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Tribe Announces New Hires

Tribe Announces New Hires

The Indianapolis Indians has hired Kathryn Bobel (pictured) as premium services & events coordinator. She spent nearly three seasons with the Chicago Cubs as a season ticket service representative.  Also, Jo Garcia (pictured) has been named community outreach manager, overseeing the day-to-day activities of the Tribe’s new nonprofit Indianapolis Indians Charities.  

NCAA Coordinator Retiring

NCAA Coordinator Retiring

The NCAA has announced Rogers Redding will retire as national coordinator of football officials. He has served in the position since 2011. Redding began officiating in the Southwest Conference over 30 years ago. He also held the position of NCAA secretary-rules editor from 2008 to 2017. Redding received his bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech and his master’s and doctorate in physical chemistry from Vanderbilt.

Reiff Returns to Butler University

Reiff Returns to Butler University

Ralph Reiff will return to Butler University in the newly-expanded position of Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Health, Performance and Well-Being. Reiff previously served as head athletic trainer and director of sports medicine from 1981 to 1999 and has been inducted into the Butler Athletics Hall of Fame. He has led St. Vincent Sports Performance since leaving the university in 1999. 

NCAA Names Commissioners

NCAA Names Commissioners

The NCAA has chosen Al Skinner (pictured), Steve Lavin (pictured), Gary Waters and Tim Miles as commissioners for College Basketball Academy sites. Skinner will serve in the east region, Lavin in the west, Miles in the south and Waters in the midwest. Developed in response to NCAA reforms in college basketball, the academies are designed to supplement existing recruiting opportunities while giving recruits a glimpse of what they can anticipate as a college student.

DePauw Soccer Coach Resigns

DePauw Soccer Coach Resigns

DePauw University women's soccer head coach Kristina Corona has resigned. She has accepted a position as the 15U-19U girls south director of coaching for the Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club. Corona took over the DePauw program in January of 2018.

DePauw Names LaCrosse Coach

DePauw Names LaCrosse Coach

DePauw University has named Anne Moelk head coach of women's lacrosse. She most recently served as director of student support, Title IX Coordinator at University of Indianapolis. Moelk is also the former head coach at Denison University and Ohio University and longtime trainer with the US Lacrosse Coaches Development Program. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Denison while majoring in history and played both lacrosse and field hockey.

Colts Name Overton As Producer

Colts Name Overton As Producer

The Indianapolis Colts have named Larra Overton as the team's new producer and on-air talent. Overton currently is a sports reporter and anchor for Fox59 WXIN/CBS4 WTTV. She will serve as producer for Colts Productions and will serve as the television sideline reporter for preseason broadcasts and radio sideline reporter for regular season games. Overton holds two degrees from Indiana University. 

PS&E Names 2021 NBA All-Star Staff

PS&E Names 2021 NBA All-Star Staff

Pacers Sports & Entertainment has named Dianna Boyce (pictured) vice president and Mariah Bird manager of event activations and venues for the 2021 NBA All-Star Game. Boyce most recently served as senior director of corporate communications at The Finish Line. She also served as a senior staff member for the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee. Bird most recently served as event coordinator and special projects for PS&E.

Evansville Thunderbolts Hire Head Coach

Evansville Thunderbolts Hire Head Coach

The Evansville Thunderbolts have hired Jeff Bes as the team's new head coach. Bes has 19 years of playing and coaching experience, most recently serving as head coach of the Pensacola Ice Flyers. He also served as head coach and director of hockey operations in the Fayetteville FireAntz organization. 

NCAA Hires VP of Hearing Operations

NCAA Hires VP of Hearing Operations

The NCAA has named Naima Stevenson Starks its first-ever vice president of hearing operations. She currently serves as NCAA deputy general counsel and managing director of academic and membership affairs. Stevenson Starks will serve as direct liaison to the NCAA Committees on Infractions and Infractions Appeals Committees in all three divisions and oversee the staffs that support these committees.  

Indy Eleven Hires Senior Director

Indy Eleven Hires Senior Director

Indy Eleven Professional Soccer has brought back John Koluder to its front office staff as Senior Director, Communications & Marketing. Koluder will serve as primary contact for media seeking interview requests. He will also oversee all internal and external communications and help with the club's marketing team. He spent ten years on the communications team of Major League Soccer's D.C. United, Chicago Fire and Real Salt Lake. 

