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Jim Senter Provides UTEP Athletics Updates at #EPMAD News Conference

Director of Athletics Jim Senter briefed the media on numerous UTEP Athletics initiatives at the Every Person Makes a Difference (#EPMAD) Press Conference on Wednesday at Albertsons, 3100 North Mesa Street.

 “Since arriving in El Paso and assuming my new duties, our fans have continuously told me that they want more from our department,” Senter said.  “More engagement, more options, more fun and more winning.   I feel confident that the winning is going to happen!  What we feel strongly about is that we need everyone to be more involved and committed to the process of what it takes to win.  The truth is we believe that ‘Every Person Makes A Difference’ #EPMAD and today’s announcements are just a few examples of how we have been engaging our fans and will continue to look for new and creative ways to involve everyone so they can be a positive difference maker for UTEP Athletics.” 

#EPMAD Campaign

As a corporate sponsor for UTEP Athletics, Albertsons will be selling exclusive limited edition “Difference Maker” t-shirts. 

“Albertsons is proud to support UTEP as a Difference Maker,” said Lori Raya, President of Albertsons.  “UTEP makes a difference in the lives of its students each day.  It’s an honor to be the exclusive retail partner for UTEP’s Difference Maker t-shirts.”

Town Hall Meetings

Athletics officials compiled a “Top-10 List” of items most frequently brought up by fans at the series of Town Hall meetings across El Paso.  These items are (1) Fix tailgating, (2) Get UTEP students more involved in Athletics, (3) Make games more fun, (4) Add baseball and men’s soccer, (5) Go to the Mountain West Conference, (6) Better marketing, (7) Develop and create traditions, (8) Engage the East Side, (9) Build community spirit and (10) Build a Spanish-speaking fan base.

Fan Council

The 30-member UTEP Fan Council has been launched and had its first meeting on June 4 at the Foster Stevens Basketball Center.  Items on the “Top-10” list from the Town Halls were discussed.  UTEP Athletics officials also gave presentations on the budget, the conference situation, and the marketing plan for 2018-19. 

The Fan Council will gather quarterly with the next meeting scheduled for September 4.

Fan Fest

The 2018 UTEP football gameday experience will be enhanced with the addition of the Fan Fest.  Located in the Memorial Gym parking lot facing Glory Road and Randolph Drive, the Fan Fest will be free to the public and suitable for all ages with food, music, entertainment and kid-friendly games. 

The Fan Fest will be open from 2-5 p.m. for the Miners’ season opener versus Northern Arizona.  More details will be announced later this summer. 

FirstLight Federal Credit Union Miner Kid’s Club

The Miner Kid’s Club now features a free membership option courtesy of FirstLight Federal Credit Union.  Packets include free admission to all Olympic sporting events (soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball) and access to all free athletic events (Football Fan Day, Orange & White basketball scrimmage, Kid’s Club Days, etc.) with special on-field and on-court experiences at all sporting events.

Packets will be distributed throughout the summer at various events across El Paso, and are also available through UTEP Athletics.  To activate the membership, parents can enroll their child online at utepathletics.com to receive their free membership card and sign up for Pete’s Birthday Club.

A Gameday Membership upgrade is also available for $30.  This includes all benefits of the free membership, plus free admission to all football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball regular season games (free youth ticket with accompanying adult ticket at any level/ticket must be purchased at the University Ticket Center or venue location on gameday only). 

Other benefits of the GameDay Membership are an official gameday t-shirt, official gameday premiums and the chance to be the “Kid’s Club CEO” at a football, men’s or women’s basketball game or other UTEP athletic event.    

Kids can open their Miner Kid’s Savings Account with FirstLight Federal Credit Union to earn more perks and prizes.  Visit FirstLightFCU.org/Miner-Kids-Savings for more details.

“FirstLight Federal Credit Union is delighted to partner with UTEP Athletics since 2014,” said Natalia Flores, Marketing Manager for FLFCU.  “It’s our mission to support the communities that we serve, and this year, we are extremely proud to sponsor the Miner Kid’s Club and offer a new Miner Kid’s Savings Account to help them achieve their dreams.”

Miner Savings Magazine/Football Schedule Card

The new Miner Savings Magazine is free to all UTEP fans and provides special savings and rewards from local restaurants and businesses.  The UTEP football schedule card features a yearlong BOGO Church’s Chicken meal deal.  Fans can present their schedule card at participating Miner Savings locations for deals (for the full list of establishments taking part in the program, visit this website).  Fans can also register online at oline to receive weekly deals, free food and prizes.        

