Jimmy Bass, former Associate Executive Director of the Wolfpack Club, has met with the UNCW AD search committee.
Bass was the first full time fundraiser and executive director of the UNCW Seahawk Club (1986-1989). In his three years he helped to increase membership from 250 to 1,100.
As Associate Executive Director of the Wolfpack Club from April, 2000 to July, 2005, Bass directed the strategic planning and the execution of the Goal Line Drive, a five-year campaign which raised over $60,000,000 for expansion and improvements at Carter-Finley Stadium. During the same time, he also spearheaded the foresight and operation of the Batter Up Campaign for the renovation of Doak Baseball Field and the Advantage Wolfpack Campaign for the construction of the Isenhour Indoor Tennis Center.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from N.C. State in 1978 before adding a master’s in sports administration from Ohio University in 1980 and is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD).
Information from www.witn.com was used for this story.
UPDATE: According to Brian Mull at starnewsonline.com, Jimmy Bass has confirmed that he will be named athletic director at UNC-Wilmington at a press conference this afternoon.
Bass will replace Kelly Mehrtens, who announced her resignation Sept. 27, saying that “distractions” had brought attention to her instead of student athletes.
In early October, the school hired Carr Sports Associates to help conduct a national search and tapped a 10-person search committee headed by UNCW trustee David Swain.
Swain told the StarNews that the committee was looking for an athletic director who could engage the community and who had a business background.
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