STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Director of Commonwealth Campus Athletics Maureen Cooper announced Wednesday the arrival of Ryan Ehrie as the Assistant Director of Commonwealth Campus Athletics. Ehrie will also serve as the Penn State University Athletic Conference Commissioner.
Ehrie returns to the PSUAC after a 15 month stint as the Director of Athletics at Mansfield University, an NCAA Division II member in northern Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he spent nearly two and a half years at Penn State Hazleton as their Director of Athletics, Recreation and Intramurals. Ehrie also spent his first three professional years at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus as the Assistant Director of Athletics and Assistant Baseball Coach.
"We are thrilled to have Ryan join our team," Cooper stated. "His campus and national organization experiences are a 'great fit' for working with the Penn State University Commonwealth Campus intercollegiate athletic programs. He is well-known and well-respected and will make an immediate impact on helping the Directors of Athletics on the campuses maximize the athletic programs that serve over 2,000 students across the Commonwealth."
Ehrie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role, where he will primarily oversee operations of the PSUAC, including its media, championship events and oversight of conference committees. He will also oversee the management of the conference website, psuacsports.com and work closely with the United States Collegiate Athletic Association to address both regional and national issues.
"I'm excited to be back at Penn State and in State College," says Ehrie. "I have dedicated a lot of time and effort into the PSUAC over my career, and this opportunity to lead a great group of athletic directors into the future means a lot to me. I look forward to making a difference for all of our student-athletes, coaches and campuses."
During his time at Mansfield, Ehrie oversaw the development of a new brand identity for athletics, a multi-year apparel deal with Under Armour and BSN Sports, the creation of the Mountie All-Access streaming platform and the University's licensing initiative. At Hazleton, Ehrie's major accomplishments included adding women's soccer and securing funding for a $1.2 million soccer field renovation.
In between his previous stints with Penn State, Ehrie served as the Director of Championships at the USCAA, where he managed 12 championship events, USCAA All-American selections and a national apparel sponsorship. At Fayette, he resurrected a dormant intramurals program, served as a volunteer assistant for basketball and was the assistant tournament director for the USCAA Basketball National Championships.
Ehrie earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Penn State before receiving a master's degree in sport management from the University of Tennessee.