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NAADD Announces Bobby Purcell Mentor Program Class of 2018

March 26, 2018

CLEVELAND - The NAADD Executive Committee is excited to announce the 12 individuals selected for the 2018 Bobby Purcell Mentor program. "One of the goals of the NAADD Executive Committee is to provide opportunity for growth and learning in our profession to those committed to the future of this important area of Athletics,” said NAADD Executive Committee member Dan Cloran, Executive Associate Athletics Director for Development at The Ohio State University. “I would like to congratulate the Bobby Purcell Mentor Program class of 2018 for taking the opportunity to work with leaders in the Athletics Development profession to assist them to become more knowledgeable, challenged and effective leaders on their respective campuses.”

This continued focus on broadening the learning opportunities for the entire membership will allow the organization and NAADD campus members to draw on the power of fresh ideas and perspectives. This initiative is named after Bobby Purcell who has served in a number of capacities since joining the NC State athletics department in 1981, including serving as Executive Director of the Wolfpack Club since 1991. Purcell has been a champion for mentoring fundraisers on his campus and around the nation his entire career. Twenty people who began their careers at the Wolfpack Club are now at other universities. Purcell served as NAADD President in 2004-05, and was named the 2007 NAADD Fundraiser of the Year and 2014 NAADD Lifetime Achievement Award Winner.

Bobby Purcell Mentor Class of 2018:
Jeff Baldwin, Director of Development, Northern Kentucky University
Brian Brantley, Director of Athletics Development, Cal Poly
Blake Day, Associate Athletics Director for Development, South Dakota State University
Megan Edwards, Executive Director of Development, University of Louisville
Brandon Graves, Associate Athletics Director of Development, University of San Francisco
Laurel Hosmer, Associate Director of Development, University of Delaware
Sean Johnson, Director of Development, Illinois State University
Chris Jones, Director of Development for Athletics, Clarion University
Kelsey Kearney, Assistant Director of Major Gifts, University of South Carolina
Matthew Lisiewski, Assistant Director of Athletics Development, University of Dayton
Nate Saverino, Assistant Athletics Director for External Affairs, Southeast Missouri State University
Derek Steinbach, Director of Development, University of Wisconsin


About NAADD:
 NAADD is the first organization of its kind to provide educational and networking opportunities, enhancement of acceptable operating standards and ethics, and establishment of the overall prestige and understanding of the profession of athletics development and fund raising. For more information about NAADD, please visit www.naadd.com. NAADD is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 53rd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.