Monday, May 9, 2011

KU hires associate AD


Terry Mohajir, senior associate athletic director at Florida Atlantic University, has been hired as Kansas University’s associate athletic director for development and marketing, KU AD Sheahon Zenger announced Sunday.

Mohajir, who worked as football assistant offensive line and game-day special team’s coach at KU from 1993-96, will assume responsibility for the Williams Educational Fund. He will also direct the marketing and game-day experience staffs. He will begin his duties May 31.

Mohajir also was a football ticket sales and promotions account executive for KU athletics from 1996-97 and earned a master's in sports management at KU in 1997.

“We are excited to welcome Terry back to the KU family,” Zenger said. “He has earned great respect through his professional accomplishments, but what matters as much to me is his breadth of experience here at KU. He earned his master’s degree here, so he is familiar with the academic side of campus. He also coached and gained experience in ticket sales and marketing.”

Mohajir at Florida Atlantic oversees development, marketing, ticket sales, corporate sales and the media relations department. Mohajir graduated from Arkansas State University in 1993.

“After meeting Sheahon Zenger and hearing his vision for KU athletics, I couldn’t resist being a part of his aggressive plans for the program,” Mohajir said. “We have a lot of work to do and strong leadership in place to accomplish big goals.”


DSommersby 9 years, 11 months ago

Great guy, and great hire. Terry grew up in Overland Park and is a first rate addition for KU to bring back. The athletic department just made an outstanding hire who has done great things in his career and will bring great things back home to KU too.

Rock Chalk!

KEITHMILES05 9 years, 11 months ago

I am hoping there will be a slim down in all the AD's. There are close to 30 who have some title of AD. There needs to be more from less!

Saguaro_Jayhawk 9 years, 11 months ago

How did you get to 30?!

Pretty sure real number of assoc ADs is closer to 15 with at least 7 of them functioning as Academic and Career Counselors working directly with the student athletics.

KEITHMILES05 9 years, 11 months ago

If you'd take the time to go to the KUAC website and count every person who has "AD" in any fashion next to their name then you'll see what I am talking about. You are NOT "pretty sure" because you haven't done this. I have done and I am absolutely certain it is close to 30 people who have some sort of "AD" next to their name.

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 11 months ago

When I think of excellence in development and marketing at the college level, I think Florida Atlantic University!

I'm telling you guys, watch out! Sheahon is way out of his league and we are the ones who will pay the price. College athletics is all about connections and "the little engine the couldn't" has none.

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 11 months ago

Would also be nice if he shared his vision and aggressive plans for the program with us. The plan: 1) road trip it to western ks 2) sustain all underachieving non revenue sports 3) allow over a third of our basketball team to be suspended 4) put no pressure on turner (this one is true via kc star) 5) hang billboards

Hawk007 9 years, 11 months ago

Dang Lew, you woke up on the wrong side of the bed today. You need to just go for a jog on your nice treadmill and that will hopefully make you feel better.

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 11 months ago

Nothing like a treadmill while smoking a nice cigar to start my day.

Clarence Haynes 9 years, 11 months ago

I just get sick in the stomach reading the opinions of people like you. Give the man some time to run the Department in his way and chill out with none of this knee jerk crap that you often profess.

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 11 months ago

Quickly tell me which one of my "knee jerks" has been wrong?

Clarence Haynes 9 years, 11 months ago

Your statements above infer skepticism and sarcasm. Zenger has been AD for only a few months and needs time.

Dirk Medema 9 years, 11 months ago

If the KCStar says it, then it MUST be true.

This just oozes with credibility ... or something like that.

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 11 months ago

"I’m not out there with a critical eye. I’m out there to support coaches and players"

Ted Toulouse 9 years, 11 months ago

so this guys was ticketing and promotions sales exec. During our worst football era ever? How inspiring.

pw7 9 years, 11 months ago

The job of ticketing and promotions sales exec has no correlation at all with the coaching regime--the quality of the team is not dictated by how many tickets are sold. The number of tickets sold would be dictated by the quality of the team. And by the way, Terry Mohajir actually increased football ticket sales during his time doing that job.

David Atchley 9 years, 11 months ago

What has to occur to overhaul or terminate this fumbling search committee! Not only did they grab the lowest hanging fruit from the Athletic Director tree and bring in a second tier choice in Zenger, a third tier head coach from football powerhouse, the University of Buffalo, they now are convinced of all the Associate A.Ds in the country, not to mention the State of Florida, the answer is someone from "Florida Atlantic?" Florida Atlantic doesn't even have their own stadium!!! They're located in Boca Raton, that is largely a retirement community, does Kansas have a large drop-off in their 65 and-over demographic of ticket sales? The stadium they're trying to build will seat a whopping 30,000 people!!! This either screams of nepotism or another blinding example of the incompetence of this search committee. If the "master plan" is to inevitably become a "Mid-Major" university.....this committee has the vision to accomplish that....

