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OHIO Sports Administration is building (and busting) your March Madness bracket

Thursday, March 16 2017 12:00am

Every March fans from across the United States and beyond methodically fill out their March Madness brackets in hopes of completing the ‘perfect bracket.’ But before bracket building can begin, many hours (and possibly even days) are spent behind closed doors selecting the 68 collegiate basketball teams that will partake in the madness.  

A committee of ten people, which holds close ties to Ohio University, conducts countless rounds of voting to solidify the field. The ten-person team includes OHIO’s Athletic Director Jim Schaus and Stanford University's Athletic Director Bernard Muir (MSA ’92).

Once the board finalizes the bracket, the focus changes. Pens are picked up and brackets are meticulously studied by fans in hopes of holding bragging rights for the next year. Once the tournament kicks off, those same fans will painstakingly follow each detail of every game in hopes that no team upsets or busts their bracket.

This year, while you are following the games, make sure to keep an eye out for those that have graduated from OHIO's sports administration programs. In addition to Muir, there are 82 alumni that are represented throughout the 68 schools that made the field for the Division I Men's Basketball tournament, as well as at the conference level, and at the NCAA.

With every win or loss, brackets are busted and, in one form or another, someone from the OHIO's sports administration programs played a part.

If you’re lucky enough to put together the perfect bracket, make sure to say ‘thank you’ to the #OHIOFamily for helping you along the way.

“March is always an exciting time for our alumni,” said Jim Kahler, executive director of the AECOM Center for Sports Administration. “You can tune into essentially any of the games during the tournament and find alumni who have impacted the matchup in some way, shape or form.”

See the complete list of the OHIO alumni who are working at NCAA member institutions that will be competing in this year’s #MarchMadness:

