GRAND FORKS, N.D. – UND Athletics and the UND Alumni Association & Foundation announced today that Val Sussex has been named associate director of the North Dakota Champions Club, the general scholarship and annual fundraising arm of UND Athletics.
Sussex (formerly Sannes) joins the Champions Club after a 7-year association with UND’s women’s basketball program as a student-athlete, administrator, and coach.
“We are thrilled to have someone with Val’s experience joining the Champions Club team,” said DeAnna Carlson Zink, CEO and Executive Vice President of the UND Alumni Association & Foundation. “With her background as a UND athlete and coach, she brings not only a passion for UND Athletics, but also a built-in understanding of the needs of student-athletes.”
As associate director of the Champions Club, Sussex will manage hallmark and high-impact Champions Club events in accordance with the Champions Club mission, which is to raise scholarship and program enhancement dollars for the UND Athletics Department. Sussex will coordinate member relations activities and marketing initiatives to ensure club members stay updated.
The Champions Club raised $2.45 million in cash gifts and commitments from over 2,673 memberships for student-athlete scholarships and athletics program support in 2013-14, marking the program’s eighth straight year of record giving.
“I am honored and blessed for the opportunity to work for the Champions Club,” said Sussex. “I am very grateful for all that UND Athletics has offered me and I am excited to continue to work for UND in a more global capacity. I want to thank Coach Brewster for believing in me as a coach and I’m thankful for the time I had with him and with the women's basketball program.”
Sussex played for UND from 2004-05 to 2007-08, helping lead UND to a NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearance as a junior and serving as a team captain as a senior.
After graduating in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in coaching, Sussex served as an assistant women’s basketball coach at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. During that time, she earned her master’s degree in education leadership from UND.
Sussex returned to UND Athletics in Sept. 2011 as director of women’s basketball operations and was elevated to assistant coach prior to last season.
“This is an exciting opportunity for Val. It’s an opportunity for her to continue to serve and enhance the University of North Dakota with her passion and her knowledge. We wish her the best in her future endeavors,” said UND Women’s Basketball Coach Travis Brewster.
Sussex will official begin her duties as associate director of the Champions Club on May 19.