Three Staff Members Join Mid-American Conference

Updated 9/9/1999
CLEVELAND (Sept. 9) -- Mid-American Conference Commissioner Rick Chryst announced today the appointment of three new members to the MAC staff.

Bob Gennarelli was named associate commissioner for external operations, Dell Robinson as associate commissioner for legislative and compliance services and Stephanie McDonald as assistant commissioner for sports programs and women's basketball operations.

"We are fortunate to have attracted three outstanding individuals to join our staff in Cleveland," said Chryst. "Each is extremely well-respected and will bring tremendous energy and leadership to their respective positions. I am excited for the service I know they will provide to the schools of the Mid-American Conference."

Gennarelli, 40, comes to the MAC from his position of assistant executive director of the SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl and the San Antonio Bowl Association. He had been with the bowl since its inception in 1992. Previously, Gennarelli worked in the Southwest Conference from 1986-92 as media relations director for football and men's basketball and tournament operations for the post-season tournament. Prior to joining the SWC staff in August of 1986, Gennarelli was sports information director at East Carolina University from 1984-86. He also served as senior assistant sports information director at the University of Houston from 1982-84.

Gennarelli is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He is married to the former Debbie Walters, and they have a nine-year old daughter, Nicole.

Robinson, 34 and a Cleveland native, most recently served as assistant commissioner for compliance at the Western Athletic Conference in Denver. Before joining the WAC, Robinson served as the director of compliance and enforcement for the Southwestern Athletic Conference from 1992-96. He has a bachelor's degree in sports management from Ohio University and received his master's degree in sports administration from Iowa State University.

McDonald, 28, joins the MAC following a year as director of compliance at North Carolina State University. Prior to N.C. State, she was the athletics compliance coordinator at Cleveland State University. McDonald is a graduate of Texas Woman's University, where she earned her B.B.A. in accounting in 1993, and from the University of Texas School of Law, where she earned her juris doctorate in 1996.