Appalachian State Athletics announced on Monday that the Yosef Club continues on a record pace to provide scholarship support for student-athletes. Efforts to date have resulted in a significant year-over-year increase, but additional gifts are critical to reach an all time high goal. The annual scholarship bill for Appalachian State athletics currently stands at over $6 million dollars. Benefactors and fans are encouraged to make their gift or commitment today in support of Appalachian State Athletics. All gifts to the Yosef Club count toward A Mountaineer Impact, A Drive For Excellence. The Yosef Club, App State Athletics’ fundraising arm, supports Mountaineer student-athletes through scholarship, athletics facility enhancement and programmatic needs support. The life-changing educational and athletic opportunities provided to our over 450 student-athletes would not be possible without the generous support of our Yosef Club members. –hcpress.com– Read More
In the fall of 2015, Florida opened a $17 million indoor football practice facility. A $60 million stand-alone football complex is in the planning stage with a projected completion in the summer of 2019. The Gators’ recent facilities spending spree goes well beyond the football program. The summer of 2016 saw an $18 million academic success center open for all student-athletes. Sixty-six million dollars was spent by the athletic department on upgrades to the O’Connell Center. Athletic dorms have been upgraded. A total of $100 million will be spent in the next few years on department-wide improvements which will also bring major face-lifts to the baseball and softball stadiums. -Chadd Scott, gridironnow.com– Read More
Minot State University has selected Mark Graupe as its head women’s basketball coach Director of Athletics Andy Carter announced Tuesday. Graupe becomes just the fifth head coach in the program’s 45-year history. “Our search process worked well in that it produced two high-level coaches as our finalists,” Carter said. “Mark really impressed everyone throughout the time he was in Minot and our campus. His energy, desire, and love for the game of basketball was evident and we are all excited for this new era of Beaver Women’s Basketball.” Graupe just completed his fourth season as the head women’s basketball coach at Dickinson State in Dickinson, N.D. He turned around the Blue Hawks, earning back-to-back NAIA National Tournament appearances the past two seasons. His teams were a combined 46-17 over the past two years, setting a school record for wins in 2015-16 with 23 and then tying that record this past season. Read More
The College of Saint Rose has a new Coordinator of Athletics Communications, and he’s no stranger to the 518. Kyle Young, of Branford, Connecticut, joins the College with a pretty stacked resume including local stops at the Tri-City ValleyCats and Metro Atlantic Athletics Conference’s (MAAC) men’s and women’s basketball tournament. He will work directly with David Alexander, the school’s Assistant Athletics Director for Communications. “It is a pleasure to welcome Kyle to Saint Rose. His background, initiative, and enthusiasm in the evolving communications field will make him a great asset to the Golden Knights community,” said Alexander in a statement. -Dylan Rossiter, 518sports.com– Read More
Before Mike Boynton introduced himself as Oklahoma State basketball coach Monday, the man who hired him had something to get off his chest. “Some of the people in the media question our commitment to basketball because of what just transpired,” athletic director Mike Holder said. “Let me assure you that we’ve never wavered in our commitment to basketball or any sport at Oklahoma State. Our commitment is if you’re an athlete here or a coach, we’re going to give you an opportunity to dream big, win championships and make your dreams come true. As the athletic director I owe that to every student-athlete, every coach. Basketball is no exception. “So we have never wavered on that commitment and never will. We’ve got too much of a proud tradition, starting with Mr. Iba right through Eddie Sutton to today. A lot of great players, a lot of championships, two national championships. So no one should ever question our commitment.” ADs don’t operate in a vacuum. They know when they’re being criticized. -Guerin Emig, tulsaworld.com– Read More
Baylor University on Tuesday moved to dismiss the lawsuit of an alleged gang rape victim who claims the school’s football program had “the most widespread culture of sexual violence and abuse of women ever in a collegiate athletic program.” In a response to the Title IX lawsuit filed in January, Baylor said the plaintiff’s allegations are barred by a two-year statute of limitations. The plaintiff’s Title IX claim also fails because her allegations do not rise to the level of “deliberate indifference,” according to the university’s filing. The former student, who filed the suit under a pseudonym, said she is the victim of an alleged 2013 gang rape committed by then-football players Tre’Von Armstead and Shamycheal “Myke” Chatman. -Phillip Ericksen, wacotrib.com– Read More
