Paul Kabbes joined Louisiana Tech as the associate athletic director for development on March 1, 2017. Kabbes came to Ruston from the University of Illinois Springfield where he spent the past two and a half years serving as the associate athletics director for external relations. He has also made stops at UAB and Illinois State during his career.
In his position with the Louisiana Tech University Foundation, Kabbes is responsible for securing private support for the University's athletic programs with an emphasis on major gifts. He provides oversight for the Louisiana Tech Athletic Club (LTAC) while providing direct supervision for the Director of LTAC, Coordinator of Athletic Advancement, and Graduate Assistant for LTAC. Kabbes also serves on the senior administration staff for Louisiana Tech Athletics.
Together with his team, LTAC finished the 2016-17 fiscal year with a record amount in dollars raised, surpassing $1.5 million for the first time ever – a nearly 20 percent increase from the previous fiscal year.
During his time at UIS, Kabbes oversaw the areas of fundraising, marketing, media relations, ticket sales, and event management. He was also a member of the athletic senior administration. Kabbes provided sport oversight for men's soccer, baseball, volleyball and men's and women's golf, and served as the lead fundraiser for the baseball turf project installed in the spring of 2017. He also served as an adjunct professor at Lincoln College teaching the course of leadership in sport.
From 2012-14, Kabbes served as the associate director of development at the University of Alabama Birmingham. His main focus was oversight of annual giving for the Blazer Boosters office that raised $1.4 million during the 2013 calendar year. Kabbes provided oversight for the B Club (former letter winner’s giving society), Blazers Reps (volunteer giving program), and launched Blazer Rebounders (sport specific fundraising club for Men’s Basketball).
Prior to joining the Blazers, Kabbes spent two years with the Illinois State Athletic Department as the development graduate assistant. While at ISU, he worked primarily on generating annual fund revenues. Kabbes also assisted with the selling of club seats for a newly renovated Hancock Stadium on ISU's campus. During graduate school, Kabbes became strongly involved with fundraising for the Miracle League of Central Illinois, a non-profit organization that provides children with mental or physical disabilities the chance to play baseball.
The Normal, Illinois native graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a degree in business management in 2010. He was a four-year student-athlete on the IWU baseball team and pitched for the 2010 Division III National Championship team. Kabbes completed his master’s degree in sport management from Illinois State University in 2012. He and his fiancée Emily Becker live in Ruston.
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