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For Sports Ad Alums, March Madness is the Job

Tuesday, March 15 2016 12:05pm

The NCAA basketball tournament represents many things to many people. For student-athletes it is the opportunity to compete on a national stage and a chance at their "one shining moment." For millions of fans it is a chance to show off their sports knowledge by winning the office bracket pool.

For many Ohio University Master of Sports Administration alumni, March Madness is part of the job. 

In the 50 years of the sports administration program at OHIO, hundreds of graduates have gone on to work in college athletics and had notable success. For alumni like Clint Gwaltney, a Senior Associate Athletic Director for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the tournament has become a fixture on the spring schedule. 

The 2016 tournament will be Gwaltney's 20th since graduating from the MSA program in 1995. It is the eighth time the Tar Heels have earned a number one seed in that same time period, and will be a chance at their third national title in Clint's tenure. 

Clint Gwaltney"March is a very special time of year for me and my family. Every year, I look forward to hopefully being at a different NCAA Tournament site for three straight weeks. My wife Jen, and our two children Caroline and Cole, are huge Carolina fans and offer a tremendous amount of support to me while I am on the road," said Gwaltney.

It is also nice to bump into so many graduates from the MSA program while moving from city to city. I am very fortunate to be associated with the University of North Carolina’s Men’s Basketball program which has afforded me this opportunity for the last 20 years."

This year, a total of 51 OHIO alumni are represented at the 68 schools that made the field for the Division I Men's Basketball tournament. Another 28 are actively involved in March Madness at the conference level and the NCAA.

Included in that number is four athletic directors and four conference commissioners. Graduating classes are represented as far back as 1973, and as recent as the currently enrolled Professional MSA students.  

"Every year it is exciting to see the growing number of our alumni working at insitutions competing in the NCAA tournament," said Jim Kahler, Executive Director of the Center for Sports Administration. "While the tournament is a celebration of the accomplishments of the student-athletes, it is also a testament to the hard work of these men and women who have dedicated their careers to intercollegiate athletics."

See the full list below of Ohio University MSA alumni who are working at NCAA member institutions that will be competing in this year's edition of #MarchMadness.