Greg Byrne officially took over as the University of Alabama’s director of athletics on March 2, replacing Bill Battle. In nearly four weeks in his new post, Byrne, who came to Alabama from the University of Arizona, has a chance to see virtually every Alabama team, either in competition or spring practice, as well as to familiarize himself with the UA staff, coaches and facilities. He took time this week to sit down with The Tuscaloosa News for a brief question-and-answer session in which he addressed several of those issues. On the recently completed basketball season and coach Avery Johnson, Byrne said “Avery (Johnson) and I met today and talked about the future of the men’s program. He has a great vision of where he wants our program to go. I was really pleased with our run in the SEC Tournament, and with what I know about our incoming recruits. Coach Johnson has completed two years on his contract and we did review some areas of that.” -Cecil Hurt, Tide Sports, Read More
Enhancements to the Goodman Softball Complex were recently completed thanks to a $600,000 gift from the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Foundation Inc. The project is highlighted by the addition of a new high-definition video board which will elevate the game day atmosphere for the Wisconsin Softball team by providing fans with highlight videos. Fans will be further immersed in the game with the addition of player headshots and various stat displays. Additional graphic displays featuring current and former players have been added to the in- and outfields. –Read More
Fairmont State University Director of Athletics Tim McNeely announced March 28 that Joe Mazzulla has been named the program’s 12th head men’s basketball coach. Mazzulla will be introduced to the Fairmont community at 10 a.m. March 29 during a press conference inside Joe Retton Arena. –Read More
Limited beer sales in Tiger Stadium could become a reality by the start of the fall football season. LSU officials confirm that plans for a beer garden in the stadium are firming up, though the deal hasn’t been finalized yet. “We are aggressively working to have it in place in the fall,” says LSU Spokesman Ernie Ballard. “But we are still working through everything to make it happen.” Now, it appears the beer garden concept—which would limit beer sales to a single area in the stadium as opposed to having taps at all concession stands—could happen this year. Talks between the university’s athletic department brass and the Southeastern Conference are under way, and appear to be going well. “They are having those conversations now,” he says. “They are working towards doing it in the fall.” The SEC prohibits its 14 member schools from selling alcohol at athletic events, which is why beer sales at LSU home games are only allowed in the stadium club and suites, technically separate structures from Tiger Stadium. While university officials are waiting for the green light on the beer garden, they are trying to determine where in the stadium it should be located. Ballard says it will be somewhere below the club and suite levels. -Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, Read More
Washington University in St. Louis Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lori White announced Tuesday that Anthony J. Azama has been named the John M. Schael Director of Athletics. Azama arrives on the Danforth Campus after spending the past two years as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Operations at Columbia University in the city of New York. He was responsible for the strategic direction, oversight, coordination, leadership and active participation in the revenue generation and external functions while at Columbia. –Read More
University Of Louisiana At Monroe seeks a director of athletic video services. Key role is to doordinate the all aspects of football practice and game recording, editing, distribution and Develop and manage athletic video services annual budget. Please submit electronically to: LaQuita Danna, HR Analyst/University of La. at Monroe. firstname.lastname@example.org
University Of Louisiana At Monroe seeks a game & ticket operations manager. The purpose of the Game and Ticket Operations Manager job is to ensure that the University assets are protected through adherence to applicable external and internal regulations and appropriate external representation of ULM Athletics. Please submit electronically to: LaQuita Danna, HR Analyst/University of La. at Monroe. email@example.com
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio held a news conference Tuesday morning to “step out into the light” before his team’s spring game this weekend, but he declined to discuss any specific information about the ongoing sexual assault investigation involving the program. Dantonio said sexual assault allegations made against three of his players are “something we’re extremely concerned about” but he could not discuss any details about their suspensions or the suspension of a member of the football staff in connection to the investigation. – Dan Murphy, ESPN. Read More.
Nathan Bramwell has joined the Bradley Athletic Department as the Braves’ Director of Ticket Sales and Operations, announced on Monday by Sr. Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs Brad Mitchell. At Bradley, Bramwell will oversee the Braves’ Athletics Ticket Office and Renaissance Coliseum Team Store, while working closely with the marketing and promotions staff to increase attendance at all ticketed events via season, individual and group ticket sales. Read More.
