MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Senior Associate Athletic Director/Executive Director of the Mountaineer Athletic Club (MAC) Ben Murray announced today the hiring of Eric Buda, Doug Wallace and Ryan Riddle, as well as the elevation of Jamie Hall.
Buda will serve as assistant athletic director - annual giving, while Wallace will serve as a major gifts officer. Hall has been elevated to the director of donor relations and special events, and Riddle will serve as the assistant director of donor relations and special events.
“We are very excited to have Eric, Doug and Ryan join our team,” Murray said. “They each bring a wealth of diverse experiences and strong work ethics to our department. We look forward to having them serve the interests and needs of MAC members.
“In addition, we are happy to announce the elevation of Jamie Hall to the director of donor relations. Jamie has done a wonderful job, and we are excited about her future within the MAC.”
Buda comes to WVU after spending the last five years at Kansas State, where he served as the assistant director of development of the Ahearn Fund from 2013 – 2015, before he was elevated to the director of development/annual giving. At WVU, he will be responsible for planning, organizing and directing a comprehensive annual giving program for the MAC, while also overseeing the priority seating, parking and points programs for football, men’s basketball, baseball, postseason games and other athletic events.
At Kansas State, Buda had direct oversight of the annual fund, which generated more than $70 million since 2013, while also serving as a member of the major gifts team and managing a portfolio of more than 125+ prospects with capacity of $100,000. He also managed and maintained the annual strategic plan and external communication efforts, as well as all parking operations for football and men’s basketball, while also leading the sales and communication efforts for all premium seat sales.
Prior to joining the Ahearn Fund, Buda was the development coordinator for the Wisconsin Athletic Development Office from January 2012 – April 2013. There, he assisted with the strategic planning of all annual fund operations and special events, including the implementation of new initiatives for the development program and a revamp and update of the ‘Forever Badgers’ endowment program.
Buda served as a graduate assistant within the Sooner Club at Oklahoma from August 2010 – January 2012, helping establish the 110 percent Sooner Campaign, which generated more than $800,000 in new revenue. He also assisted in implementing the Next Level Sooner initiative, which generated more than $500,000 in 2011.
Buda also spent two years as an athletic ticket office rep for the Louisville Athletic Ticket Office.
Buda received his bachelor’s degree in sport administration in 2008 from Louisville and his master’s degree in adult and higher education in 2011 from Oklahoma.
As a major gifts officer, Wallace will work toward securing high-end annual gifts and funds for major capital projects, as well as endowing student-athlete scholarships.
Wallace joins the MAC after spending the last six years with Marshall’s Big Green Scholarship Foundation, serving as the associate director of development the last two years. In that role, he managed the Big Green Premium Seating & Parking program, directed the Herd Athletic Fund, which generated more than $520,000 in revenue for the Big Green, the Big Green Courtesy Car Program, the Scholarship Endowment Program and the Charlie Slack Legacy Society. Wallace also led the Huntington and Charleston Quarterback Clubs, managed Marshall’s Dugout Club, which exceeded fundraising goals three straight years (2014-16), and helped establish the 110% Club, responsible for generating nearly $400,000 in new revenue for the scholarship fund.
In his first four years at Marshall, Wallace served as the assistant director of development, where he oversaw research, planning and implementation of the 2014 Marshall Athletics Reseating and Reparking Program. He also assisted in the stewardship of Football Enhancement Fund members and assisted with the creation and publication of the Big Green Annual Fund brochure.
Prior to his time in Huntington, Wallace spent two years as the development associate/Student Flames Club president for the Flames Club at Liberty. While there, he worked closely with the director of athletics development & Flames Club. As president of the Student Flames Club in 2009, he led a staff, which set records in 2009 for number of students enrolled in the SFC and revenue produced. Additionally, he managed the Flames Club Courtesy Car Program.
Wallace also spent six months as an assistant to senior associate athletics director for internal operations for Liberty Athletics.
Wallace received his bachelor’s degree in sport management in 2008 from Liberty, where he also was member of the Flames’ baseball program.
In her new position within the MAC, Hall will be responsible for the management and leadership of all special events and donor stewardship for the WVU Athletic Department, as well as overseeing all data entry for sport-specific and major gifts made to the MAC.
Hall spent the last year with the MAC as the assistant director of donor relations and special events. In this role, she assisted with the planning and execution of all MAC events, coordinated sport-specific giving programs and developed brochures, webpages, marketing materials and a communications plan in support of fundraising efforts.
Prior to her return to Morgantown, Hall spent three years at Colorado State, where she served as the donor relations coordinator (2014-15) before an elevation to the development operations and reseating coordinator (2015-16). In her last role at CSU, she managed and implemented a reseating process to transition fans into a new stadium, as well as produced communication materials and prepared multi-million dollar proposals for naming rights, premium seating, sponsorship and philanthropy. As the donor relations coordinator, Hall designed and created multiple digital media campaigns, compiled, analyzed and delivered weekly and monthly reports to staff members and directed social media efforts, gift processing, acknowledgement letters, invitations, gift club lists and e-news.
Prior to joining the CSU staff, Hall spent a year as the director of marketing for Crane & Seager Orthodontics in Fort Collins, Colorado. Additionally, she spent three years at James Madison (2010-13), where she served as the athletic ticket office assistant, the assistant director of athletic ticketing and the director of donor stewardship and administration.
A member of the WVU women’s soccer team in 2006-07, Hall helped the Mountaineers win their first Big East Soccer Tournament title and make their first NCAA Tournament quarterfinal appearance. She received her bachelor’s degree in sport management in 2009 and her master’s in sport management, also from WVU, in 2010.
Riddle joins the MAC following 5 ½ years with The College of William & Mary Athletic Department. In his new role, he will be responsible for assisting the coordination of all special events, all donor stewardship activities and data entry for all non-annual fund gifts, as well as managing communication with donors and executing game day and event day operations.
At W&M, Riddle spent his final three years as the director of ticket operations after first serving as the assistant director of athletic ticketing. In his last position, he served as the primary contact for customer service management and operations of all ticketed sports and events. He also maintained and updated the ticketing software and technology. Riddle was instrumental in transitioning the Tribe Ticket Office from Ticket Return software to NeuLion ticketing/donor platform, as well as the reseating and reallocation of football ticket holders for the renovation of Walter J. Zable Stadium in the spring of 2016. Additionally, he supervised up to 15 part-time employees on game days.
Prior to his time at W&M, Riddle served as the ticketing assistant with the WVU Athletic Ticket Office (2010-11), where he assisted customers, walk-up and over the phone, with ticket purchases. He was responsible for customer accounts through the Paciolan ticketing software and also worked in coordination with the MAC in processing season and individual ticket orders for football and men’s basketball.
Riddle also spent a year as the ticketing and marketing assistant at UNC Asheville (2008-09), where he was responsible for all box office sales and reconciliation for game day sales of men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and baseball events. He also managed ticket holder accounts and supervised box office personnel and ushers.
Riddle earned bachelor degrees in arts and religious studies and sport management from WVU in 2008. He also earned his master’s in sport management from WVU in 2010.