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Portrait of Ryan Jones

 

Ryan Jones

Associate AD for Development & Ticketing Operations/Director of the Catamount Club

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.

 

Portrait of Blake Cantrell

 

Blake Cantrell

Associate Director for Development

828.227.2056
acantrell@wcu.edu

Blake Cantrell was named Assistant Director of Development for 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.

Portrait of April Bass

 

April Bass

Assistant Director for Development

828.227.3794
abass@wcu.edu

April Bass joined the Catamount Club in February of 2020 after spending three years at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the Seahawk Club as the Development Assistant. 

During her time in the UNCW Athletics Department, Bass started out as a Seahawk Club intern and later became the Development Assistant. She raised over $22,000 for the Seahawk Club’s general scholarship fund. Bass also assisted directors daily, worked with directors to develop and implement stewardship strategies, and actively engaged with new and lapsed members of the Seahawk Club through social events.

A North Carolina native, Bass was born and raised in Wilmington, NC. She holds a B.A. in Sports Leadership from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Portrait of Anthony Miele

 

Anthony Miele

Assistant Director for Development

828.227.3047
amiele@wcu.edu

Anthony Miele was named Assistant Director of Development for Catamount Club in February 2020.

Anthony comes to WCU from Kansas University where he has served as Annual Giving Officer since October 2018. In this role, he brought in over $200,000 in donations, successfully ran a Barbeque Competition to optimize fan engagement, and assisted in ticket operations. As a member of the Williams Education Fund, he was responsible for leading fundraising efforts for the athletic department, annual fund gifts, and gifts to capital projects.

Miele earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Sports Marketing/Management from Missouri Western State University. In May 2019, Anthony graduated with honors with a Master in Sports Administration from Arkansas State University. A native of New Brunswick, New Jersey, Anthony competed on the baseball team at Allen County Community College in Iola, KS.

 

A Portrait of Ben Page

 

Ben Page

Director of Ticket Operations

828.227.2401
wpage@wcu.edu

Ben Page came to Western Carolina in July of 2019 as the Ticket Operations and Marketing Assistant and then was promoted to Director of Ticket Operations in late January 2020.

Previously, before Page served as an intern for the Catamounts, he was a graduate assistant at The First Tee of Greater Richmond while earning his master's degree in Sport Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2019. As the Ticket Director for the Catamounts, Page will lead day-to-day ticketing operations, Coordinate Ticket Sales strategies, and be hands-on with all ticketing activities.

Page is no stranger to the Southern Conference earning a bachelor's of science in Sport and Leisure Management from East Tennessee State University. While at ETSU, Page served as an intern for the athletic department in the marketing and external affairs offices for two years. Also, while attending school in the Johnson City, Tenn. area, Page was very involved on campus and in the community through his fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon and the Boy Scouts of America.

Portrait of Jeff Bewsey

 

Jeff Bewsey

Development Assistant

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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