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 11 months ago

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marvinhallhermit 9 years, 11 months ago

As a principal with the architectural firm working on the new football stadium project, it's not something they are trying to build, it is 50% complete and will be ready for their first home game in the Fall. It is "only" 30,000 seats, but it has been masterplanned for over 50,000 seats and with the continued growth of their football program, I doubt it will be too many years before they will need to expand. I have worked with Terry and the others in the senior leadership in their athletics department and have always found them to be professional and knowledgeable. I bonded quickly with Terry when we discovered each other's Jayhawk roots, and personally, I am glad to see him back on the hill.

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 11 months ago

no freaking way! i am a principal with the architectural firm that worked on tearing down parts of the stadium where our current ad worked. you know the one where he couldn't raise enough money to save the stadium then was deemed unsafe and what little money was raised to build had to be used to demolish.

Dirk Medema 9 years, 11 months ago

Let's not go confusing the situation with facts when there is plenty of inuendo to throw around. Ahper's on a roll.

Clarence Haynes 9 years, 11 months ago

Apher is as jerk who doesn't know wgat he talking about.

kufootball 9 years, 11 months ago

You shouldn't comment unless you know what your talking about. Terry Allen became the coach in '97. The same year this guy left. FAU is coached by one of the greatest college coaches ever. You don't just build 100,000 seat stadiums and fill it. The fact that FAU is getting a stadium is amazing. The University of Miami doesn't even have their own stadium; they have to share it with the Dolphins.

Lastly, you don't get the Nick Saban's of the world to come to KU. You try and get a great recruiter(Gil) and hope he surrounds himself with top notch assistants which is what we have. In due time we will have a solid program yearly instead of this every third year stuff.

BewareOfThePhogOnTheWater 9 years, 11 months ago

If you hate all things KU, which you so adamantly express, why don't you go someplace that you can like at least something about it! Or do you hate everything that much? You are the epitome of the worst, cranky old batad I have ever seen. Go away, get out of our life and let us enjoy ours. You obviously have a miserable one.

To everyone else, let's use the old adage "if you ignore it it will go away" on ahperse. Maybe he will run himself to happiness on that treadmill when he has nothing else to do.

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 11 months ago

i don't hate all things ku. matter of fact it's the opposite. i do however hate all things incompetent! and these recent hires are just head scratchers. possibly a reflection of the lower tv revenue we will be getting in the years to come. you know, the contract i've been screaming about but nobody seems to think it's that big of a deal.

and you can't ignore me. you can try but somewhere in your head there is a little piece saying "maybe he is right" (ndsu game/entire football season come to mind)

Michael Maris 9 years, 11 months ago

You have still yet to answer my question (to you), as to who you thought Kansas Athletic Dept. should've hired to replace M. Mangino.

You have nothing but negative things to say about the current AD, his support staff and the KU Football Staff.

So, Mr. Genius, who in your mind should Kansas Athletics Dept. hired to satisfy your taste to run the Kansas Football Program?

I'm waiting (still).

Michael Maris 9 years, 11 months ago

I would have been ok with Coach Franchione as well. But, I guess his baggage from A&M and Bama were to much for Lew Perkins to consider him as a candidate. But, Coach Fran has State of Kansas Roots. And, Kansas might have been the place he decided to finish off his coaching career.

I'm assuming that Lew wanted to go with a younger coaching candidate (instead of seasoned veteran like Coach Fran). Therefore, Lew decided to go with a guy who came from a winning pedigre program.

I'm going to give Coach Gill the time to show his stuff. But, the clock is ticking and season 2 is just around the corner. Former KU Coaches Gottfried (left to damn early), Mason (should've just took the Bill Snyder approach) and Mangino (what the heck were you thinking Mangino?) have shown that winning can be done @ KU.

$2,000,000.00 a year is a hefty price to pay for a coach that came from Buffalo U. His recruiting has not resulted in an abundance of premium talent in basically one full recruiting season. But, as Mangino proved, you don't have to have a stable of 4 and 5 star players to climb the ladder. But, you have to make sure that those sprinkling of 4 star and abundance of 3 star players buy into the system and play as a Unit and not as a bunch of individuals.

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 11 months ago

Ummmmmmmmmm! Farmer Fran from the movie Waterboy.

But the guy you're talking about is good too:)

Kman_blue 9 years, 11 months ago

Since I don't often read the comments below stories, what TV contract that will lower KU's revenue are you talking about? The $1.2 billion 13 year deal with Fox for the Big 12(-2)'s 2nd tier rights, which will boost KU's current cut of the 2nd tier contract from about $1.8 million a year to about $10 million a year starting next year?

Dirk Medema 9 years, 11 months ago

"I hate all things incompetent!"

Is this a self analysis, since on plenty of ocassions you have been shown to be plenty ignorant, and far more than anything that Dr Zenger has shown.

Kman_blue 9 years, 11 months ago

And just in case anyone was interested here's the new assistant AD's profile page at FAU listing his responsibilities and accomplishments.

His older brother, Jeff, also went to KU and was a fixture on the sidelines at football games as a photographer for the University Daily Kansan(I believe).

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