Ryan Ivey will coordinate USD athletic marketing, promotions Ryan Ivey has been named the coordinator of athletic marketing and promotions at The University of South Dakota Athletics Department, according to an announcement by USD Athletics Director Joel Nielsen.
Ivey, who has experience in minor league baseball and professional basketball, will handle ticketing, game and event promotion, marketing and support USD fundraising efforts, among other duties at USD. Originally of Mayfield, KY, Ivey began his duties this week.
�Ryan brings tremendous energy with experience in professional sports which should tie nicely into our marketing and promotional efforts at USD,� said Nielsen. �I believe he will make an immediate impact at USD because of his background and due to his experiences as a student-athlete at the University of Memphis,� Nielsen said.
Most recently (since January, 2005), Ivey was the stadium operations assistant for the Memphis Redbirds, which is the AAA affiliate of Major League Baseball�s St. Louis Cardinals. For the Redbirds, Ivey assisted in the day-to-day operations at AutoZone Park in Memphis, TN.
In 2003, he was a group sales intern for the ball club, including helping at the AAA All-Star Game, which was hosted by the Redbirds. At the University of Memphis, Ivey worked with the NBA�s Memphis Grizzlies in group sales (2004) and he also served as a volunteer at the 2002 AXA Liberty Bowl.
A three-year varsity letter winner for the Memphis Tigers football team, Ivey was a recipient of the 2005 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award. He was captain, starting holder and back-up punter on the Memphis Tigers team that dropped a 52-35 decision to Bowling Green in the 2004 GMAC Bowl.
He also was a member of the Memphis team that defeated North Texas, 27-17, in the 2003 New Orleans Bowl.
Ivey, who received a bachelor of science degree in education (sport and leisure studies) in December 2004, was named to the University of Memphis dean�s list and he was also a member of the Conference USA Commissioner�s List for Academics.