PHILADELPHIA – Temple University Vice President and Sports Director Arthur Johnson announced the addition of three new members to the department’s leadership team and the promotion of five associates.
The Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director for Strategic Initiatives and Sports will join the Owls Executive Leadership team Derek HorneExecutive Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Operations Ed Steinerand Coordinator of Command Operations Tia Withers.
The following employees were promoted: Kristy Bannon to Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director of Compliance and Student Affairs; JustinMiller to Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director/Chief of Staff; LeeRoberts Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director for Facilities and Event Management; and Tim Thiess to Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director of Finance and Administration.
Katie Colbridge Ganzelli has also been promoted from administrative assistant to marketing coordinator for on-campus initiatives.
“I am pleased to welcome Ed, Derek and Tia to the Temple Athletics family and to reward key members of the leadership team with well-deserved promotions,” said Johnson. “These additions and promotions solidify our leadership staff and provide Temple with an extremely talented and knowledgeable administrative team to lead the athletics department.”
Below you will find biographical sketches of the employees.
Derek HorneExecutive Senior Associate Athletics Director for Strategic Initiatives and Sport
Horne, a veteran athletics administrator who has served as director of athletics for two NCAA Division I institutions, will oversee marketing and advertising, ticket sales and video production for Temple Athletics. Most recently, he was Alcorn State’s director of athletics for seven years (2014-21).
During Horne’s tenure at Alcorn State, the football team won four SWAC championships, with Alcorn being the first institution to host a football SWAC championship game. Under his leadership, women’s tennis won two conference championships and women’s cross-country one. He was also a member of the President’s Cabinet while at the school.
Prior to Alcorn State, Horne served as Director of Athletics at Florida A&M University (2010-13). During his three years at the school, football won the 2010 MEAC Championship, with men’s and women’s cross country winning the 2012 conference title.
Horne began his career in collegiate athletics in 1995 as Senior Associate Athletics Director at his alma mater, the University of Mississippi (’87). As a four-year member of the Rebels basketball team, Horne oversaw the school’s correspondence and development of alumni. He was also a proponent and leader of the CHAMPS Life Skills programs.
Horne also served on the following NCAA committees: Division I Cabinet of Personnel Affairs for Recruitment and Athletics; Pathways Selection Committee; Football Championship Subdivision—South Regional Advisory Committee; Advisory Committee for Athletic Directors of Low Resource Institutions.
Ed SteinerExecutive Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Operations
Stoner, who has over 30 years of professional experience including senior leadership positions in athletics at two universities, will oversee athletics development, strategic communications, and digital strategy and branding for Temple Athletics. The veteran administrator was most recently Associate Dean of Development and Alumni Relations at Temple University‘s College of Education and Human Development since 2020.
Stoner has been a leader at virtually every stage of his career, serving as Executive Director for Touchmark in the West Hills (2017-19), a $100 million senior living community in Portland, Oregon; Athletic Director of the Multnomah Athletic Club (2008-2017), a private 21,000-member city athletic club in Portland; Senior Associate Athletic Director at Northeastern University (2004-08), where he oversaw the athletics budget and 11 varsity teams; Associate Athletic Director at UMass-Lowell (1997-2004).
Stoner was named Athletic Director of the Year by the North American Association of Club Athletic Directors in 2012 and has also worked as advertising and marketing coordinator for the University of Delaware Office of Public Relations (1992-97) and as box office and events services manager for the Spectacor management group (1990-92).
Stoner received his Doctor of Education degree from the University of Delaware in 2000. He has been an adjunct professor at four universities since 1995 and also holds a Masters of Sport Administration from Ohio University (’90) and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Tech (’88).
Tia WithersCoordinator of command operations
Withers, who served as Executive Assistant to the FIU’s Head Football Coach from 2018 to 2022, has been named Coordinator of Leadership Operations for Temple Athletics.
Withers, who earned her master’s degree in sports management from FIU (’22), was responsible for organizing head coach Butch Davis’ calendar and schedule, as well as coordinating all staff and team meetings and recruitment-related travel for Davis. She also served as deputy head of football operations and was responsible for travel logistics and day-to-day operations of the program, including training schedules, the study hall and player briefing schedules.
Withers graduated from the University of Alabama in May 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and information science and later earned her master’s degree in sports management from FIU in 2022. During her college days, she was a student assistant on the football team and worked with the program’s recruiting and operations.
