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7:00 PM

The Business of CSULB Athletics: a Panel Discussion

Vic Cegles, Athletic Director, CSULB (Moderator)
Dennis Farrell, Commissioner, Big West Conference
George Medak, President, Affiliated Development Group, Inc.
Jody Wynn, Women's Head Basketball Coach, CSULB

Vic Cegles will moderate this panel discussion giving you an insider's look at running a multi-million dollar business. He will share what his role is as Athletic Director, the difference between Division I and Division III athletics and the professional journey that led him to this challenging field. He will moderate a discussion between a Commissioner, Head Coach and valued volunteer as they share their perspectives on the challenges and strengths of the 49er organization.

Vic Cegles
Vic Cegles
Athletic Director, CSULB

In three seasons as the Director of Athletics at Long Beach State Vic Cegles has overhauled the 49er athletic department and provided a new path for the department to follow.

Cegles, who was hired as the school's 12th Director of Athletics in April 2006, has already made an impact in the athletic department's ability to fundraise which is key to his goal of making Long Beach State, not only the premiere school in the Big West Conference, but a player on the national stage when it comes to both athletics and academics.

Since coming to Long Beach State, Cegles has restructured the annual establishing the 49er Athletic Club. The centralized fundraising approach recognizes both sport specific gifts and scholarship contributions supporting all 18 intercollegiate teams. The result has been dramatic with double-digit increases in the annual fund in fiscal years 2007 and 2008 and a strong 2009 campaign during troubled financial times.

In addition, Cegles continues on the five-year strategic plan focused on facility improvements, endowments and staff enhancements, while the athletic board he created has grown in 2009 providing guidance and leadership while actively participating in the athletics capital campaign seeking over $25 million to advance 49er athletics tradition.

Long Beach State has excelled both on the playing fields and in the classroom under Cegles' leadership. Academically, for the second consecutive year all NCAA sponsored teams at Long Beach State scored above the required 925 on the Academic Progress Rate (APR), the only California State University to do so, and 230 student athletes were recognized as "academic all-stars" by achieving a 3.0 grade point average for the fall or spring semesters. Twenty-eight student athletes earned a 4.0 GPA and 52 earned a place on the President's List with a 3.75 GPA or better, with 56 placing on the Dean's List with a GPA between 3.5 and 3.74.

Diversity in the coaching and administrative staff is a fundamental goal and the athletics department was recognized under Cegles' leadership in 2008 as a national NCAA Diversity winner.

Competitively, in his three seasons at the helm of the Long Beach State athletic department, the 49ers have won 13 conference championships, with 15 LBSU teams advancing to the NCAA Tournament.

In 2008-09, Long Beach State won the Big West's Commissioners Cup, awarded to the conference's most successful athletic department. LBSU teams won four league championships during the 2008-09 competition year with five teams making NCAA Tournament appearances.

That success came on the heels of the 2007-08 season where Long Beach State had six teams win conference championships and six teams advance to the NCAA Tournament, a year after winning three league titles and making four NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006-07.

Cegles reorganized and refocused the entire administrative staff, but also negotiated new contracts for baseball coach Mike Weathers and volleyball coach Brian Gimmillaro while also hiring six new head coaches in softball, water polo, men's and women's golf and basketball coaches Dan Monson and Jody Wynn.

From 2003-06 Cegles was the associate athletics director at Temple University where he directed athletics fundraising, marketing and promotions, sponsorship and ticket sales while planning an athletics capital campaign with university development.

Previously he was vice president of business development for Gaylord Sports Management in Scottsdale, Ariz., after serving 16 years at Arizona State University in athletic development and external affairs. He ultimately served as the lead senior associate athletic director for external affairs in his final two years at ASU.

While at Arizona State he led the athletics department's $25 million capital campaign to enhance facilities and endowments and, among other responsibilities, supervised baseball, men's and women's golf and women's gymnastics. He also was the assistant athletic director for development at Rutgers University for five years.

