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Sewards Promoted to Assistant Athletic Director

Sewards Promoted to Assistant Athletic Director

Jan. 3, 2005

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Teal Sewards has been promoted to assistant director of athletics for development at Santa Clara University, Director of Athletics and Recreation Dan Coonan announced today.

Sewards, who previously served as the associate director for major gifts in the university's development office and has been working closely with athletics as part of SCU's capital campaign, will be responsible for identifying and cultivating major gifts as well as all aspects of stewardship. She will also work in cooperation with the athletic department's annual giving efforts.

"I have had the opportunity to work directly with Teal on a variety of development initiatives, and I am very impressed with her fund-raising abilities," said Coonan. "Her work ethic and demeanor are precisely what is required for the job. In addition, she already knows many of our key alumni and donors as well as our athletics staff and campus administrators, and has an excellent reputation within each of those groups. I am confident that she will work very well with Fred Smith, the other Assistant Athletic for Development on our staff, and that together they will form an powerfully effective fund-raising team."

A 2000 graduate of the University of Redlands, Sewards joined Santa Clara in August of that year as assistant director of annual and special gifts. While in that position, she assisted in all phases of the university development office with an emphasis on managing annual gift campaigns and solicitations. Sewards was promoted to associate director for major gifts in June, 2002. Since that time, she has planned and implemented numerous campaign events and currently serves as the lead capital project fund-raiser for the department of athletics.

A former softball student-athlete while at Redlands, Sewards served as a student manager of the Redlands Fund Phone Program while an undergraduate students. She organized and contributed to teams that raised over $1 million through phoning efforts. She currently serves as a member of the University of Redlands Alumni Board of Directors and is a regular presenter at the annual JAA and CASE conferences.