Kristy BannonExecutive Senior Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Student Affairs
This is the fourth promotion for Bannon, who has worked in compliance and student services for Temple Athletics since 2008. Since July 2017 she has been Senior Associate AD/Compliance & Student-Athlete Affairs.
In her role, she oversees all aspects of the department’s compliance efforts with conference and NCAA rules and regulations. She works to educate coaches, administrators and student-athletes about new rules and regulations and the processing of NCAA and conference waivers on behalf of student-athletes.
Bannon, who holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Rosemont College (’08) and a master’s degree in athletic administration from Temple (’10), serves as the liaison to the university’s student affairs and Title IX offices.
JustinMiller to Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director/Chief of Staff
Miller who was with Temple University has led the Nancy and Donald Resnick Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes as Senior Associate Athletic Director for Academic & Career Services since 2010.
Under Miller’s leadership, Temple’s student-athletes experienced tremendous academic success, collectively achieving over 3.0 GPAs for 21 consecutive semesters, with 15 of the last 21 semesters exceeding 3.1. In addition to grade point averages, graduation rates have increased significantly since Miller’s arrival in North Philadelphia, with Temple’s overall graduation success rate (GSR) increasing from 70 in 2009 to 93 in 2021.
Miller, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College (’01) and a master of business administration and master of sport business management from the University of Central Florida (’04), worked with the university to create the first Coordinator of Leadership & Professional Development Position in 2018. In addition to delivering innovative and results-oriented programs, this position worked closely with Miller to develop and support the Stanley Merves Leadership Academy, Temple Athletics’ first leadership curriculum for students and athletes.
Prior to Temple Miller, he served as Assistant Athletic Director for Academics & Student-Athlete Development at the University of South Florida for five years.
LeeRobertsExecutive Senior Associate Athletics Director for Facilities and Event Management
Roberts, the longest-serving senior administrator at Temple Athletics, began his career at the university in 1984. This is his third promotion since 2015. He has served as Senior Associate Athletics Director for Facilities and Event Management since September 2018.
Roberts oversees the maintenance and upkeep of the university’s athletic facilities, both on the main campus and the Ambler campus, and serves as the department’s liaison with the Liacouras Center and Lincoln Financial Field.
The 1982 Temple graduate directs game operations at all sporting events. He has helped facilitate numerous conferences and national competitions that Temple hosted during this period, including the 2004 NCAA Women’s Basketball First and Second Rounds, the 2005 NCAA Women’s Basketball Philadelphia Regional, the 2011 NCAA Women’s Basketball Philadelphia Regional and the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball second and third rounds at the Wells Fargo Center.
Tim ThiessExecutive Senior Associate Athletics Director of Finance and Administration
Thiess, who has been with Temple Athletics since 2011, has served as Athletics’ chief financial officer since his promotion to Associate Athletics Director for Finance and Administration in 2014. In 2016, Thiess was again promoted to Senior Associate AD/Finance and Administration.
In his role, Thiess is responsible for managing the athletics department’s budget, the athletics business office and athletic equipment operations. He also serves as Athletics’ primary liaison with Human Resources, Office of Management and Budget, Purchasing, Controller’s Office, University Council, Risk Management and Information Technology Services.
Thiess holds two degrees Temple University — a bachelor’s degree in sports and leisure management with a minor in business administration and a master’s degree in human resource management.
Katie Colbridge GanzelliMarketing coordinator for on-campus initiatives.
Colbridge Ganzelli, who has served as Administrative Assistant to the Director of Athletics since August 2018, has been promoted to Marketing Coordinator for on-campus initiatives. It is the second promotion for Colbridge Ganzelli, who served two years (2016-18) as an administration specialist for Temple’s men’s and women’s basketball teams.
Colbridge Ganzelli, who also serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee as Chair of the Professional Practices Subcommittee, was active in Temple Athletics’ marketing in her previous role. In addition to her administrative duties, she is also the content creator for Temple Owls’ @templeowls TikTok account.
Colbridge Ganzelli earned a dual bachelor’s degree in Sports and Recreation Management and Media Studies and Production from Temple in 2016 and later Colbridge earned her Master’s degree from the University in Sports Business with a concentration in Athletics Administration in 2019.