Ducks Realign AD Staff

<center>Media Release</center><br> EUGENE – Oregon's department of intercollegiate athletics has completed a realignment of responsibilities within its top administrative structure designed to increase the department's efficiency as well as enhance the prospects of a new university arena, according to the Ducks' Director of Athletics Bill Moos.

The results of the reassignments will delegate more responsibilities to senior associate athletic directors Dave Heeke and Renee Baumgartner, as well as associate athletic director Tom Larson, and allow Moos to focus more of his attention on the arena becoming a reality. It also will allow associate directors Jim Bartko, Steve McBride and Herb Yamanaka to concentrate their efforts on the arena project in the areas of fund raising and facility improvements.

Heeke, who is completing his 17th year in the university's athletics department and his third as senior associate athletics director, will continue to oversee all of the department's external components of operation. In addition, he will assume responsibilities over all of the athletic department's fund-raising efforts and food service operation as Moos' top aide. The 41-year-old Heeke will continue to administer over the department's media services and video operations, as well as the sports of softball and women's soccer, and serve as an administrative liaison with ESPN Regional, football and men's basketball.

The 39-year-old Baumgartner will continue concentrating her efforts on the department's internal operations. She will continue overseeing the student services, athletic medicine and strength & conditioning facets as well as the sports of women's basketball, women's lacrosse, women's volleyball and men's & women's tennis. The department's senior women's administrator to the NCAA and Pacific-10 Conference since 1999, Baumgartner will add the responsibilities overseeing men's & women's golf as well as be in charge of the areas of operations and events.

Larson will continue as the department's chief financial officer managing the business office and will now assume duties overseeing the Ducks' equipment area.

Gary Gray will remain as the department's liaison with the campus' academic services office as Oregon's associate athletics director for compliance, and will retain supervision over the sports of wrestling as well as men's and women's track.

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