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The Record: October 2015

Athletic directors – Texas appointed Houston attorney Mike Perrin to serve as interim men's athletics director to replace Steve Patterson, who resigned. Perrin earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a law degree from UT Austin, where he was a Longhorn football letterman under Coach Darrell Royal … Minnesota-Moorhead Director of Athlerics Doug Peters was named interim vice president for enrollment management and student affairs. He will remain director of athletics as he assumes the new role, which oversees admissions, financial aid, first-year programs, housing and residential life, health and wellness, intramurals, the Comstock Memorial Union, and the Career Development Center  … Dan Bridges, who has led Cal State L.A. athletics for the past 10 years, announced he will be retiring. Bridges, who has more than 25 years of experience as a collegiate athletic director, is leaving the university to explore other opportunities and interests.

Lenny Kaplan, who has headed New Jersey Institute of Technology's division of physical education and athletics since August 2000, was promoted to the new title of assistant vice president/director of athletics. Kaplan has been instrumental in guiding the program's growth, first at the NCAA Division II level and, since late 2002, through its successful reclassification to NCAA Division I and, most recently, into membership in the Atlantic Sun Conference … Fresno Pacific University announced the hiring of Aaron Henderson as the university’s new director of athletics. Henderson, who spent seven years at FPU in various roles including assistant athletics director and men’s basketball coach, returns to his alma mater after spending the past two years as athletics director at Immanuel High School in Reedley, California  … Doug Gillin was named director of athletics at Appalachian State. Gillin, 46, possesses more than two decades of professional experience in collegiate athletics, most recently as deputy director of athletics at Missouri … New England College announced the hiring of Lou Izzi as athletic director. Izzi joins New England College after spending the past 22 years at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island  … Penn State Altoona announced the hiring of Brent Baird as the campus’ director of athletics. Baird spent the past year as the interim director of athletics at Penn State Altoona following the June 2014 retirement of the department’s previous director of athletics, Fredina M. Ingold … Dayton announced that Neil Sullivan was named vice president and director of athletics. Sullivan joined the division of athletics in 2006 and previously served as deputy director ... Rick Dickson, Tulanes longtime director of athletics, announced that he will retire in May 2016. Dickson has served as the Green Wave’s AD since 2000, guiding the athletics program through some of the most tumultuous periods in its history, including the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, which nearly destroyed the university’s athletics facilities … Aaron Henderson, 30, is the new athletic director at Fresno Pacific. He takes over during the school’s first year as a full NCAA Division II member … Wheeler Brown was named as the interim director of athletics at Jackson State. Brown brings over 26 years of athletic administration experience to the post at JSU. … Texas A&M-Commerce announced Tim McMurray as the new director of athletics … Ryan Shockey was appointed to the position of athletic director at Olivet. Shockey joined the Comet staff in January 2013 as head athletic trainer. Prior to Olivet, he served as head athletic trainer at Trine for six years … Kevin Forde was named Wheeling Jesuit's new director of athletics. Forde comes to the Wheeling area after spending the past 10 years at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota … After over a decade of leading the Howard Payne athletic department, Mike Jones will be retiring at the end of the fall semester to spend more time with his family. Jones helped lead efforts to add men's and women's soccer and men's and women's golf as varsity sports and the completion of the new Citizens National Bank Soccer Field … Southern Utah announced that Andrew Parrish joined the Thunderbirds as the chief operating officer. Parrish’s new role means he will oversee athletic operations, business operations, human resources, equipment operations, the varsity club, facilities, capital projects and other operations related to running the department.

