The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Thursday the addition of two new Red Wolves Foundation employees, Murray Watts and Claire Drerup, and the promotion of Justin Morrison.
Watts has been named the Red Wolves Foundation Development Coordinator, while Drerup was appointed to the position of Donor Experience Coordinator. Following his promotion, Morrison is now the Assistant Director of the Red Wolves Foundation.
Watts is a former A-State baseball player and 2010 ASU graduate with a degree in marketing. After graduating from Jonesboro High School in 2006, he went to the University of Arkansas to play baseball and transferred to A-State after redshirting one season there. While at Arkansas State, he earned two Second-Team All-Sun Belt Conference selections in 2009 and 2010. He finished his career at Arkansas State with 25 home runs and 133 runs batted in.
"I am excited that Murray has joined our staff with the Red Wolves Foundation," Ford said. "He is a leader and a class act all of the way. As a former student-athlete and alumnus of Arkansas State, he is passionate about continuing to grow the Red Wolves Foundation and the support we provide to our student-athletes. Murray will play a critical role in helping us continue building our program into a national brand."
Watts was drafted in the 28th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals. He spent the last four years in the Royals minor league system, advancing to the Class A Advanced affiliate Wilmington Blue Rocks before playing independently with the Long Island Ducks and El Paso Diablos in 2013.
"I'm very excited to return home to Arkansas State and have the opportunity to impact athletics in such a big way," Watts said. "I can't express how thankful I am to all who have supported me through my baseball career and are now helping in my transition. I look forward to working with Terry Mohajir and Carter Ford in helping advance the brand name and recognition of the Arkansas State Red Wolves."
Drerup, a native of Van Buren, Mo., is a 2011 graduate of Arkansas State with a degree in marketing management. Prior to her new position, she had previously worked in the Arkansas State Office of Recruitment as a recruitment advisor.
"Claire has already made a huge impact on our ability to enhance the overall experience of our donors," Ford said. "As an alumna of Arkansas State and with her experience working in the office of recruitment, she is the right person to lead our efforts to enhance our activities across the state of Arkansas and the overall relationship we have with our supporters."
While working as a recruitment advisor, Drerup's main territories included northwest Arkansas and central Arkansas. Her main job responsibilities included recruiting high school seniors to attend Arkansas State, presenting large amounts of information to groups and individuals on a daily basis, providing university information to prospective students and their families during visits to the A-State campus, and developing and implementing comprehensive communication and marketing plans.
"I am beyond excited to continue my career at Arkansas State University with the Red Wolves Foundation and honored to be a part of the athletics department," Drerup said. "I want to thank Carter Ford and Terry Mohajir for this amazing opportunity, and I look forward to helping build a national brand."
Morrison's primary responsibilities will be overseeing the annual fund and premium seating. He spent the previous year as the Development Coordinator for the Red Wolves Foundation. His responsibilities included being the account manager for 500 donor accounts, overseeing donor football and basketball parking and ticket assignments, managing the day-to-day operations of the Wheel Club, paying all the Red Wolves Foundation invoices, assisting with securing auction items and planning of the annual A-State Golf Classic, developing collateral to use for the new Liberty Bank Stadium north end zone facility capital campaign project, and handling questions from visitors to the Red Wolves Foundation office.
"Justin has been a huge asset to the Red Wolves Foundation over the past year," Ford said. "His leadership has allowed us to raise the level of service we provide to all of our supporters, and his expertise is helping to move the Red Wolves Foundation forward in many ways. I am excited that he is now serving as the Assistant Director of the Red Wolves Foundation and look forward to continuing to work with him to move this organization forward."