July 27, 2012

WELLS PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT AD, OXY ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM SET

LOS ANGELES — Occidental College athletic director Jaime Hoffman added one more to her administrative team, promoting sports information director Michael Wells to assistant athletic director on Friday.

Wells, 24, will handle all external relations, manage the newly-formed Occidental College Athletics Hall of Fame, facilitate the Roy Dennis Senior Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet, spearhead personnel search committees and take on an increased role with Tiger Club — the Oxy athletic department’s fundraising vehicle — in addition to overseeing coverage of the institution’s 21 intercollegiate athletic teams.

“Mike is a unique breed. He has an old-fashioned work ethic when it comes to office hours, attire and the appreciation for face-to-face conversations. He has the savvy to take advantage of today’s technology and still it is his personality and charisma that make him a tremendous asset to the college,” Hoffman said. “His promotion to assistant AD is probably no surprise to those 40 miles east who know both of his parents as legends in athletic administration. Here at Oxy, however, Mike is already creating his own legacy in the field.”

Wells’ mother Jodie Burton won 507 games in 32 seasons as the women’s basketball coach at SCIAC rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps before hanging up her whistle for golf clubs after the 2011-12 season. Burton remains an associate athletic director, the senior woman administrator and the women’s golf coach at CMS. His late father David Wells was also involved with CMS athletics for 32 seasons until 2001, first as a student-athlete, then as the men’s basketball coach and finally the athletic director.

Wells, who grew up in Claremont and attended Claremont High School, played basketball at NCAA Division II Dominican University in San Rafael. During his career with the Penguins, he was a four-year letter winner, the Cal Pac Freshman of the Year in 2007-08 and the Penguins' captain in 2010-11.

Before arriving on campus in Eagle Rock in August 2011, he worked as a sportswriter at the Marin Independent Journal, covering youth, prep and college sports.