Hulman Motorsports Adds CRO

Hulman Motorsports Adds CRO

Hulman Motorsports has added veteran sports executive Casey Lane as chief revenue officer. He most recently served as senior vice president of partnership marketing, following a term as vice president of corporate partnerships at Professional Bull Riders LLC.

Andretti Autosport Names Wright Director

Andretti Autosport Names Wright Director

Andretti Autosport has named Jim Wright group commercial director. He joins Andretti Chief Marketing Officer Doug Bresnahan and the partnership development team of Alex Moeller and Greg Mosely, to round out the company’s commercial development efforts. Wright is a skilled industry professional who has 18 years of experience in Formula 1 including a 12-year term at Williams F1 (1994-2006).

Barber, Catchings Named to Fever Executive Team

Barber, Catchings Named to Fever Executive Team

Pacers Sports & Entertainment has named Dr. Allison Barber president and chief operating officer of the Indiana Fever. Tamika Catchings has been named vice president of Fever basketball operations. Barber is just the second person to lead the Fever franchise, succeeding former executive Kelly Krauskopf. She currently serves as president of WGU Advancement. Catchings is a four-time Olympic Gold Medalist and 16-year WNBA superstar with the Fever.

Industry Veterans Join INDYCAR

Industry Veterans Join INDYCAR

INDYCAR has added SJ Luedtke as vice president of marketing. She joined Nike in 2010, rising to senior brand director of football. Luedtke developed and led integrated campaigns, including "Make 'Em Miss" and "Who You With." Also, INDYCAR has retained Mike Zizzo as a communications consultant. He has more than 22 years of experience in the motorsports industry, including managerial roles with two of North America's premier racing sanctioning bodies.

Pacers Sports & Entertainment Names VP

Pacers Sports & Entertainment Names VP

Pacers Sports & Entertainment has named Tatiana Holifield vice president/head of digital strategy. She most recently served as senior director of social media and digital marketing strategy for Viacom in New York. Holifield has spent the past 15 years leading marketing, digital marketing strategy, social media and new media distribution.

Indianapolis Indians Make Promotions, Hires

Indianapolis Indians Make Promotions, Hires

The Indianapolis Indians have promoted Garrett Rosh (pictured) to inside ticket sales manager. Eddie Acheson has been promoted to stadium operations manager. Bobby Martin has been named full-time home clubhouse manager and Kieron Hubbard full-time assistant clubhouse manager and stadium operations support. Courtney Fowler has been added as a ticket sales account executive and Jeremy Smith (pictured) corporate sales account executive.

Indy Eleven Taps Broadcasting Head as CEO

Indy Eleven Taps Broadcasting Head as CEO

Indy Eleven Professional Soccer has selected Greg Stremlaw as chief executive officer. Stremlaw, who most recently lead CBC Sports in Canada, will begin his new role in the coming weeks. Stremlaw succeeds Jeff Belskus, who announced in October he was stepping down from the team. In his new role, Stremlaw will oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Hulman & Co. Makes Organizational Changes

Hulman & Co. Makes Organizational Changes

Jay Frye (pictured) has been named president of INDYCAR, as part of Hulman & Co.'s organizational changes. Mark Sibla (pictured) has been named chief of staff of all INDYCAR departments. IMS changes include: Jarrod Krisiloff, vice president of facilities and events; Dan Skiver, director of operations; Pat Garlock, assistant manager of facilities and events and Alex Damron, senior director of communications.

Krauskopf Named NBA's First Female Assistant GM

Krauskopf Named NBA's First Female Assistant GM

The Indiana Pacers have promoted Kelly Krauskopf to assistant general manager. The team says Krauskopf, who currently serves as president of the Indiana Fever and also leads the Pacers Gaming esports team, will relinquish those duties and begin her new role at the beginning of the new year. The promotion makes Krauskopf the first female assistant GM in the history of the NBA.

Belskus to Step Aside From Indy Eleven

Belskus to Step Aside From Indy Eleven

Indy Eleven Professional Soccer has announced President Jeff Belskus will step down once his successor is found. He joined the organization in 2016 after serving as chief executive officer of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Terre Haute-based Hulman and Co. The transition is expected to take place by the end of the year.

