UTA's Baker Announces Staff Promotions

Sept. 7, 2017

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Over the last five years, under the direction of Director of Athletics Jim Baker, the UT Arlington athletics program has made significant facility and resource enhancements designed to provide a first-class experience for its student-athletes, alumni and supporters.

In order to maintain the momentum gained during that time and to ensure steady growth, Baker announced modifications to the athletic department’s organizational structure as well as several staff promotions.

Russell Warren has been promoted to Deputy Director of Athletics and will continue oversight of all external areas of the department, including marketing, communications, merchandising, licensing, branding and fan experience. He also serves as the department’s liaison with Learfield Sports and serves as sport administrator for the sports of men and women’s basketball and volleyball.

A 1997 graduate of UTA, Debbie Garcia has oversight of the department’s internal operations as Executive Senior Associate Director of Athletics. She retains her position as the department’s senior woman administrator as well as management of the department’s compliance, academic services and student welfare areas, while adding oversight of sports medicine and strength and conditioning. Garcia serves as the sport administrator for the softball and tennis programs.

Baker also announced the promotions of Richard Kilwien to the position of Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Communications and Kris Wood as Associate Director of Athletics for Development. In addition, a pair of part-time athletic trainer positions were transitioned to full time with Alex Dreher and Bao Duong joining the UTA sports medicine staff as associate athletic trainers. Former Maverick volleyball coach, and 1989 UTA graduate, Diane Seymour will serve as the facility manager for Maverick Stadium.

“We have a talented, motivated and inspired group of athletics staff and coaches and I could not be more pleased with the direction of the department,” said Baker. “We have made a number of enhancements to our facilities and student-athlete services over the last few years. Now, I believe we have a staff and structure that will allow UTA athletics to continue to grow into one of the top NCAA Division I (non-football) programs in college athletics.”

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