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ECU names new director of football operations

Nina Baloun (University of Houston photo)

East Carolina University has announced the hire of a new director of football operations.

New football coach Mike Houston made the announcement on Monday that Nina Baloun will take the position immediately. She comes to ECU after a two-year stint at the Univeristy of Houston and a four-year stint at Illinois.

Below is a press release from ECU with more information.

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Nina Baloun has been named director of football operations at ECU according to an announcement from head coach Mike Houston on Monday.

Baloun, who has assumed her new duties immediately, previously served as director of football internal operations at fellow American Athletic Conference member Houston for the last two seasons following a four-year stint in the Big Ten Conference at Illinois.

In addition to her role as the chief liaison officer between the football program and the athletics department's academic, compliance, financial aid and nutrition staffs at UH, Baloun managed scholarships, stipends and housing arrangements for the Cougars' student-athletes. She also coordinated team travel, had oversight of summer camps and assisted with budget matters and campus events.

She initially was appointed as Houston's director of on-campus recruiting in March, 2017 before accepting the operations post later that summer. In her first role, Baloun handled the coordination and implementation of all recruiting operations and logistics, which included the organization of official and unofficial prospect visits.

"Nina is a great addition to the Pirate family," Houston said. "We are extremely fortunate to have her enthusiasm, experience and meticulous approach as an integral part of our program. Her familiarity with the American Athletic Conference is certainly another asset, especially during this time of transition."

Prior to her arrival at UH, Baloun was assistant football recruiting coordinator and supervisor for the I-Star recruiting program at Illinois from 2013 to 2017. Included among her many duties with the Fighting Illini were social media management, Pro Day logistics, NCAA rules training for staff and coaches, recruiting software analysis, budget management, cultivation of student assistant ambassadors and summer camps.

Baloun spent five years as a football recruiting assistant and community relations liaison at alma mater Toledo. She holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 2008 before earning separate master's degrees in criminal justice (2009) and counseling (2011).

A native of Amherst, Ohio, Baloun has been a member of the American Football Coaches Association since 2013. She was also a guest speaker for the National Director of Football Operations Convention in 2016 before serving on an AFCA committee in 2017.

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