IU South Bend Hires Women's Soccer Coach

IU South Bend Hires Women's Soccer Coach

Bob Barnes has been named head coach of women’s soccer at Indiana University South Bend. He served a long career as the head coach of women’s soccer at Ohio Wesleyan University.  

Executive Leaving Hulman Motorsports

Executive Leaving Hulman Motorsports

Hulman Motorsports has announced Chief Marketing Officer C.J. O'Donnell will leave the company at the end of the year. He has held the position since 2013. Hulman & Co. President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Miles says the company has made strides in recent years.

Colts Hire Knickerbocker as VP

Colts Hire Knickerbocker as VP

The Indianapolis Colts have named David Knickerbocker vice president of content & production, a newly-created role that unifies the club’s video, radio, digital, social media and creative services and properties into a single business unit. He is a founder and former vice president of business operations of Banner Collective, a Chicago-based video production company specializing in innovative sports video and marketing.

Colts Add to Ticketing Sales Team

Colts Add to Ticketing Sales Team

The Indianapolis Colts have added Ashley Hoffman as director of membership services. She previously spent four years with the NHL's St. Louis Blues as director of ticket sales and service. Also, Matthew Smallwood has been named group sales ticket manager. He most recently served as group sales account executive for the Colorado Rapids soccer team and inside sales for the Oakland Raiders.

NCAA Names Executive VP

NCAA Names Executive VP

Stan Wilcox has been selected as NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs. In this role, he will provide strategic direction to enforcement, the Eligibility Center and academic and membership affairs at the national office. Wilcox begins his new role October 1. He currently serves as vice president and director of athletics at Florida State.

'Legend And Icon' Retires From Colts Broadcasts

'Legend And Icon' Retires From Colts Broadcasts

The radio voice of the Indianapolis Colts for more than 30 years has retired. Bob Lamey, who was with the organization from 1984 to 1991 and from 1995-2018, was inducted into the Indiana Sports Broadcasters and Writers Hall of Fame in 2008. On an interim basis, Colts Radio Production Manager Matt Taylor will take over play-by-play responsibilities. Colts owner Jim Irsay called Lamey "a legend and icon" and said "his name is synonymous with Indianapolis Colts football.

Hammond Sportsplex Hires More Leaders

Hammond Sportsplex Hires More Leaders

More hires have been announced for the Hammond Sportsplex. Roberto Reyes Jr.  and Christianne Nelson have been added to the leadership team. Reyes is the new Sportsplex assistant general manager of soccer, and Nelson is the new Sportsplex office registrar & concessions supervisor.  

Indy Eleven Adds to Front Office

Indy Eleven Adds to Front Office

Indy Eleven Professional Soccer has hired Josh Mason as vice president of sales and marketing. He has spent the last 18 years in various sales and marketing roles with top brands including: Monarch Beverage, Miller Brewing Co. and Starbucks Coffee Corporate. Most recently, Mason acted as central regional manager for Enthuse Marketing, a New York-based beverage marketing agency. Also, Dan Dripps has been named corporate partnership manager.

Colts Makes Promotions, Hires

Colts Makes Promotions, Hires

The Indianapolis Colts have announced the following changes to its football operations staff and team. Ed Dodds has been named assistant general manager. He enters his second season with the Colts and his 16th year in the NFL. Brian Decker has been promoted to director of player development. Jon Shaw has been elevated to assistant director of pro scouting. Also, Stephanie Pemberton (pictured) has been promoted to vice president of marketing.

Oliver Luck Named XFL Commissioner

Oliver Luck Named XFL Commissioner

Former NCAA and NFL executive Oliver Luck will lead the newly-relaunched XFL after being named commissioner and chief executive officer. Luck formerly served as president of NFL Europe and general manager of the league's Frankfurt Galaxy and Rhein Fire. Luck played four seasons as quarterback for the NFL's Houston Oilers after a storied college career at West Virginia University.

Management Team Named For Hammond Sportsplex

Management Team Named For Hammond Sportsplex

A management team has been named to lead the Hammond Sportsplex and Community Center. James Taillon has been named general manager and Kymberli Roberts has been introduced as assistant general manager basketball/volleyball. Taillon previously served as vice president of marketing for Arkansas Sports Entertainment with the Arkansas Riverblades hockey team and Arkansas Twisters Arena II team. Roberts is currently a corrections officer with the Hammond Police Department.

