STANFORD, Calif. – The Stanford University Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation announced four recent promotions within the external relations and football programs.
Kevin Blue has been promoted to senior associate athletic director for external relations; Brian Risso has been promoted to director of athletic communications; David Sertich has been promoted to director of business strategy; and Matt Doyle has been promoted to associate athletic director for football operations.
Blue, a Stanford graduate and a former student-athlete on the men's golf team, will oversee ticket sales and operations, marketing, event presentation, communications, video, and Stanford’s relationship with Learfield Sports. He also manages the department’s business strategy and new technology initiatives, while supervising two varsity sports, softball and wrestling. He also facilitated the launch of Pac-12 Networks at Stanford in 2012-2013.
Risso enters his eighth year as a member of the communications and media relations staff, including seven in his prior role of assistant director of media relations. In his new position, Risso will assume oversight of the day-to-day operation of the communications office including the coordination of news, presentation and social media content for the school’s 36 varsity programs.
Sertich has been at Stanford since 2011. This past summer, he played a key role in Stanford’s successful Predictable Dynamic Pricing initiative for football tickets. Stanford sold out its season tickets for the first time in school history, with more than 33,000 tickets sold.
Doyle, now in his 14th year at Stanford, manages the daily operations of the football program. Doyle was the 2012 recipient of the FootballScoop.com Football Operations Director of the Year, as voted on by his peers. On the national level, he currently serves on the Rose Bowl Game Advisory Committee and is a member of the AFCA Football Operations National Committee.
Doyle's broad range of responsibilities includes the overall management of the football budget, team travel, bowl game coordination, the David Shaw Football Camps. He also plays a key role in fundraising and outreach as he coordinates the Stanford Football Alumni program as well as the “12th Man” summer jobs program, the player’s summer housing program and community outreach. Other duties include game day management, the coordination and planning of team events and special projects related to the football program including this year’s 27,000 square foot extension to the Arrillaga Family Sports Center.
In 2012-13 Stanford claimed its 19th consecutive Learfield Sports Director’s Cup as the top intercollegiate athletic department in the nation.