W&M’s Next AD: 5 More Names

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Last week, we listed 5 individuals who could potentially fill W&M’s void at Athletics Director following former AD Samantha Huge’s resignation.

And while it’s a strong list, many more can and should be considered for the role.

Toward that end, we offer more names! Let us know what you think on social media or in the comments section below.

Peel Hawthorne

Below is an updated version of W&M’s official webpage for Hawthorne:

“After 26 years as head coach of William and Mary field hockey, Peel Hawthorne moved off the field and into the W&M Athletics department, being named the Associate Athletics Director for Student Services/Senior Woman Administrator in 2013-14.

Hawthorne currently has responsibilities with each of the Tribe’s Olympic Sports programs, Academic Services, Compliance, and Student Support. 

One of the most successful coaches in the history of Division I field hockey, Hawthorne ranks highly among active and all-time coaches in victories, games coached, and tenure. 

She was the fifth-longest tenured active head coach in Division I, and one of just seven coaches all-time to reach 30 seasons. 

In terms of wins, her 306 victories made her just the 13th coach in Division I to surpass 300 wins, and she ranks 10th among all active coaches. 

Hawthorne led William and Mary to the NCAA Tournament twice, in 2000 and again in 2002.

She mentored 36 players to a total of 54 all-region honors and has coached seven All-Americans, including five (Anna Davis, Kelli Duggan, Ann Ekberg, Kelly Giles and Claire Miller) in the last 10 seasons.

The 26-year Tribe head coach produced 112 all-conference performers and 6 Players of the Year.

Hawthorne’s players also enjoyed success in the classroom.

The CAA Commissioner’s List, which honors student-athletes from each school who held a 3.2 GPA while competing each season, included 60+W&M names since 2007 and 17 in both 2008 and 2009.

Hawthorne’s contributions to the campus community have reached far beyond the confines of the field, as she has served on numerous committees and in several leadership roles across campus. 

In 2005, she was a member of the W&M Athletics Task Force and was part of the NCAA Re-Certification Subcommittee on Equity and Welfare.

In the summer of 2011, she was elected to the College’s Professionals & Professional Faculty Assembly (PPFA) for a three-year term. 

Hawthorne is the first coach to be elected to the PPFA governing committee.  She is also actively involved in the planning and organizing for W&M’s annual Celebration of Women’s Athletics.

A field hockey and lacrosse standout at none other than W&M, Hawthorne graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in physical education in 1980.”

Robb Dunn

Below is an updated version of Navy’s official webpage for Dunn:

“Robb Dunn currently serves as the Deputy Director of Athletics Administration and Club Sports at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he’s been since September 2007.

He is the sport administrator for football and women’s golf.

Dunn also coordinates Football team travel and Navy’s participation in neutral site and postseason bowl games, including Army-Navy and the 2012 Emerald Isle Classic in Dublin, Ireland.

In addition, he has oversight of the Naval Academy’s competitive intercollegiate Club Sports program, including nationally recognized teams like Boxing, Hockey, Rugby, and Triathlon.

Previous responsibilities at Navy Academy Athletic Association (NAAA), included serving as the Executive Director of the Blue-N*-Gold, the membership component of the Naval Academy Athletic Association.

Under his direction, contributions to the Blue-N*-Gold tripled during his tenure.

Dunn served on the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Committee from 2006 to 2012, including a three-year stint as chair, 2009-2012.

He also coordinated Navy’s responsibilities as host institution for the 2009 Frozen Four, the NCAA Division I Hockey Championship, in Washington, DC.

Prior to Navy, Dunn spent six years working at the College of William & Mary, where he started as Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities & Operations before being promoted to Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations in 2004.

Before his time in Williamsburg, he worked at the University of Michigan as a Facilities and Game Management Supervisor, Project Administrator in the Sport Facilities Research Laboratory, Lecturer/Graduate Student Instructor and Yost Arena Building Supervisor.

He also served as an Olympic Stadium Cluster Supervisor for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Dunn earned his master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Michigan in 1994 and his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California at Berkeley in 1993.

He has also completed coursework towards his doctorate in urban, technological and environmental planning through the University of Michigan.

Dunn currently lives in Annapolis with his wife, Jaime, and their daughters, Nora and Kate.”

Sean Magee

Below is an updated version of Michigan’s official webpage for Magee:

“Sean Magee is in his fourth season with the program in 2020 after spending the previous five seasons at the U.S. Naval Academy.

In his current role with the Wolverines, Magee provides oversight and direction for the football program in all off-field areas including the management of the player personnel department, football operations and the administration of the budget for all football related activity.

He additionally serves as the program’s NFL liaison.

During his time at Navy, Magee served as the Director of Player Personnel, responsible for helping to shape and manage the roster during the winningest five-year stretch of program history.

In his role, Magee assisted in the management of all administrative functions of the program while also developing and implementing the strategic planning, marketing and scouting process for recruiting prospective student-athletes.

Magee graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics.

He later earned a master’s degree in business administration from the College of William & Mary’s Mason School of Business in 2012.

