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By Torstein Lund Elk. October 31, 2013 - 10:07 pm
Hawaii Pacific University President Geoffrey Bannister announced the hiring of Vince Baldemor as Executive Director of Athletics, on Friday Oct. 25.
The position was formerly held by Coach Darren Vorderbruegge, who stepped down earlier this month after seven years of serving as both Athletics Director and the men’s basketball head coach.
“Vince brings an awful lot of knowledge, an awful lot of talent, and he understands the marketing and managing aspect of athletics really well,” HPU President Geoffrey Bannister said.
Baldemor has for the last years served on the athletics department leadership team at University of Hawai‘i, where he provided support and collaboration to the department in all areas of intercollegiate athletics and strategic planning, and is now ready to take on new challenges.
“I am excited to be a part of the Hawai’i Pacific University athletics family. This was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” said Baldemor, after receiving a HPU sports cap from President Bannister.
The new Executive Director of Athletics will have a transitional period for the next months, as there are still some things that require his attention at UH. His goal is Jan. 1 2014, but it is depending on how long it takes to finish the work at UH.
Moving from UH to HPU is a big transition, and the new Athletics Director has seen some differences and challenges already.
“I think it is going to be visibility, and in really helping the community see all the great things that’s been done at HPU. It’s a small town, so we will make a strong effort to reconnect with the communities,” Vince Baldemor said.
The new title of Executive Athletics Director is a pointer as to the more varied tasks included in the position that Baldemor is now undertaking.
“He brings alot of talent to the institution, in management, marketing and alot of other fields. We are going to be tapping that broader set of skills that this young man brings to the table,” President Bannister said.
Apart from the experience and knowledge Baldemore brings with him, he believes he has one personal asset that will be valuable at a position like this.
“I think through my career, one of the things I’ve been able to depend on is really understanding the issues, listening to people, finding the root of the problem, and working from there. I think building relationships is very important,” Baldemor said.