Benner to Retire as Pacers Sports & Entertainment VP

Benner to Retire as Pacers Sports & Entertainment VP

Pacers Sports & Entertainment has announced Senior Vice President for Corporate, Community and Public Relations Bill Benner is retiring from his corporate position. He will remain with PS&E as director of the Pacers Foundation. The organization says Brent Rockwood will succeed Benner.

Corona Appointed Women's Soccer Head Coach at DePauw

Corona Appointed Women's Soccer Head Coach at DePauw

DePauw University has selected Kristina Corona as its new head women's soccer coach. She previously was soccer head coach at University of Dallas and Austin College and an assistant at Florida Southern.

Indy Eleven Names New Head Coach

Indy Eleven Names New Head Coach

Just days after announcing a move to the United Soccer League, the Indy Eleven has named a new head coach. Martin Rennie, who has coached teams in the U.S., Canada and South Korea, succeeds Tim Hankinson, who left the team last year after coaching for two seasons. The team says Rennie is the only person to have served as a head coach in every North American soccer league, including Major League Soccer.

Methodist Sports Medicine Names Grand Park Medical Director

Methodist Sports Medicine Names Grand Park Medical Director

Methodist Sports Medicine has named Mark Ritter medical director of the Grand Park Events Center and outdoor fields on the 400-acre Grand Park sports campus in Westfield. He also currently serves as Methodist Sports Medicine's president. Ritter will provide medical supervision oversight for all of the athletic events taking place at the Grand Park Events Center and the massive sports complex's outdoor multipurpose fields. In addition, he will be serving on-site for some tournaments.

Chip Ganassi Racing Names Duchardt COO

Chip Ganassi Racing Names Duchardt COO

Chip Ganassi Racing has named Doug Duchardt chief operating officer. He most recently served as executive vice president and general manager at Hendrick Motorsports. Also, Max Jones has been promoted to managing director of the team’s NASCAR operation joining Mike Hull, managing director of the team’s INDYCAR and IMSA operations.

Holzman Returns to NCAA as VP of Women’s Basketball

Holzman Returns to NCAA as VP of Women’s Basketball

Veteran collegiate sports administrator Lynn Holzman has been named NCAA vice president of women’s basketball. She is currently commissioner of the West Coast Conference. Holzman will be making a return to the NCAA national office where she previously spent 16 years.

Fever Name Sides Assistant Coach

Fever Name Sides Assistant Coach

The Indiana Fever has named veteran college, international and WNBA coach Christie Sides assistant coach. She most recently served as associate head coach at Northwestern University. Sides also spent six seasons as assistant coach with the Chicago Sky, alongside current Fever Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman. Sides replaces Steven Key. From 2009-13, she served as an assistant for Spartak Moscow Region in Russia.

Ferrell to Manage Thunder Ice Arena

Ferrell to Manage Thunder Ice Arena

Mike Ferrell has been named ice arena manager for the Thunder Ice Arena at Trine University. He is a longtime Trine employee with years of experience in coaching and managing events and facilities. In his new role, Ferrell oversees day-to-day operations of the arena.

Jerry Baker to be Pacers PA Announcer

Jerry Baker to be Pacers PA Announcer

The first radio play-by-play voice of the Indiana Pacers will take on a new role with the team. Jerry Baker will serve as the public address announcer at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season, succeeding Michael Grady. Baker, who is also known for his work on Indianapolis 500 and Indiana High School Athletic Association State Basketball Finals broadcasts, is a member of the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame.

Pacers Names Esports Director

Pacers Names Esports Director

Pacers Sports & Entertainment and the Indiana Pacers have selected Cody Parrent as director of esports operations. He will oversee the franchise's efforts in the inaugural NBA 2K esports league, which will launch in 2018. The Pacers team is one of 17 from the NBA that will take part in the league, which was announced in May.

Colts Hire Campbell as VP of Communications

Colts Hire Campbell as VP of Communications

The Indianapolis Colts have hired Steve Campbell as vice president of communications. He has more than 25 years of experience working at all levels of media, community programming and public service. Campbell currently is president of Campbell Strategies LLC, a local communications and strategy firm providing media counsel to business, nonprofit and public sector clients. He founded the firm in 2009.

Colts Name Chief Sales & Marketing Officer

Colts Name Chief Sales & Marketing Officer

The Indianapolis Colts have hired Roger VanDerSnick as chief sales and marketing officer. He is an Indiana native and graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, VanDerSnick comes to the Colts with more than 30 years of experience in the sales and marketing field. He most recently served as chief sales and marketing officer of International Management Group College for six years.

