Devin Crosby And Corbin Hunt Join Virginia Athletics Administration
July 26, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE – Devin Crosby has accepted the position of assistant director of athletics for marketing and promotions, and Corbin Hunt the position of associate director of athletics for ticket sales and operations in the University of Virginia athletics department. UVa Executive Associate Director of Athletics Jon Oliver announced the appointments on Wednesday (July 26).
Crosby comes to Virginia after spending the last year as associate director of athletics for external operations at Saint Louis University. Hunt has worked at the University of Wisconsin the last seven years, serving the last six years as assistant athletics director for ticket operations. He was the assistant athletics ticket manager at UVa before moving to Wisconsin.
Oliver also announced that Dick Mathias, who has overseen Virginia’s athletics ticket office since April of 1985, remains in the ticket area as assistant director of athletics for ticket office management.
“I am pleased Devin Crosby and Corbin Hunt have agreed to join our department staff,” Oliver said. “They fill key roles as we look to the marketing and ticketing challenges and opportunities presented by the addition of the John Paul Jones Arena. The work to be done in these areas is critical to the future success of our department. I am confident their experience and expertise will serve us well as we move forward.
“I also want to thank Dick Mathias for his many years of leadership and service in the athletics department. He has overseen significant growth in the athletics ticket operation, and his hard work and dedication have been key factors in that growth. Dick is a true professional who felt this was a good time for a change in leadership in the athletics ticket operation.
“Dick will continue to focus on the processing side of the ticket operation. He will work to ensure that an exemplary level of service to our customers continues as we significantly build our base of ticket holders. As we expand our ticket base, we have to maintain and improve the service we provide our patrons. I expect Dick to continue to make important contributions to the department as we move forward.”
Mathias thought the timing was right to make this change in the athletics ticket area and looks forward to working with Hunt.
“It was at my urging that we move in this direction,” Mathias said. “I am pleased Corbin is returning to our ticket office to provide leadership at this critical point in our department’s history. His experience and expertise are extremely valuable in the changing world of digital ticketing.
“I want to be sure after 21 years of directing the ticket operation that we continue to provide the quality service our patrons deserve. Corbin’s return will help us accomplish that goal for the foreseeable future and I look forward to working with him again.”
Hunt was Wisconsin’s director of ticket operations from May of 1999 until July of 2000 before being named an assistant athletics director. He oversaw all aspects of athletics ticketing, special event ticketing and season priority parking.
Prior to joining the athletics department staff at Wisconsin, Hunt was the assistant athletics ticket manager at UVa for six years. In that role he assisted in managing all aspects of Virginia’s athletics ticket operation. He also served one year in an event management internship at the University of Miami (Fla.).
“We are happy to add Corbin to our team,” said Dirk Katstra, executive director of the Virginia Athletics Foundation and associate athletics director for external affairs. “His experience in the marketing and selling of tickets will enable us to meet the challenging goals ahead of us. As we move into the John Paul Jones Arena, we are confident Corbin will utilize the strong foundation already in place to take us to a new level of sales and service.”
Hunt earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Lynchburg College in 1988 and a master’s degree in sports administration from St. Thomas University in 1990.
“I am delighted to have this opportunity to return to the University of Virginia,” Hunt said. “The athletics department has made impressive progress in recent years, particularly in terms of the new facilities. I am eager to work to ensure that the athletics ticket office contributes to achieving the department’s goals. My goal is to build on the loyalty of all Cavalier fans by providing excellent service to our donors and ticket buyers.”
As associate director of athletics for external operations at Saint Louis University, Crosby was a member of the athletics department’s senior leadership team. He was responsible for the supervision of corporate sales and business development, the courtesy car program, marketing and promotions, the ticket office, event operations, community outreach and spirit groups.
Prior to joining the staff at Saint Louis, Crosby worked in the University of Houston athletics department from August of 2001 until July of 2005. He was Houston’s director of athletics marketing for one year and assistant athletics director for marketing and promotions for three years. He worked at Holy Cross College (Worcester, Mass.) for three years, spending one year as coordinator of community development (student affairs), one year as the marketing manager for athletics and one year as the director of athletics marketing.
“Devin Crosby is passionate, energetic and professional,” said Todd Goodale, UVa’s associate director of athletics for marketing and video services. “Each of these qualities provides a great foundation for success as the marketing and promotions unit helps the athletics department reach its 10-year goals. Devin’s creativity, leadership and experience in implementing successful marketing plans will be invaluable to the unit, especially during the inaugural basketball seasons in John Paul Jones Arena.”
Crosby earned his bachelor’s degree in business information systems from Slippery Rock University in May of 1997 and a master’s degree in education from East Stroudsburg University in December of 1999.
“I am anxious to start my responsibilities at the University of Virginia,” Crosby said. “This is an extraordinary opportunity to serve at an outstanding university. I look forward to creating exceptional game-day experiences for Cavalier Athletics.”
Crosby is scheduled to start at Virginia on August 14, while Hunt will begin his responsibilities at UVa on August 24.