PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University Athletics has announced several staff changes to the Cougar Athletic Fund (CAF), including the hiring of former Cougar quarterback Jason Gesser as an assistant director of development, WSU Director of Athletics Bill Moos announced Tuesday.
In addition to Gesser, other staff changes include the hiring of Devon Thomas as an assistant athletic director for Spokane Operations, Adam Ganders as the regional director for the Tri-Cities, Bridget Slaybaugh has been named the CAF coordinator of hospitality and events, and the addition of Christina Turner as CAF program assistant. Justin Felker, who has served multiple roles within the CAF over the past nine years, most recently in major gifts, has left Cougar Athletics and has moved into a regional fundraising role with the WSU Foundation.
“With these additions to our CAF staff I feel we are positioned well to continue to make significant gains in growing our membership and giving Cougar fans ownership in our accomplishments,” said Moos. “The expectation now is to turn that positive momentum into more victories on the field to share with our fan base.”
Gesser, who led Washington State to the 2001 Sun Bowl and 2003 Rose Bowl, will focus his duties on engaging former Cougar student-athletes to reconnect with WSU Athletics.
Thomas began his duties in March, having spent the past two years as assistant athletic director for annual giving at his alma mater, Louisville, where he was a four-year football letterman at defensive end. In leading the CAF efforts in Spokane, Thomas’ focus is on expanding the department’s overall presence in the region, increasing CAF membership and ticket sales efforts while also expanding the volunteer network in eastern Washington to aid Cougar Athletics.
Ganders most recently served as assistant director for CAF Spokane operations. His new role in the Tri-Cities will increase the CAF’s presence regionally and provide opportunities for greater direct involvement from CAF members and volunteers with Cougar Athletics.
Slaybaugh served as an office assistant the past two and a half years prior to her new position. In her new role she will work with volunteers from throughout the Pacific Northwest to coordinate CAF events.
Turner, a 2012 WSU graduate, will provide operational and administrative support to CAF members and staff. While a student, she was an officer in Coug Guys and Gals and served as an ASWSU Senator. She will begin her duties next month.