April 15, 2014

Frush Named Islanders Associate AD for Development

CORPUS CHRISTI – Director of Athletics Scott Lazenby has tabbed Abilene native Jimmy Frush to be Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s new Associate Athletics Director for Development. Frush, who begins his new position on May 5, has worked for over a decade in intercollegiate athletics, with stints at Texas Tech, SMU and, most recently, Belmont University.

“We are excited to add Jimmy Frush to the Islanders Athletics senior staff,” Lazenby said. “He has a strong understanding of Division I athletics, the state of Texas and the inner workings of a basketball-driven athletics department. He will be a strong leader for the Islander Athletic Fund. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi got a lot stronger today.”

Frush, who played baseball at Texas Tech, has been working at Belmont since 2009, serving as the Director of Athletic Marketing and External Affairs. Under his leadership, the Bruins posted record high totals in sponsorship revenue, basketball ticket revenue, licensing revenue and average basketball attendance.

“I’d like to thank Dr. Killebrew, Dr. Hill and Scott Lazenby for offering me this outstanding opportunity,” Frush said. “I have many fond memories of vacationing in the Coastal Bend with my family every summer growing up, and I’m excited to have the chance to return to a place I love. It isn’t hard to see that Islanders Athletics is on the verge of greatness, and I can’t wait to get started.”

At Belmont, Frush played a key role in increasing the Bruins’ brand awareness in a crowded Nashville sports market. In addition to being a key figure in the public eye for the athletics department, he negotiated apparel, website and e-commerce agreements for the Bruins. He also created promotions that led to the top two crowds in Curb Event Center history.

Before traveling to Nashville, Frush spent two years as the Director of the Mustang Club at SMU. There, he headed the athletics department’s annual fund as well as the SMU Basketball donor program. He recorded just shy of $3.5 million in total gifts, and saw the total number of annual donors to the Mustang Club increase by 45 percent in his tenure.

Frush got his start in college athletics at his alma mater, Texas Tech. In five years with the Red Raiders he ascended from Coordinator of Marketing and Promotions all the way to Associate Director of Athletics External Operations. In managing the External Operations Corporate Partner Program, he generated $350,000 in new sales while managing the program to a volume of over $2 million.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1997, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 19th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, pitching for the Batavia Clippers Class A affiliate.

He later returned to Lubbock in search of his master’s degree, which he earned in 2002. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Red Raiders baseball program, twice collecting GTE Academic All-America honors. Frush played his high school baseball for Abilene Cooper, playing under coaching legend Andy Malone, father of Islanders Baseball coach Scott Malone.