Adam Miller, a veteran athletics development professional, joined the Temple Athletics staff as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development in late May, 2019.
Miller came to Temple having served the previous three years at Memphis, the last two in the role of Associate Athletics Director for Development. While at Memphis, he led the Tiger Scholarship Fund team that raised over $20 million in annual gifts since July 2016. He also oversaw the most successful fundraising year in Tiger Scholarship Fund history, with $8.2 million raised in 2017-18.
An innovative leader, Miller created “Sponsor a Student-Athlete” initiative at Memphis, which has helped generate $1.3 million to date, including over $500,000 in new dollars, and the Tigers’ #NextStep initiative, which generated over $600,000 in additional gifts from existing donors.
As part of the Memphis development team, he helped raise over $50 million in his short time at the University.
Prior to Memphis, Miller served two years in the athletic development office at Wisconsin-Green Bay. He served as a member of the department’s senior executive staff and was responsible for creating and executing a comprehensive development plan and overseeing all fundraising efforts. He also oversaw the two most successful fundraising years in the program’s history. He also helped complete a nearly $5 million outdoor athletics facilities campaign and increased by 37% the annual giving to the Phoenix Fund.
Miller came to Green Bay from his alma mater, Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla., where he excelled in a variety of development positions. Miller served as the Director of Development for both the athletics department and Barney Barnett School of Business. Prior to that role, Miller worked at Florida Southern as the Coordinator of the Annual Fund and Athletic Giving and the Assistant Director for Major and Athletic Giving.
During the 2012-13 academic year, Miller was part of a team that had, at the time, the most successful fundraising year in the history of Florida Southern College.
Miller was a standout on and off the field during his time as a student-athlete at Florida Southern. While obtaining a 4.0 grade point average in the classroom in his undergraduate and graduate studies, Miller competed for the Mocs’ baseball team. He was named the Florida Southern Most Outstanding Scholar Athlete in 2009 and earned the Scholar Athlete Award for baseball in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
In 2009, Miller graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. In 2011, he obtained a master’s degree in business administration and finished first in a class of 142 students.
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Brent Vicino joined the Owl Club as the Associate Athletics Director for Development, Annual and Premium Seating Programs in June, 2016. In his role, Vicino will develop and manage all aspects of the premium seat and seat donations programs and is responsible for all aspects of the Owl Club. Additionally, he will create all marketing and promotional materials for premium seat and seat donation programs, develop and execute direct mail strategies, and coordinate all team specific fundraising programs.
Prior to joining Temple Athletics, Vicino served as Assistant Athletics Director for Annual Giving and Executive Director of the Vandal Scholarship Fund at the University of Idaho. His primary responsibilities included leading and managing the Vandal Scholarship Fund, creating opportunities for major gifts, providing management and oversight of premium seat sales, and planning and staging fundraising events. During his time at Idaho, he increased direct mail fundraising by 33% and the number of donations through direct mail by 29%. Additionally, VSF fundraising events netted more than $375,000 in revenue since 2014.
From 2012-2014, Vicino worked at the University of Arizona as Donor Services Coordinator and then as Assistant Director of Development for the Wildcat Club. He was part of a team that increased Wildcat Club membership from 6,000 to 12,000 over a span of five years.
Before his time at Arizona, Vicino spent four years at the University of Miami as Special Assistant to the Athletics Director and then as Development Associate. His primary responsibilities included managing the relationship between the Hurricane Club and the Hurricane Club Volunteer Council, executing the NEXT LEVEL and $40 for 40 fundraising campaigns, planning and staging all special events for the athletics department, and facilitating game day operations.
A native of Modesto, CA, Vicino earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science and Religious Studies and his master's degree in Sport Administration from the University of Miami. Vicino and his wife, Tanzania, reside in Baltimore, MD, with their sons Saverio and Enzo.
Chris Jones, who has over seven years of athletics development experience at the collegiate level, was named Temple University's Assistant Athletics Director for Major Gifts in October 2018. In his role, Jones will devise strategies and be responsible for the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship with major gifts of $50,000 and up and leadership annual gifts.
Prior to joining Temple Athletics, Jones served as Director of Development for Athletics at Clarion University where he oversaw all athletics fundraising. During his time at Clarion, he secured the second largest gift in the history of the department of athletics. Additionally, over $800,000 in scholarships and $300,000 in pledges were secured in his time there.
From 2014-2016, Jones worked at Lincoln University (MO) where he served as the Executive Director of the Blue Tiger Athletics Club which he built from the ground up. Jones doubled the membership in a year and quadrupled social media interactions. He was part of a team that was responsible for the highest fundraising total in the history of the University.
Before his time at Lincoln, Jones spent three years at North Carolina Central University, first as Development Associate and then Development Coordinator. His primary responsibilities included managing the day to day operations of the Eagle Club and securing corporate sponsorships.
