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Steve Stroud
Position: Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs
Steve Stroud finished his second year as Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs at the College of Charleston, after being hired in 2011.

Stroud most recently spent three and a half years with the University of Missouri-Kansas City Athletic Department as Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs.

Stroud serves as a senior athletics administrator with responsibility for major-gift fundraising, Cougar Club, marketing and promotions, ticket operations and sports supervision.

While at UMKC, Stroud was an intricate part of generating funds needed for the Durwood Soccer Stadium and Recreational Field. The $5 million stadium gift was the fourth largest in UMKC history and the largest gift ever given to the athletics department.

Stroud also helped secure funds for the refurbishing of the existing basketball and volleyball practice facilities. Overall, Stroud increased the annual giving by over 250 percent and increased donor participation by over 350 percent. He created and launched the Former Student-Athlete Association to better reconnect with former UMKC student-athletes. In addition to playing a part in UMKC's NCAA certification process and overseeing the external staff, Stroud also oversaw the sports information department (2007-10) and men's and women's golf programs.

Prior to his appointment in Kansas City, Stroud directed the annual giving program at the University of Memphis while serving as Assistant Director of Athletics. While he was at Memphis, the annual fund experienced tremendous growth in both dollars and donors due in large part to a focus on building enhanced personal relationships with supporters. Stroud also served as the Assistant Director of Annual Giving at the University of Miami (Fla.), prior to the Hurricanes' move from the BIG EAST to the ACC.

A native of Marietta, Ga., Stroud earned a business degree from the University of Georgia in 2000 and completed his master's degree in sports administration from St. Thomas University in 2001. He resides in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., with his wife, Deirdre, and three children, Carter, Dashel and Hadley.

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