The State of Peru appoints a Deputy Director of Athletics  

PERU, Neb. – Peru State Athletics Department has recently appointed Ashley Baldassarre as the Associate Director of Athletics. With a wealth of experience in athletic administration and coaching, Baldassarre previously served as the assistant athletic director for compliance and student experience, senior women’s administrator, and head women’s volleyball coach at Iowa Wesleyan University.

During her time at Iowa Wesleyan University, Baldassarre held multiple roles, including assistant women’s volleyball coach while pursuing her master’s degree. She played a pivotal role in establishing the Student-Athlete Association (ASA), contributing to the senior management committee, and overseeing the design and relocation of a new weight room. Additionally, Baldassarre had responsibilities in game day operations.

Baldassarre’s dedication to education extended beyond coaching as she served as an adjunct professor at both Iowa Wesleyan University and William Penn University. Her teaching experience covered subjects such as Introduction to Sports Management and CPR/first aid skills.

In the realm of athletic performance, Baldassarre demonstrated her expertise as the strength and conditioning coach for the Statesmen’s athletic teams. She also provided assistance to the men’s soccer, baseball, and women’s volleyball programs. Furthermore, Baldassarre gained valuable experience as a strength and conditioning Bonus138 intern for Olympic lifting at the University of Iowa, working closely with various sports, including men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s gymnastics, women’s rowing, and men’s tennis.

Regarding her new role at Peru, Baldassarre expressed enthusiasm for the department’s atmosphere and envisioned a bright future for the programs. She commended the department’s vision and expressed her eagerness to contribute to its realization under the leadership of Kyle Pond, the athletic director.

Pond himself expressed excitement about Baldassarre joining the team, recognizing her immense value in their ongoing efforts to enhance the athletic department. He highlighted the focus on improving the game atmosphere, introducing a strength and conditioning program, and implementing a sports management minor that offers internships within the department. Pond praised Baldassarre’s extensive experience and shared his confidence in her ability to make a significant impact at Peru State.

Accompanied by her husband, Kyle Baldassarre, and their mini poodle, Zoey, Baldassarre plans to reside in Nebraska City, fully dedicated to her new role at Peru State Athletics Department.

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