Dr. Nick Pettit, Associate Athletic Director of Facilities and Event Operations at San Diego State for nearly seven years, was hired as Deputy Director of Athletics at Cal Poly in January 2015.
Pettit, has over 20 years of experience in athletics.
“It is extremely exciting to become part of an organization that embraces and embodies such high academic and athletic standards,” said Pettit. “Thanks to President Armstrong and Don Oberhelman for this special opportunity. There are many exciting positive things happening within Cal Poly Athletics. These successes make it a wonderful time to be joining the Mustangs as their Deputy AD, and honoring The Mustang Way.”
Pettit began his second stint at San Diego State in July 2003 as the Director of Equipment Services. He 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 athletic facilities, events, video services, equipment operations, men’s soccer, softball, and women’s rowing. Pettit also served as the Diversity Designee, monitoring and promoting the equality of over 500 students and staff within the department.
Oberhelman and Pettit worked together at San Diego State from 2007-11 while Oberhelman was Chief Operating Officer and Senior Associate Athletic Director.
"I'm thrilled to introduce Nick Pettit to the Mustang Family,” said Oberhelman. “I know Nick well from working with him in the past, and I know he will hit the ground running and help us in so many ways. He is a man with great work ethic, integrity, and demonstrates solid judgment, and cares deeply about the education of student-athletes. It is these values that make him a perfect fit for Cal Poly.
Pettit came to Cal Poly with extensive experience in athletic administration and sport supervision. He is skilled in sport and personnel management, strategic planning, problem solving, communication, contract negotiation, budget management, capital improvement projects, facility operations and renovations, marketing/event management, and university, neighborhood, and external relations.
Pettit has a proven track record in conflict resolution and business development initiatives. During his stay at San Diego State, he developed a presence of campus constituent relationships that fostered positive change in the department. Pettit was also credited as a major player in successfully negotiating the university’s first all-school contract with Nike, rebuilding the entire athletic equipment program from the ground up, and creating the university’s first-ever policies and procedures manual for equipment that was approved by the California State Audit Committee.
During his tenure with the Aztecs, Pettit played a primary role in managing facility improvement projects totaling over $7 million. Some of his most recent facility enhancement projects include a 1,700-square-foot softball clubhouse, renovation of Peterson Gymnasium, championship level field lighting installation for the SportsDeck (soccer and track facility), football practice field renovation, softball field Daktronics LED board installation, and Fowler Athletic Center remodel.
Prior to his arrival at San Diego State, Pettit was an equipment manager with the San Francisco 49ers from 1999 to 2003. His responsibilities with the 49ers included maintaining and coordinating equipment, assisting with inventory, and supervising interns and game-day personnel. He enjoyed three trips to the NFL playoffs and one preseason match-up in Japan during his tenure.
As an undergraduate at Michigan State, Pettit was the Head Football Manager from 1995-98. Under the tutelage of Head Coach Nick Saban, he supervised a staff of eight students in daily practice and game setup. Pettit was a Graduate Assistant Intern Equipment Manager at San Diego State during the 1998-99 academic year.
Pettit is a native of Grand Ledge, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1998 with a bachelor of science degree in food industry management, earned a master's degree in sports management from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama, in 2007, and completed his doctorate in educational leadership at San Diego State in 2013. Pettit’s doctorate research focused on Division I student-athlete academic success, specifically within the at-risk population, and how athletic departments can best serve their students.
Pettit and his wife, Amber, and their three children Beau (7 years), Ty (5 years), and Tori (20 months) reside in Arroyo Grande.