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May 16, 2013

Urick, Weigand Join Athletics as Directors of Development

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Mark Urick and Ryan Weigand have joined the Northern Arizona University Athletics Department as Directors of Development, with Urick overseeing major gifts and Weigand overseeing annual giving.

Urick brings nearly 15 years of experience working in intercollegiate athletics to his new post. He spent the last three years at the University of Delaware, serving as the Associate Director of Athletic Development for two years and last year as the Acting Director of Development for Athletics. In his most recent role Urick managed a portfolio of prospects for the purpose of soliciting increased annual contributions and major gifts, developed an overall strategic plan for fiscal year 2013, and supervised an athletic development staff of four.

During his time at Delaware Urick gained an increase of 20% in annual gifts, an increase of 10% in membership, and an increase in overall funding from $2.89 million to $3.69 million. He developed and managed all aspects of annual giving and the department's membership program including renewals, online giving, direct mail, electronic media and telemarketing. Urick also has past experience in development at Nevada, Boise State, and Arizona State.

Weigand comes to NAU from Long Beach State, where he had served as the Coordinator for the 49er Athletic Club since July 2010. With Long Beach State Weigand collaborated with the Assistant Athletics Director of Development and Senior Associate Athletics Directors of External Affairs to raise annual contributions in support of scholarship and operational needs for 19 NCAA teams.

He was a member of the staff that increased annual fund revenue by 15%, membership by 21%, and Athletic Club member gifts by 42% during the 2012 fiscal year. He also created the Young 49er Club, served as a staff liaison to the Office of Gift Planning and the 49er Athletic Club Advisory Board, and managed a portfolio of 150 prospects.