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Delaware State appoints Associate AD for Administration

August 3, 2007

Dover, DE --- Delaware State University has announced the appointment of Geoff N. Von Dollen as the university’s new Associate Athletic Director for Administration.

Von Dollen

Von Dollen’s responsibilities at Delaware State will include supervision of athletics facilities, events and operations, in addition to men’s and women’s track & field, cross country and softball.

“Geoff is a talented administrator who brings a great deal of experience and energy to Delaware State,” DSU Athletics Director Rick Costello said. “He has a proven track record in marketing and operations, as well as ticketing and promotions. More importantly, Geoff shares our philosophy of student first, and athlete second.”

Like Costello, Von Dollen’s move to DSU followed a stint as an athletics administrator at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Von Dollen, 38, served as USF’s Assistant Athletic Director for Ticket Operations from October 2006 to July 2007. His duties included management of the Big East Conference school’s five million dollar ticket revenue budget, aided by a season ticket base of 15,000 for football and 2,000 for men’s basketball. He also directed ticket operations for the 2006 PapaJohns.com Bowl, which included the distribution of 10,000 tickets within a four-week period. In addition, he helped develop and communicate marketing strategies for all of the Bulls’ ticket sales.

From May 2006 to October 2006, Von Dollen was Business Manager for University of South Florida, Sun Dome Inc. in Tampa. He was responsible for the organization’s business office and financial accounting functions.

Prior to his time at South Florida, Von Dollen was an athletics administrator at San Jose State University in San Jose, CA. He was an Associate Athletic Director/Chief Financial Officer from May 2005 to September 2005. The previous two years, he was the Assistant AD for Business Operations.

While at San Jose State, Von Dollen crafted and managed a $12 million annual budget for the Division I-A school. He developed the budget and assisted in the successful proposal for the 2007 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Regional in San Jose, CA.

Von Dollen also served as a Business Office Analyst (6/02 – 7/03) and Assistant Athletic Ticket Manager (7/01 – 6/02) at San Jose State.

He began his professional career as a Marketing & Promotions Assistant at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Among his credits are serving as Marketing Director for the 1999 NCAA Women’s Tennis Regional and 1998 Women’s Basketball Mid-East Regional.

“I’m pleased to be a part of the exciting growth at Delaware State,” Von Dollen said. “I am looking forward to working with Rick Costello and the entire staff to make Hornet athletics the best it can be.”

Von Dollen earned a bachelor’s in Exercise Science and Wellness, with a minor in Business Administration, from Belmont University (Nashville, TN) in 2000.

 

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