Reporting directly to the Associate Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Enhancement, the Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Enhancement’s primary responsibility is to oversee, facilitate, coordinate, and organize the Student- Athlete Enhancement areas of Community Engagement, Leadership Advancement, and Personal Enhancement for approximately 450 student-athletes and 150 coaches and staff of the USF Athletics department. Additionally, this position will assist with the planning and execution of events relating to student-athletes as well as additional areas of the Student-Athlete Enhancement programs and services. –Learn More
Former Baylor University football player Tre’Von Armstead was arrested Wednesday in Jefferson County on three second-degree felony sexual assault charges stemming from an alleged 2013 sexual assault while he was a member of the Baylor football team. The three charges in the indictment allege Armstead forced a woman to perform various sex acts without her consent on or about April 18, 2013. In 2013, Armstead and former Baylor running back Myke Chatman were named in a police report alleging their participation in an off-campus sexual assault. No charges were filed at the time, and Baylor did not open an investigation into the case until September 2015. It is unclear whether Armstead’s indictment is related to the incident that led to the 2013 police report. Armstead is the fourth former Baylor football player to be indicted on sexual assault charges since 2012. Armstead, who was named an All-Big 12 tight end in 2014, was suspended for all but the first game of the 2015 season. He was later expelled from Baylor in the spring 2016 semester, by which time the school was mired in an ongoing sexual assault scandal. -Kristen Hoppa, Waco Tribune, Read More
A recent $1 million donation by 1970 College graduate David Pottruck is helping launch the new Penn Athletics Wharton Leadership Academy. Pottruck’s name may be familiar — he is the same University trustee who donated $10 million to renovate the Pottruck Health and Fitness Center in 1999, and the building was subsequently named for him. This new program, specifically designed for student-athletes at Penn who compete at the varsity level, is a partnership between the Athletics Department and Wharton’s Anne and John McNulty Leadership Program. The primary objective of the program is to develop the leadership abilities of Penn student-athletes through a series of workshops, lectures, experiential sessions and more. The academy will include Wharton professors, coaches, captains of teams and student-athletes. Pottruck said in an interview with the Daily Pennsylvanian that the goal is to ensure that student-athletes acquire the necessary leadership skills to help them not only in the playing field, but also in their academic and professional careers. Incoming freshman student-athletes will be required to participate in the academy. After their first year, it will be up to to the student to decide whether or not to remain in the program. -Haley Suh, The Daily Pennsylvanian, Read More
Boston College football is one step closer to joining its brethren in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Last Thursday, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) approved the University’s plans for an indoor practice facility adjacent to Alumni Stadium. The facility, also labeled by BC as a field house, will serve to replace the bubble as BC Athletics’ primary practice space during the winter months. The field house will be 115,700 square feet, where Shea Field is currently located. It is one of three primary projects related to BC Athletics that has been announced over the last year, the other two being the replacement for the Flynn Recreation Complex and the Brighton Athletic Fields, where baseball and softball are scheduled to move by the 2018 season. The total cost for the three projects will be around $200 million. BC intends to begin construction for the indoor practice facility after Commencement 2017. The project ideally will be completed by July 2018, according to Vice President of Governmental and Community Affairs Thomas J. Keady, Jr. The project, Keady said, will not be delayed by the departure of Director of Athletics Brad Bates, whose contract runs out in June 2017. -Michael Sullivan, The Heights, Read More
Syracuse University alumnus Bob Arkeilpane is returning to his roots. The 1981 Syracuse graduate and four-year Orange football letterwinner is Syracuse’s new executive director for athletics development. A veteran athletics administrator with vast fundraising experience, Arkeilpane was the director of athletics at the University at Buffalo for five years and served as the deputy director of athletics at the University of Cincinnati for nine years. At Syracuse, Arkeilpane will be responsible for the creation and implementation of all athletics fundraising efforts for the 20 men’s and women’s sports programs, including athletic facilities, and for the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of a portfolio of major prospects and donors. He will also work closely with the Athletics Department volunteer leadership boards. Arkeilpane will have a dual reporting role to the Department of Athletics and the Office of Advancement and External Affairs. –Read More
