Rudenstein Hired as Rider’s Associate Director of Major Gifts for Athletics

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Steve Rudenstein, already a familiar voice to local sports fans, has been named the Associate Director of Major Gifts for Athletics at Rider University.

A resident of Lawrenceville, Rudenstein is no stranger to Rider Athletics. He is currently in his fourth season as the color analyst for the Rider men’s basketball radio broadcasts on 107.7 The Bronc and on the Internet at 1077thebronc.com. Since 2006, Rudenstein has worked for the Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, in numerous capacities, including promotions, advertisement, ticket sales, media relations and as the director of broadcasting. He also served as the radio voice of the Thunder for the past two seasons.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to help advance athletics at Rider,” Rudenstein said. “I look forward to learning from and working alongside the many talented people at the University.”

In his new role at Rider, he will be responsible for fundraising for athletics as part of the Major Gifts office. He will also work with the Athletics Director’s office and with coaches to promote alumni interest in and support for a wide range of intercollegiate teams and clubs at Rider.

“Steve’s experience with sports marketing and his familiarity with Rider Athletics provide a great opportunity to involve coaches, alumni and University leaders in an effective fundraising team for Athletics at Rider, said Ed Gwazda, assistant vice president for Development.

Rudenstein’s appointment comes as the University is preparing to upgrade its indoor athletics facilities for the programs that currently compete in Rider’s 50-year-old Alumni Gym, including modernized practice and training facilities, as well as new offices for coaches and Athletics department staff. 

“Rider Athletics is excited to partner with the University’s Development staff to add Steve to our team as we continue to advance our ambitious initiatives,” said Don Harnum, Rider’s director of Athletics.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Rudenstein earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2005.

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Steve Rudenstein, Associate Director of Major Gifts for Athletics