Associate athletic directors -- After more than 35 years as a Penn State student-athlete, coach and administrator, Jan Bortner, associate athletic director for student-athlete success, announced his retirement … UC San Diego announced that Wendy Taylor May was promoted to deputy athletics director. A member of the UCSD athletics staff since 2000, Taylor May most recently served as senior associate athletics director as well as Senior Woman Administrator … Grand Canyon named Charles Hampton the new associate athletics director for strategic communications and public relations. Hampton comes to GCU after spending the previous seven years with the NFL's Houston Texans … After 26 years as an associate athletic director at Holy Cross, Ann Zelesky announced her retirement … Brian Tracy, a college athletics veteran with 10 years of experience as a lead fundraiser was named Appalachian State’s senior associate athletics director for development. Tracy comes to Appalachian State after five years as director of athletics development at his alma mater, Dayton … Brittney Whiteside joined Appalachian State’s athletics staff as an associate athletics director. In her role, Whiteside serves as a member of the athletics department’s executive team and be the sport administrator for various Appalachian State sports … Brian Barrio was named the senior associate athletics director for intercollegiate services and will guide the Nevada’s athletics compliance and academic operations. Barrio comes to Nevada after four years as an associate athletics director at Pepperdine, where he oversaw compliance, academic support and business operations while also serving as the department’s Title IX coordinator … In 13 years of working at Columbia Athletics’ Office of Communications, Columbia’s Darlene Camacho resigned to become the Chief Operating Officer for Pros4Pros Sports Consulting, a small sports management firm, where she will manage professional athletes. Mike Kowalsky will replace Camacho as the interim director of communications … Former Queens College head volleyball coach and Student Support Services Coordinator/Senior Woman Administrator, Leanna Taylor was promoted to full-time associate athletics director/Senior Woman Administrator. Taylor, who has been with the department since 2011, will oversee the newly branded Student-Athlete Performance area that includes sports medicine, academics, life skills, compliance and some internal operations … Rob Twible, a 1995 Queens College graduate and former men’s basketball player, was promoted from assistant athletics director/facilities and operations to associate athletics director/facilities and operations … NYIT announced Dan Velez as the associate athletic director. Velez will serve as chief of staff and his responsibilities will include oversight of all internal operations as well as serving as the primary administrator for several sports … CSU Bakersfield announced the promotion of Dena Freeman-Patton to the position of deputy athletics director for the Roadrunners. She will have oversight of the student-athlete service areas … Southern Utah  announced that Erik Book joined the team as the executive associate athletic director. Book’s new role as executive associate AD will put him in charge of several operations for the department, including development, corporate sponsorships, ticket operations, marketing and revenue generation  … George Washington announced the hiring of Ed Scott as a senior associate athletics directors. Scott comes to GW from Binghamton where he most recently served as senior associate director of athletics and divisional diversity officer. … George Washington announced the hiring of Tanya Vogel as a senior associate athletics director. Vogel returns to GW after a three-year stint at Northern Arizona, where she worked as senior associate athletics director, senior woman administrator and Title IX Deputy … UTSA announced that the department has hired Kellie Elliott as senior associate athletics director/senior woman administrator. Elliott, who has more than 20 years of experience in collegiate, professional and Olympic management positions, will oversee student services, events, strength & conditioning and the sports of women's basketball, softball and volleyball  … Long Beach State announced the hiring of Rob Clark as the senior associate athletic director for external relations and communications. Clark comes to Long Beach from Georgia State, where he served as the senior associate athletics director for development … Jackson State named Genese Lavalais as associate athletic director for academics/senior woman administrator. Lavalais joined the JSU athletics staff on Oct. 14, 2014 as the assistant director of athletics for academics.

Assistant athletic directors -- Joe Thuente was named assistant athletic director for athletic marketing and promotions at South Dakota. Thuente was named director of marketing and promotions at South Dakota in the fall of 2014 … Bryan Boettcher was named assistant athletic director for sports information at South Dakota. Boettcher has been the Coyotes' sports information director since 2012 … Indiana University of Pennsylvania  appointed Samantha Traver to interim assistant athletic director for compliance. Traver moves into her new position after serving for the last three years as the assistant compliance and business officer for IUP's athletic department … Kevin Wissmann was  named assistant director of athletics/human resource specialist at Massachusetts. Wissmann joins UMass athletics after serving as Human Resources and Organizational Development Manager with UMass Auxiliary Enterprise … Pace announced the hiring of David Spiegel as the assistant athletics director for athletic communications. Spiegel comes to Pace from Mount Saint Mary College, where he served as the sports information director since September 2013 … Joey Capote has joined the administration team at Barry as assistant athletic director for development. Capote comes to the Buccaneers after almost two years as the development coordinator for athletics at Florida International University … High Point announced that Kyle Richards has joined the department as assistant athletic director for compliance.  Richards comes to HPU from UTSA, where he served as a compliance coordinator in 2014 and 2015 … De-Nita Peoples was hired as the assistant athletic director for compliance at New Hampshire. The Sacramento, California, native arrives at UNH after spending two years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an assistant for compliance and communications. … Texas A&M-Corpus Christi announced that Brian Maxey was named assistant athletics director for compliance. Maxey previously served as the assistant director for compliance … Massachusetts announced the hiring of Jon Boswell as the assistant athletic director of marketing and promotions. In his capacities, he oversaw marketing and communications for the Class-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, while also developing plans to ensure capacity crowds at LeLacheur Park  … Southern Indiana announced the promotion of  Mandi Fulton to assistant director of athletics. She will serve as the administrator for baseball, volleyball, cross country, track and field, tennis and golf.

