Andrea Tirey is Senior Associate Athletics Director of Development for Texas Tech University Athletics, where she is responsible for fundraising for the department.
Tirey began her career working for the Texas Legislature and late Rep. Buddy West. She served as legislative aide and district liaison working closely with the House Committee on Energy Resources and the Oilfield Cleanup Fund.
In 2007, she joined the Texas Tech University System as a development professional focusing on academic fundraising. Building on her experience, she led fundraising efforts for the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University before joining the athletics department as senior director of development. While there, Texas Tech University Athletics launched The Campaign for Fearless Champions, an ongoing, $160 million initiative to enhance athletic facilities, invest in scholarship endowments and grow the Fearless Champions Leadership Academy.
Currently, Tirey serves on the board of trustees of The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. She is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Texas, the longest-running and most successful women's leadership development program in the United States.
Tirey received both her undergraduate degree in political science and her master's in interdisciplinary studies from Texas Tech University. She and her husband, Christopher, have two children, Caroline and Margaret.
Bryan Gates joined Texas Tech Athletics and the Red Raider Club as the Assistant Athletics Director-Annual Fund in May of 2018. Gates' role with the Red Raider Club includes leading the annual fund team to grow and retain annual membership participation with contributions tied specifically to the Excellence Fund, RRC game day seating, donor-based benefits, and communications.
Prior to Texas Tech and the Red Raider Club, Bryan served as the Assistant Athletics Director for Development at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) where he led the development efforts for the Miner Athletic Club. This included direction and oversight of all athletic development operations while also working as a frontline development officer for UTEP. Gates arrived in El Paso in November 2012, taking over the role of Director of Development, which he held for three years before being promoted to Assistant Athletics Director.
While at UTEP, Gates played a major part in the Circle of Champions Program fund seeing a near 25 percent increase, an 18 percent increase in member support for the Miner Athletic Club, and a 45 percent in UTEP's annual fundraising event the Orange Fever Fiesta.
Gates' was also a part of the Sun Bowl Modernization team while at UTEP assisting in UTEP's planning and fundraising for a 15 million dollar facility project at the Sun Bowl Stadium.
Before his time at UTEP, Gates previously worked at Eastern Illinois University and Texas State University. At both stops his duties were focused on athletics development.
The Houston, TX native holds both a Bachelor's of Business Administration and Master's of Education-Sport Administration from Texas State University. He and his wife Ximena now call Lubbock home.
Alex joined the Red Raider Club team in August 2013. Alex comes to Texas Tech from the United States Air Force Academy where he served as Development Coordinator from 2011-2013. During his time at the Academy, he was instrumental in increasing annual fund gifts to the Falcon Pride Club by 35%.
In his current position as Assistant Athletics Director, Alex plays a vital role in annual giving, donor based benefits, and donor communications. The Jacksonville, FL native holds a Bachelor's of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi and a Master's of Science in Sport Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. He is married to the former Jennifer Teichelman of Fort Worth.
Rodney Allison is no stranger to Texas Tech Athletics as he enjoyed a successful tenure as the quarterback for the Red Raiders from 1974-1977. He was named most valuable player in the Southwest Conference in 1976 as well as MVP of the Astro Bluebonnet Bowl later that season. Following his senior season, Allison was selected to play in two all-star games, the Japan Bowl and the Hula Bowl. In 1980, he earned his Bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Texas Tech. Allison then moved into collegiate coaching with stops at Texas Tech, Duke, Southern Mississippi, Auburn and Clemson. In December 2002 he was named Head Coach at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. After six seasons in Chattanooga, Allison and his wife Leigh moved back to Lubbock and in 2013 he accepted the position as Director of the Double T Varsity Club.
"At some point, I always hoped to come back to Texas Tech in a position where I could make a difference for the University and Tech's athletic department."