Miners Got Talent

The “Miners Got Talent” competition is new for 2018 and is open to all ages, individuals and groups.  Tryouts are scheduled for June 16 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Memorial Gym, with fans voting for their favorite performers.  The lucky winners will be selected to perform at halftime of UTEP men’s and women’s basketball home games, with the top-three finalists receiving cash prizes.  Signup is available online

UTEP Names Jim Senter Director of Athletics

Jim Senter has been named UTEP’s new Director of Athletics, President Diana Natalicio announced on Wednesday.

“We’re delighted to welcome Jim Senter to the UTEP family,” Natalicio said.  “He brings to El Paso extensive leadership experience in athletics administration and fundraising, most recently at The Citadel, where for the past three years, student-athletes have achieved excellence both on the playing field and in the classroom, and successful fundraising has enhanced the college athletics experience for them and their fans.  His previous experience at the University of Idaho, San Diego State University and the University of Colorado gives him a rich set of perspectives on the complexities of intercollegiate athletics in the 21st century.”

“I thank Bob Stull for his nearly 20 years of dedicated efforts to strengthen the foundation for a sustainable athletics program at UTEP, and I thank the search committee for working diligently to find the best candidate to usher in a new era of UTEP Athletics.  We’re excited about UTEP Athletics’ future under Jim Senter’s direction,” Natalicio added.        

“I would like to thank Dr. Natalicio for this opportunity,” Senter said.  “I look forward to building upon the work that Coach Stull and the administration have accomplished.  There are numerous factors that you need to ensure success in athletics, and Bob has put many of them in place during his time as the AD.  I cannot wait to get to campus, acclimate to the city of El Paso and invest in the community.  I am a big believer that ‘every person makes a difference’ and we will work tirelessly to engage the community to be a difference maker for UTEP Athletics.” 

Senter has served as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, since 2014.  The Bulldogs field 16 NCAA Division I sports (nine men’s, seven women’s).  Since taking the reins of The Citadel program, Senter has hired head coaches in football, men’s basketball, baseball, soccer and volleyball. 

Over 45 percent of the school’s athletic budget is self-generated revenue, the highest figure in the Southern Conference.  Senter’s fundraising efforts have resulted in significant improvements being made to the football, basketball and baseball facilities.  He has grown scholarship endowment by nearly $6 million in cash and pledges over the last three years.  His total fundraising numbers over the last two years both set school records.   

Senter grew football attendance by more than 3,000 spectators per game, and the Bulldogs led the Southern Conference in attendance.  They posted a 10-win season in 2016 and a nine-victory campaign in 2015.

Academically, 174 Bulldog student-athletes garnered placement on the Southern Conference Honor Roll last year.  In 2015-16, The Citadel produced two CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-Americans.

Senter came to The Citadel after spending seven years (2006-13) at the University of Colorado, where he worked his way up to Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Operations.  Senter was the sport supervisor for the Colorado football, skiing, men’s and women’s golf programs.  He also had supervision over the Chief Marketing Officer and numerous other areas including facilities, sports medicine, sports performance, game and event management and equipment services.

He began his tenure at Colorado as Associate AD for Development.  In that role, his responsibilities included all fundraising efforts, including the annual fund (student-athlete scholarships), major gifts and coordinating all donation-related activities and staff.  He was later elevated to Associate Athletic Director.

Before Colorado, Senter served as Associate Athletic Director for Development/Senior Associate AD for External Sales at San Diego State for 18 months.  Aligned closely with the University foundation, he was responsible for overseeing the athletic department’s development efforts, including major gifts.

He spent 2003-05 as Director of Athletics at Idaho State University, a 16-sport Division I-AA program.  He engineered a 19 percent increase in football attendance and a $600,000 leap in advertising, marketing and corporate sales. 

Senter began his college athletic career at the University of Idaho.  After working as assistant head football coach and recruiting coordinator, he branched out into the administrative side.  He served as Assistant and Associate Athletic Director of Development from 1998-2003 in a chief fundraising capacity.  He was responsible for the university’s Capital Campaign for Athletics, helping raise money for a $13 million athletic facility expansion. He also ran the annual fund for Vandal athletics, overseeing the work of 48 national directors and planning the fiscal budget.

During his coaching days, Senter was in charge of the defensive line, linebackers and secondary.  He was a part of Idaho’s run to a 52-21 record over seven seasons and six NCAA playoff appearances.

Senter began his coaching career at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, where he was a student assistant in 1981 and 1982.  He later held that role at his alma mater, the University of Tulsa, from 1983-85 before moving on to Idaho.

Senter earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Tulsa in 1985, and added a master’s degree in recreation from Idaho in 1992 while serving on the football coaching staff.

He was born Nov. 9, 1961 in Doylestown, Pa., and graduated from Jay (Okla.) High School where he was a football letterwinner.  He is married to the former Susan Beck and the couple has four children — Shawna, Derick, Matthew and Samantha.   

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