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Penn State Athletics Hires Scott Sidwell As Deputy Directory-External

by on February 12, 2019 2:30 PM

Penn State has hired Scott Sidwell as Deputy Director of Athletics- External.

Sidwell most recently served as Director of Athletics at the University of San Francisco since June, 2011. His father, Steve Sidwell, had a long NFL coaching career, mainly as the New Orleans Saints' defensive coordinator 1986-1994.

In an athletic department not short on personnel, Sidwell will per a press release: "direct the leadership of Penn State Athletics’ development, marketing, strategic communications, facilities operations and event management, as well as serve as the day to day sport administrator for Penn State Football. Development of revenue generation initiatives, fan experience, strategic partnerships, multi-media rights, branding, licensing and creative will also be among his key areas of oversight."

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Sidwell fills a much-needed role within the department following the known departure of Phil Esten who had held the same role since 2014 and left Penn State following the conclusion of the football season to become the athletic director at the University of St Thomas. Esten was the main presenter for Penn State athletic's facilities master plan which include preliminary concepts of Beaver Stadium renovation plans. Esten also served as James Franklin's most immediate contact between the football program and athletic department.

“We are elated to have Scott joining our team,” Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said in a statement. “Scott brings an outstanding depth and breadth of experience to Penn State, including significant success in marketing, development and facilities initiatives. He has a high level of experience with the external functions of a comprehensive athletic department and will be a great fit for Penn State and our team. As talented and experienced a leader and administrator as he is, it is his values and work-ethic that drew us to him as the successful candidate. I’m looking forward to all of the Sidwell’s becoming a part of the Penn State family.”

“My family and I are thrilled and honored to be joining the Penn State team,” Sidwell added. “I am excited to work with Sandy and the many talented ICA colleagues that carry the #OneTeam brand so proudly. We will continue to focus on comprehensive excellence in all that we do to support and enhance the vision of preparing students for a lifetime of impact. We Are!”

 



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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