The Athletics Development team works with Athletic Director, Marty Scarano and the coaches from our 20 intercollegiate programs to secure philanthropic support from alumni, parents and friends. We partner with our 17 Friends groups to grow our athletic annual giving program, The Wildcat Fund, which provides current-use support for programmatic expenses. In addition, our team priorities include growing the number and value of our endowed athletic scholarship funds and raising significant support for key capital projects, as identified by the Department of Athletics. We also help support and/or organize a number of team reunions, golf tournaments, special events and stewardship functions throughout the year.
The Athletics Development Office is located on the first floor of the Field House.
Mailing address: UNH Athletics Development, Field House, 145 Main St., Durham, NH 03824.
Main office phone: (603) 862-8641
Athletics Development Staff
A former Associate Director of Athletics at Harvard University for six years who supervised nine intercollegiate teams, served as liaison to the admissions office, and oversaw athletics fundraising. Diane Metcalf joined the Athletics Development team in November 2009 as the Director of the Athletics Annual Fund. In this role, Metcalf developed a compelling brand and case for support for annual giving to UNH Athletics called The Wildcat Fund. As the current Director of Athletics Development, Metcalf and the athletics development team work closely with the director of athletics, coaches and key volunteers to grow and enhance all areas within the office including annual giving, major gifts, capital projects, special events, stewardship and communications. Metcalf graduated from the University of Michigan in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, where she was a 4-year letter winner on the gymnastics team, and earned a master’s degree from American University in 1995. Metcalf’s experience in intercollegiate athletic administration includes three years at the University of Michigan as a Manager of Events/Championships and four years at Dartmouth College as an Associate Director of Athletics.
(603) 862-3149, E-mail
Brenda Holt-Mullaney ’83 ’08G,
Brenda Holt-Mullaney joined the Athletics Development team in January 2007 as the Associate Director, Athletics Major Gifts. In this role, Holt-Mullaney is responsible for developing and implementing strategies for increasing support for annual giving, major gifts and capital projects for UNH Athletics. Holt-Mullaney’s focus is on establishing and sustaining long-term donor relationships with alumni, parents, faculty/staff and friends in order to assist them in achieving their philanthropic goals and objectives.
Prior to joining the Athletics Development team, Brenda had a successful 23 year career within the hospitality industry. She served in various sales and marketing management positions with Omni/Dunfey Hotel Corporation, Days Inn of America, Hilton Hotels, and the New England Center.
Brenda earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and her Masters in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. She is a UNH parent to Ashley ’13 and Kyle ’15 and proud daughter of legendary UNH Hockey Coach Charlie Holt.
(603) 862-3842, E-mail
Ciaran Cullen joined the Athletics Development team in November of 2013 as the Assistant Director. In this role, Cullen will manage the athletic annual giving program by strategizing and collaborating with coaches, alumni, and the volunteer leaders of athletic Friends groups with an emphasis on continued annual growth.
Prior to joining the UNH athletics department, Cullen served as the Assistant Director, Flynn Fund at Boston College coordinating the preferred parking program for football, men’s ice hockey and men’s basketball as well as managing the sales and operations of luxury suites in Alumni Stadium and Conte Forum. Cullen was a member of an annual fund team that generated over $6 million dollars for BC Athletics.
Prior to his experience at Boston College, Ciaran has served as the assistant marketing director in the athletic department at the University of Hartford, as an athletic operations intern at BC, and as the interim director of communications at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). He earned his master’s degree from Springfield College and his bachelor’s degree in English/Communications from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA).
(603) 862-0287, E-mail
Amy Sheehan started her carreer with UNH in 2002 working at the UNH Alumni Association. In 2003, Sheehan started working at the President's Office at UNH. After a brief stint at Phillips Exeter Academy in 2004, Sheehan returned to UNH in June 2005.
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