Rickie Alvarez joined the Red Raider Club Staff in July 2016. In his current role, Rickie coordinates all donor and fan parking operations, and assists in all aspects of annual giving, donor based benefits, and donor communications.
Rickie comes to Texas Tech from Colorado State University where he served as the Athletics Development Intern for the Annual Fund from 2014-2016. During his time at CSU, Rickie was an integral part of a team that saw an increase of 68% in total number of donors to the Ram Club, leading to a record fundraising year in 2015-2016. Prior to his arrival at CSU, Rickie interned at the University of Louisiana at Monroe as the External Operations Assistant. During his tenure at ULM, Rickie assisted with game operations, annual fund solicitations, and was the primary contact for premium seating and tailgating. The Bellflower, CA native holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Arts in Sport and Athletic Administration from Gonzaga University.
Assistant Director, Annual Fund
Assistant Director, Annual Fund
Audrey joined the Red Raider Club Staff in May of 2017 as the Post-Graduate Intern. In her current role, Audrey assists with all aspects of annual giving, donor based benefits, and donor communications. She is also responsible for the Student Red Raider Club and Young Alumni Program.
Audrey comes to Lubbock from Munster, Indiana. She earned her Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in Sport Administration from Ball State University. While earning her Master's Degree, Audrey was the graduate assistant for the Office of Engagement and Giving. Furthermore, during her undergraduate studies at BSU, Audrey was a four-year letter winner on the women's softball team.
Erin joined the Red Raider Club team in July 2019. She currently serves as the Assistant Director of Development with a focus on premium seating.
Prior to Texas Tech, Erin served as the Associate Director for Revenue at the University of Miami. In this role she was responsible for recording, reporting and projecting the department’s annual revenue, including ticket sales, donations, corporate sponsorships and conference distributions.
Erin was a four-year letter winner on the women’s soccer team at Villanova University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications in 2009. After completing her soccer career at Villanova, she walked on the women's basketball team and competed during the 2008-09 season. In 2011, she received her Master’s in Business Administration from Wilkes University. She and her husband, Brent, now reside in Lubbock with their son, Emmett, and daughter, Emerson.
Kami joined the Double T Varsity Club in July 2016 as a post-graduate intern overseeing the planning and organizing of Double T Varsity Club events and assisting with social media efforts. After a successful year, she was named Assistant Director of the Double T Varsity Club. Prior to joining the Double T Varsity Club, Kami attended Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. While attending Angelo State, she worked for Angelo State Athletics where she assisted with special events and game day activities. She will begin graduate school this summer at Texas Tech University to earn a Master's Degree in Sport Management.
Carson Hadaway became the Assistant Director of Athletics Development for Texas Tech Athletics and the Red Raider Club in June 2018. Her duties include various tasks relating to events, annual fund, strategic plan and stewardship.
Before joining Tech Athletics, she completed a year-long internship as the Championships Assistant for the Big 12 Conference. She assisted the championships department in day-to-day operations, with her main responsibilities including coordinating all awards for student-athletes for both regular and postseason, as well as handling championship signage efforts.
Prior to the Big 12, Hadaway spent three years as a student assistant and post-graduate intern under Senior Associate Athletics Director, Andrea Tirey, and the Texas Tech Athletics Development department. During her first stop at Texas Tech, she aided the development staff in coordination of events and donor cultivation and stewardship, as well as coordinating student-athlete thank you drives and staffing for donors suites at football games.
She has vast experience in event operations and planning, with internship and volunteer experiences with the Atlanta Falcons, NCAA Women's Final Four and Regional Basketball tournaments, the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, and four years' worth of various Big 12 Conference Championships.
Hadaway graduated in 2016 from Texas Tech with a degree in Sport Management, and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in the same field from Texas A&M University.