First Name Last Name Class Year Title Organization
Adam Ahearn 2013 Associate Director of Marketing and Promotions University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bob Arkeilpane 1982 Assistant Professor & Coordinator of External Relations University of Cincinnati
Kevin Atkins 2015 Assistant Ticket Manager Duke University
Erika Austin 2012 Manager of Trademarks and Licensing Purdue University
Brad Barber 1987 Assistant AD - Operations & Tickets University of Louisville
Mitch Barnhart 1982 Athletic Director University of Kentucky
Jimmy Bass 1979 Director of Athletics University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Andrew Bauschelt 2016 Annual Fund Giving Coordinator Virginia Tech Athletic Fund
Michael Beale 1995 Assistant AD - Marketing University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Tim Bernal 1987 Associate AD - Sales Management University of Kentucky
Mark Berson 1976 Head Coach - Men's Soccer University of South Carolina
Mike Bohn 1984 Director of Athletics University of Cincinnati
Tanner Bond 2015 Assistant Director of Development University of Cincinnati Athletics
Gina Bradley (Rosser) 2005 Director of Business Operations Duke University
Rob Brawner 1982 Assistant AD - Facilities & Game Management University of Louisville
Seth Breitenstein 2012 Director of Athletics Development Xavier University
Nate Brinkley 2004 Philanthropic Advisor Winthrop University
Reginald Brooks 2015 Director, Student-Athlete Alumni Relations University of Notre Dame
Kate Broshears 2015 Assistant Director of Division III Goverance Communications NCAA
Kristen Brown 2014 Associate AD for Administration University of Maryland
Susan Brown (Irwin) 1988 Director of Faculty Development University of Dayton
Shawn Burke 1985 Assistant AD - Operations & Event Management University of South Carolina
Dan Butterly  2013 Sr. Associate Commissioner Mountain West Conference
Bernadette Cafarelli 1984 Assistant Commissioner - Communications American Athletic Conference
Donyale Canada 2015 Associate Commissioner for Championships Southwestern Athletic Conference
Kelsey Cermak  2015 Assistant Director, Championships & Alliances NCAA
Chris Dawson 1978 Associate Commissioner PAC 12 Conference 
Claudia Donnelly (Stein) 1979 Program Manager - Global Initiatives University of Maryland
Steve Eigenbrot 2007 Associate AD - Development University of South Carolina
Doug Elgin 1975 Commissioner Missouri Valley Conference 
Tracy Ellis-Ward 1992 Associate Commissioner Big East Conference
Leslie Fields (Ricker) 2003 Associate AD - Compliance/SWA Northern Kentucky University
Jeremy Foley  1976 AD/Emeritus University of Florida
Trey Frazier 2014 Assistant Director of Annual Giving for Intercollegiate Athletics Virginia Tech
Stephanie Grace  2006 Assistant Director - Academic & Membership Affairs NCAA
Clint Gwaltney 1995 Senior Associate AD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chris Hafling 2004 Associate AD - Operations & Event Management Northern Kentucky University
Rob Halvaks 1978 Deputy Commissioner Big West Conference
Karen Hatcher (Williams) 1982 Executive Senior Associate AD - External Affairs University of Cincinnati
Brad Hatfield 1982 Professor & Chair/Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs University of Maryland
Edward Higgins 2000 Director - Facilities & Game Operations Vanderbilt University
Ann Hughes 1979 Assistant Director - Student Services University of Florida
Gregory Ianni 1978 Deputy Director of Athletics Michigan State University
Meghan Keck 2015 Assistant Volleyball Coach Marquette University
Sarah King 2012 Director of Events & Special Projects University of Cincinnati Athletics
Matthew Kirinovic 2009 Director of Major Gifts, Midwest Region University of Michigan
Jacob Kirkham 2014 Major Gift Officer West Virginia University
Douglas Knuth 1998 Director of Athletics University of Nevada
Jake Kuennen 2013 Facilities Manager UCLA Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
George Lane 2016 Assistant Director - Communication Atlantic Coast Conference
Alicia Lawrence 2011 Director of the All For One Fund Xavier University
Jon Lecrone 1978 Commissioner Horizon League
Tammy Lee  2017 Assistant Director, Men's Basketball NCAA
Kevin Lennon  1985 Vice President - Academic & Membership Affairs NCAA
Angie Lynde (Wellman) 1996 Assistant Director Experiential Learning Wake Forest University
Chris Massaro 1985 Director of Athletics Middle Tennessee State University
Jamie McCloskey 1980 Senior Associate AD - Compliance University of Florida
Jody McRoberts 1982 Senior Associate Commissioner Big West Conference
Derek Morel 1993 Director of Athletics University of New Orleans
Mitch Moser 1990 Deputy Director of Athletics/CFO Duke University
Bernard Muir 1992 Director of Athletics - Stanford University NCAA Men's Basketball Selection Committee 
Kyle Noesen 2012 Assistant Director of Athletics Giving Southern Methodist University
Rob Norris 2010 Sr. Director of Development University of California, Davis
Kevin O'Connell 1977 Chief Operating Officer for Athletics University of South Carolina
Drew Ossakow 2011 Director of Development University of Maryland
Kris Pierce  2014 Senior Associate Commissioner - Championships & SWA Atlantic Coast Conference
Parker  Poliakoff 2016 Assistant Director, Development  UCLA Athletics
Kurt Pottkotter 2000 Senior Associate AD - Development Southern Methodist University
Ryan  Schulman 2015 Associate Director of Development, Annual Giving West Virginia University
Devon Shea 1998 Associate Athletic Director of Facilities and Events University of Oregon
Terri Steeb-Gronau  2000 Vice President - Division II NCAA
John Steinbrecher 1984 Commissioner Mid-American Conference #MACtion
Emily Stevens 1997 Director of Medical Education & Alumni Development University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Michael Strickland  2004 Senior Associate Commissioner - Football Operations Atlantic Coast Conference
Melissa Stuckey (McGee) 1993 Assistant AD - Business Manager University of Florida
John Swofford  1973 Commissioner Atlantic Coast Conference
Tom Symonds 2014 Assistant AD - Communications University of Miami
Scott Tester 2016 Senior Manager of Ticketing PAC 12 Conference 
Amy Ufnowski  2015 Associate Director, Communication Atlantic Coast Conference
Matt Van Sandt 2011 Director of Championships Big South Conference
Jeff Vedder 2013 Assistant Director of Development - Leadership Gifts University of Cincinnati
Paul Vosilla 2015 Director of Membership and External Affairs Gator Boosters, Inc.  at University of Florida
Matt White  2017 Coordinator of Championships - Community Programs and Youth Clinics NCAA
Andrea Williams 2016 Commissioner Big Sky Conference
Katie Willet  2005 Associate Director of Academic & Membership Affairs NCAA
Liz Woerle 2016 Stewardship Coordinator University of South Carolina
Carol Wolkoff (Haber) 1986 Assistant Director of Aquatics University of Cincinnati
Kelli Zeese 2015 Director of Baseball Operations University of Notre Dame