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Brian Frerking Named Assistant Athletic Director for Development with Western Carolina Catamount Club

June 9, 2008

Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina Director of Athletics Chip Smith today announced the hiring of Brian Frerking as the Assistant Athletic Director for Development. Frerking, who brings a wealth of collegiate experience from both North Carolina and Texas A&M, will join the WCU Catamount Club in helping bolster fundraising efforts of the organization.

Frerking, who will officially start in mid-June, joins new Catamount Club Director, Gorham Bradley, and Catamount Club Assistant, Sandy Neuenschwander.

"Brian (Frerking) brings a great deal of experience from two of the most successful athletic fund-raising organizations in the country," said Smith. "At the Ram's Club (UNC-Chapel Hill) he primarily worked with annual giving and with Club members. While with the 12th Man Foundation (Texas A&M), he has been a very important part of their recent $61 million capital campaign. We are very pleased to welcome Brian and his wife Jackie to the Catamount family."

Frerking most recently served as Associate Vice President for Major Gifts with the Texas A&M 12th Man Foundation. He was responsible for identifying, cultivating and soliciting gifts of $25,000 and above, as well as the management of the planned giving program for the 12th Man Foundation. Frerking was a member of the fundraising team that has raised over $50 million since the Spring of 2005 for facility improvements, operational costs for the 20 athletic programs at A&M and endowments for student-athlete scholarships.

Prior to joining the 12th Man Foundation, Frerking was the Associate Director for Annual Giving at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, working primarily with the Rams Club. During his five-year stint from 2001 through 2005, he served a variety of roles including supervising the volunteer membership network know as the "Rams Reps," introducing the student Rams Club and revising the young alumni program, and assisting with the strategic goals of the annual fund which nearly doubled in revenue over his five years while in his position.

"I am very excited to join the Catamount athletic staff at this critical juncture," said Frerking. "I had the opportunity to meet with many of the head coaches during my interview process and feel strongly that Director of Athletics Chip Smith has done a great job of putting together a fantastic group of coaches that can lead this athletics program to new heights."

He added, "As with any program financial support is essential to provide the resources that the coaches and student-athletes require to participate at the elite level in the Southern Conference. I am looking forward to working with the staff and the passionate alumni and fans of WCU athletics to build championship programs in every sport."

A 1998 graduate of Texas A&M University where he was a two-time, GTE Student-Athlete Academic Award recipient, Frerking received his Masters of Sports Administration from North Carolina in 2002. He also was a lettermen with the men's basketball team while enrolled in College Station, Tex.