Coaches

Baseball assistant  -- Holy Cross announced the hiring of Jason Falcon as an assistant baseball coach. Falcon comes to Holy Cross with over 19 years of baseball coaching experience.

Men’s basketball assistants -- Former Comet Jared Fleming was named the new assistant men’s basketball coach at Texas-Dallas. Fleming returns to UTD after coaching stops at Franklin College ) and Schreiner University … Catawba announced the hiring of Jo Jo English as an assistant coach with the program.  English comes to Catawba after serving as head coach at Sumter High School for the past two seasons. English guided Sumter to its first state title in 30 years last season and was named the USA Today South Carolina Coach of the Year. 

Women’s Basketball -- One of the most recognizable names and faces in the Colonial States Athletic Conference,  Patricia Canterino, announced that she is stepping down from coaching at Immaculata. Canterino will remain as the director of athletics and recreation at Immaculata … Immaculata announced the hiring of Chrissy Esbensen to lead the women's basketball program. Esbensen, a 2013 graduate of Immaculata, became the ninth women's basketball head coach of the program since the Mighty Macs won three-straight national titles in 1972-73-74 … Jennifer Mountain is the new coach at Pacific, replacing Sharon Rissmiller who resigned to become the director of women's basketball operations at Oregon State. Mountain was most recently the associate head coach at Portland State.

Women’s Basketball assistants -- Jacksonville hired Ed Mahan to fill the position of assistant coach. Mahan previously served as the graduate assistant/director of basketball operations and analytics at Marshall.

Bowling -- Jody Fetterhoff, former head men’s and women’s bowling coach at Adrian, was named head coach of Duquesne’s recently-added women’s bowling program. Fetterhoff brings 10 years of collegiate bowling coaching experience to the job.

Men’s Cross country -- Tom Downes was appointed to lead the  men’s and women’s cross country programs at New Jersey City University.

Men’s Cross country assistants – Hamilton College named John Hartpence assistant coach for men's and women's cross country/track & field.

Men’s Golf -- Jason Steege is the new men’s golf head coach at Wartburg College … St. Cloud State announced the appointment of Michael Seiffert as the head coach for the men's and women's golf teams.

A 1998 graduate of St. Cloud State and former All-Conference golfer for the Huskies, Seiffert served as a physical education and health teacher and was the head golf coach for the Providence Academy boys' golf team in Minnesota from 2002 to 2014 … Nebraska Wesleyan named Derrick Ceder as the new men’s golf coach for the Prairie Wolves. Ceder takes over for David Clouse who served as the head golf coach for the 2014-15 season.

Men’s Hockey assistants -- Hobart hockey announced that Mark Phalon was hired as the Statesmen’s assistant coach for the 2015-16 season. Phalon comes to Hobart after working for two years as the video coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ organization.

Men’s lacrosse assistants -- Delaware men’s lacrosse announced that Dana Wilber a standout from a Colonial Athletic Association opponent school has joined the Blue Hens coaching staff for the 2016 season  …  Delaware men’s lacrosse announced that Chris Selva a standout from a Colonial Athletic Association opponent school has joined the Blue Hens coaching staff for the 2016 season. Selva, a standout goalkeeper at Hofstra the last four seasons, will be a volunteer assistant coach, working closely with the UD goalkeepers.

Women’s Lacrosse -- Anna Meerbach is the new head coach of women’s lacrosse at Wartburg.

