UAA Director of Athletics Greg Myford dies at 58

UAA Athletic Director Greg Myford dies at 58
Published: Nov. 30, 2021 at 10:53 AM AKST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2021 at 3:18 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - University of Alaska Anchorage Director of Athletics Greg Myford died early Tuesday morning after a two-plus year battle with esophageal cancer, according to the university’s athletic department.

Myford, 58, brought over 30 years of professional and collegiate sports experience when he arrived on the UAA campus on July 31, 2018, and was an integral part of reinstating UAA hockey.

“On behalf of the entire UAA community, I would like to extend the deepest condolences to Greg’s family, friends and loved ones,” said UAA Chancellor Sean Parnell in a Tuesday press release.

Prior to taking over the athletic director position at UAA, Myford spent six years with marketing and sponsorship firm IMG College, now known as Learfield, and a decade at his alma mater, Penn State University, where he graduated in 1986 as the associate athletic director for business relations and communications.

In the professional sphere, Myford served as the senior vice president for corporate development with the Detroit Pistons organization from 1999 to 2003, and as senior vice president for business development with the Stanley Cup-champion Tampa Bay Lightning from 2003 and 2004.

Prior to making the move to Alaska, Myford spent time designing and managing multimedia rights agreements for several prominent schools, including Florida State University. A colleague of Myford’s, Jason Dennard, worked with Myford for three years and wrote in an email that he knew him for about a decade.

“Greg was a great man and I enjoyed the time I was able to spend with him at Florida State and throughout the years,” Dennard wrote.

Effective immediately, Ryan Swartwood will step in to serve as as interim athletic director, according to the UAA press release.

Correction: This article has been updated to correct that Greg Myford died early Tuesday morning. Information from the UAA athletic department incorrectly indicated that he died Monday night.

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