Sell joined the Jackrabbit staff on May 7, 2009 as the 12th director of
athletics at South Dakota State University.
love working as part of a team, and that's exactly how we work at SDSU,"
said. "From President Chicoine, to the faculty and staff,
donors and fans, we all work together for the benefit of South Dakota
and Jackrabbit Athletics."
oversees the Jackrabbits' 21-sport Division I varsity athletics program.
Eighteen SDSU teams compete in The Summit League, while football
the Missouri Valley Football Conference of the Football Championship
Subdivision and wrestling competes as a member of the Western Wrestling
Conference. Women's equestrian competes under the umbrella of the
Collegiate Equestrian Association.
Sell's leadership, SDSU athletics continues to make strides in athletic
in the classroom, in fundraising and in reconnecting with alumni.
the Jackrabbits claimed a total of 10 regular and postseason league
championships in five different sports since 2009-10. That success
The Summit League Commissioner's Cup all-sports trophy following the
after a runner-up finish the year before. Also in 2010-11, SDSU earned
league's Sportsmanship Award, an award voted upon by their peers.
the classroom, Jackrabbit student-athletes continually post a grade-point average
of 3.2 or higher in more than 70 different majors, which led SDSU to
Summit League's Institutional Academic Achievement Award for the 2009-10
academic year and the Missouri Valley Football Conference Academic Award
in all four years in the league (2008-11).
January of 2011, Sell announced a partnership with Learfield Sports, signing a
10-year deal worth $13 million for SDSU athletics. Learfield Sports
a Brookings-based entity known as "Jackrabbit Sports Properties" that
directs all aspects of the partnership, including managing and selling
multimedia and sponsorship rights for South Dakota State Athletics.
addition to the deal with Learfield Sports, Sell directed the
the Letterwinners Club, which provides opportunities for
to reconnect and stay connected with former student-athletes, while
current student-athletes at South Dakota State.
the years to come, Sell wants to continue reconnecting with former
student-athletes and enhancing the athletic facilities while still
success, both in competition, but more importantly, in the classroom.
the facilities front, Sell oversaw the completion of the Dykhouse
Student-Athlete Center in 2010, and developed the 2025 SDSU Athletic Facilities
Master Plan. Additionally, Sell spearheaded efforts to add permanent
and a press box at Erv Huether Field, chairback seating in both Frost Arena and
Coughlin-Alumni Stadium and continues working
towards the building of an indoor
practice facility and football stadium.
in Salem, Ore., and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Sell came to South Dakota
from the University of Northern Iowa, where he worked in
various roles, both at
the university and in the community for 10 years. He also worked at Villanova
University, Syracuse University, Ohio State University and Bowling Green State
University. Sell gained further experience working in the private
sector for various
sports teams and events.
the Brookings community, where Sell lives with his wife, Jennie, and
children: Abbie, Zach, Josh and Eric,
he serves as Vice President of the Brookings
Chamber of Commerce, Vice President for the Brookings
Friends of Baseball and on
the Brookings Health System Board of Trustees.
earned his bachelor's degree in sport management from Bowling Green
University (Ohio) in 1991 and completed a master's degree in physical
education/sport administration at The Ohio State University in 1992.