Maryland, Towson Make Athletic Department Changes

April 14, 2011 | WNST Staff

Here are the official releases, courtesy of the schools’ Sports Information Departments…


Comes to Maryland from University of California

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Nathan Pine has been hired as a senior associate athletics director and chief of staff at the University of Maryland, athletics director Kevin Anderson announced Thursday.

Pine comes to Maryland after nearly three years as an assistant A.D. for development and major gifts at the University of California. He also served for more than three years at the U.S. Military Academy and for five years at Oregon State.

“I am honored to join the Terrapin family and I would like to thank Kevin Anderson for this wonderful opportunity to serve the University of Maryland,” said Pine. “I am excited for the challenges that lie ahead and look forward to bringing my experiences to this position to help to make Maryland Athletics the very best it can be.”

At Maryland, he will be responsible for implementing the department’s strategic plan on both a long-term and short-term view. He will work with the staff on developing strategies to improve performance evaluations for coaches and programs, as well as administrative units.

Pine will also assist in developing fund-raising strategies to assist Maryland’s long-term goals in revenue generation and facilities enhancement.

“Nate Pine is one of the bright stars in college athletics,” said Anderson. “He brings energy and an array of experience to the University of Maryland department of athletics.”

Anderson and Pine worked together from March 2005 to Sept. 2008 at Army. As the associate A.D. for business development and strategic planning, Pine was responsible for development, administration and implementation of all business initiatives for Army Athletics. He assisted in working on a contract extension with CBS for Army-Navy football games from 2010 to 2018.

He also held the position of Associate A.D. for External Operations at Army. He helped the athletics department improve fund-raising, facilities and ticket sales. He led the fund-raising effort to secure a single $15 million gift for an indoor practice facility at the academy.

At California, Pine was directly responsible for leading a $500 million capital campaign for athletics. He also was responsible for implementing and marketing Cal’s Endowment Seating Program, a $325 million initiative to renovate and seismically upgrade California Memorial Stadium.

He began his athletics administration career in 2000 at his alma mater, Oregon State. He began as an assistant director of facilities and event management, then moved quickly into the Beavers’ development operation. As a regional director, he assisted with planning, solicitation and stewardship of donors in capital campaigns, annual funds and major gifts.

A native of Eagle Point, Oregon, Pine earned a bachelor’s in business administration with degrees in marketing and international business from Oregon State in 2000. He earned a masters in education from Cal in 2010.

Pine and his wife, Stephanie, are living in College Park.


Madison Square Garden salesman returns to his alma mater

TOWSON, Md. – Director of Athletics Mike Waddell filled the position of Assistant Athletics Director for Fan Development with one of Towson University’s own, hiring Mike Hollis from Madison Square Garden where he spent the last three seasons between New York Knicks (NBA) marketing and arena ticket sales for the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA) and the Knicks.

Hollis will oversee Towson’s strategic marketing and ticket sales plans with emphasis on increasing the TU brand throughout the greater Baltimore area through community outreach programs, group and individual ticket sales, season ticket sales and advertising.

“It’s a pleasure to bring back an alum, especially one with Mike’s experience and enthusiasm,” said Waddell. “His trail has taken him into one of the most competitive media markets in the country, New York City, where he consistently produced as both a marketer and a ticket account representative. He’ll give us the same punch here and we know he’ll make a difference for us.”

Since graduating Magna Cum Laude from Towson in 2009 with a degree in Sports Management, Hollis has been padding his work experience list with several positions in the professional arena.

As an undergraduate, Hollis was active in the university’s Sports Business Association, serving on its board and as treasurer. In 2006, he was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and in 2008 he was accepted into the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Hollis is leaving a position as an inside sales representative with Madison Square Garden where he generated over $1.4 million in revenue for the arena’s three pro franchises and outside events. He was a major contributor to the No. 1 revenue generating sales team for the 2009-10 NBA season.

During his time at Towson where he spent three seasons as a basketball manager for the Tigers, Hollis served internships with the New York Knicks and the New Jersey Jackals, a minor league baseball team out of Little Falls, N.J.

TRANSACTION: Towson University names Mike Hollis Assistant Athletic Director for Fan Development