09/29/2022 09:50:00 AM | General
BOISE, Idaho – Boise State Athletics Director of Athletics Jeramiah Dickey announced several promotions and new hires as Boise State Athletics continues to develop its infrastructure under the What’s Next Initiative. Additionally, Dickey revealed two promotions within his senior leadership team and the creation of the external affairs unit’s strategic marketing and revenue generation arm.
Dickey has also finalized the department’s sport program administration (SPA) structure by adding a secondary sport program administrator for each sport.
Several current and recently-hired staff received new titles, roles and responsibilities, including a number of leadership positions at the Assistant Athletic Director level or above. The department is also in the final stages of hiring a strategic communications position, which will lead the effort to expand the national brand of Boise State Athletics through telling the department’s story beyond what takes place on the field of play.
Heather Berry was promoted to senior associate athletic director, athletics personnel services and athletics chief of staff. Berry serves as a member of the athletics leadership team, manages the athletic personnel services area and is the central contact for all athletic department matters related to human resources. Berry assists in strategic planning and decision making for the department while being an integrator and communicator for the director of athletics. Berry is the primary sport program administrator for women’s soccer.
Nathan Burk was elevated to senior associate athletic director for compliance. Burk serves as a primary liaison between the athletic department and senior campus officials. In addition to managing regulatory affairs and overseeing Boise State’s athletics compliance staff, Burk is a member of the department’s leadership and senior staff teams and is the primary sport program administrator for men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs.
Boise State’s external affairs unit was restructured with the creation of two new units: strategic marketing and revenue generation; and strategic communications and business development. Jake Mankin was positioned to oversee the former arm as the associate athletic director, strategic marketing and revenue generation. Mankin will oversee the department’s marketing & promotions, ticket sales and ticket operations staff, focusing on revenue generation as part of the What’s Next Initiative.
Mike Walsh was put in charge of the latter as the associate athletic director, strategic communications and business development. Walsh will oversee the department’s media relations, strategic communications, creative services and business development teams, including the department’s in-house NIL program. Recently, Boise State’s NIL program was recognized as the nation’s Best Institutional NIL Program at the Inaugural NIL Awards at the College Football Hall of Fame. Under Walsh’s leadership, the department is currently finalizing the hiring of a strategic communications expert to streamline and project manage departmental storytelling while pursuing critical goals related to marketability as part of the department’s What’s Next Initiative.
Dominic Shelden, assistant athletic director for creative services, will now take on direct oversight of Boise State’s graphic design department. The merger places all graphic design, creative, live & post-production services under the newly-formed strategic communications and business development unit. Shelden will have a direct reporting line to Mike Walsh.
Josh Bender, previously the director of marketing and promotions, has been elevated to interim assistant athletic director for marketing and promotions under the newly-created strategic marketing and revenue generation arm led by Mankin. Bender will lead the department’s fan promotions, community engagement and in-game presentation and serve as the liaison between athletics and the student athletics fan organization, The Corral.
Justin Rogers has been promoted to assistant athletic director, fan development and revenue generation as part of Jake Mankin‘s strategic marketing and revenue generation arm. Rogers is responsible for leading the department’s ticket sales and customer retention efforts with a focus on driving revenue through strategic marketing and advertising campaigns.
Barlow joins the Broncos from Baylor where he played a significant role on their equipment services team for the last 19 years. As assistant athletic director, equipment operations, Jeff will oversee all aspects of the athletic department equipment operations. He will work cooperatively with coaches and administration to support strategic planning, budget management, crisis management, review and analysis for all areas related to administration and staff oversight of the equipment room operations. Jeff will also play an integral role in the oversight of the department’s Nike Gameday and Nike Elite programs.
Kimble joins the Broncos from Rice, where he was the head football athletic trainer. As assistant athletic director, sports performance, health and wellness for football, Kimble will oversee the football athletic training program, serve on the Athletic Care Team and manage relationships with campus and community partners including Idaho Sports Medicine Institute. He will oversee staff to provide quality health care for Boise State football student-athletes, while coordinating and maintaining relationships with outside vendors to provide quality services and equipment for all student-athletes at Boise State.
Sport program administrators, as announced earlier this year, provide supervision and guidance to the head coach, coaching staff, support staff and student-athletes in each program, while advising the director of athletics on all important matters concerning the assigned sport program. This includes monitoring and directing the sport program in all aspects of operations in partnership with the head coach, including budget management; event management; competitiveness; student-athlete conduct; name, image and likeness; head coach accountability documentation; and compliance. In addition to primary responsibilities, a secondary contact has been established for each sport program. Secondary sport program administrators will serve in a support role for each primary sport program administrator, which will provide:
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