Women’s Lacrosse assistants -- Delaware women’s lacrosse announced the addition of former Blue Hens standout Caitlin McCartney as a volunteer assistant coach. McCartney, the program’s all-time draw controls leader at 186, graduated from the university in May with a bachelor of science degree in health behavior science.

Men’s soccer -- Dominican (California) named Zach Kingsley as the program's new men's head soccer coach. Kingsley played Major League Soccer with the Colorado Rapids from 2002-04 and was the franchise's MLS Rookie of the Year nominee during the 2002-03 season.

Men’ soccer assistants – Hamilton named Brendan Ujvary assistant coach for men's soccer.

Women’s soccer assistants -- Shannon Blanford was hired as the assistant coach for the Wells women’s soccer team. Blanford recently wrapped up a four-year career with the Express and graduates as one of the most successful players in team history.

Softball -- Eastern Nazarene announced the hiring of Dani Bishop. Bishop comes to Eastern Nazarene from Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, California where she served as assistant coach for five seasons from 2011 to 2015 … Jamie Mueller is the new softball head coach at Wartburg.

Softball assistants -- Rachel Coleman joined the Delaware softball staff as an assistant coach. Coleman, who graduated from UD in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management and a minor in coaching science, returns to her alma mater after spending the previous two seasons as a graduate manager and video coordinator at Tennessee.

Women’s Swimming and Diving assistants -- UMass women’s swimming and diving announced the addition of Maiya Otsuka as the program’s new assistant coach. Otsuka joins the Minutewomen after working at Texas A&M and Connecticut the last three seasons.

Men’s tennis -- McKendree announced the hiring of Raquel Allen as head men's and women's tennis coach. Allen joins the program after serving as the head women's tennis coach at Western Illinois last season.

Men’s track and field assistants -- Tom Downes was appointed assistant men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field coach at New Jersey City University.

Women’s volleyball -- Sara Scheirman, who exceled in different roles at two Division I schools, was named Goldey-Beacom’s new volleyball coach. Scheirman enters following a two-year run as a graduate assistant coach at Temple.

Women’s Volleyball assistants – Hamilton named Laura Falkowitz assistant coach for women's volleyball.

Wrestling-- Nebraska Wesleyan named Brandon Bradley as its first head wrestling coach.  It was announced in July 2015 that wrestling would be added as a varsity sport in the 2016-17 school year. Bradley comes to NWU from Ferrum.

Staff

Athletic training -- Bruce Fischbach has been named assistant athletic director for sports medicine at South Dakota. Fischbach has served as the head athletic trainer for the Coyotes since 1987.

Ashley Steffey was named director of sports medicine at St. Mary’s (Indiana). Steffey received her bachelor of science in athletic training from Western Michigan in 2012 … Katie Bourbonnais was named an assistant athletic trainer at St. Mary’s (Indiana). Bourbonnais is a native of Niles, Michigan, and received her bachelor of science degree in athletic training from Alma.

Compliance -- Drew DeGroot was named director of compliance at South Dakota. DeGroot was named compliance coordinator in the fall of 2014  … Moses Dupré, who has almost 30 years of experience in higher education, was named director of compliance at Lamar. Dupré came to LU after serving as the director of compliance and student services at Alcorn State for more than 12 years … Lydia Travis was named to the role of director of compliance and SAAC advisor at Queens College  … Wingate  announced the appointment of Russ Jackson as assistant director of compliance … Bridgette Cahill, a former graduate extern for Temple Compliance and Student Services, has returned to the university as director of compliance and student-athlete affairs. Cahill comes back to Temple after spending the past four years as the assistant athletics director, compliance at Seton Hall.

Development -- West Florida announced the promotion of Brett Berg to the position of director of development for athletics in the division of university advancement. Berg, previously the university's associate director of development, earned the promotion after successfully growing and advancing UWF's athletic fundraising efforts for six years.

Fundraising -- Kevin Mays has been appointed the director of the Chippewa Athletic Fund at Central Michigan and will oversee and be responsible for the organization’s annual fundraising efforts. …

Sports information directors -- John Higgins joined the Queens College staff as director of athletic communications … Russ Blunck, most recently the associate athletic director at Point Loma Nazarene University, became the sports information director at Pacific … Kaleb Center was named the interim sports information director at Chadron State … Jeff Evans, who has been in athletic communications at the professional and collegiate levels for over 15 years, the last nine with the Seattle Mariners, has been named sports information director at Western Washington. Evans, 37, comes to the Vikings after serving with the Mariners as assistant director of baseball information, with his primary focus as the main point of contact for baseball information and statistical data.

