Jim Hilleboe is a 1967 graduate of Montana who earned a degree in business
Montana native has worked for Grizzly Sports Properties the past five years
Kent Haslam was named the 17th director of athletics at the University of Montana on Sept. 17, 2012. Haslam's diverse sports career has included positions in professional baseball, the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, and college athletics.
UM President Royce Engstrom said at the time of Haslam's hiring, "I believe Kent Haslam is the right person to lead The University of Montana athletic program into one of national distinction for athletics, academics and campus and community involvement...he was my choice because of his exemplary work for UM, because he understands Grizzly athletics and because he has the attitude, capabilities and energy to lead us forward."
"I have tremendous respect for the tradition and history of this great University and look forward to helping advance the overall mission of UM," Haslam said. "I believe strongly in the role that college athletics plays on a university campus - a role that unites, builds pride and serves the student-athletes and community. I look forward to advancing a vision focused on academic success, athletic excellence and community service."
Haslam originally came to Montana as the associate athletic director for development in January 2006. In that role he served as chief development officer and directed and managed all fundraising activities for the athletic department. He served as liaison between the athletic department and the UM Foundation.
During his tenure, he managed a portfolio of more than 150 donors, helping solicit and secure six- and seven-figure gifts to athletics and joint gifts that benefitted other programs across campus. The athletic department generated on average more than $4 million per year in private support through gifts and pledges. He also was a key team member for funding recent expansions and improvements to Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
Prior to arriving in Montana, Haslam served as the associate athletic director for external operations at Northern Arizona University beginning in May 2000. While in Flagstaff, Ariz. he directed all aspects of the marketing, promotions, sports information, broadcasting, ticketing and game management for NAU's athletic department. He also served as supervisor of the women's soccer, women's swimming and diving, and men's tennis programs.
Haslam also assisted with preliminary design and fund-raising for a locker room facility at Lumberjack Stadium and oversaw the installation of a state-of-the-art video and scoreboard center in the NAU's Walkup Skydome. Under his direction, the corporate sales of NAU's athletic department generated record-setting revenue in 2004-05, highlighted by partnerships with Pepsi Bottling Company and the Summit Center, both Flagstaff-based companies and primary sponsors of the new scoreboard system.
He also served as manager of media and communications for the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee from 1998 to 2000. He returned to Salt Lake City during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games to serve a month-long assignment as a supervisor of the Olympic News Service.
From 1993 to 1998, he was the director of communications and corporate development for the Triple-A Salt Lake Buzz Baseball Club in Utah. In 1997, he served as team travel coordinator, Japanese translator and media relations specialist for the Anaheim Angels during spring training. He translated for Angels' pitcher Shigetoshi Hasegawa and handled Japanese media requests.
A 1993 graduate of BYU with a degree in broadcast journalism and Japanese, he received his master's degree in educational leadership from NAU in May 2004. Kent is married to the former Holly Huber, and the couple has five children: Braxton, Andersen, Avery, Layne, and Kyler.
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