Associate Director of Major Gifts
Garland Cooper joined Northwestern as its Associate Director of Major Gifts in Athletic Development in October of 2013. Cooper came back to her alma mater after working in the corporate world in multiple capacities since her graduation in 2007.
Most recently, Cooper worked with NCSA Athletic Recruiting where she served as the Director of Softball Relations and the Vice President of Softball Sales. Cooper led the softball division and was responsible for sales, marketing and business development, as well as overseeing a team of 10 sales associates.
Prior to her time at NCSA, Cooper worked as an Associate Manager of Events/Digital Operations for ESPN High School, planning and managing high school sporting events, working in business development and assisting with ESPN HS's digital efforts. In her time at ESPN HS, Cooper managed clients such as Under Armour and Powerade, helped them conceptualize their marketing strategy at the grassroots level, and assisted in the execution of sporting events and digital integrations to help reach their goals. She also was a journalist for the ESPN HS softball website, and created content schedules and managed the extensive softball database.
During softball season, Cooper serves as an analyst for both ESPN and the Big Ten Network, commentating softball games and working in the studio as a softball expert.
In her time at Northwestern, Cooper was a three-time All-American and three-time Big Ten Player of the Year with the softball program, graduating in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in communications. She led Northwestern to two Women's College World Series appearances in 2006 and 2007, helping the Wildcats become the first private school in NCAA history to make back-to-back WCWS semifinal runs. Most recently, Cooper was inducted into the Northwestern Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012. After graduation, Cooper continued her softball career professionally in National Professional Fastpitch and abroad in the Japanese Professional League.