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USF Adds Successful Senior Administrators

Source: University of San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO - University of San Francisco Director of Athletics Scott Sidwell announced today the addition of two members to his senior administrative team, rounding out a staff that is built on successful administrative experience to help propel USF to a sustained period of competitive excellence in all phases of the department.

Former Cal State East Bay Director of Athletics and Metro State Director of Athletics Joan McDermott has been named Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations and former men's basketball associate head coach and legendary Bay Area basketball coach Frank Allocco has been named Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Relations.

McDermott returns to her alma mater after spending the past two years across the bay. Prior to Cal State East Bay, McDermott served as the Director of Athletics at Metro State for 17 years. She earned her bachelor's degree in sociology and physical education from USF, and a master's degree in educational administration from Stanford University. McDermott will oversee day-to-day operations as they pertain to academics, compliance, business, student services, financial aid, facilities, game operations, human resources and capital projects.

"Joan is a top collegiate administrator in our business. We are thrilled to bring an alumna of her caliber back home to the Hilltop with such tremendous experience and respect amongst her peers. She's led an ultra-successful program to multiple national championships and will bring the knowledge and experience to assist us in aiming higher in all that we do," Sidwell said.

Allocco shifts over to lead the external relations department, which encompasses special events, communications, marketing and additional special projects in the department, after a successful career at the collegiate and high school basketball levels. Allocco, who won 17 league championships and two Division I state championships during an 18-year stay at De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., was named USF's associate head coach in the summer of 2015, where he spent one season on the Dons' staff.

"Frank brings a tremendous amount of experience, energy and leadership to our administrative team. He's a real winner in all aspects of his life, and his drive to excel in all he does along with his desire to win at the highest level is what we need to take us to the next level of successes in our program," Sidwell said.

Sidwell also promoted Doug Padron to Senior Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Performance and Brittney Holmquist to Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations as part of a reorganization this summer.

"The promotions of Doug and Brittney to expanded senior roles in our department are well deserved and align with our priorities to raise our levels of success in all aspects of our organization. I'm proud of their growth and look forward to working alongside them to propel our programs to higher levels of success," Sidwell said.

USF begins the 2016-17 academic calendar this week, with fall athletic contests already in full swing.

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