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July 19, 2017

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY
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WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

Wake Forest’s highest-profile teams took a collective step forward last year, and athletic director Ron Wellman hopes they can keep that momentum going in 2017-18. The Demon Deacons were one of three programs to have the football team reach a bowl game, the men’s basketball team make the NCAA Tournament and the baseball team advance to the super regionals. For a school that hadn’t fielded a bowl team since 2011 or an NCAA Tournament basketball team since 2010, those turnarounds have created a more welcome set of questions for Wellman from the school’s relatively small but vocal fan base. – JOEDY MCCREARY, theolympian.com Read More

BARTON COLLEGE
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BARTON COLLEGE

Ashley Leonard, men’s and women’s golf coach at Barton College for the past four years, has been promoted to assistant athletic director, school officials announced Tuesday. Leonard will continue to lead the two golf programs while also taking on the additional administrative responsibilities of assistant AD. Leonard said the opportunity to be involved in the business side of college athletics was particularly appealing. Read More.

WHEELING JESUIT UNIVERSITY
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WHEELING JESUIT UNIVERSITY

Wheeling Jesuit President Dr. Debra Townsley announced Monday that the university has chosen Martins Ferry native and Purple Rider football standout, Zac Bruney, as the head coach of its newly founded football program. Bruney comes from a family with a storied football legacy. His father, Dave Bruney, has been the head coach at Martins Ferry High School since 1979, and is a member of the Ohio High School Football Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame. Read More.

BLUEFIELD COLLEGE
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BLUEFIELD COLLEGE

Russell Norton loves Bluefield College. Norton, a native of Shallotte, N.C., is the new men’s volleyball coach for the Rams. He succeeds Buddy Gallemore, who has guided the men and women teams the past two seasons. Norton returns to Bluefield after previously serving as an assistant football coach in 2014. In taking over the helm of the four-year old volleyball program, he hopes to bring some of his football coaching philosophy onto the court. Norton, a graduate of Fairmont State College, earned his master’s degree from Shorter University. He is married to the former Sarah Ellen Souto and they have three children – boys Russell Jr., age 9, Abram 8, and a young daughter, Norah Rose, age 3. – Victory Sports Network. Read More.

CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE
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CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE

Central Baptist College athletic director Lyle Middleton today announced the hiring of CBCmen’s assistant soccer coach Chris Murphy as the head coach for the women’s soccer program. Murphy succeeds Tasha Flynn, who left CBC on July 7 after three seasons. Murphy has spent last season as the assistant coach for Taylor Carnahan and the CBC men’s soccer program. He helped the team to a 2-14 record in his first season as the assistant. – Victory Sports Network. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

Developers of a $150 million hotel, convention center and MTD expansion project in Champaign are hoping to attract a newly formed University of Illinois varsity hockey team. The catch is, the Illini have to create a varsity team to make the arena a reality. The National Hockey League and University of Illinois announced a partnership last month, releasing details of an upcoming feasibility study to explore the possibility of adding Division I hockey at Illinois. Now developers of the downtown Champaign project are hoping to work together with Illini officials to help make it happen. – Bret Beherns, Illinoishomepage. Read More.

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

Following a season of positive growth, Clemson women’s basketball head coach Audra Smith received a contract extension through the 2020-21 season, the Board of Trustees Compensation Committee approved at its July meetings. The Tigers finished the 2016-17 season with a final record of 15-16, totaling 11 more overall wins than the season prior. Clemson also won the program’s first ACC Tournament game since 2014, and had the best nonconference record (11-2) since the 2003-04 season. Read More.

PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY
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PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY

Prairie View A&M University Vice President / Director of Athletics Ashley Robinson has again been named to the Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Executive Committee. Since 2015, Robinson has been on the FCS ADA Executive Committee, which is now in its 24th year and whose mission is to enhance Football Championship Subdivision football. Read More.

GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Department added several new members from Armstrong and I am proud to say they have hit the ground running. New staff members include: Deputy Athletic Director Lisa Sweany, Women’s Tennis Head Coach Sean McCaffrey, Softball Head Coach Kim Dean, Softball Assistant Coach Megen Connor, Men’s Golf Director Michael Butler, Women’s Golf Assistant Coach Jenna Wylie, Baseball Game Operations Brian English, Director of Strategic Marketing Harold Watson, Director of Athletic Communications Chad Jackson and Associate Director of Student-Athlete Services Jennifer Rushton. – Statesboro Herald, Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI KANSAS CITY
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI KANSAS CITY

Kansas City Senior Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations/Senior Woman Administrator Ursula Gurney has been selected to serve as a member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Academics. The appointment begins Sept. 1, 2017 and will run until August 31, 2021. Previously, Gurney spent seven years in various roles in academic athletic support at Ohio State where she assisted in the academic support of more than 900 student-athletes in 36 varsity sports.Gurney earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2000. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in history from SFU in 2002. Read More.

AVERETT UNIVERSITY
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AVERETT UNIVERSITY

The Averett University Department of Athletics announces the hiring of Courtney Leddy as an assistant to the Director of Athletics. Prior to Averett, Leddy was a student worker at Bridgewater State University, where she was responsible for scheduling student employees for all home athletics events and coordinating setup and breakdown of all sports venues. She also gained experience as a building manager and orientation leader at Bridgewater State, and was an athletics intern during her final semester. Read More.

TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI
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TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi seeks an assistant athletic director for compliance. This position is responsible for managing and coordinating the Athletics Department’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) compliance program. This role will assist in the strategic approach to monitoring, educating, reviewing and reporting as it relates to NCAA, Southland Conference, and institutional rules and regulations. Apply here.

IONA COLLEGE
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IONA COLLEGE

The coaching staff for the upcoming 2017-18 Iona College men’s basketball season continues to take shape as head coach Tim Cluess has announced the addition of Eric Eaton as assistant coach. Eaton comes to New Rochelle following 10 years at MAAC rival Quinnipiac as an assistant coach. In total, he has spent 16 years as a coach on the Division I level that includes five NCAA Tournament berths and an overall nine postseason appearances. Eaton was an assistant coach for one year at Division II Assumption College in Worcester, MA prior to joining the Holy Cross staff. He also worked at Anna Maria College from 1997-99 and was a volunteer assistant at UMass-Dartmouth when that program won 20 games and made a NCAA Division III Tournament appearance. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND

University of Portland seeks Associate Athletic Director for Development. The Associate Athletic Director for Development is responsible for managing the major gift program for the Athletics Department at the University of Portland. – Apply Here

LEWIS UNIVERSITY
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LEWIS UNIVERSITY

Lewis University seeks Director of Bowling/Athletic Communication Assistant. The Director of Bowling and Athletic Communication Assistant reports to the Athletic Director and is responsible for conducting a successful NCAA Division II Women’s Bowling Program within the rules, regulations and guidelines established by the NCAA, the University, and the Great Lakes Valley Conference or designated conferences. – Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

Changes are coming to the University of New Mexico Athletics Department, which has been in the hot seat for not collecting about $432,000 in Sky Box fees. Chris Vallejos, the associate vice president of Institutional Support Services at the university, will have the tough job of cleaning up the mess over questionable finances. Two state agencies are investigating if it was sloppy bookkeeping or abuse of power at a public university. Whichever the case, Vallejos said, the first order of business is to hire a finance officer. The department hasn’t had one in 15 months. Vallejos said, when the former finance officer left, the department couldn’t find a replacement, so to save money it just didn’t fill the position. -Megan Cruz, KOAT, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

The University of Miami Athletics Department announced staff promotions within the accounting, alumni programs, communications, football operations, ticket operations and video departments Tuesday. The Hurricanes promoted Julia Kincade to Associate Director of Athletic Accounting; Rick Remmert to Assistant Athletic Director, Alumni Programs; Jessica Green to Assistant Director, Alumni Programs; Camron Ghorbi and David Villavicencio to Associate Director of Communications; Justin Wells to Assistant Director, Football Operations; Zach Bingham and Andrew Posen to Associate Director, Ticket Operations; and Cat Gutierrez, KC Hahey and Anthony Lestochi to Athletics Video Producer. –Read More

