March 20, 2014

Pete Xander Joins Butler’s Athletic Staff

INDIANAPOLIS—Former Butler student-athlete Pete Xander is returning to his alma mater in a new role.  Xander, a 2010 Butler graduate, has been named Manager of Ticket & Fan Development at Butler, and he’ll begin his duties on April 3.

In his position, Xander will handle the day-to-day operations of the Hinkle Fieldhouse Ticket Office, including season, group and single game sales efforts and logistics.  He will work closely with Butler’s External Operations and Development staff members to promote great customer service and game day experiences for a wide range of constituents.

“We are excited to welcome Pete back to Butler,” said Associate Athletic Director for External Operations Mike Freeman.  “In addition to his experience both as a student-athlete and intern at Butler, he has gained considerable experience in intercollegiate athletics administration over the last three years.  He brings energy and passion to this position.”

Xander, who has served as a development assistant for the Bulldog Foundation at Fresno State since July of 2013, knows Butler well.  He was a three-year letterwinner on Butler’s football teams, 2006-09, and was a starting defensive tackle on the 2009 squad which posted a school-record 11-1 campaign, won the Pioneer Football League championship and captured Butler’s first postseason football victory with a 28-23 decision over Central Connecticut State in the Gridiron Classic.  Xander earned the team’s Bulldog Pride Award following that record-breaking season.

As an undergraduate, he was active in Butler’s athletic department operations.  He served as an intern in the Sports Information Office and worked with the men’s basketball team as it completed a march to the NCAA National Championship game in 2010.  He also served as an intern in External Operations, assisting in ticket sales, sports marketing and athletic development, following his graduation from Butler with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism-Public Relations.

“I am grateful for this opportunity to come back to Butler,” said Xander.  “In athletics, it is rare to have the opportunity to work for your alma mater, and I could not be more excited.  I’m eager to renew so many great relationships with the staff, donors and ticket holders that make Butler University so special.  Butler has the greatest fans in the nation, and I’m excited to work with them to support the student-athletes at Butler.”

Xander left Butler in April of 2011 to accept a position as assistant director of ticket sales and operations at Drake University.  At Drake, he worked in ticket sales for men’s and women’s basketball and with the famed Drake Relays and the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship.  He opted to return to school in July of 2012, accepting a position as a graduate assistant for the Cardinal Varsity Club at Ball State University.  Xander earned a Master’s Degree in Sport Administration in 2013.

During his time at Fresno State, Xander has been actively involved in the Bulldog Foundation’s annual fund membership drive, which raised over 3.5 million dollars in 2013 and in ticket operations for football and men’s basketball.