Cheney promoted to assistant sports director


General | 12th of October

DeKALB, Fig .– John Cheney, an eight-year veteran of Northern Illinois University’s track and field administration team, has been promoted to assistant sports director / executive assistant sports director for operations, assistant vice president of NIU, and director of track and field Sean T. Frazier Announced Tuesday.

Cheney’s many responsibilities for NIU Athletics include strategic planning, maintenance, and management of all of the Huskies’ capital projects and athletic facilities, including the Convocation Center, as a sports administrator for the NIU soccer, gymnastics, and baseball programs, and overseeing athletic training, Ticket Office – and event management units.

For the past 19 months, Cheney has led the sports department‘s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He served as liaison with campus units and the DeKalb County Health Department and the Mid-American Conference, overseeing test plans and mitigation guidelines for student athletes and track and field staff. He also coordinated NIU Athletics efforts to safely welcome fans back to NIU track and field events and venues.

John Cheney has been a valued member of the administrative team for many years and this promotion is well deserved, ”said Frazier. “His relationships across campus and his commitment to our student athletes as well as our fans and the larger DeKalb community are made even more apparent by the leadership he has assumed during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Cheney also acts as a liaison officer with college management and the board of trustees on track and field issues, and represents the NIU on various university search and RFP evaluation committees. He administers many of NIU Athletics’ contracts and is the primary point of contact for NIU franchise partner Sodexo and medical provider Northwestern Medicine.

“I appreciate the trust, Sean [Frazier] and President Freeman have shown that they have allowed me to serve the university, and the huskie student athletes in particular, “said Cheney.” I look forward to continuing to make a positive impact and advance NIU Athletics. “

Cheney joined NIU in January 2014 as Senior Associate Athletic Director and was named Executive Associate Athletic Director in Summer 2018.

– NIU –

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