Wood announces Tech athletics staff promotions

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Louisiana Tech VP and Director of Athletics Dr. Eric A. Wood announced a number of promotions within the department entering the 2022-23 fiscal year.

Two members – Amber Burdge (Student-Athlete Success Services) and Reggie McIntyre (External Relations) — were elevated to Associate A.D. roles earlier this year. Three other members will begin their new roles effective immediately as Kane McGuire will serve as Associate A.D. for Strategic Communications, Ed Jackson will serve as Associate A.D. for Character Education & Former Student-Athlete Engagement, and Kyle Buffolino will serve as Associate A.D. for Compliance Services. 

The promotions continue a strategic restructuring of roles and responsibilities within the department under Wood’s direction in an effort to position the University’s student-athletes and coaches for even more competitive success. It also provides professional growth opportunities for next level administrators and increases communication avenues within the department.

“Amber, Reggie, Kane, Ed, and Kyle have all earned these promotions,” said Wood. “We are constantly searching for strategic ways to provide additional professional growth opportunities to our administrative team. All of the areas that these four oversee have a direct impact on our student athletes and coaches and help them succeed on the playing fields, in the classroom and around the community.”

McIntyre and McGuire are a part of Wood’s Executive Team while Burdge, Jackson, and Buffolino are a part of the Senior Leadership Team.

Burdge, who recently completed her doctorate, enters her seventh year within the LA Tech Athletics Department where she has helped the student-athletes to exponential academic growth during her time.  In addition to assisting student athletes within academics, she serves as the advisor to the Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), leads the Tech community service efforts, annually spearheads a number Life Skills and Career Development opportunities, and has provided the Name Image and Likeness education for our student athletes.  She was recently named an Aspire IChange Fellow and serves on the University of Louisiana System Black Male Advisory Council.  She will also assist the athletic director with strategic planning framework.

Jackson is one of the longest tenured employees within Tech Athletics, entering his 30th year at his alma mater, his 11th as part of the administration.  He will continue as the liaison to the Department of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity while also helping oversee the Wheels for Dogs program as well as T-Club events.  He has been the advisor for the university’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes and his current role enables him to continue to mold the lives of Tech student-athletes.

Entering his second year at LA Tech, McIntyre started his tenure serving as the oversight of brand engagement, video and creative services.  He will now assume leadership roles overseeing Ticket Sales and Service, while leading Louisiana Tech’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) working groups. He will also serve as the NCAA athletics diversity and inclusion designee, known as the ADID, as well managing the Learfield partnership.

McGuire, who takes over the strategic communications department following the retirement of Malcolm Butler, enters his 11th year at his alma mater and has served in an Assistant A.D. role for the past two years. He has served as the primary contact for men’s basketball, soccer and tennis and has been an integral part in department-wide growth within the social media accounts as well as the official athletics website LATechSports.com. He has also served as the chair of the NIL committee and the website redesign committee. In his new role, he will be the sport administrator for the tennis program as well as the primary contact for men’s basketball, tennis and golf.

Buffolino enters his fifth fall assisting the Bulldogs and Lady Techsters in navigating NCAA rules. He is tasked with managing the day-to-day operations of the compliance office for each of the 16 varsity sport programs.  Since arriving in Ruston, he has been heavily involved in updating and creating department policies and procedures, waiver submissions, infraction reporting, maintaining the transfer portal, and keeping student-athletes up-to-date with the name, image and likeness landscape.


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