Cegles served as assistant basketball coach at Carnegie Mellon University and as an assistant basketball and baseball coach at West Virginia Wesleyan College and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He holds a degree in business administration from Bucknell and a master's in counseling and student personnel services from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Cegles and his wife, Bonnie, have two sons, Vic a recent graduate of Rutgers University and a baseball standout who currently works in the athletics department at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Casey who is a senior wide receiver on the Towson University football team.

Dennis Farrell
Dennis Farrell
Commissioner, Big West Conference

The 2010-11 academic year marks the 19th year in Dennis Farrell's tenure as commissioner of the Big West Conference, but 31st season on staff. He is the fourth full-time commissioner in the 41-year history of the Big West, following Jess Hill (1972-78), Lew Cryer (1978-88) and Jim Haney (1988-92).

Prior to assuming the role of commissioner on July 1, 1992, Farrell served the conference in various capacities as an assistant/associate commissioner since joining the conference in 1980. During his Big West tenure, Farrell has acted as the primary rule interpreter, championship administrator, schedule coordinator and director of the league's successful postseason basketball tournament.

Farrell has actively represented the Big West on the national and regional level. From 1994 to 1997 he served on the important NCAA Council and from 1991 to 1997 he sat on the NCAA Two-Year College Relations Committee (including serving as its chair from 1992 to 1995). He currently serves as the Division I-AAA Vice President of the Collegiate Commissioners Association and is chair of the NCAA Baseball Issues Committee. Farrell also is presently a member of the Los Angeles Sports Council which is active in securing, marketing and administering major athletic events for the Southern California area.

Before joining the Big West, Farrell was the sports information director for nearly three years at Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo, Calif. A 1974 graduate of San Diego State University, Farrell worked for the Daily Californian newspaper in El Cajon and radio station KDEO while attending college. From 1975 to 1977, he was employed as sports editor of the Saddleback Valley News in Mission Viejo. He also worked in the sports department of the Orange County edition of the Los Angeles Times.

Farrell and his wife, Charlene, reside in Coto de Caza with their sons, Timothy and Michael.

George Medak
George Medak
President, Affiliated Development Group, Inc.

In 1993 Mr. Medak founded Affiliated Development Group to manage the entitlement, development, finance, design, construction and asset management of real estate for clients and investors.  The company is experienced in the processing of governmental entitlements and arranging for public subsidy and other forms of joint public/private development efforts. The business has grown through associations with experienced, successful and respected corporations in the development and financing industry. Affiliated Development Group forms a development team with these affiliates to offer end users or investors a complete development service designed to reduce risk and introduce a high level of predictability to the production of real estate product.

Affiliated Development Group has been involved in the development of several hundred housing units along with major retail and mixed-use projects.  Examples include Perris Plaza, a regional retail/entertainment center with more than $6 million in public infrastructure financing; a major multi-plex theater project in San Bernardino, California; a thirteen hundred acre planned community, including a community college campus and housing for Naval personnel in the City of Lemoore, California; the development of a Crowne Plaza Hotel in Garden Grove, California and a Doubletree Hotel in Santa Ana; the development of two projects in downtown Long Beach, California, one a residential development with five hundred fifty six units in two twenty-two story towers, called AQUA, and the other Camden Harbour Place, a 538 unit apartment complex. He also directed the entitlement process for a 278 unit high rise condominium/mixed-use project in the City of Santa Ana.  Mr. Medak is presently managing the entitlement process for more than eleven hundred residential units, 360,000 square feet of Class A office space and 400 hotel rooms in the City of Long Beach.

Prior to forming Affiliated Development Group, Mr. Medak created and for more than ten years directed Long Beach Financial Services, Inc., a mortgage brokerage and development consulting firm which provided services to several governmental agencies, educational institutions and major private development corporations.  The consulting practice was directed toward providing assistance in the areas of entitlement processing, financing requirements, government relations assistance, developer selection and the implementation of joint public/private development ventures.

Before joining the private sector, Mr. Medak enjoyed a seventeen-year career with the City of Long Beach, California.  Beginning service as a Police Patrolman, additional assignments included Director of Budget and Research and Director of Intergovernmental Relations.  In addition, as Executive Assistant to the City Manager and Director of General Services, Mr. Medak was responsible for all general services operations such as purchasing, finance, management information systems, property management and the coordination of all inter-departmental activities and special projects.

