Gannon University Athletics Promotes From Within

Kathy MacMurdy Dan TeliskiPosted: July 16, 2013

The Gannon University athletics department has promoted Kathy MacMurdy to assistant director of athletics for business and finance and Dan Teliski to assistant director of athletics for media relations. The promotions were announced Monday afternoon by Gannon Director of Athletics Mark Richard.

MacMurdy, a 30-year employee at Gannon, became the athletics department's business manager and senior women's administrator in April 2000. She previously worked in Gannon's finance and administration office. She is responsible for all financial reports for the department and monitors budgets and athletic scholarships awarded to student-athletes. MacMurdy is also responsible for the National Letter of Intent program and maintains financial and eligibility data for all student- athletes. Her numerous duties include team travel, ticket sales and event staff supervision.

Teliski enters his 15th year as the director of athletics media relations at Gannon. He is responsible for the production of athletic publications, media relations, social media initiatives, video projects, online streaming, statistical record keeping, day-to-day website maintenance, home event management and promotion of Gannon's student-athletes, coaches, and teams. Teliski has received 30 national awards and numerous regional awards for his publications. In all, Gannon has received 13 "best in the nation" honors during Teliski's tenure.

A 1997 Gannon graduate, Teliski was recently named to the NCAA Division II Baseball Regional Advisory Committee. He also previously served as the Daktronics Women's Volleyball and Women's Soccer All-Great Lakes Region coordinator when the Golden Knights were members of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

"Both Kathy and Dan have been instrumental in the success of the athletics department for the past 10 to 15 years," said Richard. "They are exceptional in their fields and demonstrate a genuine concern for our student-athletes and coaches. They not only handle their day-to-day duties, but their vision and leadership are instrumental to moving this department forward."

The 2012-13 academic year was a success for Gannon in competition and in the classroom. Gannon captured the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division women's volleyball regular season, and tournament championships, the PSAC Western Division baseball regular season, the PSAC Western Division women's basketball regular season, the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Atlantic Regional and the Division II Women's Water Polo Eastern championships. Fifteen of Gannon's 16 PSAC programs participated in the conference postseason while seven Gannon teams qualified for the NCAA postseason.

As a result, Gannon finished among the top 20 percent of 315 NCAA Division II schools in the 2012-13 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings. The showing represented a 90-spot improvement from the previous year and was Gannon's highest finish since the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup began in 1995-96.

The department produced the PSAC's top women's program according to the conference's final Dixon Trophy standings. Ten Gannon programs were regionally ranked at some point with seven being nationally ranked. Gannon teams won 63.1 percent (209-122-2) of their overall matchups and 67.2 percent (109-53-1) of their conference contests in 2012-13. The year included 50 conference player-of-the-week awards, 63 all-conference postseason selections, 30 all-region honors and 11 All-Americans.

Academically, Gannon received six PSAC Top Team GPA Awards last week, bringing its two-year total to a league-best 13. Gannon also produced the highest percentage of student-athletes named PSAC scholar-athletes among the league's 16 schools for the fourth time in five years as a member of the league. Gannon topped the charts this year at 48 percent, producing a school-record 182 scholar-athletes among its 380 student-athletes. A student-athlete must maintain a 3.25 cumulative grade point average or better to be named a scholar-athlete. Gannon has produced 842 PSAC scholar-athletes during its five years as a PSAC member, including 158 student-athletes during its inaugural season in 2008-09, 161 in 2009-10, 169 in 2010-11 and 172 in 2011-12.

Gannon had 12 Capital One Academic All-District II first-team selections, as well as 21 total academic All-Americans during the 2012-13 academic year. Ten of those academic All-Americans came from the Capital One program, representing the most in NCAA Division II.