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
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DARTMOUTH COLLEGE

The Dartmouth women’s swim team has been put on institutional probation after violating the college’s hazing policy, the school announced on Monday. The team admitted to the violations and the probation was enacted after “an extensive series of interviews conducted by the Department of Safety and Security and senior staff in the Department of Athletics and Recreation.” The school says that the matter was not pursued as a criminal violation, that no team members were found to have been physically harmed, and that no drugs or alcohol were involved. The specific action that caused the violation was when first-year team members were told to create and present a sexualized PowerPoint presentation for their teammates during their December 2016 winter break training trip. As part of their probation, the team will have to participate in educational and team development activities. Further, while the team will be able to train during the fall, their first 3 meets of the season have been canceled, and they will be allowed to resume competition on December 1. Their winter training trip has also been canceled. -Braden Keith, Swim Swam, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

The cost of health care for the University of New Mexico athletics department is about to double. The Journal has learned the department did not pay the $263,062 it owed the UNM Health Sciences Center for various services for student athletes during the fiscal year 2015-16. So it will double its payments this fiscal year, which started July 1, according to the university. “There was an issue with the internal billing from the Health Sciences Center to Athletics in FY-16,” UNM interim athletic director Janice Ruggiero told the Journal in an email Tuesday. “The Athletic Department did not receive the bill that would have triggered the $263,062 payment for that year.” The agreement calls for athletics to pay $391,812 annually for medical services ($263,062 to UNM Health Sciences Center and $128,750 to UNM Medical Group, which apparently was paid on time). The $391,812 owed annually will be prorated for the six months under the new agreement. -Geoff Grammer, Albuquerque Journal, Read More

SIUE
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SIUE

Although the state of Illinois budget recently passed, providing higher-education funding and some financial stability to public universities, SIUE Director of Athletics Brad Hewitt said it will still take a couple years before any major changes are made within athletics. “It’s too early to speculate what positives could happen. It’s a relief — that was my first reaction — because we know the situation’s not going to get any worse, and we don’t have to worry about additional cuts to programs,” Hewitt said. Those familiar with SIUE’s athletic programs know that following the 2015-2016 academic year, men’s tennis and women’s golf were cut from the varsity sports roster. Hewitt mentioned that a state budget is a step in the right direction toward adding programs back to the roster, but that enrollment is the biggest factor. Hewitt pointed out that everything is integrated. So, a strong state budget stabilizing the university increases the likelihood of future growth. -Keegan Gauwitz, Alestle Live, Read More

July 18, 2017

BIG SKY CONFERENCE
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BIG SKY CONFERENCE

The Big Sky Conference added another national television partner as the league announced a new affiliation with Eleven Sports®. Eleven Sports will broadcast one football game of the week as well as one men’s basketball game of the week beginning this fall. The network will also broadcast the quarterfinals and semifinals of the men’s basketball championship as well as the women’s basketball semifinals and championship game. The conference’s women’s soccer, volleyball and softball semifinals and championship games will also be televised on Eleven Sports.  All Eleven Sports productions will also be available on WatchBigSky.com and Pluto TV. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII
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UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

Under Armour, Inc. and the University of Hawai’i today announced a long-term partnership extension that designates Under Armour as the official outfitter of the 21-varsity intercollegiate athletic programs through June 2022. Under Armour will continue to design and supply training footwear, apparel and equipment and game-day uniforms for UH’s men’s and women’s varsity athletic teams. In addition to outfitting the University’s Athletics Department, the comprehensive partnership also includes integration into the brand’s marketing, social media, in-store, and grassroots activations. –Read More

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Dreams are often just that. Soaring ideas off in an unforeseen future. At times they feel unobtainable. Distant. Nothing more than images in the minds of those daring enough to aspire to greater goals. Colorado State’s administration thought up grand ideas for the university’s potential, a road littered with hurdles and even seeing some lost along the way. But this week became a moment of triumph for the Ram community. Coaches and players officially moved into their permanent home within the new on-campus stadium at CSU, proudly showing off their modern digs to local media members Tuesday in Fort Collins. A dream fulfilled. The $220-million project was completed on time and on budget, according to Colorado State athletic director Joe Parker, a 727,000-square-foot facility housing every need of the football program within the west side of the building alone. – Cris Tiller, reporterherald.com Read More

NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY

Northwestern State University seeks Director of Marketing & Digital Media. Northwestern State University is currently accepting applications for the full-time – 12 month position of Director of Marketing & Digital Media.  Northwestern State is an NCAA Division I institution, a member of the Southland Conference and sponsors 14 varsity sports. – Apply Here

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY

For the second straight year, the New Mexico State athletics department will finish the fiscal year with a balanced budget. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, Athletic Director Mario Moccia’s department may even yield a modest surplus as they close the books on fiscal year 2017. The university received a $70,000 buyout from USC after women’s basketball coach Mark Trakh left in the off-season, and it remains unknown exactly how much former men’s basketball coach Paul Weir owes after leaving for UNM after one year, but NMSU expects either $325,000 or $500,000. Moccia said the university has received Trakh’s buyout from USC and that Weir’s buyout has been booked in fiscal year 2017 for accounting purposes, although the exact amount of how much Weir owes NMSU and when the money will be received, hasn’t been determined. – Jason Groves, lcsun-news.comRead More

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Top Rutgers officials and former Rutgers athletics employees who appeared Friday in front of the NCAA Committee on Infractions in Indianapolis are not expected to receive a final ruling for at least eight weeks. Indications amidst the quiet that has settled over the case are that the day-long hearing went off without the introduction of any new major revelations or conflict, but the NCAA orders confidentiality in private infractions hearings until a final report of findings is released. Citing the NCAA’s mandate, Rutgers officials and the attorneys representing former coach Kyle Flood, former assistant coach Darrell Wilson and former chief medical officer Dr. Robert Monaco all declined comment or did not reply to multiple requests for comment from NJ Advance Media. – Ryan Dunleavy, nj.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

The University of New Mexico is paying Parker Executive Search $50,000 to help find its next athletic director, but what exactly is the school getting for the large sum of money. – bizjournals.comRead More

STANFORD UNIVERSITY
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STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Gophers softball coach Jessica Allister will leave the program to take the head coaching position at Stanford University, her alma mater, the University of Minnesota announced Tuesday. This comes two months after Allister told the Pioneer Press that she had no intentions of leaving the program. Apparently the chance to coach at her alma mater was reason enough. Allister was an All-American catcher at Stanford in the early 2000s, graduating in 2004, and also served three years as an assistant coach. This news is a huge blow to the Gophers after Allister helped lead the program to unprecedented success last season. They finished with a program-best 56-5 record, ultimately bowing out in the Tuscaloosa Regional of the NCAA tournament. –  DANE MIZUTANI, twincities.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT MERCY
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UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT MERCY

Detroit Mercy’s Robert Vowels, who’s been on the job since 2013 after working as a vice president of membership and student-athlete affairs for the NCAA.  Question: Obviously, when folks talk about Detroit Mercy athletics, it starts with basketball, which has a rich history but has fallen on some tough times. What are reasonable expectations for Year 2 under coach Bacari Alexander? Answer: Of course, with every season, every sport, you expect high expectations and championships, OK? That’s always the goal. Realistically, you try to understand what we have, kind of what’s here. We want to be above .500 in conference play (Horizon League), and then above .500 in nonconference play. Whatever that translates into, it needs to be a winning season. – Tony Paul, detroitnews.comRead More

WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Western Kentucky has more trophies than Todd Stewart knows where to display. It’s a good problem for the athletic director to have. The Hilltoppers are fulling Stewart’s vision of making big things happen when he became the AD in May 2012. Western Kentucky has captured 33 league titles in 12 sports between the Sun Belt Conference and Conference USA, including 21 over the past three years in C-USA. Couple that student-athletes’ continued academic success over that period, and it explains why Stewart is setting loftier goals for his program over the next five years.- GARY B. GRAVES, tucson.comRead More