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Bethany Thurston
Position: Seahawk Club/Development Coordinator

      Bethany Thurston joined the UNCW athletics staff full-time in July of 2012 as a development coordinator with the Seahawk Club.

      A native of Whiteville, N.C., Thurston works with the Seahawk Club in a variety of ways. She coordinates special events, manages the donor benefit program, assists with the day-to-day management of the fund-raising data base, oversees the processing and payment of bills, processes travel and prepares purchase orders for the organization.

      In addition, Thurston provides assistance to callers seeking information on the Seahawk Club and its activities.

      Following an outstanding prep career at Whiteville High School, Thurston played softball at Methodist University from 2006-08 before transferring to UNCW and earning her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and Leadership in 2010.

      Thurston served as a student assistant with the Seahawk Sports Marketing office during undergraduate days and also worked as a marketing and operations intern for the Wilmington Sharks in the summer of 2010.

      Thurston then attended East Carolina and completed her Master's Degree in Exercise and Sport Science in December of 2011. She worked as Assistant Tutor Coordinator for ECU's Office of Student Development and was an assistant softball coach at D.H. Conley High School, which captured the 3A state championship in 2011.

      She then returned to Wilmington and worked as an intern with the Seahawk Sports Marketing office and as a student-athlete tutor during the 2011-12 academic year. In between, she also volunteered as a softball coach at Ashley High School.

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