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Michael Gilbert Named WCU Athletics Director of Ticket Operations

Michael Gilbert has been named the Director of Ticket Operations for Western Carolina Athletics, officially taking the position on July 3. In his role, Gilbert will oversee all ticket operations for Catamount Athletics

Gilbert has spent the past year as the marketing and ticketing assistant within Catamount Athletics where he’s been an integral part of the operations in the Athletics Ticket Office including the transition to the AudienceView ticketing platform. Last year, he was a part of helping WCU set an all-time program high for football season ticket sales while exceeding projections in the three additional ticketed sports.

With a year of experience at WCU, Gilbert served as the primary contact in the Athletics Ticket Office since late April 2023.

“We are excited to have Michael remain with our staff here in Catamount Athletics,” said Chad Gerrety, WCU Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs. “Michael quickly became a part of the Catamount Nation and has done a great job in the interim during a time of transition in our athletics ticket office over the past three months. His attention to customer service and providing a steady presence within our ticket office made him the right choice for our department.”

Prior to coming to Cullowhee in the summer of 2022, Gilbert worked as an operations assistant with Pure Fire Media where he oversaw the media, marketing, and advertising operations.

Born and raised in Chicago, Gilbert calls Bloomington, Ind., home. He graduated from Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind., with a degree in sport management in the summer of 2021. While an undergraduate, Gilbert was the community engagement and fundraising coordinator for his fraternity, Alpha Sigma Phi. His entrance into intercollegiate athletics came as a sport marketing at his alma mater, ISU.

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