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UVI HAS NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

The University of the Virgin Islands has appointed Peter Sauer to the position of athletic director, giving him oversight for the new UVI Sports and Fitness Center and all of the University’s athletic programs.
Sauer, 41, had most recently held the position of associate athletic director at American University in Washington, D.C., where he supervised the athletic facilities operations of the 4,000-seat Bender Arena, Reeves Field and all box office and ticket operations.
Sauer also was responsible for setting the American University all-time men’s basketball season attendance record and establishing record revenues from athletic department corporate sponsorships. He was previously the assistant athletic director for basketball operations at the University of Maryland.
The Prince George’s County, Md, native said he plans to maximize the athletic experiences of UVI’s athletes, while offering the university and the community at large top quality events once the Sports and Fitness Center opens in December.
Sauer is pursuing professional sports teams, suggesting that they utilize the center for their training camps. He believes the center will provide professional athletes, concert promoters, trade show coordinators and special events planners all the amenities they expect from a state-of-the-art, 3,400-seat arena.
"What makes this arena special is that it was well planned," Sauer said. "There is plenty of locker room space for all UVI intercollegiate teams, an excellent training room to treat sports injuries, classroom and office space and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems for all types of special events."
LaVerne E. Ragster, senior vice president and Provost of UVI, expects Sauer’s expertise to serve UVI well.
"With Peter Sauer's arrival as athletic director, the university expects an elevated focus on building the athletic programs," Ragster said. "When the Sports and Fitness Center is open, we anticipate that Mr. Sauer will build this into a successful facility that will link university events and the community. We expect Mr. Sauer to help us achieve new and exciting milestones in our Athletic Department."

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