When Moglia was hired at Coastal Carolina in 2011, he heard rumors that the school’s administration and boosters were interested in moving the program from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). At the FCS level, schools can offer as many as 63 full-scholarships, but the coach has the discretion to give partial scholarships in order to have more players on the team. That number jumps to 85 scholarships at the FBS level and all of those have to be full scholarships. The average cost of attendance at Coastal Carolina is $22,500 for in-state students and about $36,000 for out-of-state students. Conservatively, the additional 22 scholarships will run nearly $650,000 more per season for the Chanticleers. – Andrew Miller, Post and Courier. Read More.
Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D., President of La Salle University, announced today that William “Bill” Bradshaw has signed a multiyear agreement as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation. Mr. Bradshaw has served in an interim capacity in the same role since March 9, 2016. Mr. Bradshaw has over 36 years’ experience as an Intercollegiate Division I athletic director, first at La Salle (1978 – 1986), then at DePaul (1986 – 2002) and most recently at Temple (2002 – 2013). During his prior tenure at La Salle, the Explorers won 28 conference championships and three Commissioner’s Cups, made NCAA tournament appearances three times in Men’s Basketball and twice in Women’s Basketball, and averaged an impressive 90% student-athlete graduation rate. –Read More
Husson University seeks a sports information director who will work to ensure accurate statistics for intercollegiate athletics and disseminate timely information to maximize media and public visibility for athletics. Responsible for adhering to all governing procedures and regulations of the University, the athletic department, the conference, and the NCAA. Apply here.
Northeastern State University Director of Athletics and Chief Athletics Officer, Tony Duckworth announced on Monday that two candidates have been invited to the Tahlequah campus in its search for a new head women’s basketball coach. The finalists include Rae Boothe, head coach at Friends University (Wichita, Kan.) and Fala Bullock, head coach at Armstrong State University (Savannah, Ga.). NSU is filling the vacancy left by the recent retirement of Randy Gipson who led the program for 18 seasons. Read More.
UCF Athletics at the University of Central Florida, an NCAA Division I institution and American Athletic Conference (The American) member, is seeking applications for the position of Director of Customer Service and Ticket Operations. Under the leadership of the Associate A.D., Development / GKC, the selected candidate oversees the customer service and ticket operations function / staff of Athletics, and serves as a strategic partner in the development / administration of related goals and objectives within UCF, Conference, and NCAA rules and regulations. Apply here.
Fordham University head football coach Andrew Breiner announced the addition of four coaches to the 2017 Rams’ staff. Tommy Galt has been named offensive line coach, Jon Guynes has been named assistant defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator, Stephen Pribble has been named offensive quality control coach and Liam Smith has been named defensive quality control coach. Galt arrives at Fordham after serving as the offensive line coach at Virginia Military Institute since January. Guynes, a former assistant coach at Holy Cross, will serve as the assistant defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for the Rams in 2017. Pribble, the offensive coordinator at Lock Haven University the past two years, will serve as the Fordham offensive quality control coach in 2017. Smith joins the Fordham staff after serving as the director of player personnel for George State University in 2016, his fourth season with the program. Read More.
NC State men’s soccer head coach George Kiefer announced Monday the addition of Samuel Castellanos as the final member of his coaching staff. Castellanos comes to the Wolfpack with an impressive resume, joining NC State after a stint at Orlando City Soccer Club as an under-16/18 elite development coach. Castellanos served as an assistant coach at Philadelphia University from 2010-11 before joining USF on the sideline. In his first season as an assistant with USF (2011), Castellanos helped lead the Bulls to their second BIG EAST Red Division Title and their third NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance. Read More.
University of Washington head coach Mike Hopkins has announced that Cameron Dollar will join his staff as an assistant coach. Dollar returns to the bench at Alaska Airlines Arena after spending the last eight seasons as the head coach at Seattle University. He will join Will Conroy on Hopkins’ staff, as Conroy was retained earlier this week. After a three-month stay as a part-time assistant at the University of Georgia in 1999, Dollar left to join the Saint Louis coaching staff on a full-time basis. Read More.
Between late November 2015 and mid-March 2016, the Rutgers athletics program underwent dramatic changes. An internal document obtained by NJ Advance Media through an Open Public Records Act request revealed how much Rutgers paid off its embattled AD and the deposed coaches. In order to compensate for the severance deals, the increased salaries of their replacements and other one-time costs, Rutgers athletics took out a $6.1 million loan from the university’s internal bank, according to the athletics department’s transition costs document. – Keith Sargeant, NJ Advance Media. Read More.
