Joel Moersch (pronounced More-sch) is in his first year as an Assistant Athletics Director for Development/Major Gifts for Utah State after joining the department in May, 2012. At USU, Moersch will focus on major gifts and specific fundraising projects.
Moersch comes to Utah State after spending the past two years as an Assistant Director for Major Gifts within the UCLA Athletics Department where he oversaw the regional fundraising efforts in Orange County and San Diego County. At UCLA, he maintained approximately 200 annual donors to the Wooden Athletic Fund, and secured several major gifts of $30,000-plus for the $136 million renovation of Pauley Pavilion.
Prior to UCLA, Moersch spent nearly two years (2008-10) as an Assistant Athletics Director for Development at Eastern Illinois University where he oversaw the Panther Club Board of Directors and all annual fund activities.
Moersch began his career in collegiate athletics as the Director of Marketing and Sports Information for one year at his alma mater, Eastern Oregon University, before spending nearly two years (2007-08) as the Marketing Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the Senior Staff at Oregon State University.
A native of Corvallis, Ore., Moersch graduated with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Eastern Oregon University in 2004 where he played baseball and was on the rodeo team. He also received his masters of business administration from Eastern Oregon in 2006.