RICHMOND, Va. – The Ram Athletic Fund has announced the addition of Hagan Watson as Special Events and Fulfillment Director. Ryann Shaughnessy and Maddie Burns have also been added to the staff as graduate assistants.

Watson is primarily responsible for planning and directing all benefit-related special events as well as organizing and executing the elements, contracts and payments agreed upon by VCU Athletics and several major-level corporate sponsors. Prior to this role, Watson spent a year with VCU Athletics as a Marketing Associate assisting in pre-event planning and advertising, ticket sales, event preparation and event execution.

Watson received her undergraduate degree in Sport Management at the University of Tennessee where she served as a student-intern for Football Recruiting, Broadcasting and Communications departments. 

“Hagan is an excellent addition to the VCU family and has already proven to be a vital part of our events and donor relations. Having previously worked at VCU in the marketing office, her knowledge and experience will help us improve the development operations,” said Executive Associate Athletic Director Danny Sterling.

Shaughnessy joins the VCU Athletics staff as a graduate assistant in 2019 after completing her career as a four-year member of the VCU Women's Lacrosse program. As a student-athlete, Shaughnessy was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and served as an intern with the Ram Athletic Fund.

“Ryann is one of our own at VCU and truly understands the impact our fundraising efforts on the student-athletes at VCU. Her experience as a student-athlete and knowledge of VCU make her a great addition to our staff,” Sterling said.

She completed her undergraduate degree from VCU's School of Business Marketing Program in 2019 and is a native of Somers, N.Y.

Burns joins the VCU Athletic Department as a graduate assistant for the 2019-2020 academic year in conjunction with enrollment in VCU’s Center for Sports Leadership. Prior to attending VCU’s graduate program, Burns held internships with Atlanta United FC in Atlanta, Ga. and Relevent Sports in Manhattan, N.Y.

Burns was a four-year member of the women’s soccer team at Randolph-Macon and was named an Academic All-American. At Randolph-Macon, Burns also served as a representative on the Division III Management Council and is currently serving as Chair of the NCAA Division III National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

In May 2019, Burns graduated from Randolph-Macon College with a major in Business Management and a minor in Communications Studies.

“Maddie has literally grown up around college athletics and is a valuable member of our development team,” said Sterling.