UNLV’s hunt for a new athletics director will heat up on Thursday, when a national search firm is set to meet with the school’s selection committee to present potential candidates for the job. Collegiate Sports Associates has spent the past two months vetting candidates for UNLV’s soon-to-be-vacant AD position, and CSA President Todd Turner will detail the results of that search today, according to sources. UNLV’s 13-person selection committee will consider Turner’s pitch and then vote to narrow those names down to a handful of final candidates. The committee will then formally recommend those finalists to university president Len Jessup for the interview stage. Committee Chairwoman Nancy Rapoport said she expects to have the finalists on campus for in-person interviews by the end of the semester, May 13. UNLV hired CSA to build out the initial pool of candidates at a cost of $75,000 plus expenses. According to sources, the job posting attracted applicants ranging from associate athletic directors at Power 5 schools to multiple sitting ADs from smaller schools, as well as candidates from outside college athletics. -Mike Grimala, Las Vegas Sun, Read More
UAB’s Department of Athletics has launched a new major giving society, the UAB Athletics Ever Loyal Society. Established in 2017, the Ever Loyal Society will recognize those that make commitments of $25,000 and above to the UAB Athletics Campaign. The Ever Loyal Society will be one of the cornerstones for UAB Athletics’ growth in fundraising to help position UAB to compete at the highest level nationally. “We wanted to design and incorporate a loyalty program here at UAB that allows more people to get involved philanthropically,” said Mark Ingram, Director of Athletics. “The Birmingham community has supported Blazer Athletics at unprecedented levels, and we want to continue our important work together with our supporters to make a difference in the lives of Blazer student-athletes.” Read More
Not too long ago, Mike Hopkins was counting down the days until he would replace Jim Boeheim at Syracuse. Boeheim, not long after the NCAA hit the Orange with sanctions in 2015, announced he’d retire after the 2017-18 season. Hopkins, however, accepted the head-coaching position at Washington this past weekend. Soon after, Syracuse announced a new contract extension for Boeheim. Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com reported that the deal will run through 2021-2022. “Mike accepting that position clearly changed the dynamics of the succession plan that we had put in place and followed,” director of athletics John Wildhack said in a Monday press conference. “I was never sure in the last five years whether I would come back,” Boeheim added. “I always was thinking, will this be the last year? Will this be the right time? “When this agreement was made with the Chancellor, and me and Mike Hopkins, I fully knew next year (2017-2018) would be my last year. I never, ever thought anything else, ever. I never tried to change that in any way, shape, or form.” With Boeheim set to stay at Syracuse for the next few years, Orange fans are now wondering what the new succession plan will be. – Adam Powell, accsports.com– Read More
Texas Tech’s campus sports performance center caught fire Wednesday. The fire was reported on the north part of the Texas Tech campus near Jones AT&T Stadium around 5:30 p.m. according to CBS affiliate KLBK-TV. Heavy smoke was visible and could be seen from miles away. Robert Giovannetti of Texas Tech Athletics told KLBK there was a small fire on top of the roof of the sports performance center on the Texas Tech campus. –dfw.cbslocal.com– Read More
Jim Crutchfield, who built the West Liberty University men’s basketball program into one of the nation’s premier NCAA Division II powerhouses, has resigned as head coach of the Hilltoppers. West Liberty President Stephen Greiner announced Tuesday that Crutchfield has accepted the head coaching job at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “For West Liberty University, it’s the end of an era,” Greiner said. “Jim Crutchfield has put Hilltopper basketball on the national stage and we are forever grateful to him for the many contributions he’s made to West Liberty University, our entire community, and the state of West Virginia. –weirtondailytimes.com– Read More
USC Aiken announced Wednesday that Jim Herlihy will take over as the new Athletic Director, joining the team May 1. “I look forward to joining the USC Aiken campus and community, and I am ready to get to work with a talented group of coaches and administrators,” he said. “I have experienced first-hand that USC Aiken is a special place with strong campus leadership and talented administrators,” he said. “I have great admiration for the tradition and spirit of Pacer athletics and the success of the department athletically and academically. –aikenstandard.com– Read More
