Stetson Stetson Athletics Athletics Department Department Dean Watson
Sports Information Director
Assistant A.D. for Compliance
In his fourth year as Sports Information Director at Stetson University, Dean Watson oversees all publicity efforts for the Hatters’ 15 Division I athletic programs, including men’s basketball. Prior to his arrival at Stetson Watson spent seven years as the SID at Florida Tech a Division II university in Melbourne, Florida. He started his sports information career at his alma mater Saint Leo University in the late 1980’s where he was the Student SID under SI Consultant Walt Riddle. After graduating with a degree in Sports Management in 1990 he took a position as Assistant SID at the University of Nevada, a Division I institution in Reno. After three years at Nevada he became the head SID at Wayne State College in Nebraska before moving on to Florida Tech. Watson lives in Lake Mary with his wife the Reverend Meg Watson. They have four children Chris (27), Kim (26), Maggie (20) and Dean Jr (16).
Jorie Tress is in her fourth year as Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance at Stetson. She is responsible for educating the staff, coaches, student-athletes, boosters and alumni about the rules of the NCAA, Atlantic Sun Conference and Stetson University and ensuring compliance with those rules. Tress comes to Stetson with eight years of experience in practicing law, including the past three years as Assistant Attorney General in the state of Florida’s Economic Crimes Unit, headquartered in Orlando. Prior to that she was an associate attorney at the Orlando ﬁrm of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell from 2003-04. From 1999-2003 Tress was an Assistant State Attorney in Viera and Fort Lauderdale Tress has a degree in Literature from North Florida and her J.D. from
Senior Associate Athletic Director
Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Mike Bitter is in his eleventh year as Stetson’s Faculty Athletics Representative. He is responsible for advising the University President on athletics matters and for monitoring the athletic department’s compliance with NCAA and conference rules and commitment to academic integrity and student-athlete welfare. A tenured Professor of Accounting, Bitter has taught at Stetson since 1996. He is a CPA licensed in the state of Florida. Bitter is an ex-ofﬁcio member of the University Athletics Committee and Trustee Athletics Committee. He is also a member of the NCAA’s Amateurism Cabinet and an NCAA peer reviewer. He graduated from Stetson in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He earned his Master of Accountancy from the University of Florida in 1988, and completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting from the University of Mississippi in 1994.
Senior Associate Athletic Director Richard Skeel is in his eleventh year at Stetson. In 2010 he started Stetson’s Club Sports Program which he still oversees. A 30-year+ athletics veteran, Skeel served six years as Director of NCAA Compliance and four seasons as head baseball coach at BethuneCookman College. He led the Wildcats to three Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships and two NCAA postseason appearances. Skeel has also served as a coach / administrator at the University of Cincinnati, Xavier (OH) University, University of Louisville, SUNY-Albany, Sinclair Community College and Heidelberg College.
Jan Usher Tom Birney
Senior Woman Administrator Asst. Athletic Director for Academics
Director of Sales & Marketing Tom Birney is in his first year as Director of Marketing and Sales for Stetson Athletics. His areas of responsibility include soliciting and creating new advertising and sponsor revenue opportunities, and executing marketing plans to increase attendance. Prior to Stetson he worked for the Olympic Regional Development Authority in Lake Placid, NY from 1994-2008. Tom was the Director of Advertising for Olympic Venues and Marketing Manager for Olympic Center Arena venues. From 1988-1994 Tom worked at the Adirondack Berkshire Group in Jay, NY where he was Director of Sales & Marketing for national award-winning outdoor publications.
Glenn Brickey Director of Sports Medicine
Michael Tucker Director of Athletic Development
James Stem Operations, Events, and Facilities
ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
A 17-year veteran of the Stetson Athletics department, Jan Usher is in her eighth year as Senior Woman Administrator. She oversees six athletic programs, is the liaison to Admissions and Financial Aid, tracks all incoming student-athletes through the NCAA Eligibility Center and performs numerous other pertinent tasks. Usher graduated from Stetson in 1981 with a Bachelor’s of Psychology. She has two daughters who attended Stetson, Jenny and Katie.
Cheryl Carlson Administrative Assistant for Athletics
Hayley Karp Director of Tickets
Robin Lafond SWA/Sports Medicine Assistant
Stacy Turner Assistant to the Athletic Director
Player Bios, season outlook, records and statistics for 2011 baseball team