Video services -- Wisconsin announced the hiring of Chris Hall as director of video services. Hall comes to Wisconsin after spending the last seven years with the Denver Broncos, most recently as the supervising producer and lead host/reporter for digital media … Wisconsin announced the hiring of Jason Frausto as video coordinator. Frausto will service the team and creative video needs for women’s basketball and men’s and women’s tennis.

Division I athletics director association -- Former University of Maryland and professional basketball standout, U.S. Congressman and Rhodes scholar Tom McMillen was selected to lead the Division 1A Athletic Directors’ Association as part of a major repurposing of that organization.

Conferences

Assistant commissioners -- The Skyline Conference named Tom Emberley assistant commissioner … Blake Timm, SID at Pacific University (Oregon) for the last 16 years, resigned to become the assistant commissioner for communications at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference … The Collegiate Water Polo Association announced the return of 2014 CWPA Hall of Fame inductee Thomas Tracey to serve as the league's inaugural assistant commissioner … The Lone Star Conference announced that Danielle Anderson was named assistant commissioner for compliance and internal operations. Anderson will and oversee compliance within the conference office. 

Associate commissioners -- Marcus Clarke, former director of athletics at Shaw University, joined the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association as the senior associate commissioner for championships and events.

Deaths -- Al Bortke, the former University of Mary athletic director and men's basketball coach, died on September 20. Leaving behind innumerable people whose lives he has touched as a coach, mentor and friend, Bortke passed away at the age of 78. The first athletic director at U-Mary and the second head men's basketball coach, Bortke served the university for 36 years. He oversaw the growth of an athletic department that went from one team to as many as 19 and also coached the Marauders to over 300 victories on the hard court.  Bortke's legendary run began in 1973, when he assumed the dual role as U-Mary athletic director and head men's basketball coach. On the basketball court, Bortke compiled a record of 335-157 in 16 seasons from 1973 to 1989. He is second in career wins among all college men's basketball coaches in North Dakota history. Eleven times the Marauders registered 21 or more wins, including one stretch of seven straight seasons and 10 out of 11 years. Only twice did the Marauders suffer a losing season.The high point occurred in 1981-82 when U-Mary went 30-3 and advanced to the national tournament. The 30 wins remains a single season school record and that squad was the inaugural entry into the Marauders Hall of Fame with Bortke in 1991. It is also the only U-Mary men's basketball team to advance to a national tournament. As athletic director, he helped launch the University of Mary into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics where the Marauders became a national power in several women's and men's sports. During this period he received many honors, including several athletic director of the year awards, became the first inductee into the Marauders Hall of Fame, and in 2006, was enshrined in the NAIA Hall of Fame. The U-Mary athletic program started with one sport — men's basketball — and grew to as many as 19 team under Bortke's direction. He helped pioneer the school's entrance into National Collegiate Athletic AssociationDivision II — a step considered even more impressive when the NCAA waived the school's final two transitional years allowing U-Mary to become one of the quickest to achieve active membership in NCAA history in 2007. Bortke stepped down as the U-Mary athletic director in July 2008. At the time of his retirement, then University of Mary President Sister Thomas Welder stated "no person has done more for the University of Mary athletic program than Al Bortke. Beyond what he has meant to this university, his strong values have touched the lives of so many coaches and student athletes and people in the Bismarck-Mandan community, as well as his own family. Since retiring from U-Mary, Bortke continued to be active throughout the community and in his church, and served as co-chair of the successful capital campaign to renovate the Bismarck Municipal Ballpark. A native of Hettinger, N.D., Al was married to his wife Linda for 54 years and the couple had two sons, Todd and Paul … The United States Merchant Marine Academy lost a beloved and much admired, long-time member of the USMMA family, former Athletic Director Susan "Sue" Petersen Lubow on October 5. Petersen Lubow, who started her Kings Point career 36 years ago as a physical education instructor, quickly rose through the ranks and earned an appointment as athletic