Organization Name Class Year Title
NCAA Men's Basketball Selection Committee  Bernard Muir 1992 Director of Athletics - Stanford University
NCAA Kate Broshears 2015 Assistant Director of Division III Goverance Communications
NCAA Kelsey Cermak  2015 Assistant Director, Championships & Alliances
NCAA Stephanie Grace  2006 Assistant Director - Academic & Membership Affairs
NCAA Tammy Lee  2017 Assistant Director, Men's Basketball
NCAA Kevin Lennon  1985 Vice President - Academic & Membership Affairs
NCAA Terri Steeb-Gronau  2000 Vice President - Division II
NCAA Claire Rinehart  2016 Assistant Coordinator, Men's Basketball Championships
NCAA Matt White  2017 Coordinator of Championships - Community Programs and Youth Clinics
NCAA Katie Willet  2005 Associate Director of Academic & Membership Affairs
NCAA Matt Wolfert  1990 Director of Corporate Partnerships
NCAA Christina Wright  2010 Assistant Director - Human Resources
American Athletic Conference Bernadette Cafarelli 1984 Assistant Commissioner - Communications
University of Cincinnati Karen Hatcher 1982 Executive Senior Associate AD - External Affairs
University of Cincinnati Sarah King 2012 Director of Events and Special Projects
University of Cincinnati Jeff Vedder  2013 Assistant Director of Development - Leadership Gifts
University of Cincinnati Tanner Bond  2015 Assistant Director of Development
University of Cincinnati Bob Arkeilpane  1982 Assistant Professor & Coordinator of External Relations
University of Cincinnati Mike Bohn  1984 Director of Athletics
University of Cincinnati Carol Wolkoff  1986 Assistant Director of Aquatics
University of Tulsa Brian Scislo 2005 Associate Athletic Director for Administration
Atlantic Coast Conference John Swofford  1973 Commissioner
Atlantic Coast Conference Amy Ufnowski  2015 Associate Director, Communication
Atlantic Coast Conference George Lane 2016 Assistant Director - Communication
Atlantic Coast Conference Kris Pierce  2014 Senior Associate Commissioner - Championships & SWA
Atlantic Coast Conference Michael Strickland  2004 Senior Associate Commissioner - Football Operations
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Clint Gwaltney 1995 Senior Associate Athletic Director
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Michael Beale 1995 Assistant Athletic Director - Marketing
University of Virginia Mike Enstrom 1999 Director of Client Services & Event Marketing - Virginia Sports Properties
University of Miami  Tom Symonds 2014 Assistant Athletic Director - Communications
Duke University Mitch Moser  1990 Deputy Director of Athletics / CFO
Duke University Gina Rosser Bradley  2005 Assistant Athletic Director - Business Operations
Duke University Kevin Atkins  2015 Ticketing Operations Manager
University of Notre Dame Reginald Brooks  2015 Manager - Mongram Club / Alumni Relations
University of Notre Dame Kathryn Coneys  2016 Coordinator of Event Management
University of Notre Dame Greg Hughes  1997 Vice President - Sales; Notre Dame Sports Properties
University of Notre Dame Kelli Zeese  2015 Director of Baseball Operations
University of West Virginia  Jacob Kirkham 2014 Major Gifts Officer - Mountaineer Athletic Club
University of Oklahoma Matt Schaeperkoetter  2006 Director of Premium Seating
University of Texas Chris O'Shea  2015 Consultant, Service & Retention
University of Texas Kevin Collins  2016 Assistant Director of Annual Fund/Longhorn Foundation
Big East Conference Tracy Ellis-Ward 1992 Associate Commissioner
Xavier University Alicia Lawrence  2011 Director of the All for One Fund
Xavier University Seth Breitenstein  2012 Director of Athletic Development
Xavier University Alex Vitanye  2010 Manager of Business Development - Xavier Sports Properties
Michigan State University Gregory Ianni 1978 Deputy Director of Athletics
University of Maryland  Kristen Brown  2014 Associate Athletic Director for Administration
University of Maryland  Joe Foley  2004 Deputy Athletic Director - Intercollegiate Athletics Development
University of Maryland  Drew Ossakow  2011 Director of Development
Indiana University Beau Bauer  2011 Assistant Director of Development
Indiana University Eric Neuburger  2004 Associate AD - Facilities & External Alliances
Indiana University Kevin Van Rooy  2006 Senior Assistant Athletic Director, Revenue Generation
Indiana University Rebecca Pany  2016 Assistant Athletic Director for Operations and Sport Administration
University of Wisconsin Adam Ahearn 2013 Associate Director of Marketing & Promotions
Mountain West Conference Dan Butterly  2013 Associate Commissioner
Fresno State University Terry Johnson 1982 Executive Director - The Bulldog Club
PAC 12 Conference  Chris Dawson 1978 Associate Commissioner
PAC 12 Conference  Scott Tester 2016 Senior Manager of Ticketing
Oregon State University Carlos Garcia  2016 Marketing, Groups and Community Engagement Coordinator
University of Oregon Devon Shea 1998 Associate Athletic Director of Facilities and Events
University of California - Berkeley  Brian Raney  2008 Director of Development - Major Gifts
University of Kentucky  Mitch Barnhart 1982 Athletic Director
Texas A&M University Amy Wright 2013 Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Vanderbilt University Edward Higgins 2000 Director - Facilities & Game Operations
Mid-American Conference #MACtion John Steinbrecher 1984 Commissioner
University at Buffalo Brady Hart 2013 Director of Development - Major Gifts
College of the Holy Cross Joe Bertoletti 2016 Senior Associate Athletic Director - External Affairs
College of the Holy Cross Carson Reider  2015 Director of Digital & Social Media
Horizon League Jon Lecrone 1978 Commissioner
Middle Tennesee State University Chris Massaro 1985 Director of Athletics
Middle Tennesee State University Erika Austin 2012 Assistant Athletic Director - Compliance & Licensing
Missouri Valley Conference  Doug Elgin 1975 Commissioner
Southwestern Athletic Conference Donyale Canada 2015 Associate Commissioner for Championships
Big South Conference Matt Van Sandt 2011 Director of Championships
University of North Carolina - Asheville Dawn Turner 2017 Assistant Athletic Director - Compliance & Student Athlete Services
University of North Carolina - Wilmington Jimmy Bass 1979 Director of Athletics
Big West Conference Rob Halvaks 1978 Deputy Commissioner
Big West Conference Jody McRoberts 1982 Senior Associate Commissioner