New Addition to Jackals Front Office
The Dallas Jackals are happy to announce Jeff Ackels has joined the Front Office. Born and raised in Dallas, Jeff Ackels, also known as “Jackels” to his friends and family, has found a fitting place with the Dallas Jackals.
Ackels attended Saint Louis University (SLU), earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, focusing on journalism and media studies, and a minor in Marketing. During his senior year, he worked for the University’s athletic department helping produce live streams of a variety of Saint Louis sporting events and even broadcasted a few baseball games.
After graduating from SLU in 2017, Ackels returned to Dallas and worked for The Marketing Arm, a full service marketing agency, where he gained experience and developed skills in experiential marketing.
In 2018, Ackels returned to St. Louis for graduate school and accepted an assistantship position with SLU’s marketing and communication department. During his time in graduate school, he wrote for the school’s online and digital news source Newslink and helped film, edit, and produce a wide range of videos that were featured on their social media accounts and website. In 2020, he graduated with a Master’s in Communication.
His love for the city of Dallas, Dallas sports, and family brought him back to his hometown where he accepted the Community Development Manager position with Dallas Jackals Rugby.
“Working for a professional Dallas sports team is a dream come true. This is something I thought would take a long time to achieve, and being a part of a team from the beginning is even more special,” Ackels said. “I’m excited to be a part of this organization and to watch our fanbase continue to grow each season.”
“Jeff has the drive and passion to help grow the Jackals fanbase while providing top-notch customer service and unique individualized experiences. I look forward to watching him succeed in the organization,” said Zach Siewert, VP of Ticket Sales.
Ackels resides in North Texas and in his free time likes avoiding 95’s on the golf course, going to the movies, and collecting comic books.
We are happy to welcome Jeff Ackels to the pack!
About Dallas Jackals —
The Dallas Jackals are a professional rugby team of Major League Rugby (MLR), the highest level of rugby competition in North America. The Jackals were named as an expansion team in 2020 and will play their inaugural season in 2021. The team’s central mission is to develop domestic talent to a world-class level of play and professionalism while strengthening the high performance pathway in DFW by supporting the local clubs. Through proactive Community Outreach, the Jackals will exemplify and spread the passion of rugby by inspiring tradition, respect, family, and character on and off the pitch.
About MLR —
Major League Rugby is a professional sports league entering its fourth season and represents the highest level of competition in North America. The League evolved from seven teams in 2018, to 13 teams in 2021, featuring 12 from the United States and one from Canada. The competition follows an 18-week regular schedule for a chance to advance to the playoffs. Matches are televised on CBS Sports Network, Fox Sports 2, ESPN+, Facebook Live (for international viewers) and on different platforms in each local market. MLR prides itself on its incredible athletes, the passionate community behind them, and its strong values of Respect, Inclusivity, and Tradition.
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