Rothermel to assume role of Director of Sports and Recreation in St. Joseph’s, Maine
ITHAQUE, NY – Assistant Director of Sports at Ithaca College Will rothermel announced his departure from South Hill to take on the role of Associate Vice President and Director of Sports and Recreation at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. Located in Standish, Maine, the Monks of Saint Joseph participate as an NCAA Division III affiliate in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference and sponsor 22 varsity sports. Rothermel, originally from York, Maine, has been working in Ithaca since the summer of 2015 and will take up his new role in May.
“It has been an absolute honor and privilege over the past seven years to support the outstanding student and student-athletes at Ithaca College,” said Rothermel. “The lasting bonds made within the Bombers community will stay with me and this is something I will always be grateful for. I have been incredibly fortunate to work under the tutelage of an icon in the administration field of athleticism, Susan bassett ’79. Her guidance and support prepared me for this opportunity, and I thank her for her mentorship. I have also had the privilege of working alongside an exceptional coaching staff and so many wonderful people from the Ithaca College community. In particular, Barb Belyea, Erienne Roberts, Justin lute and Sean Reilley were great colleagues and I really enjoyed our work together. “
As a member of the College’s management team, Rothermel will provide leadership and administrative direction of a growing inter-university athletics and recreational sports program. He will contribute to the development and implementation of the next strategic plan and fundraising campaign for athletics and recreation in Saint-Joseph for the next 50 years of athletics after the monks have celebrated their 50 years of intercollegiate athletics in 2020-2021.
“I would like to warmly congratulate Will on this important milestone in his career,” said the director of intercollegiate and recreational sports. Susan bassett ’79. “He will be a great leader for Saint Joseph’s in that full role. Will has been a huge contributor to the success of Ithaca College Athletics during his seven years at South Hill, creating and expanding our partner program. company to enhancing the student and community experience.through the Fellowship-Athlete Luncheon, Faculty and Staff Days, Blue Crew and several other program enhancements including staff mentoring and students. Will brings style and substance to his work and the Bombers have benefited from his many talents. Personally, I have learned a lot from our work together and I am grateful to him. He is well prepared and I am delighted that Saint Joseph’s has recognized all that it can offer their university community. “
While in Ithaca, Rothermel held many roles within the department, ranging from NCAA compliance, event management, marketing and promotions to fundraising, corporate sponsorship and operations. commercial. He was also an athletic supervisor of almost half of IC’s 27 sports while at South Hill.
“I am happy for Will and his family for this new opportunity,” said Belyea. “I have enjoyed working closely with Will on several student-athlete initiatives, I know he will continue to enhance the student-athlete experience in his new role at Saint Joseph’s.”
Rothermel, alongside Athletics Faculty Representative Barb Belyea ’82, created the Annual College Athletes Luncheon, which honors junior and senior students who have achieved at least a GPA of 3.75 or higher during the course. of their undergraduate careers. The luncheon, which brings together faculty, deans and senior executives with student-athletes, took place in February and began in 2017.
To bring academics and athletics closer together at IC, Rothermel has implemented an internship program that allows IC students to stay on campus and earn academic credits through various responsibilities within the department. athletics. These areas included sports communications, finance and administration, marketing and promotions, facilities and events. In collaboration with interns in marketing and promotions, he participated in the launch of the Blue crew to improve sporting events and encourage the student body to attend home competitions.
“I am so proud of Will and his new job at Saint Joseph’s, but I will miss him,” said his fellow deputy director of athletics. Erienne Roberts. “I saw Will as someone I could turn to for support and advice when needed. In everything that we juggle on a daily basis in athletics, I always felt like he was on me. supported when I needed it most. encouraging words of affirmation or just her warm smile. I wish my colleague and friend the best of luck. “
Building on its income generation work at other institutions, Rothermel created a corporate athletics partnership program that deepened relationships with the community and directly supported IC student-athletes. During the 2020-21 academic year, Rothermel also aided the revenue generation efforts for the College by working as the Gift Manager with the Philanthropy and Engagement division. During this time, he also served as the Class Reunion Staff Liaison for the 40th Class Reunion Committees of 1980 and 1981.
“Ithaca certainly has a special place in our hearts as this is where we started our family and developed so many great friendships,” concluded Rothermel.
Prior to coming to Ithaca, Rothermel came from Commonwealth University of Virginia, where he served as Deputy Athletic Director for Business Development. In this role, Rothermel led a corporate sponsorship program that generated over $ 2.3 million in revenue while overseeing a portfolio of over 100 corporate sponsors and donors.
Prior to coming to VCU, Rothermel spent four years in sports administration at Merrimack College. He was deputy athletic director at Merrimack and was a member of the department’s leadership team. He contributed to a period of growth for the department, as varsity athletic programs were added during his tenure. His duties and accomplishments also included overseeing staff and operations for external operations, including marketing, ticketing and corporate sponsorship. Rothermel was promoted to management after serving as deputy director of sports information, athletics marketing coordinator and club sports director.
Rothermel, a 2006 graduate of Saint Michael’s College, Vermont, received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and was a member of the Men’s Basketball Program.
Rothermel also received a Masters of Education and Sports Management from Old Dominion University, where he coordinated the undergraduate and graduate internship program and improved the mentoring and networking systems for students of the sports management program.
“I thank Will for his energy, commitment and effort on behalf of Ithaca College,” said Bassett. “I wish him and his family all the best as they pursue this exciting opportunity in their life journey.”