Pace University seeks Head Coach – Cross Country. The Head Coach will be responsible for the recruitment, retention, academic and personal development of the student-athletes. The Head Coach will also be responsible for the physical training and skill development of the student-athletes. The coach is expected to have knowledge of and abide by the philosophy, rules and regulations of Pace University, the NE-10 and the NCAA. Apply here
University of Notre Dame seeks Fighting Irish Media Project Manager. The Project Manager plays a key role in the daily operation of the Fighting Irish Media (FIM) team, reporting to the Sr. Associate Athletic Director for Media Operations and Branding. This role produces and manages the FIM production schedule and content calendar, including documenting production milestones and release dates for written, video, photographic and social media content. Working in conjunction with the FIM management, this role ensures production staff, space and equipment have been properly assigned and communicated, taking into account dependencies, required deadlines, staff availability and other related factors. The Project Manager is expected to become an expert at managing “Teamwork” project management software to establish projects, deadlines and team communication, as well as production metrics for competed projects and forecasted resource allocations for upcoming projects. This role oversees the hiring process for freelance and student labor, while also managing video and music licensing. Apply here
After having endured one of the more difficult weeks of his 11½-year run as the Cowboy athletic director, Mike Holder acknowledges that he occasionally contemplates retirement. “Sure, you think about it. Who doesn’t?” Holder said after Monday’s Mike Boynton news conference at Gallagher-Iba Arena. For 51 years, Holder has been an everyday presence on the OSU campus. Will his remaining time in the athletic director’s position be measured in years or in months? Or in weeks? Sources indicate that several influential university figures are advocates of change in the athletic director’s office. Advocates of Holder’s retirement. It is believed that Oklahoma State is exploring the possibility of hiring an athletic director-in-waiting — someone who would agree to become Holder’s designated successor. It is not known what the transition timeline might look like, but informed OSU people are in agreement that something soon could happen. -Bill Haisten, Tulsa World, Read More
Coach Keith Dambrot is leaving the University of Akron men’s basketball program for Duquesne University. His deal with Duquesne is for seven years at about $1 million per season, according to an ESPN report. Duquesne attempted to hire him away in 2012, but UA was able to keep him with a raise and a contract extension that eventually paid him about $600,000 this past season. But things change. Dambrot admitted there was some frustration on the part of himself, the Zips and his staff the past two seasons. They won the Mid-American Conference regular-season title, but didn’t receive at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament with 26 and 27 wins, respectively, after losing in the championship game both years because the MAC remains a one-bid league. Contrary to the MAC, the Dukes’ conference home, the Atlantic-10, received three bids to the NCAA Tournament this season. The Dukes won just 10 games this past season and, according to reports, lost several players after firing former head coach Jim Ferry. -George M. Thomas, Akron Beacon Journal, Read More
Coastal Carolina University is trying out a pilot program to sell beer at some athletic events. “It’s something that our fans have told us that they wanted,” said CCU Athletic Director, Matt Hogue. “It’s a trend that’s certainly growing across college athletics.” Right now, beer is only sold on Saturdays and Sundays at CCU baseball games. “We’ve seen it start to grow at well over 100 schools across the country,” said Hogue. “There’s also several schools across our state particularly with baseball that have begun to add this to their amenities for their fans.” Hogue also said he felt like the time was right to start selling beer. “As long as we could come up with a plan that fit and to kind of start out as an assessment year, more than anything else, and that’s what lead us down the path to take a look at it,” he added. People at the venue can only have three beers per game and sales stop after the sixth inning. Hogue said leaders across campus will talk about how the program went this year and make decisions for the possible expansion of the program. -Abbey O’Brien, WBTW, Read More
Licensed gun owners could carry concealed handguns on public college campuses under legislation set for a vote in the state Senate. If senators approve the bill on Tuesday, it returns to the House. Both chambers would have to pass the measure before adjourning on Thursday to send the bill to Gov. Nathan Deal. Deal vetoed a similar measure last year but hasn’t taken a firm stance on this year’s version. Lawmakers added exemptions for preschools and buildings where high school students take courses. The bill also exempts student housing and athletic facilities. -AP, The News Tribune, Read More