Mr. Medak also served several years as an Associate Professor in the Graduate Center for Public Policy at California State University, Long Beach where he specialized in the areas of organization theory, intergovernmental relations, comparative organization studies, management theory and public finance.  He currently serves as the Chair of the Long Beach State University Athletics Board, which has recently begun a Capital Campaign to raise $30 Million to support student athletes.  In the past he has been active as a Chairman of the Board of the Long Beach Public Transportation Company, Chairman of the Board for the Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, President of the 49’er Athletic Foundation, member of Board of Trustees of the Long Beach Community Medical Center Foundation, Past Chairman and Director Emeritus for the Long Beach City College Foundation, a member of the Board of Governors for the Senior Care Action Network (SCAN), past President of the Board for the International City Theater, and Board Member of the Public Corporation for the Arts and the American Red Cross,.  He is also a member of Lambda Alpha International, an Honorary Land Economics Society.   

Mr. Medak holds a Baccalaureate Degree in Criminology from California State University at Long Beach and a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Southern California.

Jody Wynn
Jody Wynn
Women's Head Basketball Coach, CSULB

Jody Wynn, who spent five seasons as the senior assistant, recruiting coordinator and head of scouting at USC, was named the sixth head coach in Long Beach State women’s basketball history on April 7, 2009.

In her first year at The Beach, Wynn took a team that did not advance to the Big West Tournament in the previous season and guided them to a fourth-place finish in conference play. The 49ers earned a bye into the quarterfinal round where they fell to UC Santa Barbara.

LBSU finished the campaign with a 13-17 overall record and a 9-7 mark in conference action. The Beach swept eventual Big West Tournament champion UC Riverside and defending Big West champion UC Santa Barbara during the regular season. The 49ers also defeated the Gauchos on their home floor for the first time in 19 years.

Wynn came to The Beach with 13 years of collegiate coaching experience under her belt. While at USC, she was in charge of bringing in four nationally ranked recruiting classes, including the No. 1-ranked group in 2006. On the court, Wynn coached seven All-Pac 10 performers, a conference freshman of the year and a WNBA draft pick.

In 2008-09, Wynn helped the Trojans advance to their first-ever Pac-10 championship game, with five players garnering all-league honors. In her first season at USC (2004-05), the Women of Troy tied for second in the conference and rolled into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1997, finishing the campaign ranked 22nd in the nation. One year later, the Trojans were back in the postseason, advancing to the second round.

Wynn entered the coaching ranks in 1996-97 as an assistant at Pepperdine under former USC head coach Mark Trakh. She helped the Waves to six postseason appearances, including three bids to the NCAA Tournament. In her eight seasons in Malibu, Pepperdine had six 20-win campaigns and captured four West Coast Conference championships.

The Brea, Calif., native was a four-year letterwinner and starting guard at USC from 1993-96. During her playing career, the Trojans compiled a record of 79-35 (.693), won the 1994 Pac-10 Conference championship and made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. She enjoyed her best season as a junior in 1995, starting 27 games and averaging 8.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per contest.

Wynn was also a prep standout at Brea Olinda High School, where she guided the Ladycats to three California state championships. She earned CIF Southern Section and Orange County Player of the Year accolades in 1991 and 1992, while also being tabbed a USA Today and Streets & Smith honorable mention All-American.

Wynn earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from USC in 1996 and attained a master’s in education from Pepperdine in 2000.

The former Jody Anton is married to Derek Wynn and the couple has two daughters, Jada and Kaeli.

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RSVP for the Oct 14th Event
“The Business of College Athletics”

Location Details:
College of Business Administration
California State University, Long Beach
Room CBA 139A
1250 Bellflower Blvd., MS - 8501
Long Beach, California 90840-8306

Visitors to the campus must purchase a parking permit at a yellow kiosk for $5.00.

There is a yellow kiosk located in Lot 15 adjacent to the CBA building.

Please park in the multistory parking structure adjacent to the College of Business Administration building on Merriam Way. Campus Map.

NOTE: After purchasing your permit, you may park in the spaces marked "Employees Only" in Lot 15 after 6:00 p.m.

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