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People: Executive transactions

The Class AAA Pacific Coast League’s Las Vegas 51s named Don Logan president and chief operating officer.

The Class AA Southern League’s Pensacola (Fla.) Blue Wahoos promoted Willie Lawrence to assistant head groundskeeper, Denise Richardson to merchandise manager, Donna Kirby to director of promotions and community relations, and Mike Crenshaw to visiting clubhouse manager.


The NBA named David Watts vice president for Russia and former Soviet states. Watts was an executive for IMG Worldwide.

The Portland Trail Blazers named Dr. Christopher Stackpole director of player health and performance. Stackpole was a physical therapist at ProEx Physical Therapy.


The George Washington University School of Business named Mark Hyman assistant professor of management in the sports management program.

Merrimack College named Jeremy Gibson athletic director. Gibson was senior associate athletic director at Harvard


Southern New Hampshire University named Cody Cranor assistant athletic director for compliance.

Steve Cobb stepped down as athletic director at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

The University of Louisville promoted Christine Krellwitz to senior associate athletic director.

The University of Memphis named Ryan Bradley associate athletic director for marketing and strategic communications. Bradley was associate athletic director for external relations at Rogers State University.

Utah Valley University named Vincent Otoupal athletic director. Otoupal was athletic director at California State University, Monterey Bay.

Sonoma Raceway named Laurence Lea media and community relations coordinator.

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee hired Joe Hickey as vice president of sales and partnership activation.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Nelson Luis as director of communications. Luis was director of media relations for the Houston Rockets.

The Columbus Blue Jackets hired Mike Minnix as premium seating account executive.

The Dallas Stars named Scott White director of hockey operations. Scott will retain his role as general manager of the Stars’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Texas Stars.

The Nashville Predators named Scott Nichol director of player development.

Ketchum Sports & Entertainment hired Felipe Soalheiro as sports director in the São Paolo office and Stephanie Burke as managing account supervisor in the New York City office.

Learfield Sports named Randy Younker general manager of Saluki Sports Properties at Southern Illinois University. Younker was territory sales manager for Orthopaedic Resource.

Buffalo Communications named Elizabeth Maloy public relations manager.

Premier Partnerships hired Spencer Wolf as marketing services coordinator and Robert O’Keefe as corporate sponsorships assistant.


St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV-TV named Maurice Drummond sports director.

The Pac-12 Networks named Jonathan Leess senior vice president of production planning and operations. Leess was president of DoubleVision Media.

NBC Universal named Adam Freifeld to head its internal communications. Freifeld was vice president of communications for NBC Sports Group, which named Dan Masonson to replace Freifeld, effective June 18. Masonson was NFL director of corporate communications. NBC Sports Group also promoted Paul Wilson to senior vice president of Olympic sales.

The National Hot Rod Association named Josh Hachat media relations manager. Hachat was director of media and communications for the American Drag Racing League and X-Treme Drag Racing League.

Toyota Racing Development President and General Manager Lee White retired effective at the end of the 2013 NASCAR season.

The USL club Orlando City hired Brett Lashbrook to assist in completing plans for a new soccer stadium and negotiating an MLS expansion agreement. Lashbrook was special assistant to the MLS commissioner.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Footwear brand Keen named Mike Abbott president, effective July 8.

Shock Doctor Sports and Cutter Gloves named Todd Blyleven sports product marketing manager. Blyleven was business development manager for SKLZ Pro Performance Sports.

Puma named Andy Koehler chief operating officer. Koehler was managing director for Hong Kong and head of global sourcing at Adidas Group.

Awards and Boards
The National Association of Sports Commissioners elected John Gibbons to its board of directors. Gibbons is executive director of the Rhode Island Sports Commission.

The European Games named Jim Scherr chief operating officer. Scherr was commissioner of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

GoVision promoted Brady Haass to vice president of client services.

Microsoft named Virl Hill director of business development and sports strategic partnerships in the online services division. Hill was chief executive officer of Blade Games World.

People news
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