Three Mizzou Grads Promoted within Athletics



Aug. 2, 2006

Columbia, Mo. - A trio of University of Missouri graduates has been promoted within the Department of Athletics, as announced today by Director of Athletics Mike Alden. The promotions include Sarah Reesman being named senior associate athletics director, Eric Morrison being named associate athletics director for external operations, and Mark Alnutt being named associate athletics director for administration.

Reesman, a 1986 graduate of Mizzou, is entering her 14th year as a member of the athletic department staff. She joined the staff in 1993 as an assistant athletics director, supervising MU's student-athlete services before being elevated to associate director of athletics in 1997. Reesman also represents Mizzou as the Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) in dealings with the Big 12 Conference and the NCAA. The Boonville, Mo., native who earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1989, will continue her role as SWA with her new title.

Morrison started in the department as a graduate assistant in media relations in 1998, shortly after earning a bachelor's degree in communications from Mizzou. He has served in a number of roles within the external operations area since coming on board, including coordinator of suite operations, director of development for annual giving, and most recently, as assistant athletics director for external operations. The Quincy, Ill., native was promoted to the assistant athletics director title prior to the 2005-06 school year.

Alnutt earned his promotion after serving the previous eight years in various titles with the MU football program. A three-year football letterwinner at Mizzou as a linebacker and tight end (1993-95), Alnutt has served the last six years as football's director of operations. He joined the football staff in 1998 as an administrative and video graduate assistant, and after completing his master's degree in May of 2000, he took over as director of football operations that August. Alnutt, a Kansas City, Mo., native, was promoted to the title of assistant athletics director for football operations prior to the 2005 season.

"I am very pleased to announce these promotions," said Alden. "Promoting from within has always been an emphasis of ours, and Sarah, Eric and Mark are outstanding representatives of the University of Missouri, and it is good to reward such hard-working people for their efforts. As we continue to build our program, I believe that it is important to have Mizzou people in key positions, and I'm pleased that three MU graduates are taking such a prominent role," he said.

Alden said that while the above-mentioned titles are set, that specific duties and areas of responsibility for the trio are still to be determined, as are any other resultant staff moves.

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