Clark joined the Red Raider Club full-time in January 2016 as Membership Coordinator after interning for the RRC in the summer of 2015. Clark spent the 2016 Texas Tech football season as Assistant Director of Membership and now serves as Associate Director of Leadership Giving. Prior to joining the Red Raider Club staff, Clark was a four-year letterman on the Texas Tech Men's basketball team. Active on campus and in the community, Clark was named the 2015 Big 12 Conference Male Sportsperson of the year. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations in 2014 and his Masters Degree in Sport Management in 2015, both from Texas Tech University. In the fall of 2015, Clark interned for Senator John Cornyn TX (R) in Washington, D.C before returning to the Lone Star state. Clark is passionate about serving Texas Tech Athletics and the Lubbock Community.
Lauren Mazurek is the Director of Donor Relations and Events for Texas Tech University System Institutional Advancement and Texas Tech University Athletics development. She works extensively with both offices to design, plan and execute philanthropic events.
A former event coordinator for Texas Tech Athletics, Lauren organized events for major gift donors and Red Raider Club members.
Building on her donor relations and event planning experience, Lauren now serves dual roles to provide stream-lined and consistent experiences for both athletics and system donors.
Active in the Lubbock community, Lauren is a member of the board of directors for the Guadalupe-Parkway Neighborhood Centers and serves on the advisory council for the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts. She is also a member of P.E.O., a philanthropic organization that promotes educational opportunities for women.
Lauren holds a bachelor's degree in public relations from Texas Tech University.
Audra Opperman joined the Red Raider Club in May 2017 as an assistant director for stewardship and events. She previously spent three years as the Communications Coordinator in the Texas Tech Athletics Communications Office.
In her role, Opperman is responsible for many of the donor events the Red Raider Club hosts annually as well as the Victory Circle.
Opperman made the move to the Red Raider Club after serving as the direct contact for Senior Associate Athletics Director Robert Giovannetti as well as all seven contacts within the communications office. She oversaw the communications operating budget and, most importantly, managed Texas Tech's student intern program.
Opperman was normally the first voice Red Raider fans or media hear when they called the communications office as she helped coordinate credential requests as well as hotel arrangements for visiting media during football and basketball season. She also orchestrated event logistics behind many of Texas Tech's press gatherings, including the annual Local Media Day event prior to football season.
Prior to joining the athletics department, Opperman spent just over a year as the events and staffing supervisor at G. Boren Services in Lubbock. There, she was responsible for hiring over 100 event staff workers for Texas Tech football and basketball games as well as other events held at United Supermarkets Arena, City Bank Coliseum and the Lubbock Civic Center.
Opperman, a native of Clovis, New Mexico, earned her bachelor's degree in public relations from Eastern New Mexico University in 2009. She resides in Lubbock with her husband Justin and their two children, Jaxon and Malley.
Silvia Solis joined the Red Raider Club in November 2015 as Office Manager. In this role, she provides administrative support and assistance to the Associate Athletics Director and Red Raider Club staff. Prior to joining the Red Raider Club, Silvia worked for Akima Facilities Management at Laughlin Air Force Base where she served as a Counselor. She provided assitance to military members and families who were preparing for upcoming deployments and permanent change of station.
Vicki Taguba has been with Texas Tech Athletics for the past 15 years working in Accounts Receivable. She is the Lead Account Processor for the Red Raider Club and is primarily responsible for processing payments associated with new memberships and renewals. Originally from Post, Texas, you can find Vicki spending time with fans in the "Bubble" on game-days.
Post-Graduate Intern, Double T Varsity Club
Post-Graduate Intern, Double T Varsity Club
Katie joined the Double T Varsity Club in August 2018 as the Post-Graduate Intern. Her position entails oversight of the planning and implementation of special events, game day activities, letterwinner outreach, and social media efforts.
In May 2018, Katie graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Iowa State University. During her time at Iowa State, she spent a year as an Iowa State Cheerleader, Marketing Intern with Iowa State Athletics, and Marketing Communications Intern with Ag Leader Technology. She is now earning a Master's Degree in Higher Education with a sub-concentration in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership and Administration.