Rhode Island Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn announced Steve Santonastaso as the head coach for women’s volleyball Wednesday afternoon. Santonastaso – who has been part of the Rams’ coaching staff for the last 12 seasons – replaces Bob Schneck, who retired at the end of the 2016 season, following 36 years at the helm of the program. Santonastaso becomes just the second head coach in Rhode Island history since women’s volleyball was recognized as a varsity sport by the NCAA in 1981. “I am so happy to have Steve Santonastaso take over as our head volleyball coach,” Bjorn said. “He has been an integral part of our program for a long time. Over the years, he has taken on many additional duties that have helped us achieve incredible success. I am excited to continue working with Steve to put our volleyball program in the best possible position to compete for an Atlantic 10 Championship.” –atlantic10.com– Read More
University of Missouri-St. Louis Director of Athletics Lori Flanagan has announced the resignation of head swimming and diving coach Tomas Kuzvard. Kuzvard recently completed his third season at the helm of the program, which was reinstated during the 2014-15 academic year after a 19-year hiatus. He is resigning to pursue other opportunities due to his fiancé’s career. –collegeswimming.com– Read More
St. Bonaventure University will add men’s lacrosse to its NCAA athletics lineup beginning with the 2018-19 academic year. “For a number of reasons, the addition of men’s lacrosse at St. Bonaventure is extremely beneficial for the institution,” Director of Athletics Tim Kenney said. “This is a strategic decision that recognizes an opportunity for our department and for the university. Over the next several years, men’s lacrosse will add approximately 45-50 student-athletes to our growing department, which will be an integral part of enrollment at St. Bonaventure. “Lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States,” he added, “and it is already one of the most popular sports in Canada. We have a successful club team and significant interest in adding the sport at the varsity level as well. Also, the men’s program will complement our women’s lacrosse program well and give us another sport that I believe can be very competitive. For all these reasons, we are excited to add men’s lacrosse.” Men’s lacrosse will become the 17th NCAA Division I varsity sport at St. Bonaventure. The university added men’s and women’s outdoor track this year, a move that has already brought nearly 20 additional student-athletes to St. Bonaventure. –oleantimesherald.com– Read More
Will Wade and his wife Lauren sat down and made a list as he was weighing the option on whether or not to accept the job to come to LSU as the new men’s basketball coach. They wrote down the pros and cons about staying at VCU or leaving for LSU and when it came down to the negatives for moving on to a new job, the couple who are expecting their first child in late May could only find one. “The only negative we could come up with LSU and Baton Rouge was that I was going to put on a lot of weight from all of the good food,” Wade said. And with that, Wade had the LSU Student Union laughing and he started his first press conference as the Tigers coach on a roll. Wade was introduced in the Student Union instead of in the athletic building and drew quite the crowd from LSU fans trying to get a look at their new coach. – Andrew Lopez, NOLA.com– Read More
The NCAA tournament is making its 16th appearance in the Bay Area. In contrast to previous engagements, the host is the region’s marquee collegiate sports institution. For the first time, the Pac-12 has the starring role in organizing and operating a March Madness weekend, working with the SAP Center to produce the West regional Thursday and Saturday. (In past years, Bay Area schools served as hosts or co-hosts.) The timing couldn’t be better for the conference. The event coincides with a long-term strategic effort by the Pac-12, which is based in San Francisco, to improve the visibility and performance of its basketball brand. -JON WILNER, mercurynews.com– Read More
Nancy Swanger, associate dean and director of the Washington State University School of Hospitality Management and an associate professor with the Carson College of Business, has been named as the university’s new faculty athletic representative by President Kirk Schulz. Swanger will succeed Agricultural Economics Professor Ken Casavant, who has held the position since 1999. She will also continue to serve in her current position during the term of her appointment. As WSU’s faculty athletics representative or FAR, Swanger will serve under the direction of Schulz and play a critical role ensuring the academic integrity of WSU’s intercollegiate athletics program, facilitating institutional control of intercollegiate athletics, and enhancing the student-athlete experience. In announcing the appointment, Schulz said Swanger, who will assume the post effective May 16, will play a key role in establishing policy and direction for WSU athletics and have primary responsibility for monitoring the academic performance of student athletes. She also will serve as chair of the WSU Athletic Council and liaison to the Pac-12 Conference and the NCAA. Read More
