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Associate Director of Athletics, External Relations
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, was selected to assume the new position of Associate Director of Athletics for External Relations in December, 2009. 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 Ticketing, Marketing, Media Relations and Multimedia departments and continues to work closely with the Athletics Development office while also serving as the liaison to the Blue Hens IMG Sports Network team.
She has oversight in the areas of revenue generation activities encompassing ticket sales, customer relations, marketing, promotions, advertising, licensing, sponsorships and corporate relations, multimedia and sports information, and serves as a program administrator for men's and women's tennis, men's soccer and women’s lacrosse. In addition, the External Relations area led by Bunting-Thompson manages sport specific and department wide community initiatives as well as special events programming and fan engagement efforts.”
In addition, she is a liaison to the UD Office of Communications and Marketing 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 the Florida Marlins.
She also worked four years with the University of Miami athletic ticket office as a student and intern. 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 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 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 established in conjunction with the Annual Fund office for post season events including four 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. Bruce serves as the University of Delaware's Club Sport Coordinator.
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