Ken Winstead was promoted to Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development by Ohio Athletics Director Jim Schaus on Feb. 25, 2019.
Winstead, who received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Ohio in 1980 and ‘81, respectively, had previously served as Assistant Athletic Director for Development at his alma mater since July of 2018.
Prior to his return to Athens last year, Winstead spent over 30 years serving in development roles at Georgia Southern, Oregon, Houston, Washington, Colorado State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Seattle as well as with USA Wrestling.
In Winstead’s new role he will also serve as the department's liaison with University Advancement and The Ohio University Foundation.
Winstead has set an aggressive goal for the calendar year of 2019 to increase Ohio Bobcat Club gift totals by 30 percent, achieving this goal through an increased number of annual gifts by Ohio University alumni and friends as well as former student-athletes.
Samantha Godwin was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director for Development for Ohio Athletics on May 30, 2019 after serving as the Associate Director of the Ohio Bobcat Club in 2018-19.
Godwin brings a plethora of fundraising experience from various organizations such as political fundraising and non-profit fundraising with Habitat for Humanity.
During her time as Associate Director of the Ohio Bobcat Club, Godwin oversaw a 16-percent increase to the Annual Fund. She coordinated premium seating and parking, planned donor engagement events, managed OBC membership benefits and ensured efficient processes for all internal functions of the OBC.
As the Director of Community Engagement and Development for Habitat for Humanity of Southeast Ohio, Godwin generated a record breaking $200,000 through special events and successfully funded over six Habitat homes within a two-year span. Before moving to Ohio, Godwin spent three years in political fundraising, serving as a director of development for McKinley for Congress. During her tenure she was responsible for generating over $1.5 million in donations to help a successful re-election campaign in the first district of West Virginia.
Godwin played softball at Florida Gulf Coast where she earned a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Criminal Forensic in 2009. She then went on to earn her master's degree at West Virginia in American Political Science and Government Relations.
Godwin resides in Athens with her husband, Charles, and her two dogs, Tucker and Cooper. She also has served on the board for Friends of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Circle of the Child Conservation League (CCL), and Athens Professionals for Philanthropy (APP).
Caleb Beasecker was named Associate Director of the Ohio Bobcat Club with Ohio Athletics in July 2019.
Beasecker is responsible for the oversight and strategic direction of the Ohio Bobcat Club’s Annual Giving campaign, including the coordination of premium seating and parking, planning of all donor events, management of a donor portfolio and will serve as a fundraiser for various sport programs. He leads the Ohio Bobcat Club’s Annual Giving team, provides oversight for Varsity Ohio and works closely with the Ohio University Foundation, OHIO Alumni Association and Ohio Athletics Ticket Office staff.
Before joining the team as Associate Director, Beasecker served as a Graduate Assistant in the Ohio Bobcat Club. In this role he directed football premium seating and parking renewals, led a tour of Ohio Athletics facilities, staffed and managed the basketball hospitality area (Rohr Room), planned and executed the Ohio Bobcat Caravan Series and created the department Annual Report.
Prior to his arrival in Athens, Beasecker spent four years working in sales for Hibbett Sporting Goods with his last year being in a managerial role. As a manager he oversaw the day to day operations of the store including scheduling, creating goals and hiring team members. During his time with Hibbett he accounted for over $300,000 in sales individually.
Beasecker is a member of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD), has consulted for The First Tee of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky with their Annual Giving program, and has worked in high school athletics including time as a shot put and discus coach.
Caleb is a native of Greenville, Ohio and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Industry from Ohio State University. He is now an alumnus of OHIO earning a master’s degree in Business Administration (’18) and a master’s degree in Sports Administration (’19) and proudly calls Athens his home.
Pete Collins was named the Assistant Director of the Ohio Bobcat Club on Aug. 23, 2018.
Collins arrives in Athens after serving as an intern for the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). During his time at NACDA, he assisted with the oversight of Board of Directors, Officers and membership for the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC), Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA), Division 2 Conference Commissioner's Association (D2 CCA) and the National Association of Athletic Ticketing and Sales Operations (NAATSO).
Prior to his time at NACDA, Collins served as the graduate assistant for athletic communications & operations and a student intern at his alma mater, Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J. He oversaw gameday and facility operations, managed student volunteers, maintained GCU’s athletic website and served as an assistant throws coach.
