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Charlottesville, VA – Virginia Athletics director Craig Littlepage announced today the hiring of Eric Baumgartner as associate athletics director for compliance. Baumgartner joins the Cavalier staff after holding the same position at the University of Georgia.

“We are pleased that Eric Baumgartner has agreed to accept our offer to become the associate athletics director for compliance,” Littlepage said. “Compliance is one of the more important areas of our operations in which all of our staff must be committed and take responsibility. Eric comes to UVa with wide-ranging experience at a number of quality institutions (Jacksonville, Clemson, Georgia) and the NCAA. He’s committed to continuing the development of our compliance program and making all who support our programs aware of the priority we place on playing by the rules.”

Baumgartner was the assistant athletics director for compliance at Georgia from October of 2005 to 2010 before being promoted to associate athletics director. While serving at Georgia he developed, administered and monitored compliance systems for the institution’s 21 intercollegiate athletics programs. He was responsible for rules education programs for coaches, administrators, student-athletes, alumni and other university personnel.

“I am appreciative to the University of Virginia, President Sullivan, Craig Littlepage and the search committee for giving me the opportunity to come and work at such a highly regarded institution,” Baumgartner said. “I look forward to working with and helping the University of Virginia coaches, staff, student-athletes and alumni continue their great success in the classroom, on the field of play and in the community.”

Prior to working at Georgia, Baumgartner was an assistant director of membership services at the NCAA. His duties included helping schools interpret NCAA legislation, conducting on-campus compliance reviews and serving as the lead for NCAA athletic certification publications.

Baumgartner was the assistant athletic director for compliance at Clemson from June of 2000 through August of 2003. He developed, administered and monitored Clemson¹s compliance systems to maintain institutional control for the school’s athletics program. He also served as the assistant athletic director for compliance at Jacksonville University from August of 1997 until June 2000.

Baumgartner earned his master’s degree in sports administration from Georgia State in 1997. He earned his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in exercise science in 1995. He is a native of Blacksburg, Va.

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