• June 10, 2024

UTRGV Athletics Promotes Devin Oliveira and Klarissa Rodriguez

UTRGV Athletics Promotes Devin Oliveira and Klarissa Rodriguez

RIO GRANDE VALLEY – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Vice President and Director of Athletics Chasse Conque announced on Friday the promotion of Devin Oliveira to assistant athletic director for stadium operations and Klarissa Rodriguez to assistant athletic director for business operations.

Devin Oliveira

In his new role, Oliveira will oversee day to day management of the Robert and Janet Vackar Stadium and UTRGV Baseball Stadium.  He will also manage the upcoming renovations to Robert and Janet Vackar Stadium as the stadium is updated to accommodate UTRGV football games.

“Devin has been an integral part of the facilities and operations team over the past three years,” said John Evans senior associate athletic director for operations. “His strong work ethic and attention to detail has been extremely valuable during this period of growth for UTRGV Athletics.”

Oliveira has been a crucial member of the UTRGV Athletics Operations team through a variety of projects over the past three years as assistant director of facilities and game operations and as events coordinator.

“I’m humbled by the opportunity and thankful for the trust and support that Chasse and John continue to show me,” Oliveira said. “I’m excited to spearhead the department’s efforts to build a first-class Division 1 football stadium for the Valley.”

Oliveira led the recent $2.5 million dollar enhancements at the UTRGV Baseball Stadium that included new chairback seats, a brick backstop, and new walls extending down the left and right field foul lines and all around the outfield. New home plate club seating additionally upgraded the stadium experience.

Oliveira also led the upgrades to the Clubhouse at the UTRGV Baseball Stadium prior to last season, when the Vaqueros received new lockers with padded seating, dynamic graphics and signage, and a fueling area for student-athletes.

“Devin did an outstanding job managing both phases of the UTRGV Baseball Stadium renovations which is now one of the best facilities in the nation,” Evans said. “Devin is well prepared to oversee the upcoming renovations to Robert and Janet Vackar Stadium in preparation of our inaugural football season in 2025.”

Klarissa Rodriguez

In her new role as assistant athletic director for business operations, Rodriguez works closely with Human Resources in several ways. She is the point of contact for legal, handling the adjustment of salaries, employment contracts and volunteers, and oversees all inventory assets for all departments across UTRGV Athletics. She is also the lead for submitting hiring proposals for athletics staff: full-time, part-time, and student employees.

“Since beginning as a student worker nearly 10 years ago, Klarissa has proven to be a dedicated and hardworking leader within the athletic department,” said James Martinez, senior associate athletic director for business operations. “Klarissa has accepted each challenge with a positive attitude and eagerness to learn. Because of this, I’m proud to call her a colleague and happy she is being recognized for her commitment to this department and university.”

Prior to her new role, Rodriguez served as the business operations manager where she would provide accounting and purchasing support to the business staff while also assisting in the coordination of team travel.

“I am very grateful and happy of having the opportunity to grow along with UTRGV Athletics,” Rodriguez said. “To see the changes and expansion in the department has been an incredible experience and an amazing journey. I am truly honored to be part of such a great team.

Rodriguez started her second stint with UTRGV Athletics in the fall of 2017 as the travel and insurance coordinator where she would coordinate team and recruiting travel as well as managing credit card reconciliations. In her first stint with UTRGV, Rodriguez worked as a business office assistant in January 2015.

Rodriguez graduated from UTRGV in December of 2016 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and earned a Resource Management certificate in April of 2023.

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