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Who We Are

Jamie Pollard

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Dear Cyclone Fans,

On behalf of Iowa State’s student-athletes, coaches and staff, thank you for your loyal and forever-true Cyclone Club support. Together, we raised a record $17.1M. Your generosity allowed us to provide an outstanding academic and athletic experience for our 450 student-athletes.

The investment from more than 6,000 Cyclone Club donors helped Iowa State student-athletes thrive academically and athletically. We recorded a Graduation Success Rate score of 95% (a school-record and Big 12 best) and earned back-to-back Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk victories.

Cyclone Club donations, which fund scholarships, facilities and operations, remain our department’s top fundraising priority. However, we must continue to identify and implement additional innovative funding ideas in order for our athletics program to continue to thrive during these challenging times.

The intercollegiate athletics landscape is in the midst of dramatic and rapid change; one that we do not anticipate slowing down anytime soon. The recent shifts in NIL rights, the transfer portal and conference realignment have accelerated the professionalism of major college sports. We are also preparing to welcome Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah into the Big 12 Conference during the 2024-25 academic year.

To overcome the challenges we are facing, we must continue generating additional financial resources in order to provide our student-athletes with state-of-the-art facilities, enhanced support services, access to financial opportunities provided by our peer institutions and retention of our most-successful coaches and staff. Unfortunately, our need to grow revenues also comes during a period when our conference revenues are plateauing, or in some cases, declining due to conference realignment.

Cyclone Club gifts and season ticket purchases remain our program’s lifeblood and represent our secondlargest revenue source behind Big 12/NCAA distributions. In addition, our athletics program does not receive any State or University funding, thereby making it one of the nation’s only financially self-sufficient programs.

Although our athletics program is riding a wave of momentum as we head into 2024, it is critical that we grow our Cyclone Club membership base to ensure future success. Your Cyclone Club donation will provide our student-athletes the opportunity to compete in their sport at the highest level while also preparing them to utilize their Iowa State degree long after their athletic careers have ended.

Thank you for supporting our talented student-athletes. Together, I am confident that the best is yet to come for Iowa State Athletics!

Go Cyclones,

Jamie Pollard

Jamie Pollard

Director of Athletics

Development Staff

Ryan McGuirer

Ryan McGuire

Senior Associate AD for External Relations

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Joan Bowles

Joan Bowles

Associate AD for Development

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Annual giving

Blair Danner

Blair Danner

Associate Director of Development

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Aaron Dekker

Aaron Dekker

Associate Director of Development

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Diane Shearerl

Diane Shearer

Development Coordinator

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Major Gifts

Nathan Johnson

Nathan Johnson

Senior Director of Development / Director of Major Gifts

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Kyle Hanna

Kyle Hanna

Director of Development for Major Gifts

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Claire Oettin

Claire Oetting

Development Coordinator

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premium services & special events

Molly Donnelly

Molly Donnelly

Director of Premium Services & Special Events

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Morganne Grant

Morganne Grant

Premium Services & Special Events Manager

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