Dave Haglund

Dave Haglund
Commissioner
Eighth Year
E-Mail: dhaglund@gnacsports.com
Phone: 503-305-8756

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dave Haglund is in his eighth year as commissioner of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Since assuming his post, the GNAC has increased its full-time membership, expanded its sports sponsorship offerings, and partnered with the Lone Star Conference on an alliance designed to enhance in-region scheduling opportunities for the football-playing institutions in the two leagues.

Under his leadership, Concordia-Portland became the GNAC's 11th full-time member in 2014 and women's rowing was added as the conference's 17th championship sport in 2019. The football agreement with the Lone Star will feature 26 non-conference games vs. GNAC teams across the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

He also has guided the implementation of postseason conference tournaments in women's soccer, softball and baseball.

During his tenure, the conference office has been responsible for hosting a number of regional and national events, including the NCAA Cross Country  Championships, NCAA Cross Country West Regionals and the NCAA Men's Golf Super Regionals. He also brought the NCAA DII Conference Commissioners Association annual summer meeting to British Columbia, Canada -- home to GNAC member Simon Fraser University.

On an NCAA governance level, Haglund played an active role in helping spearhead groundbreaking legislation enabling the extension of Division II's international footprint to Mexico. Defeated by a narrow margin when the proposal was initially brought forth by another conference in 2013, the 2018 legislation passed with an overwhelming approval rating of 85 percent.

Haglund culminated his recent four-year term on the NCAA Division II Nominating Committee by serving as the panel's chair. He is a past member of the men's basketball Regional Advisory Committee and has served as the NCAA site representative for NCAA West Regionals in California and Oregon. In 2017, he was the NCAA site representative for a second-round football playoff game in Washington.

Shortly after his appointment, he initiated the development of an ongoing symposium focused on advancing the interests and opportunities of females looking to break into the sports industry. The first GNAC "Women in Sports" career seminar was held in Seattle in the spring of 2014. Since that time, the GNAC has conducted similar events in Anchorage and Portland. In total, the seminars have attracted more than 400 attendees and featured nearly 80 panelists covering a wide cross-section of career paths.

In 2013 he launched a weekly podcast intended to highlight the stories and accomplishments of student-athletes, coaches and administrators from across the conference footprint. Now nearing its 200th episode, "GNAC Insider" also features interviews with prominent newsmakers from around Division II.

His administrative career includes a 10-year stint as associate athletics director at the University of Maryland. 

Operating in the heart of the D.C./Baltimore corridor, the nation's fourth-largest media market, he led Maryland's athletics media relations department when the Terrapins won the NCAA Division I men's basketball championship and played in the Orange and Peach bowls. His responsibilities at Maryland included supervision of 12 sports and four support units in addition to coordinating nearly 50 ACC and NCAA championship events hosted by the university.

During his time in College Park, the Terps captured 10 NCAA titles in five sports -- including men's basketball, women's basketball, and men's soccer -- and appeared in four bowl games.

His career has included promoting programs that routinely led the NCAA Division I ranks in attendance.

Haglund is a graduate of Oregon State University. He and his wife, Cindy, have two children: Samantha and Matthew.

Bridget Johnson

Bridget Johnson Tetteh
Associate Commissioner
Eighth Year
E-Mail: bjohnson@gnacsports.com
Phone: 503-305-8756
Twitter: @BridgetTetteh

Bridget Johnson Tetteh, a two-time NCAA All-American in track and field at Western Oregon University and former coach at the NCAA Division II and Division III levels, is in her eighth year with the conference office. She was promoted to associate commissioner in July 2015.

She is currently in the midst of a four-year term as a member of the NCAA Track & Field Rules Committee, a nine-member panel that includes representation from all three divisions. Her term runs until September of 2023. In addition, she serves on the NCAA Division II Ethnic Minority and Women's Internship Grant committee.

Johnson Tetteh joined the GNAC staff as assistant commissioner in August 2012 after spending the previous four years as the associate head coach for the Pacific (Ore.) University track and field and cross country programs.  From 2006-2008, she was on the coaching staff at Western Oregon.