director in 1989. This groundbreaking move marked the first time that a female held that position at any of the United States Federal Service Academies. In March 2014, after a very successful 25 years at the helm of the department, she announced that she was stepping down from her position as the Academy’s head of physical education and athletics, but would remain on staff as a fully tenured professor. Petersen Lubow was one of the most accomplished administrators in the history of the Academy. Her contributions are immeasurable. In the 25 years she served as athletic director, she expanded USMMA Athletics to over 20 teams and helped develop the Blue and Gray Club, Athletic Hall of Fame, Blue and Gray Golf Classics and other numerous traditions and awards. Petersen Lubow will be remembered for cheering loudly for her team, and her contagious enthusiasm, strength and determination inspired thousands over the years. She was an exemplary athlete, a motivating coach, an outstanding leader, and a young athlete’s biggest fan - especially to her daughter, Sarah. Reflecting on her career, during her speech at the 2014 Athletics Hall of Fame Induction, Petersen Lubow said, “Maybe I did break through barriers and overcome obstacles to give young girls a chance of following their dreams. I just never looked at myself in that light. I chose my profession because I wanted to make a difference, not because I wanted to be a trailblazer, but in reflection – whether I like it or not – I guess I was.” … Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Harry Gallatin, SIUE's first director of athletics, has passed away on October 7, at the age of 88. At SIUE, Gallatin's career included three seasons as the men's basketball coach and 24 as the men's golf coach. He served as the school's director of athletics from 1967 to 1972. Gallatin was a member of SIUE Athletics Inaugural Hall of Fame class in 2005. In 1973, Gallatin became SIUE's men's golf coach, leading the team to 18 NCAA Division II Championship appearances and producing multiple All-Americans. The 1983 men's golf team was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011. Gallatin played 10 seasons in the NBA for the New York Knicks and the Detroit Pistons and was a seven-time All-Star. He was an All-NBA first team selection in 1954, after leading the league in rebounding with an astonishing 15.3 rebounds per game. He was an All-NBA second team pick in 1955. He currently ranks fourth all-time on the Knicks rebounding list with 5,935 rebounds. On the final night of the 1952-53 season, Gallatin hauled in 33 rebounds against the Fort Wayne Pistons, a Knicks record which still stands. Harry "The Horse" Gallatin is perhaps best-known for his workmanship, never missing a game or practice in his career. He played 610 consecutive games with the Knicks, a record which also remains to this day. During his career, Gallatin collected 8,843 points and 6,684 rebounds. Following his playing career, Gallatin moved to the coaching ranks where he led the St. Louis Hawks from 1962-1965 and the New York Knicks during the 1965-1966 season. He earned the NBA Coach of the Year Award following the 1962-63 season. He was 148-131 during his career as a head coach. Gallatin coached at SIU Carbondale from 1958-1962, amassing a 79-36 record as the Salukis' head coach. Enshrined in the Naismith Hall of Fame in 1991, Gallatin was inducted into Madison Square Garden's Walk of Fame in May 2015 …Horace Miller Sproull IV was a resident of Birmingham, Alabama before attending USC Upstate. Sproull was a passenger in the vehicle that killed three USC Upstate student-atletes and injured another. The USC Upstate website said Sproull was a sophomore soccer player and was majoring in business administration … Joshua Lee was in the vehicle that killed three USC Upstate student-athletes and injured another on October 12. USC Upstate confirmed that Lee was a junior and studied physical education. He was a member of the USC Upstate cross country team. University officials said Lee was a Spartanburg native and a graduate of Broome High School … James Campbell was a passenger in the vehicle that killed three USC Upstate student-athletes and injured another. According to the university, Campbell was a highly accomplished athlete. He was a soccer player at J.L. Mann High and went on to play at Marshall University before transferring to USC Upstate in January 2015. Campbell was a junior at majoring in business administration. He was a member of Brookwood Church … Sarah Vande Berg was a passenger in the vehicle that killed three USC Upstate student-athletes and injured another. According to the university, Vande Berg was a Disney fanatic who was focused on using a degree in communications to land her dream job at the happiest place on Earth. She was an accomplished tennis player who first picked up a racket at age seven. Vande Berg was a senior at USC Upstate.