College Football Playoff Fills Key Operational Posts
Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the College Football Playoff, announced today that Laila Brock, Allison Doughty and Nikki Epley will serve as directors for various operational aspects of the playoff.
Brock has been named Director of Team Operations and Logistics. She is currently Director of Events and Team Operations for the Orange Bowl Committee and has played an instrumental role with the logistics for seven Orange Bowl games and two BCS National Championship Games. Before joining the Orange Bowl staff, Laila served as an academic coordinator for football at Florida Atlantic University and as an assistant director for the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS). A former track and field student-athlete, Brock holds both Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communication) and Master of Education (Higher Education) degrees from Pennsylvania State University.
Doughty joins the playoff staff as Director of Events and Hospitality Services. She is currently Director of Football Operations and Event Management for the Atlantic Coast Conference. During her seven years with the ACC, Allison has been instrumental in the management of the ACC Football Championship Game in addition to various other conference events and initiatives such as the ACC Football Kickoff and the ACC Legends program for both football and basketball. Before her time in Greensboro, Doughty worked for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and as a football recruiting assistant for the University of Virginia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (History) degree from University of Virginia and a Master of Sports Administration degree from Ohio University.
Epley will be Director of Stadium and Game Operations. She is currently Director of Reunions, Affinity Programs and Academic Societies for the University of Kansas Alumni Association. She brings a wealth of major sporting event experience including serving in key operational roles for both the Super Bowl XXXIX and Super Bowl XLI Host Committees and as the Associate Director of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship during two Final Fours. In addition, she has been a member of the stadium operations staff for Populous at the past three Super Bowls. Nikki also previously served on the athletic department staffs at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University, and as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference staff. Epley holds Bachelor of Arts (Education) and Master of Education (Sports Administration) degrees from Wichita State University where she was a softball student-athlete.
“Individually and together, Laila, Allison and Nikki bring a wide variety of experience that will serve the College Football Playoff well--from campus to conference office to the Final Four and Super Bowl,” Hancock said. “We are delighted that they will be on the team to create this wonderful new event.”
About College Football Playoff: The new College Football Playoff will begin with the 2014-15 season. The 2015 semifinals will be played January 1, 2015 at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl. The first national championship game under the new format will be played January 12, 2015 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.