New Leader For Evansville Sports Corp.

New Leader For Evansville Sports Corp.

Eric Marvin has been named executive director of the Evansville Sports Corp. He previously served as director of sports tourism for The Columbus Area Visitors Center. Marvin succeeds Jason Sands who now serves as director of sports at the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau. The organization helps prepare bids, manage, recruit, promote and sell tournaments and sporting events in the city.

Colts Long-Time Physician Rettig Stepping Down

Colts Long-Time Physician Rettig Stepping Down

The Indianapolis Colts have announced that long-time Head Team Physician Arthur Rettig (pictured) is stepping down from his role to serve as emeritus associate team physician. He was the first physician to join the Colts upon the team's relocation to Indianapolis in 1984, and has served as head team physician since 1999. Dr. Thomas Klootwyk has been named to replace Rettig.

Indy Fuel Hires Assistant Coach

Indy Fuel Hires Assistant Coach

The Indy Fuel has hired John Bierchen as assistant coach. He most recently served as head coach for the club hockey program in Tuscaloosa at the University of Alabama, his alma mater. 

Pacers Hire General Manager, Make Promotion

Pacers Hire General Manager, Make Promotion

The Indiana Pacers have named Chad Buchanan general manager. He most recently served as assistant general manager for the Charlotte Hornets. Prior to that, Buchanan was with the Portland Trail Blazers for 10 years, where he was a director of college scouting and general manager. The organization has also promoted Peter Dinwiddie to senior vice president of basketball operations. He most recently served as vice president of basketball operations.

Knox Joins Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Knox Joins Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has named Tom Knox senior vice president of sales and marketing. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of business development for motorsports agency CSM Sport & Entertainment. CSM was previously known as Just Marketing International.

Neidig Appointed IHSAA Assistant Commissioner

Neidig Appointed IHSAA Assistant Commissioner

The IHSAA Executive Committee has approved Paul Neidig to serve as an assistant commissioner. His appointment is effective July 1. Neidig will fill the vacancy left by Assistant Commissioner Phil Gardner who is retiring June 30. Neidig most recently served as chief of staff and director of athletics of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp.

CSM Promotes Huffman to GM

CSM Promotes Huffman to GM

CSM Sport & Entertainment has promoted Ashlee Huffman to general manager of its motorsport practice in North America. She joined the business in 2004 and works out of the Indianapolis office, working globally across a number of its key clients including BP Castrol, Crown Royal, Hisense, Jaguar Land Rover, Lilly Diabetes, Mazda and Verizon.

USA Diving Appoints CEO

USA Diving Appoints CEO

USA Diving has named Lee Johnson chief executive officer. He has more than 19 years of experience in strategic planning, brand building and partnership marketing with top brands, universities and National Governing Bodies. Johnson previously served as vice president of marketing for USA Gymnastics and has collaborated on high-level marketing programs with Olympic and NGB sponsors, including P&G, AT&T, Hershey and Kellogg's.

Fever Star Named Assistant Coach at ASU

Fever Star Named Assistant Coach at ASU

Arizona State University has named current Indiana Fever guard Briann January assistant coach. She helped lead ASU to 104 wins, the most in program history in a four-year span, while playing for the Sun Devils. January will continue her professional playing career with Indiana, where she is currently preparing to start her ninth season.

Catchings Joins Pacers Sports & Entertainment

Catchings Joins Pacers Sports & Entertainment

Pacers Sports & Entertainment has named former Indiana Fever star Tamika Catchings director of player programs and franchise development. The organization says Catchings will be involved in all three of its basketball franchises: the Indiana Pacers, the Fever and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. In her new role, Catchings will participate in the structure and implementation of player development programs, player relations and community outreach, according to PS&E.

Vincennes Names Albrecht Sports Information Director

Vincennes Names Albrecht Sports Information Director

Blake Albrecht has been named Vincennes University’s sports information director. He earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and history at Franklin College. While at Franklin, Albrecht was a four-year varsity letter recipient in cross country and track, and he holds several All-Conference, All-Region, and Franklin College accolades.

