University of Toledo Athletic Director Mike O'Brien announced the promotion of four members of the athletic department staff today.
Dave Nottke has been promoted to senior associate athletic director for development and external affairs; Heather Lutz, has been promoted to assistant athletic director for marketing and sales; Dan Stong has accepted a new position as Major Gifts Officer for Athletics at the UT Foundation; and Josh Dittman has been hired as a development specialist
"All of these individuals have played a key role in the success of UT Athletics," said O'Brien. "Their efforts will help us continue to grow and prosper as a department as we meet the new challenges ahead of us."
Dave Nottke previously served as associate A.D. for development and major projects, has been on the UT staff since 1989 when he served for five years as a student basketball manager. Nottke will continue to manage the athletic development and fundraising efforts. His new responsibilities will focus on the oversight of the external operations of the department, including ticket sales and operations, marketing, promotions and branding efforts, as well as assisting with football scheduling and other duties. Nottke will also serve as the department's liaison to Rocket Sports Properties, UT's multi-media rights holder. Nottke is a native of Bellevue, OH and earned both of his degrees from UT (Bachelor of Education in 1994 and Master of Business Administration in 1997).
"Dave has played a critical role in some of our most successful projects over the past two decades," said O'Brien. "He is a valuable and dedicated employee who bleeds Midnight Blue and Gold. We look forward to Dave's leadership role in the UT Athletics Department."
Heather Lutz previously served as the department's director of marketing since 2006. Lutz is responsible for a wide variety of the department's marketing efforts, season and group ticket sales, fan experience and also oversees operation of the Rocket Shop merchandise store in the Sullivan Athletic Complex. Lutz is a native of Claflin, KS and earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology with a minor in business and leadership from Kansas State University in 2003. She also earned her master's degree at Kansas State in 2005. Lutz's husband, Brian, is UT's associate athletic director for compliance. They have a son, Conor.
Dan Stong's new responsibilities will include securing major gifts for our athletic programs from Alumni and friends around the country. Stong is a native of Lyons, Ohio and was a four-year letter winner on the Toledo Baseball team. He holds a bachelor of business administration, master of arts and a master of business administration degrees from UT.
Josh Dittman was promoted to a full-time position as a development officer after serving as a graduate assistant at UT for two years. Dittman's responsibilities include coordinating annual giving through the Rocket Fund, premium season ticket sales and coordination of UT's booster groups (Varsity T Club and Downtown Coaches Association). Dittman is a native of Waterville, OH and earned his undergraduate degree from Trine (formerly Tri-State University) in Angola, Indiana.
Also, Rocket Sports Properties (RSP) announced the addition of Rob Rice as a sales representative. Rice previously served as a premium seat consultant for the Toledo Mud Hens and Toledo Walleye for the past five years. He is a 2008 Central Michigan graduate with a degree in sports management. Rice lives in Luna Pier, MI and is engaged to Kristen Dippman.
RSP is a property of Learfield Sports and the multimedia rights holder and sports marketing arm for the Athletic Department at the University of Toledo.