In the interest of enhancing existing security measures at games involving Southeastern Conference schools, the SEC will implement a new security policy regulating the size and type of bag that may be carried into all stadiums in which SEC schools host games, beginning with the 2017 football season, it was announced Wednesday. Although the new conference-wide bag policy will be in effect beginning with the 2017 football season, a number of SEC institutions implemented the policy during the 2016 football season. The policy was approved by a unanimous vote of the league’s athletics directors. “SEC football stadiums are among the largest venues in the world of sports, so safety and security are issues that must always remain a priority for our events,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “We believe this policy is an important enhancement to the security measures already put in place by our institutions.” Read More
Kentucky men’s basketball head coach John Calipari and football head coach Mark Stoops have each agreed to two-year extensions to their respective contracts, Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart announced on Wednesday. The amendment to Calipari’s contract extends his deal from March 30, 2022 to March 30, 2024. Calipari’s total guaranteed compensation – including base salary, media/endorsement payments and retention bonuses – will be $8 million for the amended term. The total guaranteed compensation will increase to $7.75 million for the 2017-18 season and $8 million for each season thereafter. The amendment to Stoops’ contract extends his deal from June 30, 2020 to June 30, 2022. Stoops’ contract provides for total guaranteed compensation of $3.5 million for the current year. The total increases $250,000 in each successive year, including the two years added as part of this amendment. –Read More
The former Penn State athletic director who pleaded guilty last week to child endangerment testified Wednesday he now thinks his response to a 2001 complaint about Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy was inadequate. Tim Curley, a prosecution witness in the ongoing criminal trial of former university president Graham Spanier, said he felt at the time they and fellow administrator Gary Schultz did “what we thought was appropriate” by banning Sandusky from taking children into team facilities but not alerting police or child-welfare authorities. “At the end of the day, I wish I would have done more,” Curley said during 90 minutes of testimony. Curley provided new details about a 1998 investigation that was prompted by a woman’s complaint that Sandusky had bear-hugged her son in a football team shower. He said he notified Joe Paterno about it then, contradicting Paterno’s grand jury testimony six years ago that 2001 was the first time he was aware of sexual abuse allegations against Sandusky. -Mark Scolforo, AP, Read More
Director of Athletics Josh Whitman has announced the hiring of Nancy Fahey as head women’s basketball coach at the University of Illinois. A member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Fahey comes to Illinois after spending 31 years at Washington University in St. Louis, where she guided the Bears to an NCAA record five Division III National Championships. Fahey becomes the ninth head women’s basketball coach in Illinois history. Fahey (pronounced: FAY) led the Washington University Bears to 737 victories during her tenure in St. Louis and is the only coach in NCAA Division III history to win five national championships. –Read More
The University of Montevallo has added two buildings to its athletics facilities. Team members and coaches gathered with members of the community to cut the ribbon in front of the new facilities and celebrate the additions. The new baseball clubhouse has lockers, comfortable seating, a television, a laundry room, showers and table tennis. The track and field locker rooms and lacrosse locker rooms are outfitted in a similar style. The men and women have separate rooms with lockers and seating. The men’s room has an air hockey table and the women’s room has an arcade game. There is also room for athletic trainers to provide physical therapy to students. “In the Division II level, there’s not too many schools that have team rooms or locker rooms and offices at their track and field facility,” track coach Tommy Barksdale said. “I’m just thankful. It’s a great facility … and it’s already helped us out in more ways than one.” -Steven Calhoun, Shelby County Reporter, Read More
Wofford College seeks a men’s golf head coach. Duties include but are not limited to: preparing budget; organizing and conducts practice sessions; recruiting student-athletes; preparing inventory of supplies and equipment; reporting on needs and maintenance of facilities and equipment to the Athletic Director, working with the Assistant Athletic Director to order equipment; attending professional meetings, clinics, workshops, etc. email: email@example.com
When Kathryn Yates was a freshman at Brown focusing on physiology and biotechnology, she never imagined working for a hockey team. Sports, though, had always been a part of Yates’ life. she envisioned a future working in research and development for a company or analyzing biometrics of various sports. Afterward, Yates enrolled at Boston University’s College of Engineering to earn her master’s degree in mechanical engineering. Yates began working with the team, analyzing video and advanced statistics. In November, after completing her degree, she was hired as the program’s first director of analytics. – Kathryn Yates, ESPN. Read More.
