Updated Tue, Apr 22, 2014 4:02 pm
Ohio University’s Senior associate athletic director for external operations, Dan Hauser, was named the new athletic director at High Point University on Tuesday. High Point made the announcement and stated that Hauser will officially start on July 1.
Hauser, a native of North Carolina, worked in Ohio’s athletic department for eight years after joining the Bobcats in 2005. In his eight years in Athens, Ohio, Hauser oversaw marketing and promotions, ticket operations, media relations, and the Ohio Bobcat Sports Network.
Most recently, Hauser served as the administrator for women's soccer, women's swimming & diving, women's cross country, track & field and men's cross country. He was the administrator for post season football and basketball. He also helped coordinate football scheduling and dealt with the naming rights of Ohio’s Peden Stadium and Convocation Center.
In his time with Ohio’s athletic department, Bobcat athletics saw substantial increases in revenue generation, ticket sales, attendance, sponsorship sales and merchandising.
Ohio’s football tickets sales increased 128 percent. Men’s basketball increased 144 percent. Together, the two sports saw an 86 percent increase in ticket revenue. The combined increase of both sports was a Mid-American conference record in 2013 and 2014.
Hauser was also Ohio’s liaison for IMG College, Licensing Resource Group, and AVI Concessions. In the past eight years Ohio saw a 148 percent increase in Ohio’s sponsorship contract with IMG College. Negotiations with AVI Concessions brought Ohio a 419 percent annual increase.
The former Bobcat earned his master’s degree in sports management from Appalachian State in 1996. Before his tenure at Ohio he worked in the athletic departments at New Mexico and Wake Forest.
High Point carries 14 NCAA Division I varsity men’s and women’s sports. The Panthers compete in the Big South Conference.
A date and time for a formal press conference to announced the hire have not been set.