Director of Athletics & Recreation
At the helm of a proud and flourishing Bison athletics program is director of athletics and recreation John Hardt, who is now in his 18th year at Bucknell and his 32nd year in athletics administration. Hardt administers a broad-based sports program with a proud and successful history.
Since his arrival, Hardt has orchestrated one of the nation’s most assertive facilities overhauls, taken the department to new lengths in the area of external relations, branding and marketing, established and maintained relationships with major donors, restructured the athletics administration in order to help Bucknell stay ahead of the curve in the fast-paced world of Division I athletics and built upon Bucknell’s long-standing tradition of scholar-athlete excellence.
Hardt is privileged to oversee a 27-sport varsity athletics program that is at the head of the class in the Patriot League, both on the playing fields and in the classroom. From Presidents’ Cups to Academic All-Americans to league championships to leading the nation in student-athlete graduation rate, Hardt has been able to build on the proud heritage of Bison Athletics.
Todd Newcomb is a familiar face to most Bucknellians, from his time on campus as a student and in his current role as an athletic administrator. Now in his 18th year as a member of the athletics staff, Newcomb returned to Bucknell in 1999 after spending 10 years in the Patriot League Office, the last six months of that time as interim executive director of the league. As the Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs and Director of the Bison Club, Newcomb works closely with the Development and Alumni Relations staff and is responsible for assisting to coordinate annual, planned, capital and special gifts for the department of athletics and recreation. He assists the head coaches in their cultivation and stewardship of their alumni, parents and friends, and is the department’s voice at most of its public functions throughout the year. Newcomb is also the current chair of the Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame selection committee. Under Newcomb's watch, the Bison Club topped the $1 million mark in donations for the first time in 2003-04, and in 2016-17 helped the department bring in more than $2.7 million in Bison Club recpeipts.
A veteran of 25 years in college athletics fundraising and operations, Tom Harvey joined the Bucknell community in 2004 as Manager of Athletics Fundraising. He was promoted to Senior Manager of Athletics Fundraising in November of 2008 and to Assistant Director of Athletics Fundraising in 2011. Currently, he is the Director of Athletics Development. Harvey's primary responsibility is to work closely with Bucknell's director of annual giving, the director of athletics and the director of the Bison Club to identify and solicit new annual donors to the Bison Club, while also soliciting current supporters to increase their annual giving.Harvey also works with capital giving prospects to raise needed funds for such areas as endowment and facilities. Prior to Bucknell, Harvey worked as a financial consultant for Smith Barney in Boca Raton, Fla., from 2002-04, but from 1989-2002 he worked exclusively in college athletics, including a four-year stint as director of external opertaions for football at Florida Atlantic University. Among his duties were coordinating all external football units, including ticket sales and operations, marketing and promotions, community relations, advertising, major gifts and the annual fund. Harvey was instrumental in raising over $9 million for the start-up of FAU's football program. He also served as donor relations coordinator and director of regional athletic development for the Hurricane Club at the University of Miami.
Kylie Martin joins the Bucknell Athletics fundraising team in September 2017 as manager for athletics development and the Bison Club. Martin most recently served as the Pioneer Club coordinator of athletic advancement at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. In this role, she managed an annual fund donor portfolio and represented each of the 32 varsity programs, including all marketing and promotional efforts of the Pioneer Club and the Athletic Director newsletter. In addition, she organized and managed the Forever Pioneers student-athlete and athletics staff giving challenge campaigns and the Pioneers Legacy Program, focusing specifically on the engagement of athletics alumni.
In her new role with the Bison Club, Martin will partner with volunteers, coaches, University and Athletics administrators, and Development and Alumni Relations staff to solicit support for Bison Athletics.
Martin earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Springfield College, majoring in movement and sports studies, and athletic administration, respectively. As a graduate student, she served as a graduate fellow in the Springfield College Athletics Department and as a volunteer intern in the Office of Development.
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