Middle Tennessee State athletic director Chris Massaro wasted no time replacing former assistant athletic director for external affairs David Blackburn.
Last week, Massaro appointed Lee De León MTSU as the new deputy athletic director for field operations, succeeding Blackburn, who has been the school’s AD associate for external affairs for the past three years.
Massaro said Blackburn will stick around for a short time and help the sports department with the transition. De León officially takes up his new post on November 29.
“Lee De León brings a wealth of experience and experience in athletic fundraising, marketing and administration,” Massaro said in a statement. “He is energetic, passionate and has a proven track record at all of his previous stops. We look forward to him joining the Blue Raider family and being a vital part of our fundraising and outreach efforts during an exciting time for our department. “
In his new role, De León will oversee all aspects of MTSU’s sports development, sponsorship, marketing, merchandise and licensing. He will also be a member of the sports department’s leadership team and oversee the baseball, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s golf programs.
“I am extremely excited to have the opportunity at MTSU and be a part of Blue Raider Athletics,” said De León. “I believe in Dr. [Sidney] McPhee and Chris Massaro are for the varsity and athletic department and we can’t wait to get there and get to work. “
De León joins MTSU after a two-year stint as Executive Director of the Ragin ‘Cajuns Athletic Foundation and Assistant Director of Athletics at the University of Louisiana. He specializes in fundraising, helping the CRA raise over $ 42 million while at school. His primary responsibilities there included investment culture, major gift planning, high-end seating, and fundraising coordination.
Prior to Louisiana, De León spent four seasons as athletic director at Christian University of Abilene from 2014 to 2018, where he was the youngest NCAA Division I AD.