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People: Executive transactions

The Baltimore Orioles promoted Tripp Norton to director of baseball operations, Kevin Buck to director of team travel, Sarah Gelles to director of baseball analytics and Bill Wilkes to assistant director of major league administration and professional scouting.

The Detroit Pistons hired Jeff Nix as an assistant general manager. Nix was director of basketball operations at Wake Forest University.

Alcorn State University hired Derek Horne as athletic director. Horne was athletic director at Florida A&M University.

Fresno State’s athletic director, Thomas Boeh, took a new position as special assistant to the president.

Furman University named Chandler Carver director of social media. Carver continues in her role as assistant sports information director.

Hampton University hired Paula Jackson as assistant athletic director for compliance and student services and senior woman administrator.

Georgia State University hired Charlie Cobb as athletic director. Cobb was athletic director at Appalachian State University.

Oregon State University hired Jim Patterson as senior associate athletic director and senior director of development for intercollegiate athletics. Patterson was city manager and chief executive officer for Corvallis, Ore.

The College of the Holy Cross hired Reggie McIntyre director of athletics marketing and special events. McIntyre was an external relations associate at the University of Louisville.

The University of Illinois hired Mike Waddell as senior associate athletic director for external relations. Waddell was senior associate athletic director for external relations and strategic communications at the University of Arkansas.

The University of Alabama-Birmingham promoted Justin Mackey to assistant athletic director for student-athlete development.

The University of Arkansas promoted Justin Maland to associate athletic director for facilities and Mark Taurisani to assistant athletic director for football operations.

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth named Amanda Van Voorhis athletic director. Van Voorhis was associate athletic director and senior woman administrator as well as the women’s basketball coach.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell hired Ja’Marcus Hampton as associate athletic director for advancement. Hampton was director of advancement for athletics at Radford University.

The University of Mississippi hired Jennifer Saxon as assistant athletic director for student-athlete development. Saxon was assistant athletic director for athletics academic enhancement and senior woman administrator at South Carolina State University.

The University of New Hampshire promoted Nicole Richard to associate athletic director for marketing and revenue generation, and hired Allen Lessels as staff writer for Lessels covered the university for the New Hampshire Union Leader.

The University of Texas-Pan American promoted Chelsea Blakely to associate athletic director for external operations, Jonah Goldberg to associate athletic director for communications and Adam Mendez to assistant athletic director for events and facility operations.

Virginia State University hired John Westbrook as sports information and marketing director. Westbrook was assistant manager of media relations at Jackson State University.

The Brooklyn Bowl hired Christi Nelson as director of brand marketing and public relations. Nelson was public relations and sponsor relations manager for AEG Live Las Vegas and The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.


Pop Warner Little Scholars hired Craig Scott as chief marketing officer. Scott was national reconditioning director of sales for Schutt Sports.

The Miami Dolphins promoted Ryan Herman to director of football administration, and named Mike Tannenbaum a team consultant, Dennis Lock head analyst, Dave Regan sports science analyst and Jonathan Gress assistant athletic trainer and physical therapist.

The Minnesota Vikings named former Vikings player E.J. Henderson the team’s youth football manager.

The College Football Playoff hired Jason Sabatino as director of business and ticket operations. Sabatino was associate director of championships and alliances, marketing and ticketing for the NCAA.


The Aspire Group promoted Colby Washington to team leader of new sales at Georgia Tech and Matt Wade and Derek Schramm to senior sales consultants at the University of Minnesota.

CSE promoted Adam Zimmerman to president, Monty Mullig to president of digital, Doug Manning to executive vice president of marketing, David Healy to senior vice president of integrated marketing services, David Doan to vice president of marketing, Kay Scott to director of marketing and David Koonin to director of talent services for client representation.

Wasserman Media Group’s senior vice president of communications and marketing, Stephanie Rudnick, stepped down from her position.

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic promoted Mark Friedman to manager of technical innovation and named Benjie Kaze executive producer and director of original content and programming.

Turner Sports senior vice president and executive creative director Craig Barry was given oversight to Turner Sports’ operations and technology in addition to his current role.

The Australian Olympic Committee named Fiona de Jong secretary general. De Jong replaces Craig Phillips, who was with the AOC for 23 years.

Sporting Goods and Apparel
Respect Your Universe promoted Marcello Leone to chief executive officer.

Arena North America hired Debra Talbert as product line manager and Jeff Allen as West regional team specialist manager.

Sports Commissions and Tourism Boards
LakePoint Sporting Community hired Mike Whitehead as vice president of strategic partnerships.

Apple hired Musa Tariq as digital marketing director. Tariq was global senior director of social media and community for Nike.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship hired Carlos Juarez as vice president of Spanish-language production. Juarez was director of production for Fox Networks.

Air Charter Service hired Jamie Harris as vice president of its group charter division.

The Sports Facilities Advisory named Joan LeMahieu general manager for SFA-managed City Beach in San Francisco.

Awards and Boards
Philly Sports Holdings named former Philadelphia Flyers President Peter Luukko chairman.

The Women’s Sports Foundation named Deborah Slaner Larkin chief executive officer and Madeline Weinstein to the board of trustees.

Under Armour named George Bodenheimer, former ESPN executive chair, to its board of directors.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame named Randall Hunt chairman of its board of trustees and Dennis Nash vice chairman. Theodore Boyd retired from the board.

The Thoroughbred Racing Association named to its board of directors handicapper Judy Wagner; Michael Rogers, The Stronach Group racing division president; Scott Wells, Thoroughbred Racing Associations president, and Remington Park and Lone Star Park president and general manager; and Joe Morris, representing the Thoroughbred Owners of California.

People news
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