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 Associate 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.
A native of Birmingham, he graduated from Auburn University with a degree in marketing. During his time at Auburn, he provided support to the athletics department by planning and executing promotions for multiple sports.
Hardekopf is married to the former Nicole Thomason of Vestavia Hills, Ala.