At the GNAC, Johnson Tetteh's primary areas of focus are NCAA compliance and championships administration. She also serves as the conference office Senior Woman Administrator. In 2013, she served as meet director for the NCAA Cross Country Championships and NCAA Cross Country West Regional, both of which were hosted by the GNAC.

From 2012-2014, she served as a member of the Regional Advisory Committee in volleyball. Johnson Tetteh has also served as an NCAA West Regional site representative on three occasions -- for women's basketball in 2013 and 2015, and for volleyball in 2014.

Tetteh also oversees the GNAC' "Women in Sports" seminar, an initiative designed to provide a networking and educational opportunity for college- and high school-aged women interested in pursuing sports-related careers. In its first four editions, more than 800 attendees have benefited from the nearly 80 panelists who have participated in the event.

Johnson Tetteh competed in track and field at Western Oregon between 2003 and 2006 and is still the all-time point scorer in GNAC outdoor championship meet history with 115 points. During her career, she won four GNAC titles (heptathlon in 2005 and 2006, 100 hurdles in 2006 and 4x400 relay in 2005) and twice earned NCAA Division II All-American honors in the heptathlon (2005-06).

Johnson Tetteh, who is a 2008 graduate of the NCAA Women’s Coaching Academy, has extensive experience in event management at Western Oregon and Pacific, including serving as the meet coordinator for the GNAC Track and Field Championships in 2011. At Pacific, she was the event supervisor for football, basketball, volleyball, and soccer. She also served on the USTFCCCA NCAA DIII National Awards Committee since 2010.

Johnson Tetteh is a 2006 graduate of Western Oregon University where she earned a degree in health promotion. She earned a master’s degree in education from WOU in 2008. She was a three-time Academic All-GNAC honoree as an undergraduate.

Blake Timm

Blake Timm
Assistant Commissioner for Communications
Fifth Year
E-Mail: btimm@gnacsports.com 
Phone: 503-305-8756

Twitter: @timmbr

Blake Timm is in his fifth year as the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s assistant commissioner for communications.

Timm joined the conference in July 2015 after spending 16 years as sports information director at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. In that role, Timm was responsible for the media operations, publicity and game operations for Pacific’s 24-sport, NCAA Division III program. He oversaw the growth of Pacific athletics presence online, including multiple redesigns of the program’s website and the implementation of social media and video programs.

During his time at Pacific, Timm successfully promoted the restart of the Pacific football program and its climb to the Northwest Conference championship in just five years, which was featured in regional and national media.

In June 2017, Timm was honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) with its Warren Berg Award. The award is presented annually to a non-Division I member of the organization who has made outstanding contributions to the field of sports information and, by his or her activities, has brought dignity and prestige to the profession.

In 2018, Timm received the Excellence in Communications award from the U.S. Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in recognition of his work to publicize track and field student-athletes from the GNAC.

In 2007 and 2011, Timm was selected by his peers as the winner of the Jack Sareault Award as the Northwest Conference’s Sports Information Director of the Year. Timm has also won 30 CoSIDA Publication Contest awards, including eight Best In Nation citations, and 18 Fred Stabley, Sr., Writing Contest awards with two national winners. Timm’s work has also been recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, USA Volleyball and Swimming World magazine.

While at Pacific, Timm also served six years as the lead media contact for Pacific University Legends, a high-level celebrity golf, auction and concert event that raised over $600,000 for the Pacific athletic program in its 10-year run.

Timm is an active member of CoSIDA. He served six years on the organization’s Board of Directors and six years as a member of the College Division Management Advisory Committee, including three years as chair. He is a past chair of CoSIDA’s Membership Services and Academic All-America committees and currently serves on CoSIDA’s Special Awards Committee.

From 2014 to 2015, Timm served as the features editor for The Oregon Distance Runner magazine, the quarterly publication of the non-profit Oregon Road Runners Club. The Road Runners Club of America recognized the publication as it’s 2014 Outstanding Club Print Newsletter.

Timm is a 1998 graduate of Pacific University with a degree in journalism. A native of Klamath Falls, Ore., Timm and his family reside in Forest Grove. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Forest Grove and served as the club's president in 2018-19.