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People: Executive transactions


The Cleveland Indians named Rebecca Kodysh executive director of community impact and Neil Weiss senior vice president of technology and chief information officer. Kodysh was vice president of programs for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Cleveland, and Weiss was chief information officer for Jackson Family Enterprises.

Little League Baseball and Softball hired Brian McClintock as director of media relations and Mike Weslosky as Web development manager. McClintock was editorial and marketing director for GoSportn, and Weslosky was director of creative design for The Sports Network.

The SEC named Tiffany Daniels associate commissioner and senior woman administrator. Daniels was senior associate athletics director for external affairs at Georgia State University.

San Jose State University named Blake Sasaki senior associate athletics director of external relations. Sasaki was associate general manager for the IMG Sports Marketing Department at University of California, Berkeley.

The Atlantic Coast Conference named Tim Lynde senior associate commissioner for brand marketing. Lynde was the vice president of television for IMG College.

The University of Kentucky promoted DeWayne Peevy to deputy athletic director. Peevy had been executive associate athletic director for external operations.

DePaul University named Sean McDonough associate director of development for athletics. McDonough was assistant athletic director for Western Illinois University.

The University of Delaware named Joe Shirley senior associate athletics director for facilities, operations and capital projects. Shirley was assistant athletic director of facilities for Boston College.

Texas A&M University named Jason Cook senior associate athletics director for external affairs. Cook had been vice president of marketing and communications for Texas A&M.

Towson University named Carl Evans senior associate athletic director and chief development officer and Kelly Webb assistant athletic director of compliance. Evans was assistant athletic director for the University of Memphis, and Webb was assistant commissioner for the Northeast Conference.

Florida Atlantic University named Heather Henderson director of football operations. She will continue her role as the head cheerleading coach.

Iona College named Rick Cole Jr. athletic director. Cole was athletic director and vice president of athletics at Dowling College.

The University of Louisiana-Monroe Athletic Director Bobby Staub is stepping down from the position, effective July 1.

Auburn University named Dave Didion associate athletic director of compliance. Didion was director of enforcement for the NCAA.


Sonoma Raceway named Melinda Pahl community relations coordinator.

The Houston Texans promoted Jeff Schmitz to vice president of information technology; Jennifer Davenport to senior director of marketing and community development; Nick Schenck to senior director of integrated media; Gavin Gehrt to executive producer and director of video production; Drew Dougherty to Texans TV host and integrated media manager; Hoffie Ferreira to event operations manager; Josh Hubel to senior motion graphics designer and animator; Glen Oskin to corporate development manager; Kenneth Perkins to motion graphics designer and editor; Nick Scurfield to Texans Insider and integrated media manager; Austen Smith to senior partnership marketing manager; and Holly Smith to grants administrator for the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation.

Multiteam Companies

Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment named Jim Shimberg executive vice president and general counsel, effective May 1. Shimberg was city attorney for the city of Tampa.

Challenger Sports Corp. promoted Peter Arch to chief executive officer.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Maverick Lacrosse founder John Gagliardi is stepping down from his position, departing Bauer Performance Sports in June.

Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
The Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau named Mike Sophia director of the Sacramento Sports Commission. Sophia was the chief executive officer of the National Senior Games.

People news
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