Press Release for Friday, August 6, 2010

Van Alstyne Promoted to Track and Field Assistant Athletic Director

Brian Morgan

UNF Director of Athletic Media Relations

(904) 620-4027

University of North Florida Athletic Director Lee Moon promoted Mark VanAlstyne to Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Track and Field.

With this promotion, VanAlsytne will have a broader range of duties including the marketing of Hodges Stadium as a space for hosting major events. He will be responsible for the bidding and administration of these events as well as all facility related duties pertaining to the maintenance and enhancements of the venue. In addition, VanAlstyne assumes various administrative tasks as a member of the senior athletic staff.

“Mark is a tremendously hard worker,” Moon said. “He has a genuine commitment and dedication to making UNF better and I appreciate that about him. This is a great opportunity for him to use his skills and connections to bring even more positive exposure to our outstanding facility. I also believe this promotion keeps us in line with most of the top track and field programs in the country.”

VanAlstyne, a former student-athlete at UNF, has led the track and field programs since January 1991. He has mentored the Ospreys from the NAIA level through Division II into the program’s current status at the Division I level. During his two decade tenure, VanAlstyne has guided UNF to 11 Conference titles and coached 49 All-American performers. An active participant in the Jacksonville running community, he served as a member of former Jacksonville Mayor and current UNF President John Delaney’s Council on Fitness and Well-being.

“I am excited about this new position, and the opportunities it will bring to develop our program and enhance the visibility of UNF,” said VanAlstyne. “I’m also very humbled that Coach Moon has confidence in my ability to contribute in other ways within the athletic department as we face and overcome the many challenges along our development into a championship Division I program.”

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