Indians Name Reiter Communications Manager

Indians Name Reiter Communications Manager

The Indianapolis Indians have named Cheyne Reiter baseball communications manager. He previously served as communications manager for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Reiter will oversee baseball communications for the organization, serving as the day-to-day media contact and working with players, field staff and the front office on communications projects.

Indianapolis Indians Name Director of Communications

Indianapolis Indians Name Director of Communications

The Indianapolis Indians have named Charlie Henry director of communications. He previously worked for Borshoff, an Indianapolis-based public relations and advertising agency. Henry led accounts with Eli Lilly and Co., Downtown Indy Inc. and the NFL. His career also includes positions at Purdue University, American Structurepoint and Pacers Sports & Entertainment.

NCAA Names VP of Eligibility Center

NCAA Names VP of Eligibility Center

Felicia Martin has been selected to serve as vice president of the NCAA Eligibility Center. She previously served as senior associate director of athletics for academics, student services and sports administration at Texas Tech University.

Indians Announce Change at The Top

Indians Announce Change at The Top

The Indianapolis Indians have named Bruce Schumacher (pictured) chairman of the board and chief executive officer. He succeeds Max Schumacher, who will transition to chairman emeritus, following his 60th season with the club. General Manager Randy Lewandowski will become the team's president. Max Schumacher will maintain his position on the team's finance committee and  serve as a suite host during games.

Knox Appointed Director of Grand Park

Knox Appointed Director of Grand Park

William Knox has been appointed director of Grand Park Sports Campus. He most recently served as director of sports development for Hamilton County Tourism and as director of the Hamilton County Sports Authority. Knox holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Marketing with a minor in Business from Indiana University and started his career as director of sports marketing with the Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Fever Announce Front Office Promotions

Fever Announce Front Office Promotions

Julie Graue has been promoted to chief operating officer, and John Weiss has been appointed digital marketing director with the Indiana Fever. Graue has been with the Fever through 15 seasons, hired originally as a ticket sales manager in 2001. Weiss has spearheaded the club's digital marketing efforts since 2013 and guided recent sales growth via email marketing, database acquisition, social media and the development, design and content management of Fever-related websites.

First President Named For IHSAA Foundation

First President Named For IHSAA Foundation

The Indiana High School Athletic Association has named Steve Helmich the first president of the new IHSAA Foundation. He most recently served as executive vice president of the fundraising division of Damar Services Inc. in Indianapolis. Helmich also previously served 16 years as president of Cathedral High School in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Indians Promote Staff

Indianapolis Indians Promote Staff

The Indianapolis Indians have named Matt Guay and Joel Zawacki assistant general managers. Guay has been with the team for more than 17 years, and Zawacki for nine years. Additionally, Tim Hughes and Brad Morris have been named senior directors.

USA Diving CEO to Retire

USA Diving CEO to Retire

Indianapolis-based USA Diving has announced Chief Executive Officer Linda Paul is retiring. She has been a part of the organization for more than 16 years. Paul will step down in April. USA Diving has also announced High Performance Director Steve Foley will be leaving the organization when his contract expires at the end of the year.

INDYCAR Names Cavin VP of Communications

INDYCAR Names Cavin VP of Communications

INDYCAR has appointed Curt Cavin vice president of communications. He is currently an Indianapolis Star sportswriter who has covered motorsports for three decades. Cavin will join INDYCAR on October 24. He is best known for his INDYCAR coverage, but he is also a former Indiana University sports beat writer, whose versatility made him a key contributor to the newspaper's coverage of the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers and Butler University basketball.

IMS Names Marketing VP

IMS Names Marketing VP

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has named Matt Mindrum vice president of marketing and communications. He currently serves in the same role at Butler University. Mindrum succeeds Jarrod Krisiloff, who is now executive director of events at IMS. In his new role, Mindrum will be responsible for advancing the IMS' brand and promoting all of its events, including the Indy 500, Brickyard 400 and the Red Bull Air Race.

NHRA Names Director of Media Relations

NHRA Names Director of Media Relations

The NHRA has promoted Scott Smith to director of media relations. He joined the organization in 2002 as communications manager for Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

IMS Appoints Executive Director of Events

IMS Appoints Executive Director of Events

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has promoted Jarrod Krisiloff to executive director of events. In this role, he will be responsible for all events on the IMS calendar with a primary focus on continuing to build and enhance the fan experience. The brand new position will maximize Krisiloff's unique experience and qualifications at IMS.

