SEATTLE – (Aug. 9) The start of the 2017-18 year brings exciting change and additions to the Seattle University athletics staff.

Headlining the new faces on the Redhawks' staff and making a return to the West Coast is Mary Lee Gilliland, who steps into the newly created position of Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs. Gilliland will oversee all aspects of strategic business development, multimedia marketing, communications and corporate engagement.

“These are extraordinary times for Seattle U Athletics,” said Gilliland. “I’m excited to join the Redhawk family, as we have a talented team of innovators prepared to deliver renewed excitement and experiences for our student-athletes and fans.”

Since 2012, Gilliland served as Managing Director at Madison Sports Partnerships (Madison Sports), a Chicago-based firm established to provide global strategic revenue development, sponsorship and multimedia marketing for professional and collegiate sports properties and leading corporate brands. In addition to Madison Sports, Gilliland also served on the faculty and staff at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, leading undergraduate and graduate programs for both the College of Business and the College of Media.

Previously, Gilliland led national business development for Learfield Sports, managing strategic multimedia marketing for corporate brands and representing NCAA Division I universities and conferences including Alabama, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Stanford, the ACC and the Big Ten. She has also served in senior leadership roles for AAA and the Carolina Panthers.

Also new to the Redhawks’ external staff is Bill Peck, who joins as Assistant Athletic Director for Ticketing and Development. Peck, a Seattle U alum who graduated from the university’s Master’s of Sport Administration and Leadership program in 2012, most recently served as the Box Office Manager at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash. Peck also previously worked as a Ticket Services Specialist in the Husky Ticket Office at the University of Washington from 2011-14, and had stints with the Seattle Storm, Notre Dame and Seattle U, the latter as the game director for men’s basketball.

Additional changes to the external and operations areas of the department include the promotion of Rebekah Ray from Coordinator of Game Operations and Athletic Facilities to Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Event Management. Ray’s enhanced role includes oversight of facility rentals, summer camp support, sport supervision and providing a first-class experience for student-athletes and fans.