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San José State Adds Bethany Hobbs-Helmus to Executive Leadership Team

SAN JOSE, Calif. – San Jose State’s Director of Athletics jeff conya Announced the hiring of Bethany Hobbs-Helmus as Senior Associate Athletics Director for Finance on Friday. Hobbs-Helmus will start at San José State on Tuesday, Aug. 2 and will oversee all business administration for the athletics department.

“Bethany has extensive experience in the CSU system and her athletics experience made her an ideal candidate,” said Konya. “I would like to thank TurnkeyZRG and Katy Young Staudt for their help in identifying a strong candidate pool. Bethany is a great fit for our department and she will be a huge add to our culture within the organization.”

Hobbs-Helmus has spent the last 13 years working at Cal State East Bay, most recently serving as the Assistant Athletics Director for Business Operations and Senior Woman Administrator. As part of the senior leadership team, she supervised men’s basketball, women’s soccer, softball and swimming and diving. Hobbs-Helmus served as a liaison for the university as a member of the conference Executive Council, member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) subcommittee and game management committee. She is a founding member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association’s DEI committee, leading a study to develop standard hiring practices for assistant coaches throughout the conference to increase diversity in the coaching pipeline.

“I am thrilled for this new opportunity here at San José State and to work for a visionary like jeff conya,” said Hobbs-Helmus. “I spent time with the executive leadership team and knew this was absolutely the next right move in my career. Thank you to Jeff, the executive leadership team, Katy Young Staudt from TurnkeyZRG, and San José State University. I also would like to thank all of the wonderful people I was able to work with at Cal State East Bay, including the inspiring student-athletes. I wish you all well!”

  • Master of Arts in English, TESOL from Cal State East Bay with a perfect 4.0 GPA
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Language and Discourse from Cal State East Bay
  • Assistant AD for Business Operations and SWA at Cal State East Bay (2017-22)
  • Athletics Business and Event Operations Coordinator at Cal State East Bay (2014-17)
  • Lead Athletics Equipment Attendant at Cal State East Bay (2009-14)
  • Holds memberships in College Athletic Business Management Association (CABMA), Women Leaders in College Sports, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and WeCOACH

What they are saying about Bethany…
Jason Carmichael, Director of Athletics at West Georgia

“I’m so excited to see Bethany take this next step in her journey! I had the pleasure of witnessing Bethany grow as a professional while working together at Cal State East Bay. She has had the opportunity to serve in many capacities within the intercollegiate athletics industry.From student-athlete all the way to a senior administrator, with lots of valuable experience in between.She is a very capable administrator, and I’m sure she will be an important contributor to San Jose State Athletics as they move forward .”

Dr. Chelsea Herman, Deputy AD/SWA at Cal State San Bernardino

“What a great hire for jeff conya and San Jose State Athletics! Bethany was a wonderful and collaborative colleague within our league, a true professional that champions student-athletes and believes in the transformative experience of NCAA intercollegiate athletics. We will miss her in the CCAA!”

Joan McDermott, former AD at Cal State East Bay and retired AD at University of San Francisco

“Congratulations to San José State Athletics on making such a great hire with Bethany Hobbs-Helmus! Bethany is one of the brightest up and coming young talents in the business of college athletics. She is smart, dedicated and hardworking. Bethany is deeply committed to creating a positive experience for the student-athletes, as well as, contributing to a positive culture for the Spartan Athletic Department.She is a true professional and is always about striving for excellence.She will assist San José State athletics in getting better everyday. “

Dr. Darrell Bailey, Director of Athletics and Recreation, Capital University

“Bethany is extremely focused on doing things the right way. She enjoys connecting with the student-athletes and for years was one of the true fans within the athletic department that showed them she cared about their well-being. She is well versed in the financial side of things, so San José State’s financial needs are in good hands! This is a good hire!”


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