IU South Bend Names Head Coach

IU South Bend Names Head Coach

Mike Huling has been named head baseball coach at Indiana University South Bend. He previously served as head assistant coach during the school's inaugural season of play in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Adds to Board

Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Adds to Board

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame has named three new members to its board of directors. Larry Angle, Denny Brady and Roger DeYoung have been appointed to four-year terms.

Walnut Creek Golf Course Hires Director

Walnut Creek Golf Course Hires Director

Donald Thornburgh has joined the executive team of Walnut Creek Golf Course Inc. as director of grounds. He previously served as head agronomist for Trump National Doral Miami.

Indy Cycloplex Names Program Manager

Indy Cycloplex Names Program Manager

Marian University alumnus Matt Gittings has been named program manager of the Indy Cycloplex. In his new role, he will coordinate and execute the Major Taylor Velodrome weeknight programming and event days, focusing on rider development.  

Trine University Names Hockey Head Coaches

Trine University Names Hockey Head Coaches

Alex Todd and Tom Hofman have been hired as head coaches for Trine University's NCAA Division III hockey teams. Todd was named head coach for the men's team. Hoffman was appointed the women's hockey team head coach.

Fort Wayne Mad Ants Name President

Fort Wayne Mad Ants Name President

Pacers Sports & Entertainment has announced Timothy Bawmann has been named president of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Developmental League. He is a veteran Minor League Baseball executive and has served as president and general manager of the Boston Red Sox Class A affiliate Lowell Spinners.

LST Marketing Appoints Sommer as Executive Director

LST Marketing Appoints Sommer as Executive Director

LST Marketing has hired Juergen Sommer as executive director of field sports. He was previously the head coach and director of soccer operations for Indy Eleven. Sommer is a veteran of the U.S. Soccer Men's National Team and former Indiana University standout. He has more than 15 years of experience in professional sports, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Colts Name VP of Business Development

Colts Name VP of Business Development

The Indianapolis Colts have promoted Matt Godbout to senior vice president of business development. He previously served as vice president of sponsorship sales with the team. In his new role, Godbout will oversee the marketing, production and digital media departments, along with sponsorship sales. He joined the organization in 2002. Godbout has previously worked in sponsorship sales with the Indiana Pacers and INDYCAR.

Valpo Men's Basketball Coach Heading to Vanderbilt

Valpo Men's Basketball Coach Heading to Vanderbilt

The head coach of the Valparaiso University men's basketball team, Bryce Drew, has been named the head coach at Vanderbilt University. He has led the Valpo team since 2011. Drew earned a 124-49 record as head coach and led the team to four Horizon League regular season championships and two league tournament championships.

Evansville Otters Appoints Schulz President

Evansville Otters Appoints Schulz President

The Evansville Otters baseball team has appointed Randall "Randy" Schulz as president of the Frontier League franchise. He spent 36 years with Harding, Shymanski & Co. before retiring in 2015. Schulz is a 1978 graduate of Ball State University and served as one of the firm's lead construction/contractor and real estate industry specialists, focusing on business development.

USA Football Hires VP

USA Football Hires VP

USA Football has hired Lloyd Lee as vice president of football operations. He most recently worked for McDonald's Corp. Lee was previously a member of the Chicago Bears coaching staff from 2004-09, where he served as defensive quality control coach, nickel backs coach and linebackers coach.

RailCats Name Director of Food and Beverage

RailCats Name Director of Food and Beverage

The Gary SouthShore RailCats baseball team has named Phil West director of food and beverage. He comes to the RailCats from Hungry Inc., where he was the owner/operator who launched a successful food truck catering to Lake and Porter Counties.

ISU Hires Clinkscales as Director of Athletics

ISU Hires Clinkscales as Director of Athletics

Indiana State University has hired Sherard Clinkscales as director of athletics. The Indianapolis native is a former Major League Baseball 1st Round Draft Pick. Clinkscales most recently served as senior associate athletics director for student services and sport administration at North Carolina State University.

Pappas Joins INDYCAR as VP of Competition, Race Engineering

Pappas Joins INDYCAR as VP of Competition, Race Engineering

INDYCAR has announced veteran racing engineer Bill Pappas has been named vice president of competition, race engineering. He most recently served as technical director for KV Racing Technology. Pappas has also worked with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Dale Coyne Racing.

