RUSTON – Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland announced today that Marco Born has been hired as the senior associate athletics director for external operations.
Born’s hiring is pending the approval of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.
Born comes to Ruston after spending the past 10 years at Middle Tennessee as a student-athlete and administrator. In his new position at Louisiana Tech, Born will oversee external operations, including ticketing and marketing while serving as the liaison with LA Tech Sports Properties and Aspire. He will be heavily involved in athletic fundraising while also serving on the athletics senior staff and as the sport administrator for baseball.
“I am excited to have someone of Marco's experience and back-ground join our athletics leadership team,” McClelland said. “He is a proven athletics administrator that understands the revenue generation needs of a Division I FBS program. He will be a tremendous help to our student-athletes as we continue to explore ways to generate revenue that will ultimately support them."
Born has served on the athletics staff at Middle Tennessee since June of 2007, including stints as associate athletics director and assistant athletics director for ticketing and marketing. During his time on the senior administrative staff in Murfreesboro, Born handled all internal and external duties with oversight of marketing, ticketing, Aspire and Learfield partners. He served on the senior staff for five years and was heavily involved in the school’s transition to Conference USA.
“My family and I are very excited to join Louisiana Tech Athletics and become part of the Bulldog and Lady Techster family and the Ruston community,” Born said. “I am excited to work under the leadership of Tommy and look forward to a bright future of Louisiana Tech Athletics.”
He was instrumental in facilitating ticket sales efforts for sellout crowds of the Murphy Center for both men’s and women’s basketball as well as the three largest crowds in Floyd Stadium history for football, including the first ever sellout in 2011 against Georgia Tech. Women’s basketball attendance consistently ranked in the top 30 nationally ever year.
Born also oversaw the $11 million renovation to the Murphy Center and a $1.4 million turf replacement at Floyd Stadium.
During his time as a student-athlete at Middle Tennessee, Born was a three-year varsity letter-winner for the Blue Raiders tennis program where he captured the 2005 ITA Division I All-American championship and the 2007 NCAA Division I Doubles championship. He was a two-time ITA Division I All-American, a 3-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection and a member of the 2007 ITA Collegiate All-Star team.
Off the courts, he was named to the Academic Honor Roll twice while serving on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. He was nominated for the Sun Belt Conference’s Sporting Behavior Award and the NCAA Today’s Top VIII Award. He recently served as a member of the Sun Belt Conference Fellows Program, currently serves on the ITA Steering Committee and will serve on the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Tennis Committee beginning in September.
Born earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Middle Tennessee in 2007 and his master’s in sports management in 2009. He completed the Sports Management Institute Executive Program from the University of Michigan and University of Texas in 2013.
LA Tech Sets Menu, Revises Competition for Tailgating
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech tailgaters will get a little taste of Bulldog Village this fall when Skip Holtz and Co. kickoff the home portion of the season Sept. 20 against Northwestern State.
The newly-created Bulldog Village will be located on the front steps of the Thomas Assembly Center for each home football game and will include live music, the Ruston Brick Kids Zone, LA Tech student-athlete autograph and interaction area, tailgate judging for best food and much more. There will be more information available on Bulldog Village in the coming weeks.
This year’s tailgating menu has been set while a few changes have been made to judging. This year the best food competition will be judged by LA Tech student athletes each home game. However, instead of the student-athletes walking around tailgating to judge the food, all tailgaters who want their food judged must bring it to Bulldog Village two and a half hours before kickoff.
Only tailgaters who have prepared the food based on that week’s advertised menu will be eligible to win the award. Winners will be announced during half-time.
The plaque for best decorations will be judged by members of the Tech marketing staff and announced at halftime.
This year’s tailgating menu includes: Sept. 20 vs. Northwestern State (BBQ ribs); Oct. 4 vs. UTEP (BBQ chicken); Oct. 18 vs. UTSA (BBQ brisket); Nov. 1 vs. Western Kentucky (gumbo); Nov. 29 vs. Rice (breakfast food).
Season and individual tickets are on sale for the 2014 Bulldog football season and can be purchased by calling the Tech Ticket Office at 318-257-3631 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Fans can follow @LATechSports and @LATechFB for Twitter updates and can get all the latest updates on all of the athletic programs at LATechSports.com.
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