Sacred Heart University Executive Director of Athletics Bobby Valentine has announced the addition of Charlie Dowd as deputy director of Athletics for external affairs.
"Charlie is an experienced and talented mind in the sports business world," said Valentine. "He has a proven track record in Fairfield County, with the Bluefish and Webster Bank Arena and beyond. I look forward to his contributions and the impact he will have on our athletics programs and student-athlete experience."
"It is an honor to join a prestigious University such as Sacred Heart," said Dowd. "There is an energy and excitement on this campus that is impressive, and I am looking forward to being part of the continued growth of SHU and its athletics program."
Dowd has spent the last seven years as the SVP of operations for Harbor Yard Sports & Entertainment, serving as part of the management team that has led a resurgence at Webster Bank Arena. Under his direction, WBA hosted National Hockey League games, served as the home venue for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and hosted concerts such as Bob Dylan, Patti Smith and Arcade Fire. In the NCAA realm, Dowd has led successful bids to host numerous NCAA women's basketball and men's ice hockey regionals, as well as to serve as the home of SHU men's hockey the past two seasons.
Success in Bridgeport was no stranger for Dowd, who served as general manager and minority partner for the Bridgeport Bluefish from 1997-2006. Under his tutelage, the independent league squad set national attendance records, won eight division titles and a league championship. Dowd then spent four years as the general manager of the Connecticut Defenders, successfully hosting the 2007 Eastern League All-Star Game. During his tenure, he worked closely with the Stadium Authority and government leaders at all levels to enhance the stadium and fan experience.
A graduate of the City University of New York, Dowd broke into the sports field as a sales representative for the New York Mets in 1988-89. He became the assistant general manager of the Midland Angels, a Class AA minor league affiliate of the Angels, improving advertising and tickets sales by 25 percent during his 1990-91 tenure. Dowd served as the general manager of the Salinas Spurs for the 1991-92 season and was named GM for the New Haven Ravens in 1992.
With the Ravens, Dowd organized and managed the start-up of the Class AA franchise, including overseeing a $3.2 million renovation of Yale Field, which helped the organization to a winning bid for the 1998 AA All-Star Game.
Dowd, who earned his Juris Doctor from Western New England, is helping shape the next generation of athletic marketing and operations staff, serving as an adjunct professor at several local universities, including within the SHU Sports Management program.