Byron Synstegaard was named the Event Operations Coordinator at Northern Michigan University on August 6, 2018. In his role, he will plan, facilitate and execute all aspects of intercollegiate athletic event operations.
Synstegaard comes to NMU with four years of event management/athletic operation experience, having worked at Minnesota State University, Mankato, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Waconia High School Athletics and the University of St. Thomas Athletics.
Most recently, Synstegaard served as an Intercollegiate Athletics Operations Intern at MSU Mankato, where he also earned a Master of Arts in Sport Management. In his role with the Mavericks, he oversaw event staff as an on-site operations supervisor for home events. He also acted as the visiting football team liaison, serving as the primary contact for travel, lodging and all logistical information for visiting teams.
Before working at MSU, Synstegaard worked for the MIAC, working in all aspects of conference operations, including sports information, MIAC Championships, scheduling, officials, compliance, finance, film exchange, branding, and marketing for the league.
While earning his Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies, Synstegaard also worked as a Sports Operations Intern at the University of St. Thomas. During this time, he served as on-site supervisor for game day events including set-up and take down along with game managment. He also assisted with the ESPN Replay Team in the NCAA Division III Football Playoffs and as a supervisor/on-site coordinater for the 2013 and 2014 NCAA Division III Regional Volleyball Tournament.
While earning his degree from St. Thomas, Synstegaard also competed in track and field for the Tommies.
Originally from Waconia, Minnesota, Synstegaard currently resides in Marquette, Michigan. He has climbed 16 of Colorado's 56 14ers (14,000 feet mountains) and has run four marathons.