Ohio Athletics Adds Stephens As Senior Associate AD For External Ops

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Ohio Athletics has hired Michael Stephens as it’s new Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Operations, the school announced Wednesday.

“There is great momentum right now on campus and I look forward to working with (Ohio Athletics Director) Jim (Schaus), the athletics team, University administration and Bobcat fans as we work together to reach even greater heights.” Stephens said.

According to a statement released by the University, Stephens will be responsible for overseeing Ohio’s marketing, ticket operations, media relations, multimedia marketing and broadcasting efforts, in addition to serving as the department’s liaison with Ohio IMG Sports Marketing.

Stephens comes to Ohio from Lincoln, Neb., where he spent 12 years in the University of Nebraska athletics department. He most recently served as Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Licensing, holding the position since 2008. In his final season at Nebraska, Stephens coordinated the men’s basketball season ticket campaign that sold out Pinnacle Bank Arena for the entire 2013-14 season.

Prior to Nebraska, Stephens served two years as manager of corporate sponsorship sales with the Kansas City Royals and eight years with the Ohama Royals.

“Michael has a wealth of experience from his years coordinating marketing at Nebraska and work in professional baseball,” Schaus said. “He is very energetic, creative and personable. He is a tremendous addition to our management team.”

Stephens will begin work at Ohio on June 16.