AFCO Picks Industry Veteran as Sales Engineer

AFCO Picks Industry Veteran as Sales Engineer

AFCO Performance Group has hired Dale Raber as sales engineer. In this position, Raber will set up and run the company's new quarter midget program with the help of AFCO shock specialist Adam Waters. Raber has 17 years of racing experience.

Padres Announce TinCaps Coaching Staff

Padres Announce TinCaps Coaching Staff

The San Diego Padres has announced Anthony Contreras (pictured) will be manager of the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Contreras played professional baseball from 2005 to 2013 before becoming manager for the Peoria Padres in 2014 and the Tri-City Dust Devils in 2015. The San Diego Padres also added Raul Padron as another coach, Mitch Mattoon as the athletic trainer, and Drew Heithoff as the strength and conditioning coach.

Boyle, Doyel Recognized by National Association

Boyle, Doyel Recognized by National Association

The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association has named Mark Boyle as Indiana Sportscaster of the Year and Gregg Doyel Indiana Sportswriter of the Year. It is the fourth time Boyle, Indiana Pacers radio broadcaster, has received the award.

Prospect League Elects Board President

Prospect League Elects Board President

Bruce Rosselli has been elected president of the board of directors for Terre Haute REX Baseball. Rosselli is currently co-owner and general manager of the REX. 

French Lick Resort Hires PGA Member Koontz

French Lick Resort Hires PGA Member Koontz

Rob Koontz has been named head professional of the Donald Ross Course by the French Lick Resort. Koontz became a Class A Member of the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) of America in 1998.

Indy Eleven Names Belskus President

Indy Eleven Names Belskus President

The Indy Eleven has hired Jeff Belskus to lead the professional soccer team. Belskus is the former president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He will take over for Peter Wilt. Belskus retired from IMS in 2015.

Pilson to Lead New Butler Women’s Lacrosse Program

Pilson to Lead New Butler Women’s Lacrosse Program

Butler University has hired Cecil Pilson to coach the new women’s lacrosse program. For the past 11 seasons, he was head coach at Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania.

Indy Eleven Names New Head Coach

Indy Eleven Names New Head Coach

Indy Eleven Professional Soccer has hired Tim Hankinson as head coach. He previously coached in the North American Soccer League, as well as Major League Soccer and international competition. Hankinson most recently served as head coach of Montego Bay United in the Jamaican Red Stripe National Premier League.

Hulman Motorsports Makes Leadership Appointments

Hulman Motorsports Makes Leadership Appointments

Motorsports industry veteran Jay Frye has been promoted to president of competition and operations for INDYCAR. He previously served as chief revenue officer for Hulman Motorsports. Rod Davis will take over Frye's position.  

Ancilla College Names Inaugural Tennis Coach

Ancilla College Names Inaugural Tennis Coach

Ancilla College in Donaldson is starting a men's and women's tennis program for the upcoming 2016-2017 academic school year and has named Jessica Kutch head coach of both teams. She played tennis at Midway College in Kentucky and previously was an assistant tennis coach for the Culver Girls Academy.

Pacers Sports & Entertainment Announces New Hires

Pacers Sports & Entertainment Announces New Hires

Pacers Sports & Entertainment has made the following new hires: Andy Arnold, senior director of event operations and production; Ed Frederici, chief technology officer; and Erin Dlouhy, director of guest experience.

USI Names Assistant Director of Athletics

USI Names Assistant Director of Athletics

The University of Southern Indiana has promoted Mandi Fulton to assistant director of athletics. She has served as coordinator of athletics outreach and events since 2007. 

Fort Wayne Mad Ants Announces New Leadership

Fort Wayne Mad Ants Announces New Leadership

Brian Levy has been named general manager of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Developmental League team that was acquired by the Indiana Pacers last week. Jeff Potter, former president of the Mad Ants, will continue with the team as its president of business operations.

NCAA Names VP of Academic and Membership Affairs

NCAA Names VP of Academic and Membership Affairs

Indianapolis-based NCAA has promoted David Schnase to vice president of academic and membership affairs. He joined the organization in 1995 and has served as managing director of AMA since March 2004. 

IUPUI Names Interim AD

IUPUI Names Interim AD

IUPUI has named Alfreeda Goff interim director of athletics. She most recently served as senior associate commissioner of the Horizon League. She succeeds Michael Moore, who stepped down earlier this month.