Football: Hammond Joins Grid Staff
- By Mike Montoro
- July 09, 2011 02:55 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen has announced that Alex Hammond has joined the Mountaineer football staff as the coordinator of recruiting operations.
“I’m happy that Alex has joined the West Virginia University football program,” Holgorsen says. “He brings a wealth of knowledge from his tenure at the NCAA over the past few years that will not only help us remain in compliance but also will ensure we are doing the most we can to recruit top student-athletes.”
Hammond will serve in an administrative capacity, overseeing the operational and compliance aspects of football recruiting and serve as an aide to Holgorsen. He will organize the day-to-day recruitment of student-athletes, including building the program’s data bank of prospects and compiling information and video files.
He will serve as the liaison with the University admissions office, be the primary contact with the athletic compliance office regarding recruiting, oversee the correspondence with prospects, manage the planning of on-campus official and unofficial recruiting visits. He also will build and maintain relationships with high school and junior college coaches to advance recruiting, assist with the planning of the annual clinic for high school coaches and coordinate the summer jobs program for the student-athletes.
“Alex is an excellent addition to not only our football staff but also our athletic staff,” WVU Director of Athletics Oliver Luck says. “Aside from being a well-educated and smart guy, what attracted him to us was his experience with the NCAA. He will be an important asset to the football program, coach Holgorsen and the athletic department.”
Hammond comes to West Virginia after serving as the associate director of amateurism certification at the NCAA since 2009. In his position, he was responsible for educating elite athletes, member institutions and conferences on NCAA legislation, served as the NCAA liaison to the Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conferences on issues regarding amateurism and conducted amateurism reviews on high profile student-athletes.
Prior to his tenure with the NCAA, Hammond was an associate at Baker and Daniels, an international practice group, from 2008-09. He advised multi-national companies on global business operations, drafted contracts for corporate mergers and acquisitions and assisted with the development of the firm’s sports practice group.
Hammond also held several positions working for the United States federal government (2003-06), serving with the office of the General Counsel for the Department of Defense, a special assistant to Ambassador Randall Tobias for the US Department of State and as a public affairs officer and legislative assistant at the White House for the National Drug Control Policy.
Hammond graduated from the University of Texas in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in government and earned his juris doctorate from the Northwestern University School of Law in 2008.
While a student at Texas, he interned at the White House for the office of public affairs and was the executive director of the Longhorn student body, the highest appointed student position at the University. He represented the student body in front of the Texas State Legislature.
While earning his law degree at Northwestern, he co-founded and served as the vice president of operations for the Global Trends Group. It was organization that provided political and economic risk analysis to corporations seeking global expansion.