Associate Athletic Director, Development
Drew Turner currently serves as the Associate Athletic Director for Development at Old Dominion University (ODU). Drew joined ODU Athletics and the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation (ODAF) in 2013. Since his initial hiring, he has been promoted three times having previously held the positions of Assistant Athletic Director for Development, Director of Athletic Development, and Assistant Director of Athletic Development.
In his current role as Associate Athletic Director, Drew is responsible for securing capital commitments in support of ODU Athletics that will support the athletic budget, athletic facility upgrades and the athletic endowment. He also supervises the annual fund staff as well as two athletic development officers. In addition to these fundraising duties, Drew serves on the ODU Athletics administration senior staff, is a member of the executive committee for the $65,000,000 renovation of the ODU football stadium, holds the role of campaign chair for the $40,000,000 ODU Athletics fundraising initiative, is the sport administrator for the ODU Field Hockey and ODU Sailing programs and chairs the Next Generation of the ODAF Council, a group of emerging leaders in the Hampton Roads Community.
In his time at ODU, Drew has helped the ODAF reach new heights. He has personally secured over $8,500,000 in major gift support for ODU Athletics and has supervised an annual fund that has grown from $4.1M to $4.72M, a 15% growth since 2014. In addition to these fundraising achievements, he spearheaded the rebranding and redesign of the ODAF annual brochure which is now known as the ODAF GamePlan, oversaw the stadium reseating process for both football and basketball, served on several search committees including the hiring of Mallory Hetzel as head women’s golf coach who won the Conference USA championship in her first season with the Monarchs, chaired the search committee for a new Director of Athletic Development, negotiated the ODAF’s first Coaches Caravan sponsorship, established the ODAF Guiding Principles, and created the ODAF “Because of You” branding initiative to raise awareness about the importance of private support for ODU Athletics.
Prior to his time at ODU, Drew held athletic fundraising positions with Duke University and the University of South Carolina. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration at the University of South Carolina and earned a Masters of Business Administration from ODU. He is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and was invited to attend the 2017 LEAD1 Institute, a high level professional development program for future Division 1 Athletic Directors. Drew grew up around collegiate athletics as his father, Todd, served as an Athletic Director for over twenty years at four different Universities (UConn, NC State, Vanderbilt, and Washington) and currently serves as President for an executive search and consulting firm, Collegiate Sports Associates.
FAVORITE ODU SPORTS MOMENT
Without a doubt, Trey Freeman's game winner against Murray State to send the Monarchs to Madison Square Garden. That is one that I will remember for a long time.
FAVORITE REASON FOR WORKING AT ODAF
Being a part of the ODU community at a time of exponential growth for both the athletic department and the university as a whole. It's a great time to be a Monarch!