GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Mike Mooney announced the appointment of Liam Welsh as Associate Director of Athletics for the Knights.
Welsh comes to Geneseo after serving as a member of the athletic administration staff for the last four years at State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) rival Brockport, joining the department in 2012 as Assistant to the Athletic Director, before being promoted to Assistant Director in the summer of 2013.
"I couldn't be happier about Liam joining our team," said Mooney. "Having the opportunity to get to know and work with him previously as a member of the SUNYAC, I've seen first-hand that he is already one of the top, young athletic administrators in the business with unlimited potential. Now, I'm even more excited to have him on our side."
In his role with the Golden Eagles, Welsh served as a member of the senior management team with responsibilities including external relations, budget management, game day operations, facility coordination, NCAA compliance, marketing, scheduling and staff supervision for the 23-sport program.
"I am incredibly grateful and excited to become a member of the Geneseo Athletic Department," said Welsh. "As a nationally recognized academic institution that has recently achieved unprecedented athletic success, Geneseo represents the best in Division III athletics. I look forward to joining the institution's passionate campus community, as well as working with the talented teams, coaches, faculty, staff and alumni to enhance the student-athlete experience at SUNY Geneseo."
Welsh oversaw Brockport's sponsorship and ticket sales generation through the development and implementation of an effective marketing and promotional strategy, identifying, soliciting and cultivating business partnerships with over 70 local and regional businesses. He also managed the fundraising strategies of the department's annual fund, the Golden Eagle Society, realizing a 54-percent growth in annual memberships along with a 38-percent increase in donations during his tenure.
Supervising 11 full-time employees, including seven head coaches, as well as over 100 student employees, Welsh was also the host site administrator for all of Brockport's home athletic contests, highlighted by the 2014 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament Regional finals, as well as the 2012 National Collegiate Gymnastics Championships and the 2012 Empire Wresting Conference Championships. He also was responsible for the education, monitoring and documentation of the department's compliance efforts, ensuring all student-athletes, coaches and administrators were operating within NCAA Division III rules and regulations.
Welsh was the recipient of the 2015 Emerging Athletic Administrator Award, given annually by the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA) to an honoree with seven or fewer years of experience for their involvement and leadership roles at their respective institutions.
Prior to Brockport, Welsh served as an intern for Army West Point Sports Properties, the multimedia rights holder and sports marketing arm of the United State Military Academy in conjunction with Learfield Sports. Welsh collaborated with venders and sponsors to ensure sponsorship implementation and contract fulfillment while working closely with the Black Knights' Athletic Department with promotional activities and event management.
Welsh served as Assistant to the Athletic Director at New Paltz from 2008-2010 while also completing a Master of Business Administration degree. His duties included event management for home athletic contests and facility management/operations, while also working with student-athletes to perform community service projects. Welsh additionally served as an Alumni Affairs liaison, coordinating alumni contests and events. He also served as assistant men's soccer coach, having previously earned his United States Soccer Federation National Coaching License in 2004.
Welsh's professional experience also includes serving as a sales associate with Kraft Foods from 2010-2012, responsible for managing a multimillion-dollar product line through planning, creating and implementing effective sales strategies that helped achieve volume sales goals. He also was tasked with analyzing financial data and profitability requirements to increase the cost-effectiveness and economic performance of the company.
Welsh graduated from Siena in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing management with a concentration in business management. A four-year member of the Saints' men's soccer team, he was voted captain by his teammates during his junior and senior campaigns. Among his undergraduate accolades, Welsh was awarded the Leo Dufort Student Athlete Award, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Male Sportsmanship Award, and was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for four years.
While pursuing his undergraduate degree at Siena, Welsh was an intern in the Siena athletic department. He also served as a business tutor for the "Saints Supporting Saints Tutorial Service" and was also a member of the event management team.
A Hudson Valley native hailing Westtown N.Y., Welsh currently resides in nearby Brighton with his wife, Elizabeth, and their newborn daughter, Nora.