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New Conventions and Sports Manager Joins Staff at Travel Lane County

7 Mar, 2013


Mike Gaffaney brings more than 25 years of sports-related management experience to the position

Eugene, Ore. – Travel Lane County is pleased to welcome Mike Gaffaney as the new convention and sports sales manager.

Mike has more than 25 years of experience in sports-related management, serving in positions ranging from athletic director to general manager at facilities throughout the Northwest. He has also been a consultant for a number of sports and recreation venues on the West Coast focusing on strategic planning, facility expansion and program development.

In his new position with Travel Lane County and the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission, Gaffaney will work primarily with sports planners as he promotes and markets Lane County as a destination for sporting events.

Most recently, he served as the general manager of the Eugene Swim & Tennis Club for the past seven years. He continues to serve as the head volleyball coach at Northwest Christian University where he has led teams for the past five years. Gaffaney is also the director of the Oregon Volleyball Club, which is a member of USA Volleyball. He currently serves on the National Association of Sports Commissions, American Volleyball Coaches Association, United States Tennis Association, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Athletes in Action.

Gaffaney earned his undergraduate degree in economics at UCLA and his masters of Athletic Administration at Seattle Pacific University.

Travel Lane County is a private, nonprofit association dedicated to economic development through visitor spending. In 2011, visitors to Lane County generated more than $543 million in spending for Lane County’s economy and supported 8,750 jobs. Eugene, Cascades and Coast Sports, under the corporate umbrella of Travel Lane County, markets and promotes the region as a destination for sports, while providing resources designed to help events and planners succeed.

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