Taylor Schuman joined the Cougar Club in July 2017 and currently serves as Development Associate. She is primarily responsible for assisting the Executive Director, Assistant Director, and Board of Directors achieve specific annual revenue goals and carry out the implementation of fundraising and resource development activities including special events management, donor cultivation & stewardship, and marketing communications.
Taylor is a 2016 graduate of the College of Charleston with a degree in Business Administration and Hospitality and Tourism Management. She was also a four year member and captain of the Cougarette Dance Team. Prior to joining the Cougar Club, Taylor was the Marketing/ Ticketing Assistant for CofC Athletics and is currently working towards her Master's degree in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University. Originally from Annapolis, MD, Taylor currently resides in Mount Pleasant.
Michele Wolfert began her job as the Executive Director of the Cougar Club in August, 2013. Her duties include the overseeing of the $2 million athletic fundraising arm of the College of Charleston.
Michele’s athletics career includes experience in Development as well as Marketing and Promotions at the Georgia Tech Athletic Association, Premiums Seats at the Virginia Tech Athletic Department, and Corporate Sales at the Liberty Bowl.
She earned her Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Ohio University after receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
In her free time, Michele enjoys playing golf, traveling, and going to the beach.
Derek Davis joined the Cougar Club in April of 2013 and currently serves as Assistant Director. He is responsible for all Premium Seating needs as well as the Parking and Hospitality programs that the Cougar Club utilizes throughout the year. He is also instrumental in the identification, solicitation, and cultivation of prospects and donors which impacts the growth of the Cougar Club in the areas of membership and scholarship funds.
Derek graduated from NC State University in 2009 with a degree in Sport Management. During his years at NC State he served as a Student Videographer for the Football team where he filmed all practices and games as well as broke down film for the coaching staff.
Don Squires joined the Cougar Club staff in April of 2013 and currently serves as a Development Associate. A 2011 alumnus of The College of Charleston, Don graduated with a degree in Communication.
He acts primarily as a fundraiser, cultivating relationships with current donors, while seeking out prospective donors to help increase support of student-athlete scholarships. Along with fundraising, Don acts as the organization’s graphic designer, social media manager, and website liason.
Prior to working with the Cougar Club, Don served as a semester missionary with the North American Mission Board on the campus of the College of Charleston. He is also involved locally with non-profits such as the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry and LoveGave. Orignially from Aynor, South Carolina, he currently resides on James Island.
Jeffrey Aschieris joined the Cougar Club staff in July of 2013 just two months after graduating from the College of Charleston with a degree in business administration. Originally from southern California, Jeff spent two years as a member of Team USA International Sailing Team, before joining the sailing team at the College of Charleston, winning two national championships during his four years.
Jeffrey focuses on fostering relationships with young alumni in Charleston, while also contributing to the overall efforts of the Cougar Club. Additionally, Jeff coordinates event planning for the Cougar Club and often travels throughout the Colonial Athletic Association to host alumni receptions.
Outside of the office, Jeff enjoys fly fishing and currently resides in Mt. Pleasant.
Patricia Moss has been with the College of Charleston since 1996. While working at the Foundation Patricia started helping the Cougar Club with their accounting process. In 2001 she split her time between the Foundation and the Cougar Club, and by 2002 became the Cougar Club’s Financial Director.
Outside of the Cougar Club Patricia enjoys working with the film and catalog industry.
Coach John Kresse was the head basketball coach at the College of Charleston from 1979-2002. In 2003, Kresse was appointed Special Assistant to the AD and helps the Cougar Club in many events throughout the year including his annual golf tournament, The John Kresse Invitational.
During his time at the College, Kresse coached the Cougars to the 1983 NAIA basketball title. In 1990, the College of Charleston moved from NAIA to NCAA Division I, where Kresse would take the Cougars to four NCAA Tournament appearances.
In 2005, Kresse was inducted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. Prior to the 2008-2009 basketball season, the College of Charleston moved to the TD Arena where the playing surface is named John Kresse Court in honor of the legendary coach. In 2009, Kresse was inducted into the New York City basketball Hall of Fame.
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Kresse now resides in downtown Charleston, SC with his wife Sue Sommer-Kresse.
Beth came to the Cougar Club team in April of 2014, after realizing her dream of returning to her southern roots, by settling in Mount Pleasant in 2012.
She brings with her a career in Corporate Banking Finance and Internal Auditing.
Beth enjoys being ‘Mom’ to her teenage daughter; her two Pug dogs and tending to her orchids and flowers.
Gillian Spolarich has been an intern at the Cougar Club since January 2014. A College of Charleston senior from Silver Spring, Maryland, Gillian is majoring in Communication and is a member of the Honors College. She has assisted in the planning of many events such as the &ONE Membership Drive on the Yorktown, as well as in the design of the new Cougar Club website.
In addition to the Cougar Club, Gillian is a part of the Student Alumni Associates and the student-run media network, CisternYard Media.