Jeff Altier, a 28-year veteran of the Stetson University
athletic department, is in his 16th year as Director of Athletics. During his
tenure, Altier has earned a reputation as an outstanding fundraiser and a
leader with an eye on the future, and is noted for his active participation in
the NCAA governance structure.
Altier, captain of the nationally-ranked 1982 Hatter
baseball team, earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Stetson.
Upon wrapping up his Stetson baseball career, he spent two years as a
player/coach developing the sport in Perth,
then returned to Stetson as an assistant coach before being promoted to Ticket
Manager, Director of Athletic Promotions, and then Associate Athletic Director.
In these rolls, he spearheaded the department's development efforts as well as
oversaw athletic marketing and promotions, concessions and travel coordination.
He was named Director of Athletics in 1996.
Altier also served as Tournament Manager for the NCAA
Division I Southeast First and Second Round Men's basketball tournament hosted
by Stetson in 1993 and 1996 at the Orlando Arena, and as Tournament Director
for the 1999 and 2004 tournament.
Stetson has taken great strides in the area of gender equity
under Altier, increasing scholarships, participation opportunities and staffing
for women's athletics. The unprecedented success of the women's tennis, golf,
soccer, basketball and softball teams in conference competition during Altier's
tenure are evidence of his commitment to women's athletics. In fact, under his
direction Stetson's women's and men's teams have won an impressive 15
A hallmark of Altier's professional career was the building
of Stetson's $4.5 million baseball facility, Melching Field at Conrad Park.
Built in conjunction with the City of DeLand,
Melching Field is regarded as one of the nation's premiere college baseball
facilities. Altier then turned his attention to construction of an on-campus
softball facility, which broke ground in 2002 and was ready for competition in
February of 2003. The Patricia Wilson Field has been named Collegiate Softball
Field of the Year four times. He was also instrumental in securing new
state-of-the-art field lighting for both the softball and soccer fields in
2005. Under his guidance, the Athletic Department has seen the addition of the
new Wilson Athletic Center,
a $ 1.5 million health and wellness facility for the use of Stetson
Stetson athletics has continued to grow under Altier's
guidance. Three new sports have or will be added in the next year, with sand
volleyball starting competition in the spring of 2012, women's lacrosse in the
spring of 2013 and the return of football in the fall of 2013. The program is
also growing in terms of staffing and facilities, with construction currently
under way on a facility that will house the football, lacrosse and both soccer
programs, along with practice field for football and practice and game fields
for soccer and lacrosse.
Altier's leadership has extended beyond campus, as he has
taken on Atlantic Sun Conference leadership roles, chairing many committees and
serving as conference vice-president. Additionally, he has served on the
National Association of College Directors of Athletics Division IAAA board of
directors, the NCAA A.E.C. Cabinet and is currently a member of the prestigious
NCAA Leadership Council. Locally he has served as president of the DeLand Rotary Club, vice-president of the DeLand
Sports Redevelopment Association, and is a graduate of Leadership DeLand and
Leadership Orlando. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the
Central Florida Sports Commission. Altier was honored as the West Volusia
Sportsperson of the Year for 2004. In 2011 Altier was recognized by his peers
in the National Association of Collegiate Director of Athletics as the Under
Armour Southeast Region Division I Athletic Director of the Year.
Altier's family includes wife, Sarah (Booker) (Stetson B.A.
'82, M.Ed. '96), and children Heath (Stetson M.B.A. '09), Brianne, and Garrett.