A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dave Haglund is in his second year as commissioner of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
As the league’s chief administrative officer, he oversees all facets of conference operations, including marketing, media relations, compliance, scheduling, officiating, finances, and championships.
Previously, Haglund served as associate athletics director while a member of the senior management team 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 UM also included direct supervision of 12 sports and four support units in addition to coordinating nearly three dozen ACC and NCAA championship events hosted by the university.
All told during his decade in College Park, the Terps captured 10 NCAA titles in five sports -- including men's basketball, women's basketball, and men's soccer -- and played in four bowl games.
Prior to assuming the GNAC post, Haglund spent 4 1/2 years as commissioner of the Cascade Collegiate Conference, where he spearheaded efforts to attract 10 national championships to the Pacific Northwest -- four in men's cross country, four in women's cross country, and two in men's golf. His leadership resulted in more than $350,000 in sponsorships and gift-in-kind contributions for the events.
Haglund raised the profile of the CCC through a variety of outreach initiatives, including efforts tied to marketing, national championships, media relations and corporate partnerships.
Originally from Portland, Haglund is a graduate of Oregon State University. He and his wife, Cindy, have two children, Samantha and Matthew.
Bridget Johnson, 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 first year as assistant commissioner.
Johnson joined the GNAC staff in August 2012 after spending the previous four years as 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’s primary areas of focus are NCAA compliance and championships administration. She also serves as the conference office Senior Woman Administrator.
Johnson 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, 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 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.
Bob Guptill is in his 12th year as the information director for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Prior to being selected as the conference’s first and only information director, he was the information director for the PacWest Conference for one season.
From 1980 to 2000, Guptill served as the sports information director at Central Washington University. In 1998, he received the NAIA’s Clarence “Ike” Pearson Award, which is presented annually to an outstanding NAIA sports information director. In 2001, he was inducted into the Central Washington University Hall of Fame.
Guptill was also the PR director for the Columbia Football Association between 1985 and 2001 and for the Pacific Northwest Athletic Conference from 1994 to 1998.
In addition he was a member of the statistics crew for the NAIA basketball championships from 1989 to 1998. He served as crew chief from 1994-98.
Guptill was the sports editor at The Dalles (Ore.) Chronicle from 1975-79 and the Ellensburg (Wash.) Daily Record from 1979-80. He is a 1974 graduate of Washington State University where he worked in the sports information office. He is a native of Colfax, Wash., graduating from Colfax High School in 1969.