Stuebner will return to his home state to lead all aspects of the extensive rights relationship between Learfield Sports and UMass Athletics
AMHERST, Mass. – In conjunction with University of Massachusetts Athletics, Learfield Sports has named Commonwealth native Andrew Stuebner general manager for its UMass Sports Properties team. Stuebner, who grew up in Williamstown, has served the last four years in the same capacity for Learfield’s Black Bear Sports Properties team at the University of Maine in Orono.
“On behalf of the University of Massachusetts community, we’re excited to welcome Andrew and his family back to his native Western Massachusetts,” UMass Senior Associate Director of Athletics for External Relations Tom McElroy said. “We’re very impressed with his successful accomplishments with Black Bear Sports Properties under his leadership.
Stuebner will return to his home state to lead all aspects of the extensive rights relationship between Learfield Sports and UMass Athletics, which includes signage, sponsorships, corporate hospitality, event marketing, play-by-play radio, television and radio coaches’ shows, and digital opportunities via UMassAthletics.com. Additionally, he will work alongside the athletics department senior staff to align initiatives in building the Minutemen brand locally, regionally and nationally.
Prior to joining Learfield in 2011, Stuebner spent seven years with the Fresno Grizzlies, a Triple-A Affiliate of MLB’s San Francisco Giants. He served as the organization’s executive vice president and general manager for four years, and before that, as vice president of tickets for three years. Before that, he was assistant general manager and director of ticket operations for Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, a Single-A Affiliate of MLB’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the director of group sales for the Potomac Cannons, a Single-A Affiliate of MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals. Stuebner was a four-year starter for the baseball team at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.
“We are excited to have Andrew return to Massachusetts to manage our partnership with UMass Athletics,” Learfield Sports’ Senior Vice President Steve Gowan said. “He’s been a productive general manager and believe his talent and strategic approach will be a terrific asset to help UMass Sports Properties accomplish our goals connected to the athletic department vision developed by Athletic Director Ryan Bamford and his team.”
UMass is one of 120 collegiate properties represented by Learfield Sports. The company’s rich history includes over four decades of developing trusted, long-term relationships with some of the most revered institutions and associations in the world of college sports. Learfield has prominence in all of the major conferences and titles the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. It also offers its partners professional concessions and ticket sales; licensing and trademark consulting; digital platform expertise; and venue signage and technology systems through its owned companies. To learn more about its history, businesses and job opportunities, visit www.learfieldsports.com.
“We want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Skip Connors who oversaw the property during a time of athletic administrative transition,” McElroy added. “We wish Skip great success in his next endeavor.”