Cleveland, Ohio -- Mid-American Conference Commissioner Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher announced today the hiring of Jackie Mynarski to serve as Associate Commissioner for Institutional Services and Ken Mather to serve as the Assistant Commissioner/Media & Public Relations. Mynarski will provide NCAA and conference rules and interpretations and will aide in conference compliance reviews, audits and NCAA governance, while Mather will oversee the media and public relations operations of all 23 sponsored sports.
In addition, Steinbrecher announced a restructuring of the conference office by promoting Bob Gennarelli to Senior Associate Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer. Jeff Bacon has been promoted from his position of Director of Compliance to the newly created position of Assistant Commissioner for Championships & Sport Programs. In addition, Jeremy Guy has been named Director of Communications, while Erin Dugan will serve as Associate Director for Media Relations and External Affairs.
“I am pleased with the addition of Jackie and Ken to our staff,” Steinbrecher said. “Both emerged from strong candidate pools. Their experience will be of great benefit to the membership.”
Gennarelli has 25 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics and has spent the last 10 years with the Mid-American Conference. He came to the MAC in September of 1999 as the Associate Commissioner for External Operations after spending seven seasons as the Assistant Executive Director of the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.
“Bob’s promotion is a reflection of his years of service to the conference,” Steinbrecher went on to say. “He is an asset to our membership and is greatly respected among the intercollegiate athletic community.”
Mynarski comes to the Mid-American Conference after spending the previous two years at the Ohio Valley Conference. In her time at the conference office, Mynarski oversaw the Conference's NCAA rules educational and interpretation efforts for member institutions including APR initiatives, legislation reviews and assisting member institutions with the certification process. She also conducted OVC compliance reviews for member institutions, oversees the Board of Faculty Athletics Representatives and the OVC "green" initiative, including an office recycling program. Mynarski attended the University of Maryland where she graduated with a degree in government and politics in May 2000. While at Maryland, Mynarski was a member of the Terrapins soccer team, where she earned Mid-Atlantic All-Region first-team and All-ACC second-team honors in 1999. She finished her career ranked in the top-10 in each career games played, points, goals and game-winning goals. She was named University of Maryland Female Student-Athlete of the Year and the President’s Cup recipient for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Service to the University in 2000. Mynarski would later serve as a volunteer assistant coach at George Washington University for two years while she was pursuing her law degree at the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. She graduated with her Juris Doctorate in May 2003 and has a license from the Maryland Bar Association.
Mather comes to the Mid-American Conference after spending 10 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Mather served as the Manager for Publicity and Media Relations from 1999-2004 and then spent the past five seasons as the Director for Media Relations for the club. Prior to joining the Browns, Mather spent seven seasons with the Cleveland Lumberjacks (IHL) as the Director of Media & Community Relations. He also spent time as a production assistant for ABC Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN, FS Ohio and TNT. Mather graduated from Cleveland State in 1991 with a B.A. in communications.
Bacon moves to his new position of Assistant Commissioner for Championships and Sport Programs after serving as the Director of Compliance for the MAC during the past two seasons. In his new role, Bacon will be in charge of the oversight and development of 20 of the 23 Mid-American Conference sponsored sports and championships. Bacon is a 2003 graduate of Kent State University with a B.A. in criminal justice. He earned a J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law in 2006 and is a member of the Ohio Bar. Bacon served as an intern in the MAC compliance department in 2005 and at Akron, also in compliance, in 2005-06. He served as an associate with Dan Morell & Associates, Co., L.P.A. in Independence, Ohio, prior to joining the MAC.
Guy moves into his new role as Director of Communications after spending the past two years as Associate Director/Media Relations. Guy will pick up increased responsibilities in the area of media relations and will provide leadership and oversight of new media efforts as well as the official website of the Mid-American Conference (www.mac-sports.com).
Dugan has spent the past two seasons as Assistant Director/Media Relations and will now step into the role of Associate Director/Media Relations & External Affairs. In addition to media relations duties, Dugan will pick up duties in the areas of external affairs with the focus on marketing, television and branding.