Brad Hardekopf joined the UAB Athletics Department in September of 2008. 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 Associate Athletic Director for Development.
Hardekopf's duties include the supervision of Blazer Boosters, which generates funding for student-athlete scholarships, capital projects and facility improvements, and the enhancement of sport specific operating budgets. Under his leadership, the Blazer Boosters annual membership base has increased by 75 percent. In addition, Hardekopf leads the fundraising efforts for athletic projects associated with the Campaign for UAB, including athletic facilities and other major giving platforms.
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. 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. He also managed the content of the Paul Finebaum website for three years.
A native of Birmingham, he graduated from Auburn University with a degree in marketing. During his time at Auburn, he supported the athletic department by planning and executing promotions for multiple sports.
Hardekopf is married to the former Nicole Thomason of Vestavia Hills, Ala.