PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University Athletics has announced the appointment of Ryan Donckers as the Cougar Athletic Fund's Regional Director of Spokane Operations. Donckers began his current position earlier this month.
In leading the CAF efforts in Spokane, Donckers will focus on expanding the department's overall presence in the region, as well as increasing the donor base and ticket sales efforts. He will also cultivate and lead a vibrant volunteer network to aid Cougar Athletics.
"Ryan is a great addition to our staff and will play a vital role in the expansion of Cougar Athletics' presence in the Spokane market," said Chris Walker, Associate Athletic Director for Development. "He has extensive experience in the area and with WSU, and is excited about growing our donor and customer base in Spokane and the surrounding communities."
Donckers had spent the past year as the sports sales manager for Red Lion Hotels in Spokane, where he received the 2012 Circle of Pride Award for the fourth quarter. His sales team was named the Sales Team of the Year within the entire Red Lion Corporation last year. Donckers spent the prior two years as an account executive for Washington State IMG Sports Marketing, where he facilitated and created corporate partnerships between WSU Athletics and local/regional businesses. In 2010 he was the IMG College Chairman's Cup recipient. Donckers also served one year as an assistant box office manager for TicketsWest before joining IMG.
"I am extremely excited to come back to WSU Athletics and work for Bill Moos and the Cougar Athletic Fund," said Donckers. "Bill has stated from his first day back at WSU that the city of Spokane is vital to the success of Cougar Athletics. I look forward to reaching out to the community and helping make the Cougs a significant presence in this great city."
Donckers is a 2006 graduate of Eastern Washington with a degree in communication studies, where he was a three-time member of the Big Sky Conference Football All-Academic team (2004-06). Upon graduation he spent nearly three years with the Spokane Indians Baseball Club, first as an account executive (2007) and two years (2008-09) as the director of ticket sales. In 2008 he oversaw a 24 percent revenue increase in new season, mini season and group ticket sales.