A Cache Valley native has been selected to serve as the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Athletics Directors Association president for the 2019-20 membership year.
Kent Haslam, the director of athletics at the University of Montana, will fill this role. The Logan High graduate was hired as Montana’s AD in September of 2012.
“I am honored to serve as the President of the FCS ADA for the upcoming year,” Haslam said in a press release. “I believe strongly in the role college athletics plays in higher education today and look forward to building on the outstanding work that has already been done. Our priorities really remain the same, namely promoting the Football Championship Subdivision, advancing initiatives that enhance the student-athlete experience and bringing unity around topics unique to our institutions.”
Haslam will take over for Bill Smith, the AD at Bryant University. Smith filled the aforementioned FCS role during the 2018-19 academic year.
Haslam’s career at Montana started in January of 2006 as he was named the university’s associate director of athletics for development. His responsibilities involved serving as chief development officer, and Haslam directed and managed all fundraising activities for the athletics department.
Prior to his time at Montana, the father of five worked at Northern Arizona University as the associate director of athletics for external operations, starting in 2000. From 1993-98, Haslam was employed as the director of communications and corporate development for the Salt Lake Buzz, a Triple-A baseball team.
Haslam, who is married to the former Holly Huber, graduated from BYU in 1993 with bachelor’s degrees in broadcast journalism and Japanese. Haslam, who was a manager of media and communications for the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee from 1998-2000, went on to earn a master’s degree in educational leadership from NAU in 2004.
USU MEN’S TENNIS
Former Utah State tennis star Jaime Barajas has received the opportunity to participate in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Player Development Coaching Fellowship summer program. This will take place in Orlando, Florida, from June 24 to Sept. 8.
This fellowship program, which will conclude after the U.S. Open, was developed to provide training for independent research in the field of professional tennis coaching.
“Being given the opportunity to work with the USTA this summer means a lot to me,” Barajas said in a press release. “I have always wanted to be involved with tennis players, and having this chance to help others on and off the court is amazing.”
Barajas was a volunteer assistant coach for the Aggies this past season and helped guide them to a 19-9 record, including a 6-1 mark in Mountain West action. USU then advanced to the semifinals of the MW Tournament.
The native of Woodland Hills, California, is USU’s all-time wins leader with 152 combined victories in singles and doubles. Barajas, the 2016 Mountain West Player of the Year as a sophomore, also ranks first in program history in dual singles match wins (59), total singles wins (89) and dual match doubles victories (49).
During his collegiate career, Barajas was a seven-time MW Player of the Week. Additionally, he was a two-time all-conference selection in singles and a one-time honoree in doubles.