N Stetson Athletics Staff C Mike Bitter A Faculty Athletics Representative Dr. Mike Bitter is in his 12th year as A Stetson’s Faculty Athletics Representative. He is ‘70 ‘82 ‘84 ‘88 ‘89 ‘90
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.
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Jorie Tress Assistant A.D. for Compliance
Assistant A.D. for Communications Hazel joined the Stetson Athletics staff in October of 2011 after eight years at Troy University as Director of Athletics Media Relations. A native of Huntsville, Ala., Hazel received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Alabama and a Master’s in Sport Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. His career in athletics has included time at the University of Southern Mississippi, Marshall University and Alabama A&M University. While at Marshall he coordinated the Heisman Trophy campaigns for both Chad Pennington (1999) and Byron Leftwich (2002). Hazel and his wife, Joan, have been married for more than 20 years and they are avid supporters of animal rescue efforts.
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Senior Associate Athletic Director Richard Skeel is in his 12th year at Stetson. In 2010 he started Stetson’s Club Sports Program which he still oversees. A veteran of more than 30 years in athletics, 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, the University of Louisville, SUNY-Albany, Sinclair Community College and Heidelberg College. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Purdue and his Master’s degree from Bowling Green State. Richard and wife Brenda have five children - Eric, Brittney, Stephanie, Kirsten and Scott.
Director of Sales & Marketing
Director of Sports Medicine
Senior Associate Athletic Director
Tom Birney Tom Birney is in his second 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.
Administrative Assistant Director Sports Medicine/ of Communications SWA Assistant Assistant
Jorie Tress is in her fifth 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 the Ohio State University College of Law. An Ohio native, she lives in Windermere with her husband John and son, Shane.
Jan Usher Assistant A.D. for Academics / SWA 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.
Director of Ticketing
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2012 Media Guide & Record Book
Published on Feb 15, 2012