FORT MYERS, Fla. – On Wednesday, FGCU Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh announced four administrative title changes heading into the 2012-13 academic and athletic school year.
Effective immediately, these four administrative staff members have been elevated to the following positions:
Mike Estes – Associate AD for Health Performance
Billy Blood – Associate AD for Internal Affairs
Pat Pierson – Assistant AD for Media Relations
Brynn Richter – Assistant AD for Academic & Regulatory Affairs
"In sum, on the heels of losing valued executive staff member Colleen Sorem, I am very confident that these internal promotions are not only well-earned, but places individuals in expanded roles that will collectively allow us to continue to serve our major constituents in the best manner possible," said Kavanagh.
As one of the founding administrative personnel at FGCU, Estes’ role as Associate AD for Health Performance will continue the oversight of the Sports Medicine and Strength & Conditioning areas, as well as his Sport Coordinator duties for both men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis programs. Estes’ new role will reflect his involvement as FGCU’s main contact for the important Athletics Health & Wellness Committee (AHWC), as well as the growing cadre of external support physicians and specialists who provide care for the 250+ FGCU student-athletes.
"A long-time contributor to the growth of FGCU Athletics, Mike has done a terrific job overseeing our Sports Medicine and related areas, including successfully supervising the recent transition of three new head coaches within our golf and tennis programs, and is much deserving of this title enhancement,” added Kavanagh.
A nine-year FGCU staff veteran, Blood spent the past three years leading the Eagles Athletics facilities and operations efforts. In his new role as Associate AD for Internal Affairs, he will assume the department’s chief financial responsibilities created with the departure of Sorem, who accepted a similar position at Towson University (MD). Blood will continue to oversee the facilities and operations efforts, and will serve as the direct report for the newly posted Director of Facilities & Operations position. Additionally, Blood continues to serve as the Sport Coordinator for the two-time defending Atlantic Sun Champion and 2011 NCAA Tournament participant women’s soccer program.
"Throughout his FGCU tenure, Billy has consistently demonstrated to all who have worked with him, both on and off campus, how capable he is,” commented Kavanagh. “Most recently this has included the successful oversight of numerous athletics facility projects and in upgrading our home game management services. In turn, his assumption of this critical area of responsibility is a reflection of a skill set that we believe will provide a smooth transition from the great job that Colleen did for us the past four years."
Entering his third year at FGCU, Pierson has been elevated to the position of Assistant AD for Media Relations. Overseeing the FGCU sports information staff, Pierson is responsible for the publicity of all 15 Division I sports, ASun.TV broadcasts, the official website of FGCU Athletics (www.FGCUAHTLETICS.com), media coordination with the Atlantic Sun Conference office, editing of all sports publications and helping host each of FGCU’s home events. In addition to these responsibilities, Pierson’s new role will add Sport Coordination duties of the two-time defending A-Sun Champion and 2011 NCAA Tournament participant men’s soccer to his previously assigned such duties with the three-time A-Sun Champion baseball program. He will also oversee all of FGCU’s future TV and radio negotiations.
"Pat has done a fantastic job overhauling our important sports information/media relations division since his arrival,” said Kavanagh. “This has resulted in enhanced relationships with local, regional and national media, as well as improved service to our coaches and fan base, including our key FGCU Athletics website. He has also assumed additional responsibilities as a valued sport coordinator and in overseeing our growing radio and television coverage."
Greatly contributing to the record-breaking FGCU academic success over the past year (2011-12), Richter will now assume the title of Assistant AD for Academic & Regulatory Affairs. In this role, Richter will be responsible for FGCU’s Academic Affairs area, as well as become the direct report for the Director of Compliance and Academic Coordinator positions. Along with fellow academic coordinator Jessica Rouse, Richter’s academic leadership and efforts assisted FGCU’s student-athletes collectively producing their best year in the classroom with a record 3.21 cumulative grade-point average that saw 73 percent of the student-athletes achieve a 3.0 GPA for the academic year.
"A veteran of higher education, Brynn was a tremendous addition to our athletics academic unit last summer,” added Kavanagh. “She very quickly generated confidence from all who worked with her, most notable our coaches, student-athletes, and fellow FGCU staffers. In turn, she was a key contributor in our establishing new academic records this past semester. With a demonstrated "big picture" mentality, we look forward to her undertaking on an expanded role as a member of our athletics executive team."
FGCU has captured 14 Atlantic Sun regular season crowns, four consecutive Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) championships, three A-Sun Tournament titles since joining the Division I ranks in 2007-08. It also witnessed six programs earn placement in their respective NCAA Tournaments/Championships in 2011-12, the first-ever such year of full postseason eligibility. Adding on to the on the field success, FGCU student-athletes have achieved above a 3.0 collective GPA in 12 straight semesters dating back to the spring of 2008, culminating with a record 3.27 GPA this past spring.