USF Names Kevin Hesser Permanent Athletic Director
After serving a one-year interim term as athletic director, Kevin Hesser will be the permanent AD for the University of Sioux Falls.
“Kevin’s done a stellar job leading the athletic department during our first year of competition in the NSIC,” said Dr. Brett Bradfield, provost and acting president.
Hesser welcomes the professional challenge and praises USF’s coaching staff for having built quality programs that performed competitively during the 2012-13 season. To date USF has tallied 96 student-athletes who received NSIC all-academic honors.
“Our move to the NCAA Division II was to help elevate the University’s position within the region and to enhance the student-athlete experience,” said Hesser. “Through the great work of our coaches, student-athletes and institution as a whole, we have begun to see the fruits of our labor.”
Hesser began his USF tenure in 2004 as a graduate intern for sports information and athletic marketing and assistant baseball coach. Upon graduating from USF with his MBA in 2007, Hesser accepted the position of sports marketing coordinator at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio. He returned to USF in 2008 as the assistant athletic director for external affairs.
“Kevin’s thorough approach to tasks and his high standard of professionalism have propelled him to the AD position,” said Bradfield. “Not only was he an instrumental part of our leadership team during our transition to NCAA, he’s built relationships with fans, alumni and sponsors and proven himself to be the best person for this job.”
Hesser says he’s proud of the athletic and academic achievements made during the Cougars’ inaugural season in the NSIC.
“Our first year successes will serve as a spring board for greater accomplishments in the years to come,” said Hesser.