Chris Aaland is about to get yet another new title at Fort Lewis College.
The former director of alumni relations is sliding back into the athletic department as the new assistant director of athletics for external operations and communications, according to a news release sent out by the school Thursday.
The move comes in the wake of Julys resignations by assistant director of athletics for external operations Clayton Zenner and sports information director Ben Martinez.
Ive been presented with an opportunity to work closely with what I believe is the best coaching and support staff in NCAA Division II, Aaland said in the release.
A 1991 graduate of Fort Lewis, Aaland has been employed by his alma mater since his graduation. From 1992-2001, he served as sports information director, earning multiple accolades from the College Sports Information Directors of America for excellence in publications.
In 2001, Aaland took up the mantle of FLCs director of communications and publications, a title which he held until 2006, when he took over as director of alumni relations.
My jobs in public affairs and alumni relations offices have taught me countless new skills that I will be able to use to advance our athletic programs, Aaland said.
Despite not having worked in the sports realm since 2001, Aaland, whose wife Shelly Aaland is the head volleyball coach at FLC, has been active in Skyhawk athletics. Hes been a member of the Skyhawk Booster Club Board of Directors, chair of the FLC athletic Hall of Fame selection committee, and hes dabbled in keeping statistics, public address announcing and radio commentary.
Athletic director Kelly Higgins is excited to have Aaland back in the department.
This is a great opportunity for athletics to gain from an experienced hand who knows how to raise funds, handle our relations with alumni, is an expert at sports information and bleeds Skyhawk blue and gold, Higgins said in the release. The athletic department is glad to have him back on board working with us.
On the side, Aaland volunteers as a disk jockey at KDUR 91.9 FM and writes the weekly Top Shelf column in The Durango Telegraph. He and his wife have a three-year-old son, Otto.
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