Kalina Named Associate AD For Development
Sept. 15, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University athletic director Mike Roth has announced the hiring of Dennis Kalina to be the Bulldogs Associate Athletic Director for Development.
Kalina, currently in his eighth year at Bradley University, will assume his duties Oct. 9. He replaces Mike Hogan, who entered private business in Spokane after eight years with Gonzaga.
"We are excited Dennis has agreed to join our staff," Roth said. "He brings a wealth of experience to Gonzaga. We look for him to continue to grow and expand on what Mike Hogan and the rest of the development staff already have in place at Gonzaga. Gonzaga athletics continues to grow, and we look for Dennis to take us to even greater heights."
Roth said Kalina and his wife Dina are in Spokane this weekend and will attend the Bulldog Club Golf Tournament Monday at Manito Country Club.
"That will give Dennis a good opportunity to meet many of our key boosters in one setting," Roth said. "Dennis still has some unfinished business at Bradley, but he wanted to take time out of that schedule to be a part of our golf tournament on Monday."
Kalina is looking forward to his new responsibilities.
"This is a unique challenge where I believe I can use my skill sets to expand what Mike Roth, Mike Hogan and the rest of the department already have in place. I think I can bring a new perspective to the department as well," Kalina said.
Throughout his tenure at Bradley, Kalina has overseen the Braves' marketing efforts and served as the director of the Braves Club booster organization. Under Kalina's leadership, BU has reached all-time record levels in Braves Club membership, donations to the athletic department and in athletic corporate sponsorships. The Braves also have recently witnessed home single-game and season attendance records for men's basketball, women's basketball, soccer and volleyball. Kalina also monitors the Braves Ticket Office operation, while serving as the Sport Coordinator for baseball, men's golf, volleyball and women's tennis.
As associate athletic director for external affairs the past three years, Kalina said he has become very active on the boards within the athletic department.
"I get the opportunity to work with all different types of people through the boards," Kalina said. "I think this has given me in-roads with the boards to allow us to expand our donor base."
In addition to his responsibilities for Bradley, Kalina currently serves as the 2nd Vice President of the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators. He had previously served four years on NACMA's 12-person Board of Directors.
A native of Portage, Ind., Kalina received both his bachelor's degree in sports marketing/management (1995) and master's degree in athletic administration (1996) from Indiana University, where he helped to market the Hoosier football, men's soccer and women's basketball teams for three years.
Kalina moved to Natchitoches, La., in 1997 to become the Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing at Northwestern State University. During his 18 months at the NCAA Division I-AA school, Kalina directed all phases of the school's athletic marketing plans and oversaw all ticket sales operations. While helping Northwestern State establish football single-game and season attendance records in 1998, Kalina also increased corporate sponsorship packages, increased television opportunities for the athletic department, aided student-athletes in community service projects and created and maintained the inaugural NSU Internet web page.
Kalina is married to the former Dina Nightenhelser. They are the proud parents of 13-mont-old daughter Addison Shelby.
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