Steve Stroud is in his second year as Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs at the College of Charleston.
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.
"We are proud to welcome Steve to the College of Charleston," Hull said. "His background, skills and experience are a great fit for our program. He has strong experience in all aspects of athletics fundraising from his time at Miami, Memphis and UMKC. He has been a part of four capital campaigns, directed the annual giving fund, ticket sales and corporate sponsorships, supervised sports and is a seasoned administrator. I believe the people who support Cougar Athletics will like Steve."
Stroud will serve 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.
"Steve Stroud has been an influential part of the UMKC Athletics family for the past three and half years, and in that time, has made a name for this department and himself by increasing funds, donors and generating new friends of the program," said UMKC Director of Athletics Tim Hall. "UMKC is saddened to see Steve go, but couldn't be more thrilled for the new opportunity and adventure that awaits himself and his growing family."
Stroud said he is very happy to start his new job and to live in Charleston.
"My family and I are tremendously excited to join the Cougars and the Charleston community," he said. "The opportunity to play a leadership role in a growing athletics department, coupled with the chance to live close to our families in the Atlanta and Orlando area, was a chance we couldn't pass up. I'm confident my experiences at past institutions, both major and mid-major, will be a great fit for the opportunities we have before us at the College of Charleston. I look forward to meeting as many of the Cougar-faithful, as soon as possible, and putting down roots in this beautiful city."
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 now resides in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., with his wife, Deirdre, and two children, Carter and Dashel. They are expecting another child in early April.