Assistant Athletics Director for Advancement
Graham Diemer is entering his fourth year with FGCU Athletics after joining the department in 2011. After serving as the Director of Athletics Advancement, Diemer was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director for Advancement on July 1, 2014.
At FGCU he is responsible for fundraising for capital projects, scholarships and major gifts to athletics, coordinating the signature philanthropic enterprise “Night at the Nest” event and overseeing corporate sponsorship and the Eagles Club annual fund.
Diemer also serves on the Alico Arena Ticket Committee and oversees sky boxes, the hospitality suite, premium seating and serves as the team administrator for the women’s golf program.
While working closely with the FGCU Foundation and Executive Director and VP for University Advancement Chris Simoneau, Diemer plays a major role in the newly-developed Athletics Capital Campaign. The campaign is part of a $100 million university initiative and includes an anticipated addition and renovation of Alico Arena, added capital projects, scholarship additions and enhancements to team operating budgets.
Diemer also works jointly with the Eagles Club Advisory Board to bring additional focus to the FGCU’s annual fund and fundraising event efforts. Under his direction, the Eagles Club reached 600 members last year and raised $300,000 at “Night at the Nest” alone in 2013-14. With the addition of the Naples and Sarasota Advisory Committees, Athletics and the Advisory Board continue to cast a wider net and garner support from Sarasota to Marco Island.
Prior to moving to Southwest Florida, Diemer spent 10 years in Madison, Wisc. working in the finance industry and maintained a mortgage origination license. During his time in Madison, Diemer served the athletic department at the University of Wisconsin in event management and game day roles. He also spent time volunteering for fundraising events held by the University of Wisconsin Foundation.
Diemer, a native of Madison, Wisc., earned an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. While at UWW he was a two-year captain for the men’s basketball team and participated in the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament. He currently resides in Bonita Springs.