As a player at Navy from 2000 to 2003, Magee was a member of the offensive line that led the nation in rushing during the 2003 season.

In addition, Magee helped lead the Midshipmen to regain the Commander in Chief’s Trophy for the first time since 1981 and was a member of the program’s first bowl game team since the 1996 season.

After graduating from the Academy, Magee served as a Division Officer onboard the USS Juneau in Sasebo, Japan, where he deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Following that tour of duty, Magee served as a manpower/personnel analyst on the Commander, Naval Surface Forces staff in Coronado, California.

He transferred to the Navy’s Human Resources community in 2007 and assumed Department Head responsibilities at Navy Recruiting District Ohio.

As part of the nation’s largest recruiting district, Magee was responsible for directing all enlisted and NROTC recruiting efforts in the states of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.

Magee and his wife, Sarah, have two sons, oldest Miles, and youngest Lane, a daughter, Stella, and twin sons, Brooks and Colt.”

Chelsey Burk

Below is an updated version of W&M’s official webpage for Burk:

“Chelsey Burk was elevated to the position of Deputy Athletics Director in Fall of 2019.

Burk previously served as Senior Associate Athletics Director for Finance & Administration from 2018-2019 after three years as the Tribe’s Assistant Athletics Director for Business Affairs from 2015-2018.

During her tenure with the Tribe, Burk has touched nearly every internal area of the department including budgeting, human resources, equipment, corporate sponsorship/media rights, facility planning, game day event management, ticketing, capital projects, team operations and logistics, and scheduling.

In her current role, she serves as a member of the department’s executive leadership team where she provides strategic direction and oversight of department initiatives.

This includes oversight of all financial planning, facility operations, capital projects, human resources, and equipment.

Burk has oversight of key contract negotiations and relationships with several of the department’s major partners including Under Armour, Pepsi, and Teamworks.

In her role, she serves as the sport administrator for Volleyball, men’s & women’s Golf, and is the secondary sport administrator for men’s basketball.

In Burk’s previous role as the Tribe’s Senior Associate Athletics Director for Finance & Administration, she oversaw every aspect of the departments financial operation, including budget operations, ticket sales, and corporate sponsorships.

She also oversaw the day to day operations of human resources, equipment, and facilities management.

During that time, she served as the sport administrator for Volleyball, men’s & women’s Golf, and was the secondary administrator for Football.

Prior to returning to the Tribe, Burk served as the Department of Accounting Program Coordinator at Virginia Commonwealth University.

It was a position that saw her manage the daily business operations of the Accounting Department and the Controllers Executive RoundTable organization supporting top level executives in the Richmond area.

She was responsible for the development of the annual budget requests for all operating expenses and human resources within her department.

Before her time at VCU, Burk spent four years as the head of Athletics Business at California University of Pennsylvania from 2010-2014.

Burk’s first stint at William & Mary came from 2008-2010 when she began her career as the Athletics Business Manager.

While working with the Tribe, she managed the travel and recruiting budgets for all 23 varsity sports.

As an undergrad at the University of Kansas, Burk was a member of the Women’s Golf team while earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies.

During her time with the Jayhawks, she was a three-time Academic All-Big 12 first-team selection and was a three time NGCA All-American Scholar.

In 2008, Burk earned her Master’s degree from California University of Pennsylvania in Sport Management with a concentration in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration.

Burk currently resides in Williamsburg, with her husband Jason.”

Mike Paulus

Below is an updated version of Navy’s official webpage for Paulus:

“Michael Paulus serves as the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development for the Naval Academy Athletic Association, where he has been since July 2018.

In his role, Paulus partners with the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and the Athletic & Scholarship Programs Division to lead annual and capital fundraising efforts supporting Navy Athletics.

He is a member of the Athletic Director’s executive staff and serves as the sport administrator for men’s tennis, men’s heavyweight and lightweight rowing, and women’s rowing.

Prior to Navy, Paulus served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Development at Ole Miss.

In that capacity, he was responsible for raising major gifts for Ole Miss Athletics and the Forward Together campaign, a $200 million capital initiative that resulted in a new basketball arena, expansion to the football stadium, and renovations and improvements benefiting all Olympic sports facilities.

At Ole Miss from 2015-2018, Paulus was part of a development team that produced several of the top fundraising years in Ole Miss Athletics history, including the single best year ever totaling $45.6 million in cash donations.

Paulus joined Ole Miss from Mount St. Mary’s University where he was the Senior Director of Athletic Development.

In his role, he served on both the Vice President of Advancement and Athletic Director’s leadership teams and oversaw all fundraising and development operations for Mount St. Mary’s Athletics from 2013-2015.

Prior to Mount St. Mary’s, he worked at Virginia Commonwealth University as Director of the Ram Athletic Fund where he managed the annual giving program for VCU Athletics.

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Paulus graduated from the College of William & Mary and was a member of the football team.

He earned his Masters of Education in Sport Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University, an M.B.A. from Mount St. Mary’s, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at Ole Miss.”

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