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Ryan Jones - Assistant Athletic Director, Director of the Catamount Club

Ryan Jones

 

828.227.3084 | ryanjones@wcu.edu

Ryan Jones was named Assistant Athletic Director/Director of the Catamount Club in June 2017. He joined the Western Carolina Department of Athletics as an Assistant Director of the Catamount Club in July 2014, advancing to the Associate Director position during the summer of 2015. He came to Catamount athletics following a two-year stint working at the University of Tennessee in the Tennessee Fund as a development assistant.

During his time in the UT Athletic Department, Jones prospected and cultivated supporters to be engaged with UT Athletics through their annual fund and capital campaign, managed individual football game premium seat sales, and planned multiple donor events amongst other additional responsibilities.

Prior to UT, Jones served stints in athletic departments at Shaw University and North Carolina State University in a myriad of roles, including sports information, marketing, compliance, and event management.

The Raleigh, N.C. native holds a B.S. in Sport Management from North Carolina State University where he was Valedictorian, and a Master of Business Administration and Master of Sport Management from the University of Tennessee. Jones is married to the former Meredith Meadows of Dandridge, Tenn., a University of Tennessee graduate.

Brittney Holder - Assistant Director for Development

Brittney Holder

 

828.227.2013 | Blholder@WCU.EDU

Brittney Holder joined the Catamount Club in July of 2017 after spending four years at the University of Tennessee in the Tennessee Fund as Advancement Specialist for Development.

During her time in the UT Athletic Department, Holder assisted directors on a daily basis, worked with directors to develop and implement stewardship strategies, and planned and executed special events and dedications amongst other additional responsibilities. She was responsible for six large-scale building dedications, most notably the Pat Summitt Plaza and the Anderson Training Center Dedication.

A Western North Carolina native, Holder was born in Sylva, NC but lived most of her childhood in Hendersonville, NC. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Alex Ritter - Assistant Director for Development

Alex Ritter

 

828.227.3794 | daritter@WCU.EDU

Alex Ritter joined the Western Carolina Athletics as an Assistant Director of the Catamount Club in June 2017. He comes to WCU after working for the Deacon Club at Wake Forest as a Development Assistant.

While working with the Deacon Club at Wake Forest, Alex supported the major gifts team and worked closely with the annual fund. His duties included monitoring campaign and project progress, prospecting and cultivating prospects, soliciting annual scholarship support, organizing donor engagement/stewardship events. 

During his time, the Deacon Club, secured over $40 million in new gifts and pledges toward capital, annual, and endowment initiatives. Prior to Wake Forest, Alex coached basketball, first as a high school coach at his alma mater and then later as a graduate assistant at VCU.

The Warrenton, VA native earned his B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Mary Washington in 2013 and his M. Ed. in Sport Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016.

Blake Cantrell - Assistant Director for Development

Blake Cantrell

 

828.227.2056 | acantrell@wcu.edu

Blake Cantrell was named Assistant Director of the Catamount Club in March 2019.

He comes to WCU from Tusculum University (TN) where he served as the Director of Athletic Development. Cantrell was hired by Tusculum as Associate Director of Constituent Relations and Major Gifts in October, 2014, before transitioning to his role in athletics. As Director of Athletic Development, he was responsible for leading the fundraising efforts for the athletic department, including major gifts, annual fund gifts, and gifts to capital projects.

Cantrell also led the Pioneer Club at Tusculum, which works to raise funds for the athletic department through connections with parents, alumni, staff and other supporters of the University. While overseeing the Club, he increased membership by 48 percent and gifts by 101 percent.

He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in logistics/supply chain management from East Tennessee State University, with a minor in marketing. In May 2018, Cantrell graduated with honors with a Master in Business Administration from Tusculum University.

A native of Dandridge, Tennessee, he has two sons, Tate and Hudson.

Jake Bailey - Assistant Director for Development

Jake Bailey

 

828.227.3047 | bailey@wcu.edu

Jake Bailey joined the Western Carolina Athletics staff as an Assistant Director of the Catamount Club in April 2019. He comes to WCU after working as a graduate assistant in the Ram Athletic Fund at Virginia Commonwealth University.

While working with the Ram Athletic Fund at VCU, Jake was working towards his Master’s degree in the Center for Sport Leadership Program. During his time with the Ram Athletic Fund his duties included monitor and assisting in all development directors fundraising efforts, handling expense receipts, and donor interactions. As well as logistics for fundraising events.

 He earned his Bachelor of Health and Exercise Science with a Minor in Coaching from Bridgewater College in May of 2018.

Jeff Bewsey - Development Assistant

Jeff Bewsey

 

828.227.2244 | bewsey@wcu.edu

Jeff Bewsey joined the Catamount Club staff as a Gift Processor in January of 2018.  He has served in several capacities at WCU. Most recently Jeff served as the Director of Auxiliary Services at the university before retiring with 28 years of service in May 2017. 

During his time at WCU, Bewsey also served as a Career Counselor and as Associate Director of Auxiliary Services.  In his role as Director of Auxiliary Services he managed contracted services for several University services including Dining Services, Telecommunications, Cable TV and Soft Drink vending.  He also oversaw the Student ID Card (CatCard) Office, the WCU Bookstore operations and the University Mail and Print Services operation.

Bewsey is married to the former Josie Robinson who also retired from WCU in 2016.  They have two sons who also hold degrees from Western Carolina University. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration and an MBA from Western Carolina University.

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