7/20/09- The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) made history this month by hiring Andy Jugan as the conference's full-time commissioner. Jugan's appointment also marks the first time the commissioner is not affiliated with a member institution.
Jugan brings extensive experience in sports management and marketing to a conference with a strong tradition. His expertise in sports sponsorships will play a major role in providing support for the 17 NAIA-affiliated sports. Jugan previously served as executive director of USA Water Ski, the largest water ski federation in the world. He was instrumental in bringing the US Open Water Ski Championships to Downtown Disney in Orlando.
Prior to his stint with USA Water Ski, he served as the first executive director of the Greater Louisville Sports Commission. One of his first duties was to develop and write the organization's mission statement, long and short-term goals, and policies and procedures. Under his direction, the LSC solidified strategic partners and funding sources while increasing the annual operating budget from $200,000 to more than $575,000 in less than four years.
"We are extremely excited and fortunate to bring Andy on board," said acting WHAC Commissioner Bryan Rizzo. "His varied background is exactly the thing to build a base for the future."
Jugan has more than 25 years working with not-for-profit organizations and boards in addition to 20 years of sports marketing development. Collegiate athletics has always been a passion for Jugan as he received accolades as an intercollegiate athlete and coached cross country and track &field coach for 15 years.
"I view being selected to serve as Commissioner of the WHAC as a tremendous opportunity with unlimited potential," commented Jugan. "I look forward to helping member institutions provide quality and memorable experiences for student-athletes."
Jugan, based in Shelby Township in Mich., officially took office July 1. Rizzo will provide assistance to ensure a smooth transition as Jugan settles in. The WHAC, formed in 1992, is comprised of eight schools in Michigan and Indiana and competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
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