Assistant Athletic Director Dr Nick Pettit accepts new position
“I am extremely excited for this new chapter in my career, serving student-athletes and helping them achieve their goals and aspirations,” said Pettit.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to be part of an organization that embraces and embodies such high academic and athletic standards,” said Dr. Pettit. “Cal Poly is a very special place. My thanks to President Armstrong and Don Oberhelmann for giving me this amazing opportunity.”
Dr. Pettit, who has over 25 years of athletic experience, facilitated the construction of the Dignity Health Baseball Clubhouse as well as Doerr Family Field and the Steve Miller & John Capriotti Athletics Complex. His other projects included the recently completed installation of artificial turf at Alex G. Spanos Stadium, Swanson Beach Volleyball Complex, Mustang Golf Academy at Dairy Creek Golf Course, and various Bob Janssen (softball) fields and Mott Athletics Center (basketball and volleyball). improvements.
Pettit has also been involved in recent head coaching searches for soccer, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, women’s tennis and beach volleyball. Cal Poly’s contract with Adidas and the development, delivery and implementation of the strategic plan for 2016-22 were also under Pettit’s watch and he served as Vice President of Cal Poly Corporation.
“Dr. Pettit has been an integral part of Cal Poly Athletics during his seven years with the Mustangs,” the Cal Poly athletic director said. Don Oberhelmann. “His leadership will be missed and we wish him and his family well in their new opportunities in Michigan.”
Prior to being hired at Cal Poly in January 2015, Dr. Pettit served as Associate Athletic Director of Facilities and Event Operations at San Diego State for nearly seven years.
He began his second stint with the Aztecs in July 2003 as Director of Equipment Services and was promoted in 2008 to Associate Athletic Director of Facilities and Event Operations, a position in which he successfully led several areas of the department, including all sports facilities, events, video services, equipment operations, men’s soccer, softball and women’s rowing.
Among his many duties with the Aztecs, Pettit played a lead role in managing facility improvement projects totaling over $7 million, including a 1,700 square foot softball clubhouse, Peterson Gymnasium renovation, the installation of championship level field lighting for the SportsDeck (football and track installation), renovation of the football practice field, installation of the Daktronics LED board of the softball field and renovation of the Fowler Athletic Center.
Prior to arriving at San Diego State, Pettit was the equipment manager for the San Francisco 49ers from 1999 to 2003. As an undergraduate at Michigan State, Pettit served as Director of Football in head coach from 1995 to 1998. Under head coach Nick Saban, he oversaw a team of eight students in daily practices and game setup. Pettit was assistant director of graduate trainee equipment at San Diego State during the 1998-99 academic year.
Pettit is originally from Grand Ledge, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Food Industry Management, earned a Masters in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama, in 2007, and completed his Ph.D. in educational leadership in San Diego. State in 2013. Pettit’s doctoral research has focused on the academic achievement of Division I student-athletes, particularly within the at-risk population, and how athletic departments can better serve their students.