Westchester Community College Athletics seeks a head women’s volleyball coach. Under the supervision of the Director of Athletics, the Women’s Volleyball Coach is responsible for leading, administering and managing all aspects of a competitive varsity women’s volleyball program. Email: Michael.Belfiore@sunywcc.edu
After four seasons serving as the assistant coach for the Alaska Nanooks men’s and women’s Nordic ski teams, Christina Turman has officially announced her resignation from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Athletic Department on Tuesday. Turman’s last official day will be May 1. Turman was hired on to the Alaska staff in August of 2013 under former Alaska cross country running and skiing head coach Scott Jerome before working under current head coach Nick Crawford for the past two seasons. Since joining the program, Turman, who was instrumental in helping the Alaska Nanooks move to the highly competitive Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA) this past season, has turned out 17 qualifiers for the NCAA Skiing National Championships. Read More.
A former star player at Indiana, Alford is now coaching UCLA, which is a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. He previously coached New Mexico and Iowa. Indiana athletic director Fred Glass wants someone with IU ties, and Alford fits the bill. But what will it take to get him to Bloomington? One thing potentially standing in the way is Alford’s $7 million buyout at UCLA. That’s a lot of money, combined with Crean’s $4 million buyout. Adidas might be willing to pay $7 million over a grudge to try to get back at UCLA for moving to Under Armour. Recruits and coaches have long been lured to schools that have contracts with companies with which they’re already tied, either through their own contracts or their AAU team contracts. – Kevin Trahan, the comeback. Read More.
The University of Toledo and head football coach Jason Candle have agreed to a contract extension through the 2021 season, UT vice president and athletic director Mike O’Brien announced today. Candle led the Rockets to a 9-4 record and an appearance in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl in his first full season as Toledo’s head coach in 2016. Candle took over the head coaching position at the end of the 2015 regular season, leading UT to a 32-17 victory over No. 24 Temple in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl. Before assuming the head coaching position, Candle had been an assistant at Toledo for seven years, the last four as the program’s offensive coordinator. Read More.
Former University of Alabama wide receiver Antonio “A.C.” Carter has filed a fraud lawsuit against coach Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic and the state of Florida. However, after believing he had been hired and the prospect accepted a scholarship with the Owls, Carter was notified by school officials that he didn’t pass the required background check and would not be employed “due to two prior minor misdemeanor criminal charges.” The lawsuit doesn’t mention the primary recruit by name, but it refers to him as being a former 4-star prospect who at one point signed a letter of intent with Florida, became a junior college player and hailed from Carter’s hometown of Tallahassee, Fla. Carter was a three-year starter for the Crimson Tide before a leg injury ended his career in 2001. Although his comeback attempt lasted until 2004, he finished with 106 receptions for 1,294 yards. – Christopher Walsh, SEC Country. Read More.
Athletic director John David Wicker says San Diego State is prepared to build a new football stadium on its own if it isn’t involved in a billion-dollar development that would include a stadium for an MLS team. The university has concerns with the SoccerCity concept, including the proposed size of the stadium. The Aztecs would like a stadium that seats between 35,000 and 40,000. He estimated the cost at between $125 million and $150 million. – USA Today. Read More.