After one year as the associate athletics director for athletic advancement, Paul Kabbes was promoted to senior associate athletics director for external operations in April of 2018.
“Paul has been a great addition to our senior leadership team within athletics,” said McClelland. “He brought a tremendous amount of knowledge from various universities that helped serve our student athletes, coaches, donors and fans. He has gained a lot of respect over the past year with our donors and our staff in regards to his fundraising efforts. This role will allow him to expand upon those relationships as well as develop new ones.”
In his new role with athletics, Kabbes oversees external operations, including ticketing and marketing while serving as the liaison with LA Tech Sports Properties and Aspire. He is heavily involved in athletic fundraising while also serving on the athletics senior staff and as the sport administrator for men’s basketball.
“I am very appreciative for this opportunity through Tommy McClelland and Dr. (Les) Guice to continue serving Louisiana Tech University,” said Kabbes. “We have outstanding potential with our donors, alumni, and student-athletes, and I look forward to assisting in the growth of this athletics department with our coaches and staff on a daily basis. I am grateful for the mentorship of Vice President Brooks Hull during the past 14 months within the Louisiana Tech University Foundation.”
Kabbes joined Louisiana Tech on March 1, 2017 after spending two years as the associate athletics director for external relations at the University of Illinois Springfield. He has also made stops at UAB and Illinois State during his career.
During the previous 14 months in Ruston, Kabbes was responsible for securing private support for the University's athletic programs with an emphasis on major gifts. He provided 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.
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.
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.
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 fiance, Emily Becker, live in Ruston.
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