Member Spotlight

January 2017

 

Name: Drew Pittman

Title: Assistant Athletic Director

Organization: Baylor University

Drew Pittman has been an integral part of the Baylor University athletics department for more than 10 years. He continues his role with the University as Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations. Having joined the athletics department on a full time basis in 2005, Pittman took over his current role in 2010.

Pittman oversees event management for Baylor football games and high school football games held at McLane Stadium. In this role he is responsible for overall coordination of all parts of football events. He also supports the planning, operations, and facility management for all other sporting events and athletic facilities at Baylor. In addition, he is responsible for over 40 special events held in the Ferrell Center each year.

Pittman has been involved in coordination and planning for over $300 million in construction and renovation projects over the last ten years. This includes the construction of McLane Stadium, Simpson Center, Whetsel Basketball Practice Facility, and Allison Indoor Practice Facility.

Pittman received a B.A. in Communications from Baylor in 2004. He is an active member of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) where he is a 2012 graduate of their Academy of Venue Safety and Security. He also received a Sport Security Management certificate from the University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) in 2009. In 2015 Pittman was awarded the Certified Sport Security Professional designation by NCS4. Based on his safety and security expertise, Pittman was also asked to serve as part of the Baylor Campus Emergency Preparedness work group. He also serves as the liaison officer between the University and local partners in the event of a major emergency. In 2011, Pittman was recognized with the University’s Outstanding Staff Award.

We asked Drew the following questions:

1.) What new initiatives have you implemented, or are planning to implement, in the next year?  We recently implemented walk through metal detectors at our football games

2.) What are some of the greatest challenges that you face in your current position?  Complacency with our front line staff is always a great challenge. We try to provide frequent and varied training to our staff to stress the importance of what they do

3.) What is one piece of advice you would give to others in the spectator sports safety and security industry?  Keep learning! Our business changes almost daily and you need to be prepared to learn and grow with these changes

At A Glance

 

 

 

Drew Pittman

- Assistant Athletic Director, Baylor University

- Certified Sports Security Professional (CSSP)

- Serves on Baylor Campus Emergency Preparedness work group