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Stacey Bunting-Thompson
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Stacey Bunting-Thompson 1748464
Position: Senior Associate AD for External Relations
Hometown: Smyrna, Del.
Alma Mater: Miami
Graduating Year: 1998
Major: English
Experience: 9 Years

Stacey L. Bunting-Thompson, who joined the University of Delaware athletics program in January 2009 as director of the UD Athletics Annual Fund/Blue Hen Club, assumed the new position of associate athletics director for external relations in December 2009 and was promoted to senior associate athletics director for external relations in December 2013.  As a member of the senior leadership team, she currently serves as the senior associate athletics director for external relations and brand management.


She served for nine years as a member of the athletics staff at the University of Miami (Fla.) before coming to Delaware.


Bunting-Thompson oversees the University of Delaware Athletics External Relations team and is responsible for developing, managing, and growing a strategic, innovative and comprehensive external relations strategy across the department.


Her areas of oversight include marketing, promotions, advertising, licensing, engagement, video, communications and brand management. During her time at Delaware, she has also served as a sport administrator and overseen areas including ticketing, guest relations, sponsorship and corporate relations.  She and the external relations team continue to work closely with both the revenue generation team and the athletics development office, most recently providing marketing and communications support for the launch of the Delaware First campaign for Athletics which includes a $60 million facility goal with $48 million raised as of December 2017.


In addition, the external relations area led by Bunting-Thompson manages sport specific and department-wide community initiatives as well as special events programming, constituent relations and fan engagement efforts.  She is also a liaison to the  office of University Communications and participates on the UD Marketing Council and the UD Licensing Advisory Committee.


As director of the UD Athletics Annual Fund/Blue Hen Club, Bunting-Thompson was responsible for the overall direction and management of the annual giving program, developing and managing long-range annual fundraising plans, increasing participation and involvement of donors, developing volunteer programs, and building the culture of philanthropy among students, alumni, parents, and friends of the University and its athletics program.


A native of Smyrna, Del., Bunting-Thompson earned her degree in English with a minor in sports management from the University of Miami in 1998. As an undergraduate, she worked with the Wilmington (Del.) Blue Rocks minor league baseball team as well as with the Florida Marlins.


She started her full-time career in athletics as assistant ticket manager for the University of Miami athletics department in 1999 and served in that capacity until she was appointed interim director of ticket operations for the Hurricanes in early 2002.


Bunting-Thompson was then promoted to the senior leadership team and appointed assistant athletic director for ticket operations at Miami in June 2002 and served in that role for six years before taking the position at Delaware.


While serving as an assistant athletic director at Miami, she supervised an NCAA Division I athletic ticket operations unit responsible for generating critical revenue streams while serving as a liaison to the Athletic Development, Marketing and Sales areas.


Her work there included coordinating advancement services for athletics donors, developing and executing sales promotions, overseeing customer service for donors and season ticket holders, account management and fulfillment for 40,000 customer accounts, managing gameday ticket operations for events, and the supervision of ticketing based on priority and donation guidelines in conjunction with the Annual Fund office for postseason events including multiple BCS bowls, NCAA Basketball post-season play and NCAA Baseball post-season play.


Bunting-Thompson and her husband, Bruce Thompson, reside in Newark with their sons, Bradyn and Bryce.

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