Collins is a two-time graduate of Georgian Court, earning his bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in sport management in 2015 and his Master of Business Administration in 2017. He competed in track & field with the Lions, serving as a three-year team captain. Among the honors Collins received were United State Track & Field/Cross Country Association All-Academic Team (2016) selection, College Sports Information Directors of America/Capital One Academic All-District First Team (2015) selection, D2 ADA Academic Achievement Awards (2014-15, 2015-16) honoree and East Coast Conference Indoor Track & Field Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year (2014). He also participated in the NCAA Career in Sports Forum (2014) and the NCAA Emerging Leader Seminar (2016, 2018).
Tricia Perry joined the Ohio Bobcat Club staff in 2008 after 12 years in the Ohio Athletics Ticket office. In her role as administrative support she oversees daily operations and assists OBC staff with annual giving and financial reporting. Tricia is married to Steve Perry. The couple has a daughter Mackenzie.
Trevor Starcher was named an Athletics Development Graduate Assistant for the Ohio Bobcat Club in May of 2019.
Starcher arrived in Athens in August of 2018 to start the MBA/MSA dual program in the College of Business. He finished his MBA in June of 2019 and will graduate in May of 2020 with his Masters of Sports Administration. Before coming to Athens, Starcher worked for Fenway Sports Management (FSM) as a Corporate Partnerships and Special Events Associate. He worked on projects for the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool FC, Boston College, Roush Fenway Racing, 2017 AIG Fenway Hurling Classic, 2017 Fenway Gridiron Series, New England Sports Network, and LRMR.
Prior to his time at FSM, Starcher served as the Corporate Partnerships Intern for Columbus Crew SC and a Property Assistant for IMG at Marshall University.
Starcher graduated from Marshall University in 2016, earning his Bachelor of Business Administration while majoring in Business Management and Marketing, as well as minoring in Entrepreneurship. After redshirting his freshman season, he lettered for four years on the Men’s Soccer Team and was a captain for his senior season. In his senior season, Starcher led the team in points scored, was named 2nd Team All-Conference, and made Academic All-Conference. Starcher earned a Conference USA Commissioners Medal every season and was named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.
Dex Blank was named an Athletics Development Graduate Assistant for the Ohio Bobcat Club in May of 2019.
Blank just recently earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Ohio University ('19) and is currently pursuing his Master of Sports Administration (MSA), where he is expected to graduate next Spring ('20). While earning his MBA, he served as a Graduate Assistant for the Schey Sales Centre at Ohio University and volunteered in many different capacities for the Center of Sports Administration.
Prior to arriving in Athens, Blank served as a Development Assistant for Athletics at the University of South Carolina from 2017-2018. While there, he served as the 200-level Floor Captain for premium areas during home football games, overseeing 20 student employees and stewarding UofSC’s highest-level donors in the Williams-Brice Stadium ($25,000+ annual donations). Additionally, he helped manage the social media presence of the Gamecock Club, created and distributed over 1,500 gift acknowledgements, and trained and helped manage 10+ student interns for the Gamecock Club.
Before his time at UofSC, Blank attended Elon University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2017. He was a varsity student-athlete, competing on the men’s golf team. Additionally, served as a Phoenix Club Assistant for the fundraising arm of Elon Athletics. He monitored hospitality events sponsored by the Phoenix Club for home football and basketball games, as well as helped coordinate their annual event, “The Night of the Phoenix,” which raises over $200,000 in one night.
While at Elon, Blank notably was selected to attend the NCAA Career in Sports Forum in 2015, served as a Leadership Fellow on campus and was involved with the college Young Life program. Outside of his involvement on campus at Elon, Blank served as a Volunteer Intern for Athletics at the University of North Carolina in 2016 and an Administrative Intern for Athletics at Duke University in 2015.
Amanda Wolfert was named an Athletics Development Graduate Assistant for the Ohio Bobcat Club in May of 2019. Before joining the Ohio Bobcat Club, she served as the Masters of Sport Administration Operations Graduate Assistant at Ohio University in the College of Business. Prior to enrolling at OHIO, Wolfert has experience working with Tailgate Guys, as the Atlantic Region intern. She spent three years as the Head Field Hockey, Girls’ Basketball, and Girl’s Lacrosse coach at Culbreth Middle School in Chapel Hill, NC. Wolfert spent a year working for Carolina Athletic Hospitality as a Captain for football, basketball, and baseball games at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Wolfert was also the Operations Fellow at the USA Masters Games in North Carolina for a summer.
Amanda Wolfert will graduate from Ohio University in May of 2020 with her Masters in Sport Administration. Previously, she received her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Ohio University in June of 2019. She graduated with her Bachelors degree in Sport Administration and Coaching Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May of 2018. Wolfert is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.