Saint Joseph's University Director of Athletics Jill Bodensteiner announced several new staff and promotions on Monday. Dr. Eric Laudano has been named senior associate athletics director for high performance, Rob Sullivan '06 has been named senior associate athletics director for external affairs and Amanda Hall has been named associate athletics director for business operations and facilities. Additionally, Christina Foggie has been promoted to director of special projects and special assistant to the athletics director and Stephanie McCaffrey ‘04 has been promoted to business analyst.
Laudano comes to Hawk Hill after serving as senior associate athletic director for health, well-being, and sport performance at the University of Delaware since 2016. In that role, he built and oversaw an all-encompassing sports performance team consisting of healthcare professionals that included athletic training, strength and conditioning, sports nutrition, sports psychology, and equipment operations. In June of 2017, his portfolio of responsibilities grew to senior level oversight of campus recreation leading strategic initiatives with campus partners.
Prior to joining the Blue Hens, Laudano spent eight years at Penn holding roles as head athletic trainer, assistant director of athletics for sports performance, and chief health and wellness officer. With the Quakers he was responsible for building and leading all areas of the sports performance division including athletic training, strength and conditioning, sports nutrition, and sports psychology. While at Penn, Laudano was also sport administrator for eight varsity programs.
A highly-experienced athletic trainer, Laudano previously worked at Indiana State, Quinnipiac, Yale, the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York, the Arena Football League, and the National Football League.
Earning his degree in athletic training and sports medicine from Keene State College in 1999, Laudano earned a master's degree in health science from Quinnipiac in 2005, and recently received his doctorate degree in athletic training at Temple in May of 2018.
“I could not be more pleased that the search for our first leader of the student-athlete high performance team resulted in the hiring of Dr. Eric Laudano,” Bodensteiner said. “Eric will ensure that Saint Joseph's Athletics has an integrated team that focuses on sports medicine, strength and conditioning, mental health, nutrition and sports science in a manner designed to maximize student-athlete wellness and performance. I am confident that our coaches and student-athletes will thoroughly enjoy working with Eric, and that he and our great staff of athletic trainers and strength and conditioning coaches will collectively help take us to another level.”
A familiar face to Hawk fans, Sullivan returns to Saint Joseph's as senior associate athletics director for external affairs after spending the past three years with Cornerstone Management. Joining the sport and entertainment agency's basketball division in January 2017, he was responsible for recruiting, advising, sports marketing, basketball skill development, and overseeing the off-season training programs for Cornerstone Management clients. Additionally, Sullivan was an active committee member with the Pete and Jameer Nelson Foundation's College Toolkit Experience, Scholar Program, and Lead Guard Invitational.
Graduating Saint Joseph's in 2006 with a degree in food marketing, Sullivan served as the Hawks' director of men's basketball operations for 10 seasons prior to joining Cornerstone Management. As director of men's basketball operations, he oversaw various basketball and athletic administrative duties including the program's sports marketing contract, branding, team travel, camps, community service projects, and other major events relating to the basketball program. The 2016 William Bennett Memorial Award recipient for dedication to the program, Sullivan was also heavily involved with the Philadelphia chapter of Coaches vs. Cancer.
As a student athlete, Sullivan was a member of the SJU men's basketball team that advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2004 and finished NIT runner-up in 2005. Honored as the program's Daniel J. Cummins, Jr. Memorial Award for spirit in 2005 and William Bennett Memorial Award in 2006, he was also a standout in the classroom earning both SJU Athletic Director's Honor Roll and the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll accolades.
“Rob is one of the first people I met when I moved to Hawk Hill, and he immediately impressed me with his knowledge, passion and vision for Saint Joseph's Athletics,” said Bodensteiner. “Rob and I have a shared vision, but I also appreciate that he isn't afraid to tell me what I don't know and when he disagrees with me. Rob will push me and our entire department to continue to evolve, and I am confident that he will have an immediate and significant impact on the fan experience, communications and other aspects of Saint Joseph's Athletics. It is my pleasure to welcome Rob back to Hawk Hill.”
Hall joins the Saint Joseph's Athletics Department after spending the past eight years in various roles at the University of Notre Dame. In her new role with the Hawks, she will oversee facilities and game operations, and all financial and business operations for the athletics department.
Hall began her career with the Fighting Irish in Academic Services for Student-Athletes, where she served as an academic counselor for numerous sports. Leaving academic services for a newly created role in the athletics compliance office, Hall served as associate director of athletics compliance, responsible for implementing the recently adopted NCAA time management legislation. During her time in compliance, she worked closely with each of the Notre Dame's 26 varsity sports, and various athletics offices, to identify and navigate challenges associated with the new legislation. As part of that role, she led the transition of more than 1,000 users to a department-wide scheduling and communication software to improve transparency and efficiency, and streamline collaboration. She also served as interim sport administrator for women's rowing, where she supported student-athlete and coach development, assisted in budget review and reduction, and helped forecast and advocate for future program needs.
Prior to Notre Dame, Hall worked at Henderson International School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Beginning as a physical education, health and anatomy teacher, she was appointed sports information director in 2008 and promoted to director of athletics in 2010. Among Hall's administrative duties were the recruitment and development of coaches, budget forecasting and oversight, scheduling and event management, and monitoring all facility use and maintenance. Included in her purview was the Findlay Prep Basketball program, National High School Championship tournament winners in 2009, 2010 and 2012. She coached several varsity, middle school, and elementary teams in her time at Henderson, most notably assisting with the 2010 1A Nevada State Softball Championship team.
Starting her coaching career as an assistant women's basketball coach with Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame, Ind.), Hall moved on to Harmony High School in Florida to establish a varsity basketball program at the newly-created high school. She earned a bachelor's degree from DePauw University, where she was a member of both the Tigers' cross country and basketball programs, and a master's degree in sport management from Indiana State. She is also an active advocate for diversity and inclusion, participating in the National SEED project and various other equality-focused development and service opportunities.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Amanda in multiple capacities over the years. Amanda is extremely bright and is a tireless worker who won't give up until a project is done and done right. Her varied experiences as a college student-athlete, college and high school coach, high school athletic director, and as an integral part of the student-athlete experience team at Notre Dame have her well prepared for her position at Saint Joseph's. I am delighted that Amanda chose to move from her home state of Indiana to join me on Hawk Hill,” Bodensteiner said.
Laudano, Sullivan, Hall and Foggie join Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student Experience Renie Shields and Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development Katie Shields on the department's executive team.
Foggie returned to Hawk Hill in 2018 as director of women's basketball operations after spending a year working for Worldwide Express. Foggie originally came to SJU after a stellar playing career at Vanderbilt. A WBCA All-American Honorable Mention in 2014-15, she joined Saint Joseph's women's basketball program as video coordinator in 2015 and earned her master's degree in organizational development and leadership.
McCaffrey transitions to the athletics business office after serving as administrative assistant for men's basketball during the 2018-19 season. A student-athlete standout for the Hawks from 2000-04, McCaffrey served as a member of the SJU women's basketball coaching staff for 10 years prior to joining the men's basketball program in the summer of 2018.
“Christina and Stephanie each bring so much to the table in their new roles as part of the athletics administration. I especially value their experiences as Division I student-athletes who both served on basketball staffs. Those insights will help us to continue to build a world-class student-athlete experience,” Bodensteiner said.