Western Kentucky Athletics Adds Three To Staff

Bowling Green, Ky. — The Western Kentucky University Department of Athletics announced the hiring of three individuals Monday, including a pair of former student-athletes.

Heather Soto was named Director of Marketing & Promotions while both Ja’Shard Justice and Jon Drummond were appointed as Academic Advisors.

Soto has been the Director of Business Operations the last three years for the AXA Liberty Bowl, where she acted as sponsorship manager while coordinating skybox sales and also oversaw ticket operations. She spent a year on the staff at Memphis, where she was involved in the marketing of the Tigers’ women’s basketball, volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer and baseball programs — she was also involved in game-day management at the university. Soto also served two years as a graduate assistant at Rhodes (Tenn.) College as assistant facility director, intramural coordinator and pool manager.

A 1997 graduate of Kentucky with a degree in accounting, Soto earned her master’s degree from Memphis in ’99.

Justice moves to the athletic department from his previous post as an instructor on the Hill, a position he served in last year. He taught both sociology and freshman seminar courses, and also was an academic advisor to students who had not declared a major. Justice completed his graduate assistantship in the sociological research lab, earning his master’s degree from WKU in 2002.

He graduated from Western in 1999 with a degree in criminology after concluding a four-year career with the football team. Justice led the Hilltoppers with three interceptions as a senior, adding 28 tackles as the team posted a 7-4 finish. He was given the team’s annual Academic Award in 1998 and was a four-year selection to the Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Drummond just concluded a four-year career with the Toppers in which he was twice selected honorable mention all-Gateway Football Conference, and he was named to the league’s honorable mention All-Academic Team his senior season. He posted 84 stops in helping WKU win the NCAA Division I-AA national championship in 2002, collecting 10 tackles for loss including seven sacks, seven passes defensed, a pair of forced fumbles and an interception.

He had 71 total tackles, including seven sacks, his junior season, and added a career-best 86 stops as a sophomore. Drummond concluded his career with 257 tackles, 35 stops behind the line of scrimmage including 21 sacks, and 17 passes broken up. He earned his degree in public health education in May.

— WKU —