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Athlete Network Announces New Hire Candace Dunback

LENEXA, KS – February 16, 2021
Athlete Network, the industry leader in engagement platforms for collegiate athletics departments, is thrilled to announce the hiring of Candace Dunback as Director of Partnerships. Dunback, who was a five-time All-American track and field athlete at the University of Kansas turned that same desire and success into a celebrated 20-year run with Kansas Athletics. Through her leadership, the University of Kansas K Club has been considered one of the top letterwinners clubs in the industry as recognized by her peers.

“Throughout her career, Candace has always been a winner and someone who has incredibly high standards for everything she touches. Her relationships and strategic thinking will help Athlete Network take our industry-leading position to a new level,” said Chris Smith, Founder and CEO of Athlete Network.

After completing her competitive days at the University of Kansas, she served in a variety of roles within Kansas Athletics prior to leading K Club for the last 11 years. From coaching to student-athlete development and fundraising to storytelling, each role was intentionally centered on enhancing the student-athlete experience. Her role at Athlete Network will be to provide leadership and direction for our current partners along with leveraging her amazing relationships to help bring in new business.

"I couldn’t be more excited about this next step in my career journey and joining Athlete Network. After working with their team for the last year and utilizing the software firsthand, it was obvious where this company will be heading in the future, and I can’t wait to be part of that success," said Dunback. "It is a perfect fit to be able to stay in college athletics and keep competing in a new, energizing way as a part of the Athlete Network family."

Dunback resides in the Kansas City area with her husband Chris and two children. Most importantly, she and her husband both look forward to getting the most out of their former student-athlete experience and sharing it with their family.


About Athlete Network:
Founded by former college athletes, Athlete Network is the #1 engagement solution for current and former athletes with proven results. Unite powered by Athlete Network is a branded technology platform that allows collegiate athletic departments and athletic associations to organize, promote, and track the programs and services offered to their current and former student-athletes in an exclusive network. Through Unite, athletic departments and athletic associations substantially improve engagement with their athletes, generate increased revenue and fundraising, and gain valuable data analytics and reporting. The goal of Athlete Network is simple, keep athletes competing by uniting them in an ecosystem built by athletes for athletes through connections, resources, mentoring, and careers.