The Class AAA New Orleans Zephyrs hired Preston Hayden and Daphne Hernandez in corporate sales, Jesse Bastion and Sarah Wells as account executives, Faith Enenbach as multimedia coordinator, Danni Eckstein as director of marketing and creative services, and Paul Kleinhans as director of group sales.
The Brooklyn Nets hired Trajan Langdon as assistant general manager. Langdon was director of player administration and basketball operations for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Atlanta Hawks promoted Melissa Proctor to chief marketing officer, Peter Sorckoff to chief creative officer and executive vice president of brand and innovation, Garin Narain to senior vice president of public relations and Meg Ryan to senior director of marketing strategy. The team hired Thad Sheely as executive vice president of real estate and chief financial officer and Janet Smith as senior director of brand communications.
The University of San Francisco hired former NBA player Bill Cartwright to director of special initiatives.
The Colonial Athletic Association named Joe D’Antonio as commissioner. D’Antonio was senior associate commissioner for administration and NCAA relations for the Big East Conference.
The New England Patriots promoted Dave Ziegler to director of pro personnel.
The Canadian Football League promoted Glen Johnson to senior vice president of football, Kevin McDonald to vice president of football operations and player safety, Christina Litz to senior vice president of content and marketing, and David Cuddy to senior vice president of finance and business operations.
DLA Piper hired David Pahl as senior counsel. Pahl will join the firm’s media, sport and entertainment practice after retiring from ESPN as chief counsel.
Jackson Lewis hired Thomas Dorer as principal. Dorer was vice president, general counsel and secretary at the University of Hartford.
The Aspire Group promoted Doug Bean to ticket sales and service manager at the University of Massachusetts. The company hired Jon Belfiore as sales consultant at Florida Atlantic University, Allyson Bradshaw as sales consultant at Georgia Tech, Chelsea Weiss as sales and service manager at the University of California, Riverside, Raheem Odomes as sales and service consultant at the University of California, Riverside, Brent Gultz as sales consultant at the University of South Florida and Ryan Halter as sales associate at the University of South Florida.
Legends hired Nicole Jeter West as chief marketing officer. Jeter West was managing director of ticketing and digital strategy for the U.S. Tennis Association.
AEG Global Partnerships promoted Jon Werbeck to vice president of sales for facilities, Josh Gold to senior director of sales for AEG Live and Dan Raffety to sales account executive for facilities.
IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions promoted Brad Drummond to general manager at East Carolina University and oversight at the University of South Carolina, and hired Andrew Granozio as general manager at Rutgers University. Granozio was senior manager of ticket sales for the Lakewood BlueClaws.
Learfield Licensing Partners hired Matt Dyste as director of strategic initiatives. Dyste was director of brand management at the University of Oregon.
CSM Sports and Entertainment hired Matt Grandis as senior vice president of business development in North America.
ESPN promoted Carol Stiff to vice president of women’s sports programming.
MotorsportNetwork hired John Neff as editor-in-chief of Motor1.com.
Orlando City SC hired Jackie Maynard as communications manager. Maynard was communications and marketing manager for the NWSL’s Western New York Flash.
Sporting Goods and Apparel
Asics America hired Roeya Badri Vaughan as vice president of marketing. Vaughan was vice president of global sun for Oakley.
Hibbett Sports hired Bill Quinn as vice president of digital commerce. Quinn was vice president of digital for David’s Bridal.
The Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance hired Ashlee Kirk as coordinator. Kirk was industry relations manager for Visit North Carolina.
UFC hired Jim Sorenson as director of equipment and Lisa Garrett as general manager of UFC Gym’s flagship location in Dubai. Sorenson led equipment operations for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Whoop hired Gary McCoy as senior vice president of applied sports science.
Awards and Boards
The Sport and Recreation Law Association named Michael Carroll of Troy University president-elect, Dylan Williams of the University of Alabama finance officer and Doug Manning of the University of Southern Mississippi member at large.
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