NEWARK, Del.  -- Jerry Oravitz, a staple with the University of Delaware athletics program over the last 21 years in the areas of operations and administration, including the last 14 seasons in daily football operations, will take on his new role later this month in the position of Associate Director of Athletics for Major Gifts.

Oravitz, who joined the UD staff in 1997, will work closely with student-athlete alumni as a part of the fundraising team led by Senior Associate Athletic Director Jordan Skolnick. He will begin his new position on May 15.

Oravitz will be responsible for major gift fundraising for the UD Intercollegiate Athletics Program with the major emphasis of the position being the solicitation of gifts from former student-athletes.

Carl Kotz (at right), who came to Delaware from the University of Richmond when Danny Rocco was named the Blue Hens' new head coach, has been promoted to director of football operations and will take over Oravitz' responsibilities with day-to-day operations of the football office and coordination of team travel. He will also work closely with recruiting coordinator Bill Polin on all recruiting efforts.

“This is an exciting transition for Jerry and for the University of Delaware athletics program,” said Delaware Director of Athletics and Recreation Services Chrissi Rawak. “Effective fundraising and relationship building is certainly vital in college athletics today and Jerry brings a unique perspective that we are confident will benefit Blue Hens athletics and all of our student-athletes, alumni, friends, and fans. Jerry's vast experience in athletics here at Delaware, his close ties with our football program, and his strong relationships with former Blue Hens players and families makes him the perfect fit for this newly-created position.”

“I am honored and excited to be taking over this new role at Delaware and I thank Chrissi Rawak for providing me with this great opportunity,” said Oravitz. “Delaware Athletics has been a big part of my life and I cherish the relationships that I have built with so many former Blue Hen student-athletes, staff members, and coaches over the years - particularly within the football program. This new position allows me the opportunity to enhance those relationships and establish many new ones while growing professionally and meeting new challenges.”

A native of New Castle, Del. and a 1984 graduate of Salisbury (Md.) University and 1998 master's graduate of Springfield (Mass.) College, Oravitz began his career at Delaware as an operations intern and worked his way through the ranks as athletics operations associate, special assistant to the athletics director, director of football operations, and currently associate director of athletics for football administration.

He also serves as internship supervisor for the UD Sports Management program and served as an adjunct instructor in the sport management program from 2003-2014. He also completed NACDA's Sports Management Executive Program sponsored by the University of Notre Dame and the University of Texas in January, 2004.
 
Oravitz remains active in the community, serving as a volunteer with Special Olympics of Delaware, Meals on Wheels – Newark, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Newark, and the Sunday Breakfast Mission in Wilmington. He and his wife, Teresa, reside in Bear, Del.

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