Michael Gilstorf appointed Senior Associate Sporting Director for Development
STEPHENVILLE – As Tarleton’s growth into an NCAA Division I program continues, Michel gilstorf was appointed the school’s first senior associate athletic director for development.
“I am truly grateful to President Dr James Hurley, Vice President of Institutional Advancement Dr Gabriel Cagwin, Vice President of Athletics Lonn reisman, and the entire search committee for this incredible opportunity, ”said Gilstorf. “Tarleton State University and the Athletics Department are developing at a rapid pace and I am truly honored to be a part of the Texas nation. I look forward to serving the student-athletes, donors, alumni and the community of Stephenville. “
Gilstorf comes to Tarleton after spending the past eight years at the University of West Virginia, where he was responsible for major gifts and was promoted to director of development for the athletics department.
“We are delighted that Mike is joining our team and we look forward to seeing him take our sporting development to the next level,” said Cagwin. “Being able to add someone of Mike’s caliber is a testament to the growth and exciting potential of what we are building here at Tarleton. I have no doubt that he will be a great addition to our team.
In his role with the Mountaineers, he was instrumental in receiving commitments of over $ 100 million in capital support for installation projects. Gilstorf was instrumental in planning and organizing the $ 100 million ‘Climbing Higher’ track and field facilities campaign and was awarded the biggest seven-figure giveaway in the history of the gymnastics program. WVU.
In addition to major donations, Gilstorf worked with the Mountaineer Athletic Club (MAC) team to help grow the annual fund and raise over $ 120 million. He also oversaw the $ 50 million athletics endowment program, which grew by $ 13 million during his eight years at Morgantown. He also assisted donors with annual fund contributions, season tickets and parking requests while serving as a fundraising liaison for the gymnastics and rowing teams.
“We are delighted to welcome Michael and his family to Tarleton State University,” said Reisman. “We have had a lot of excellent candidates for this crucial role at our university and Michael quickly rose to the top with exceptional experience in Division I programs. I have no doubts that he will be a valuable addition to our department. athletics and college. “
Prior to coming to West Virginia, Gilstorf spent more than two years at East Carolina University as an assistant director of development for the Pirate Club. While at ECU, he helped raise a record $ 13 million annual donation in two years. He oversaw 15 regional chapters managing annual fund renewals for each chapter and redesigned the “Young Grad” program and saw it grow by more than half during his two-year tenure.
Gilstorf broke into the industry with the University of Tennessee – his alma mater – as an athletic development assistant, where he raised money for the annual fund and played a key role in the campaigns. financing of installations. As an undergraduate student in Knoxville, he was director of the men’s basketball team. He received his Tennessee BA in Sociology and an MA in Sports Management from West Virginia University.
Originally from Perrysburg, Ohio, Gilstorf and his partner, Jennie, are the parents of two children, Grace and Gabriel.