digital strategy for


Tennis Channel promoted Bob Whyley to senior vice president of production and executive producer.

NBC Sports Group named Greg Hughes senior vice president of communications. Hughes was president of Sedan Communications.

Golf Digest publishing director Tom Bair resigned.

Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing hired Olivier Manigat as legal counsel, Anne Graham and José Luis Los Arcos Nagore as managers of partnership marketing, Evan Burns as finance manager, Chris Mahadeo as information technology coordinator, Rachel Merkin as community relations coordinator, and Matthew Williams as accounting coordinator. David Agrell was named digital club services coordinator for MLS Digital.

Women’s Professional Soccer hired Jennifer Pogorelec O’Sullivan as chief executive officer, replacing Anne-Marie Eileraas, who stepped down.

D.C. United hired Roy Tewell as director of ticket sales.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Under Armour promoted Diane Pelkey to vice president of global brand communications and entertainment.

iSportconnect named Christopher Campasano managing director of U.S. operations.

People news
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