Associate AD for Development, HAF Executive Director
Kyle Chapman joined the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation staff in February 2011 and was named the Executive Director of the HAF in the spring of 2012. He oversees all athletic department fundraising and is the primary liaison for Men's and Women's Basketball, Football, the Harbaugh Club and priority seating in Diddle Arena. Chapman manages the HAF staff as well as the Ticket Office operation, and works directly with WKU's donors, board members and volunteers to generate, sustain and increase giving to WKU Athletics.
In late 2011, Chapman launched two new sport-specific enhancement fund initiatives (Men's Basketball and Football) and raised over $650,000 and counting in new funds. He also oversaw the launch of HAF National Signing Day, a dynamic recruiting program which generated over 400 new HAF members in 2012. Under Chapman's leadership, the HAF is set an all-time membership record in 2012 with 2,004 total HAF members.
Chapman came back to WKU after spending the last 11 years working in the NASCAR industry. With a vast experience with sponsorships, marketing and public relations in that field, Chapman most recently worked at Richard Childress Racing (RCR). In 2010, Chapman worked primarily with the No. 29 team and driver, Kevin Harvick, as they won three races and nearly captured the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. Prior to his employment at RCR, Chapman managed several sponsorship programs and represented NASCAR drivers, including Jason Keller, J.J. Yeley and Jeremy Clements.
Originally from Bowling Green, KY, Chapman graduated from WKU in 1999 and was a member of the Hilltopper basketball team. Chapman was the team captain in '99 and was named scholar athlete of the year his senior campaign. In addition, Chapman is one of only two Hilltopper players to ever win the E.A. Diddle Award twice. The award is given to the individual who displays leadership, character, loyalty, ability, and love for their fellow man. The award was initiated in 1971 by the Bowling Green Civitan Club in honor of E.A. Diddle who coached the Hilltoppers for 42 seasons and still, more than four decades after his retirement, ranks among college basketball's all-time winningest coaches.
Chapman and his wife, Amy, reside in Bowling Green and are the proud parents of twins, Chase (6) and Katelyn (6).
Associate Athletic Director for Development
Jim Clark is in his 13th year at WKU after joining the Hilltopper athletic department in 2000. He oversees the department's courtesy car dealer program, as well as the suites in E.A. Diddle Arena. Clark also serves as the primary fundraiser and sport administrator for Men's and Women's Golf, Men's and Women's Tennis, and Baseball. During his tenure at WKU, Clark organized a total re-seating of Diddle Arena in 2003 while also cultivating and selling 16 luxury suites.
Clark also served as WKU's Coordinator of Marketing and Promotions from 1992-93 before working as the Development Associate at the University of Mississippi from 1993-2000.
As Development Associate for the Ole Miss Loyalty Foundation, Clark increased annual giving 300% from 1993-99. He assisted in the university's $13 million football stadium expansion campaign and planned coaches' caravan tours and the Loyalty Foundation Golf Tournament. He was responsible for the solicitation and sales of 1,000 rebel club seats, generating $1,000,000 annually, and was instrumental in the sale of Sky Suites for the Rebels' 2002 football stadium expansion.
During his first stint at WKU, Clark developed a comprehensive corporate sponsorship package for WKU Athletics and sold and administered corporate sponsorships and ticket packages. He also started the student athletics Booster Club and assisted with HAF's annual membership campaign and auction. He also sold and administered corporate sponsorships, ticket packages and season ticket sales for revenue producing sports.
A native of McComb, Miss., Clark is an active member of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors and enjoys golf & traveling in his spare time. He earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana in 1989, while obtaining a master's degree in Sports Administration from Southern Mississippi in 1991.
Assistant AD for Development
Brandon Spurlock joined the HAF staff in August, 2010 and coordinates the HAF annual fund operation to recruit new members, renew current members, and ensure donor benefits are fulfilled. In addition to assisting in the day-to-day management of priority seating and parking for football and men's and women's basketball, Brandon also coordinates the HAF's annual membership drive. In 2012, as part of a team effort, HAF membership grew by nearly 30%, from 1,549 to 2,004 total members.
In December, 2012 Spurlock was promoted to Assistant AD for Development. In this expanded role, he serves on the Athletic Director's strategic planning team and also assists in major gift fundraising initiatives for the athletics department. Additionally, Spurlock served on WKU's internal Bowl planning committee in 2012 and the NCAA Basketball Tournament internal planning team in 2011-12 and 2012-13. During this time, Spurlock assisted with fan travel to the NCAA Tournament in Dayton, OH, Louisville, KY, and Kansas City, MO. The Toppers also made their way to Detroit, MI to compete in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl - their first FBS Bowl in program history.
Originally from Nashville, TN, Spurlock is a 2007 WKU graduate and former HAF student assistant and WKU Football equipment manager. Following graduation from WKU, he received his Master's in Sport Management from the University of Tennessee while serving as Development Assistant with the Tennessee Fund in 2009-10.
Member Services Coordinator
Elizabeth Leftwich is in her 6th year as a member of the HAF staff and oversees all aspects of the day-to-day operation of the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation. Elizabeth is responsible for donor stewardship and active cultivation of current members through priority season ticket sales and donor benefit fulfillment. In addition, Leftwich serves as the liaison for annual HAF events and coordinates the game day management of the E.A. Diddle luxury suites and Houchens-Smith Stadium Topper Club.
Before joining the Hilltopper athletic family, Elizabeth worked four years in the banking industry. A native of Russellville, KY, Leftwich is a 2005 WKU graduate and is currently pursuing her Master's in Sports Administration at WKU.
2013 HAF Board Members
Dr. Andrew Burt
Dr. Wayne Bush