Meet the Staff
Senior Associate Athletics Director - External Relations
Assistant Athletics Director for Development
Brad Hardekopf joined the UAB Athletics Department in September of 2008 as Director of Sales. After spending a year launching the sales department, he transitioned into a role focused on fundraising. Hardekopf currently serves on the administrative staff for UAB Athletics as Assistant Athletics Director for Development.
In addition to managing the Blazer Club, his emphasis is implementing a philanthropic culture among annual fund donors, soliciting major gifts, supervising the Blazer Boosters internship program and assisting with special events.
He joined the Blazers after spending two seasons with the WNBA Houston Comets. As their Corporate Partnerships Manager, he worked with local and regional businesses to build and ensure fulfillment of integrated sponsorship packages for the team. Hardekopf directed the corporate sponsorship department during the 2008 WNBA season that was accountable for approximately $1 million in revenue.
In 2006, Hardekopf interned with the Bruno Event Team and assisted with the SEC Baseball and the Association of Volleyball Professionals tournaments at Regions Park. During his time at Auburn University, he provided support to the athletics department by planning and executing promotions for multiple sports.
A native of Birmingham, he graduated from Auburn University with a degree in marketing. He currently resides in Vestavia.
Assistant Director of Development
Paul Kabbes joined the UAB Athletics Department in May of 2012. In his role, Kabbes serves as the Assistant Director of Development primarily focusing on growing the membership base for the Blazer Boosters office.
Kabbes coordinates UAB's B Club, assists with the Blazer Club, and manages the annual Blazer Rep program. In addition, he oversees the Blazer Bulletin and Blazer Boosters website.
Kabbes joined the Blazer Boosters after two years with the Illinois State Athletic Department. He served as the Development Graduate Assistant while at ISU and worked primarily on generating annual fund revenues.
He also managed donor rooms for Men's Basketball and Football, worked on various external events, and served as tournament director for the Redbird Golf Classic. Kabbes also assisted with the selling of club seats for a newly-renovated Hancock Stadium on Illinois State's campus.
While completing his Master's degree in Sport Management at Illinois State, Kabbes became strongly involved with the Miracle League of Central Illinois, a non-profit organization that provides children with mental or physical disabilities the chance to play baseball. He served as a coach and also worked as a fundraising intern. Kabbes aided with various fundraising events working towards the construction of a new field for the Miracle League.
A native of Normal, Illinois, he graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2010 with a degree in Business Management. Kabbes was a three-year letterwinner with the IWU baseball team and pitched for the 2010 Division III National Championship team. He currently resides in Homewood.