Military Appreciation Night was held at the Pavilion on Feb. 26
Rick Harrigan joined the UIC athletic staff in 2005 as the Associate Director of Marketing Communications. Since 2007, Harrigan has held the position of Senior Associate Athletic Director.
In the capacity of Senior Associate Director, Harrigan oversees external affairs including marketing, radio/TV and tickets. Additionally, he oversees corporate sales, development, special events, game operations and communications. He serves as the administration liaison for men's and women's tennis, men's and women's gymnastics and golf.
As the Associate Director of Marketing his responsibilities included managing a variety of internal and external visibility and marketing projects. He cultivated relationships with Pepsi, NBC5, Eli's Cheesecake and Clear Channel Communications in order to increase UIC's visibility in Chicago.
Before Harrigan's time at UIC, he worked as the Director of Marketing Communications at the USF. From 2004 to 2005, he worked with the University President's office on key issues of the administration such as economic development, university academic rankings and national research. Harrigan also oversaw the campus marketing and communications through publications, media relations, web outlets and national level branding. He served as consultant to all departments and colleges in their marketing.
From 2002-04 Harrigan served as the Director of the Sun Angel Foundation at Arizona State. While there, Harrigan provided oversight for the annual fund supporting athletic scholarships and student academic services. Harrigan led the organization in re-branding, marketing, internal and external communications and customer relations.
Harrigan held the position of Manager of Marketing for the College of Engineering at Arizona State from 2000 to 2002, where he was responsible for producing, writing and creative concepts for the College of Engineering's internal and external marketing and communications. In addition, he oversaw all printed materials, advertising and web pages for the departments within the college.
Harrigan worked as an Account Executive with the Infinity Promotions Group at CBS/Infinity Radio from 1999-2000. There he created sales opportunities of non-traditional revenue through special events, marketing and promotions with eight radio stations and one television station in Chicago. These events included Chicago Wolves hockey, Nuveen Tennis Tour and jobs.com.
In addition to his current experience at UIC, Harrigan has worked as the Director of Marketing and Promotions from 1987 to 1992 and the Assistant Athletic Director from 1993 to 1999, both at UIC. As the Director of Marketing Promotions, Harrigan was responsible for game management for all 15 Division I sports, campus and game promotions and special events. He also served as the media liaison.
As the Assistant Athletic Director, Harrigan directed marketing, broadcasting, special events, merchandising, promotions and game management. He edited the award winning Flamesports magazine. To increase UIC's visibility Harrigan secured a 50,000 watt radio station to broadcast basketball games. He oversaw the creation and launching of the UIC athletic logo and also increased the visibility of the logo through media relationships and advertising. Additionally, Harrigan taught undergraduate athletic administration and advanced racquetball classes for three years within the master's program in sports management.
Harrigan received his bachelor's degree in communications from Ball State. He received his master's degree in athletic administration from UIC. In 2006, Harrigan received the Silver Trumpet Award from the Publicity club of Chicago for the UIC engineering graduate brochures. In 2007, he also received the MarCom Platinum Award for the same series of brochures.