KENT, OHIO- sports director, Randale L. Richmond announced administrative staff additions and a series of promotions. These changes were part of the next phase of the departmental review aimed at improving the student-athlete experience and creating strong alignment with the department’s mission and guiding principle.
“Our mission continues to be graduate student-athletes, boldly prepared for life after sport and winning championships. In this second phase of our strategic plan, we had a great opportunity to celebrate and reward the great work already done at Kent State. This new roster will help us be more effective and inspiring as we provide a true first-class Division I experience for our student-athletes and fans.”
David Rush was promoted to Associate Director of Sports, Facilities and Operations. With this promotion, David will have complete oversight of the development of policies and procedures for our athletics facilities and event operations as well as budget coordination for the maintenance of eight unique locations of our athletics facilities. Additionally, David is part of the athletics leadership team.
Phil Tizio was promoted to Associate Athletic Director, Compliance. In this role, Phil is responsible for day-to-day athletic compliance oversight in the development, management, implementation and monitoring of all systems designed to ensure compliance with NCAA, Mid League rules and regulations. -American Conference and Athletic Department. He will also have Title IX responsibilities and will be part of the Athletics leadership team.
Dan Griffin was promoted to assistant sports director, sports communications. With this promotion, Dan will provide visionary leadership for the Athletics communications staff, while serving as the media contact for the department as well as the baseball, football and wrestling programs. This role will be instrumental in sharing the KSU Athletics story and providing fans with exceptional new media content.
Jake Olson was promoted to assistant sports director, football operations. In this senior role, Jake took on increased administrative responsibilities within the department related to external operations while providing leadership in all administrative aspects of the football program.
Cliff Ragin was promoted to Assistant Director of Athletics, Equipment Services. In this role, Cliff will serve as the Equipment Manager for the Football Program and lead the full equipment services program for KSU’s nineteen programs.
Jon Wilson was promoted to Deputy Director of Sports, Business and Finance. In this elevated role, Jon will serve as Athletics’ integrated CFO and responsible for maintenance and projections for all departmental tax matters. Jon will also add additional admin duties and will be part of the athletics leadership team.
Alisha Ellis was promoted to Assistant Director, Academic Services. In this new role, Alisha will serve as the Academic Athletics Advisor for soccer, volleyball and wrestling, while taking on additional administrative duties.
Jay Fiorello was promoted to Associate Director, Athletic Communications. Jay now serves as the primary point of contact for women’s basketball, volleyball, softball, and men’s and women’s track and field. In addition, he will lead KSU’s track and field historical sports statistics and support the Track and Field Hall of Fame committee.
Nick Kane was promoted to Associate Director, Athletic Creative Services. In this role, Nick will direct and produce new digital media for Kent State Athletics with a focus on creative storytelling and brand enhancement.
Chelsea Perry was promoted to Associate Director, Academic Services. In addition to her team’s current workload, Chelsea will provide data collection leadership for the NCAA Academic Performance Program as the leader of the Textbook Scholarship Program.
New additions to administrative staff
Stanley Frazier joined the Golden Flashes in July 2022 as Assistant Director of Sports, Marketing and Fan Engagement. In this role, Stanley will lead comprehensive marketing and fan engagement efforts. A two-time graduate of Wright State, Frazier returns to Buckeye State. He has more than eight years of marketing experience and comes to Kent State from the University of New Mexico where he served as assistant athletic director for marketing and revenue generation since 2019. He oversaw marketing live in men’s football and basketball with the Lobos, leading all in-game promotions and sponsor activations as well as all community outreach and marketing activities. He also helped oversee ticket sales and membership promotion, which saw an increase from 2019 to 2021. Additionally, Frazier served as the Department’s liaison with the student-minded organization, ASUNM, which which resulted in an 80% increase in attendance at men’s basketball games. .
Jim Kaufman Joined the Golden Flashes in June 2022 as Assistant Director of Athletics, Compliance and Eligibility. In this role, Jim will coordinate all initial and ongoing eligibility processes and participate in KSU’s comprehensive NCAA compliance program. Jim most recently served as Associate Athletic Director for Compliance at Charleston Southern University, where he served as the department’s Senior Compliance Administrator and was responsible for leading compliance efforts, reporting, and served as the main liaison with many campus units. A Pennsylvania native, Jim has also worked at Urbana University and Thiel College in line with athletics.
This organizational realignment supports the Kent State Play as One strategic plan that was unveiled in fall 2021. The plan also aligns with the department’s vision to be a nationally recognized, comprehensive athletics program that inspires communities and transforming lives For more information, visit www .kentstatesports.com.