A native of Goldsboro, N.C., Jones earned his bachelor's degree in Physical Education and his master's degree in Athletic Administration from North Carolina Central University. Jones is also a proud alumnus of the Dr. Charles Whitcomb Leadership Institute, formally known as the NCAA Leadership Institute (2018) and an active member of several professional organizations including National Association of Athletics Development Directors (NAADD) and Council for the Support of Education (CASE). Jones was a 2016 recipient of the 40 Under 40 award from his alma mater.
Jones and his wife, Cassandra, reside in Philadelphia, Pa.
Lucy Cruz joined the Owl Club staff as the Associate Director of Development Operations in February, 2018. In her role, Cruz helps oversee and strengthen the special events portfolio and brings leadership to the Owl Club's programmatic annual fund operations and to alumni and donor engagement.
Prior to her arrival at Temple University, Cruz worked at Rutgers University as the Assistant Director of Athletic Development for Events and Stewardship. In this role, she planned and executed all athletic-development special events, creating experiences that helped steward, engage and recognize Rutgers athletic donors. These events included fundraising and highly visible groundbreaking and dedication events for the department's $100 million dollar capital facilities campaign, R Big Ten Build. Cruz also helped with the implementation of, and managed the benefits for, the Rutgers Athletics Scarlet Society-a giving society for the most generous supporters at $50,000 annual or $1 million lifetime levels. Prior to her role with the fundraising team, Cruz worked on the ticket sales team as a sales and retention consultant.
Cruz is a 2011 alumna of Temple University's School of Media and Communication with a degree in Strategic Communications. As a student, she interned with the Philadelphia 76ers Community Relations department (2010) and was a founding member of Babel, Temple's performance poetry collective (2008).
Cruz is a native of Perth Amboy, NJ. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Business Administration at the Rutgers Business School.
Jonny Dierks joined the Temple Owl Club staff as the Assistant Director of Development in May of 2018.
In his role with the Owls, his responsibilities include carrying a portfolio of annual and major gift donors and prospects, with a goal of increasing memberships, visits, and solicitations for the Owl Club.
Before coming to Temple, Dierks served as a Terrapin Club Assistant at the University of Maryland. While there, he contributed to daily and weekly projects in conjunction with the Annual Fund team and the Major Gifts team. Dierks worked on projects that included research and development, donor prospecting, and event management.
Dierks had previous stops at George Mason as a Patriot Club Assistant and at Georgetown University as a marketing graduate assistant.
A graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Dierks played varsity baseball for the Retrievers, and later served as the Facilities and Event Operations Assistant. In that role, he assisted with the set up and tear down of varsity sports, managed undergraduate, and assisted with special projects within the facility and operations department.
Dierks has a graduate degree from Georgetown University, a Masters in sports industry management. His undergraduate degrees included a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communications Studies from UMBC, and as Associate of Arts from Fort Scott Community College.
Casey Addis joined the Owl Club Staff as Assistant Director of Development in February, 2017. In her role she will assist with annual giving, donor relations and stewardship for the Owl Club. She will support internal operations including donor and alumni events and premium seating.
Prior to joining Temple Athletics, Addis served as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving/Director of the Blue & Grey Club at Hood College in Frederick, MD. Her responsibilities included soliciting new donors for the athletic annual fund, managing a portfolio of donors and alumni, and planning and implementing events for alumni and donors. She spearheaded a capital athletic campaign for turf field lighting and was responsible for hosting fundraising events for athletic alumni, parents and donors. Addis launched a Blazers of the Last Decade Society to increase philanthropy in young alumni and was in charge of securing the senior class gift. She was also the athletic department and institutional advancement liaison, where she was accountable for both athletic alumni fundraising and the general annual fund.
A native of Williamstown, NJ, Addis earned her bachelor's degree in Sport Management from SUNY Brockport and her master's degree in Business Administration from Hood College.
Bryanna Williams joined the Owl Club Staff as Assistant Director of Development in December, 2018. In her role she will assist with annual giving, donor relations and stewardship for the Owl Club. She will support internal operations including donor and alumni events and premium seating.
Prior to joining Temple Athletics, Williams served as a Business Development Manager with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Harrisburg, PA. Her responsibilities included coordination of annual fundraisers, raising more than $200,000, managing a portfolio of donors, and planning and implementing events for donors. Williams also served as, Special Events and Donor Relations Coordinator for Goodwill Keystone Area. Her responsibilities included spearheading fundraising strategies through campaign management, raising a total of $317,000. She also oversaw all donor relations for the Keystone Area.
Prior to relocating to Harrisburg, Williams spent 2 years with the Philadelphia 76ers franchise. There Williams was an Administration Office Assistant for the 76ers Camps and Account Executive/Community Engagement Coordinator for the Delaware Blue Coats. Her responsibilities included ticket sales, establishing professional and personal networks for new sponsorship opportunities, executing events requiring the use of community assets, contacts and talent.
A native of Sicklerville, NJ, Bryanna earned her bachelor's degree in Sport Management from Long Island University-Brooklyn, where she was also a Division 1 Track and Field Athlete, specializing in short sprints and jumps.