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People: Executive transactions

The Boston Red Sox named Tony La Russa vice president and special assistant to the president of baseball operations. La Russa was chief baseball analyst for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Cincinnati Reds named Buddy Bell vice president and senior advisor to the general manager and president of baseball operations. Bell was vice president and assistant general manager for the Chicago White Sox.

The Oakland Athletics hired John Nowicki as senior manager of partnerships and Kerwin Ferrette, Curtis Hinkle and Taylor Smith as sales consultants. Nowicki was senior manager of partnership marketing for International Speedway Corp.

The Philadelphia Phillies hired Sam Fuld as major league player information coordinator and Ben Werthan as minor league player information coordinator.

The Seattle Mariners hired Dr. Lorena Martin as director of high performance. Martin was director of sports performance analytics for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Class AAA Pacific Coast League Omaha Storm Chasers promoted Sean Olson to assistant general manager of sales; Keri Feyerherm to director of human resources and administration; Cody Stewart to client services manager; Cody Smoot to group sales executive; Kendall Hendrix to ticket operations assistant; Kaci Long to director of marketing and communications; Nick Sandberg to mascot and theme night manager; Andrew Asbury to marketing and promotions coordinator; Noah Diercks to director of grounds; Scott Rowedder to grounds manager; Kathleen Ezell to special events and community relations coordinator. Kory Foster to senior ballpark operations assistant; and Andrew Green to media operations manager. The team hired Michael Herman as group sales executive and Sara Howard as a sales assistant. Herman was an account executive for the San Antonio Missions.


The Los Angeles Clippers hired Amy Millstone as director of corporate communications. Millstone was associate athletic director of strategic communications at California State University, Northridge.

The Memphis Grizzlies hired Lang Whitaker as general manager of the Grizzlies Team in the NBA 2K League, as well as a contributor to their in-house digital content group, Grind City Media.

The Phoenix Suns promoted Dan Costello to chief revenue officer; Carlissa Henry to senior vice president of marketing partnerships; Matt Wright to senior vice president of media and content strategy; Brooke Campbell to vice president of marketing and brand strategy; and Kyle Pottinger to vice president of ticket sales and service.

Marist College promoted Brandon James to assistant athletic director for business operations.

The Big Ten Conference hired Randy Lieberman as director of communications. Lieberman was assistant commissioner for advanced communications for the Sun Belt Conference.

The Patriot League hired Jackie Eddy as associate director of communications. Eddy was a public relations assistant for the Big South Conference.

Auburn University Athletic Director Jay Jacobs will step down from his position, effective June 1, 2018, or sooner if a successor is in place.

The University of Connecticut hired Eric Schneider as assistant athletic director for compliance. Schneider was director of compliance services at the University of South Carolina.

Fresno State Athletic Director Jim Bartko resigned.

Bethune-Cookman University promoted Reginald Thomas to senior associate director of athletics for student support services, and hired Jarrad Ratliff as assistant athletic director for student-athlete service and compliance and Neal Clark as assistant athletic director for student-athlete services and academics. Ratliff was associate athletic director for compliance at Jackson State University, and Clark was assistant director in the athletic academic center at Vanderbilt University.

Drake University named Brian Hardin athletic director. Hardin was deputy athletic director at Marquette University.

Fairfield University hired Nick Wormley as executive director of athletic development and senior associate athletics director. Wormley was executive director for university advancement and campaign management at Sacred Heart University.

Fairleigh Dickinson University promoted Cathy Liggett to associate athletic director for facilities and operations.

Grand Valley State University hired Jake Levy as director of communications and broadcasting. Levy was director of media relations for the Class A Midwest League Quad Cities River Bandits.

Purdue University hired Tom Moreland as associate athletic director of strategic initiatives. Moreland was director of development and premium services at the University of Iowa.

Miami University promoted Paul Bland to director of Red and White Club.

Hofstra University Vice President and Athletic Director Jeffrey Hathaway will step down, effective June 30, 2018.

The University of Texas at San Antonio named Cameron Kovach director of ticket sales and service, C.J. Gilvens corporate sales representative, Charlie Powers group sales representative and Ronnie Cantu inside sales representative.

Missouri Western State University named Eric Kramer associate athletic director for compliance and sports administration.

The University of Richmond named John Hardt athletic director. Hardt was director of athletics and recreation at Bucknell University.

Awards and Boards
GoPro named Rick Welts, Golden State Warriors president and chief operating officer, to its board of directors.

People news
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