BOONE, N.C. — Director of Athletics Doug Gillin announced Thursday the hire of Patrick Ransdell as Deputy Athletics Director – External Relations for Appalachian State University.
Ransdell joins App State Athletics after serving as an executive associate AD at the University of Central Florida for the past five years.
“We are thrilled to welcome Patrick and his family to App State,” Gillin said. “This is an exciting hire for our athletics department at a time when we have a lot of positive momentum throughout our department and university. Patrick will play a key role in taking our overall fundraising, Mountaineers Athletic Fund, student-athlete experience and fan experience to new levels.”
Ransdell will serve on the executive team for App State Athletics and oversee several external areas of the department, as well as lead the next major fundraising initiative focused on facilities, scholarships, endowments and overall department needs.
“My family and I are extremely excited to join the Mountaineer family,” Ransdell said. “I believe in the vision Chancellor Everts and Doug Gillin have for App State Athletics. I can’t wait to get started and help bring more championships to the High Country.”
Ransdell joined UCF Athletics in January 2016 as assistant AD for administration and was promoted in the summer of 2017 to executive associate AD for revenue generation, while also serving as the chief revenue officer (CRO) for the department.
From 2013-15, Ransdell was an assistant director of development at Miami University (Ohio) before being promoted to assistant AD in February 2015.
Ransdell has also held leadership positions at UNC-Wilmington and Coastal Carolina after starting his athletics administration career at Ole Miss.
A four-year student-athlete on Western Kentucky’s baseball team, Ransdell earned his bachelor’s degree from WKU and then completed his master’s degree and MBA at Ohio University.
Patrick and his wife Brooke have two children, Walker and Collins.