Pollard Reorganizes ISU Staff

Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard announced a realignment of his senior administrative staff Wednesday. The announcement included three promotions for current administrative staff members and the creation of a new senior level administrative position.

Pollard announced at an all-staff meeting Wednesday afternoon that he was promoting Frank Nogel, Bill Smith and Larry Quant to senior associate athletics directors effective immediately.  Nogel, Smith and Quant will join current senior associate athletics director Calli Sanders as members of Pollard's senior administrative staff.  In addition, Pollard also announced that he has created a new position, senior associate athletics director for communications, that will serve as the fifth member of his senior administrative team.  The new position will assist Pollard in creating and communicating the department's vision and strategic initiatives.  The search for the new position will be begin immediately and will be conducted over the next month.

The promotions affirm Pollard's confidence in the department's current administrative staff.

 "I have been impressed by the talent, dedication and potential of our administrative support staff.  I have inherited an athletic program with a really strong core of staff with broad administrative experience," Pollard said. "I am making these adjustments in order to create a clear organizational structure led by a strong senior management team.  In addition, we need to create the new administrative position to help us improve our ability to communicate our message to our patrons, donors and alumni in a more timely and effective manner.  I am confident this new structure provides us with a strong foundation of leadership as we begin to formulate our department's mission and strategic vision that will enable us to significantly elevate our overall competitive performance."

Sanders, who also serves as the senior woman administrator, will continue to serve as the primary administrative contact for the women's basketball program as well as overseeing all aspects of 11 other intercollegiate sports.  In addition, she is also responsible for supervising the event management staff.   Sanders will also work very closely with Pollard in the development of the vision and goals to improve the overall competitiveness of the entire athletic program. Nogel is responsible for overseeing the department's revenue generating areas, including development, marketing, promotions and licensing.  He is also responsible for overseeing the ISU Letterwinners Club and Hall of Fame.  In addition, he will serve as the primary catalyst for the implementation of Pollard's external fund-raising and facility master plan initiatives. 

Smith is responsible for overseeing the department's academic and compliance services.  He will also serve as the primary administrative contact for the men's basketball program as well as overseeing all aspects of four other intercollegiate sports.   In addition, Bill is responsible for supervising the sports medicine and strength and conditioning units and will work closely with Pollard to continue to improve the department's overall academic performance and adherence to NCAA and Big 12 rules.

Quant is responsible for supervising the department's business, personnel, equipment, facility and ticket operations.  In addition, he will work closely with Pollard in the creation of the strategic financial plan needed to elevate the program to a higher budgetary level and will assist in the creation of the department's facility master plan.

Pollard was named Iowa State athletics director Sept. 19 and assumed his office Oct. 1.  He     comes to Iowa State from the University of Wisconsin.

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