Former UAA Athletic Director Tim Dillon takes the helm at AWG offices in Kenai
The Arctic Winter Games (AWG) Board of Directors announced last week that they had secured the services of former UAA Athletic Director Tim Dillon to fill the position of general manager. AWG general manager Loren Smith, of Fairbanks, resigned last month for personal reasons. Dillon brings more than twenty years of sports and event coordination experience to the Peninsula, "I've worked on a variety of different projects over the last several years, but I originally came to Alaska as the athletic director at the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1992," said Dillon. Dillon was on the Arctic Winter Games advisory board in Eagle River the last time Alaska was host to the international event. For the past five years he was athletic director at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York where he worked on enhancing their Division I sports program.
"I'm excited to be working back at home in Alaska and it's an honor to be part of the Arctic Winter Games. Realistically this is going to be a once in a lifetime experience for a lot of people down here on the Peninsula. The Games come to Alaska only once every ten years, so this is a great opportunity not just from the sporting side for youth to celebrate their athletic skills, but from the cultural side as well for people to have unique life experience during this community based event. My job will be to pull it all together to be sure this will be the world class event that the community wants," said Dillon.
"We are very pleased to have someone of Tim's caliber in this position," said Borough Mayor Dale Bagley, president of the AWG Board of Directors. "Tim is the perfect fit for the job with his broad leadership experience in sports." While serving as president of the Pacific West Coast Conference, Dillon negotiated a nine-year contract with ESPN to enhance the broadcast of the Great Alaska Shootout men's basketball tournament. He was a key player in bringing the 1999 NCAA Frozen Four to the West Coast for the first time after aiding organizers in Alaska and Southern California in winning the bid for Anchorage to host the championship at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California.
The 2006 Arctic Winter Games will be the largest international sporting event ever held on the Peninsula. More than 1,900 athletes and coaches, hundreds of artists and performers and 5,000 spectators are expected to attend the weeklong event next March. The Games kick off March 5 and run through March 11, 2006.
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