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Millersville, Pa. –
Brian Hazlett, Millersville University vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, has announced the appointment of Miles P. Gallagher ’10/’12M as the University’s new director of athletics following a national search. Gallagher, a Millersville alumnus and Lancaster, Pa. native, has served as the interim director of athletics since August and takes on the permanent position effective immediately.  

“Miles has a true passion for Millersville University Athletics,” said Hazlett. “He is committed to preparing our student-athletes for success and providing them with the best possible experience. He can relate to our student-athletes and coaches as he was a successful Marauder student-athlete and coach himself. In his time as an associate director and the interim director, he exhibited outstanding leadership qualities, a willingness to take action and a plan for taking Millersville Athletics to the next level. I am excited to work with Miles and integrate his vision with the University’s Bold Path.”

A graduate of Lancaster’s J.P. McCaskey High School, Gallagher has deep ties to Millersville Universityand the Millersville community. Gallagher played baseball for the Marauders from 2008-10, served as a graduate assistant in the athletic department and assistant baseball coach from 2010-12 and was appointed interim associate director of athletics for compliance in February 2013. He served in that role until the summer of 2015 when he was named the interim director of athletics.

“I would like to thank President John Anderson, Mr. Brian Hazlett and the search committee for the opportunity to serve my alma mater as the director of athletics,” said Gallagher. “I’m truly humbled and excited to begin a new chapter in Marauder Athletics and build upon the outstanding tradition of academic and athletic achievement.”

Gallagher made an immediate impact in his four months as the interim director, overseeing the department that offers 19 varsity sports for more than 400 men and women student-athletes. In addition to his duties as the compliance coordinator, he managed a multi-million dollar departmental budget, executed fundraising initiatives and oversaw facility upgrades and branding initiatives to Pucillo Gymnasium, Chryst Field, Biemesderfer Stadium and Jefferson Hall. He also coordinated the first department-wide community service project by partnering with the Lancaster Recreation League, offering free sport clinics to underprivileged youth in Lancaster City.

“We will pride ourselves on building a championship experience for our student-athletes academically, athletically and in the community,” said Gallagher. “We will develop our student-athletes for life after athletics while positioning our programs to compete for conference, regional and national championships.”

Prior to serving as the interim director, Gallagher was the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) supervisor. During his one year in that role, Gallagher helped the committee increase its donations to Make-A-Wish to $5,000, ranking Millersville second among all PSAC schools in money raised and landing the right to host a “wish reveal” at Millersville in 2016. Also during that time Gallagher assisted in the development and planning of improvements to Pucillo Field.

At Millersville, Gallagher earned a bachelor’s degree in government and political affairs in 2010 and a master’s degree in sport management in 2012. As a baseball player, he was a two-time PSAC Scholar-Athlete. On the diamond, he was a two-time All-PSAC East selection at catcher, posting a career batting average of .298 with 14 home runs and 86 RBIs. He helped the Marauders to a PSAC East Championship in 2008 and was on the coaching staff for the 2011 NCAA Atlantic Region Championship. 

Additionally, Gallagher served as the tournament director for the 2013 and 2014 NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Field Hockey Tournaments, is a PSAC Compliance Taskforce member and the PSAC Women’s Soccer liaison.

Ashley Moyer

 M.Ed. Athletic Management - Spring 2015 

Ashley Moyer graduated from the Sport management program in the Spring of 2015 with a degree focus in athletic management.  Almost immediately after graduation Ashley started an eventful summer– she was married in June and hired as an adjunct faculty member at Messiah College in the Health and Human Performance Department.  

Ashley credits her MU M.Ed. Degree with helping her get her foot in the door in higher education.  She said that her degree has ultimately helped her to get to her goal of teaching courses in Sport Management. 

She credits classes like Sport Law with making the most difference in her education.  Ashley says that courses like this were the most informative and where she felt like she learned the most applicable skills related to her major.

Ashley’s advice to current and prospective students is that there are many ways that this degree can take you and you should pursue the endless options.  She also credits the faculty and staff as helpful resources.

Morgan Rupp

M.Ed Athletic Management- Spring 2015

   Morgan graduated from the Sport Management program in the Spring of 2015.  He was hired by the Ivy League to work as the Coordinator of Compliance and Championships shortly after graduating.  Morgan’s new job required him to relocate to Princeton, New Jersey and he has been very happy about taking the next step in his career.

   During his studies he found that one of the most important and beneficial parts of the entire program was establishing strong networking connections with the faculty and other students.  Morgan also mentioned that the internship portion of the program really helped him to gain real world work experience.  The course that he saw as the most beneficial was WSSD 601: Organization and Administration of Sport Programs.

   The best advice that he can offer to current students is to ‘get our of your comfort zone in order to expand on your experiences.  Make the most of the opportunities that Millersville University and the WSSD professors provide.  Invest in your classmates, for you  never know what that connection may lead to.”

Akil  Stokes

M.Ed. Athletic Management- Winter 2010

Akil Graduated from Millersville’s Sport Management M.Ed. Program in Winter of 2010 with a degree concentration in Athletic Management. Since graduation Akil has been employed as Millersville University’s assistant Women’s cross country coach and the Women’s track and field team’s sprint specialist. A standout sprinter at MU in his undergraduate years, has also coached relay teams to seven school records, as well as multiple trips to the NCAA championships.

Akil cites his internship as the most beneficial experience in his graduate degree studies.  He says that the internship really helped him to transfer what he was learning in the classroom and put his skills into real life situations. 

Akil also credits his professors and department advisor, Julie Lombardi, for teaching him to make good connections in the athletic field. 

John Vandevere

M.Ed Athletic Management 2001

John finished his classwork in December 2000 and relocated to Florida Atlantic University for his internship where he worked with the football team and was officially given the position of Offensive Guard Assistant for the 2001 football season.  In February 2002, he became the Tight Ends Coach and stayed in the coachng profession for the next 6 years.  In 2007 he moved positions to the athletic department and became Director of Game Day Operations.  He stayed in that position until May 2009 when he relocated back to Pennsylvania.  He continued to coach football and in May 2011 he was named director of the brand new state of the art $45 million athletic facility at SUNY Canton in upstate New York.  He has continued to work there as the Associate Athletic Director/Facilities.