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July 12, 2018

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY
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UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY

Utah State athletics has announced changes to its event operations staff with DJ Eckman being named the Director of Event Operations and Facilities. Eckman has been a member of the USU athletic department over the past six years, working four years as a student equipment manager and the last two years as the Event Operations Coordinator. Eckman earned both an undergraduate and graduate degree from Utah State, studying marketing, and sport and physical education. Eckman will direct the event operations department and is joined on the staff by Spencer and Ryan Funk. – Read More

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor University’s former athletics director accused various university regents of spreading false information, orchestrating a “smear campaign” and even discrediting the Pepper Hamilton LLP investigation that prompted high-profile firings and a storm of lawsuits and investigations amid a sexual assault scandal, according to a Wednesday legal filing. Still, Ian McCaw said 90 percent of the school’s regents wanted him to remain in the role before he resigned amid his own feelings of bitterness toward the board. Lawyers for 10 women suing Baylor under Title IX took McCaw’s deposition on June 19 in Lynchburg, Virginia, where McCaw is athletics director of Liberty University. Some details of that meeting emerged last week: McCaw accused Baylor leadership of pinning the university’s scandal on the athletics department, and specifically, black football players. He has also said regents wrote a “phony” summary of an investigation into Baylor’s institutional response to sexual violence reports. The university denied each claim. – PHILLIP ERICKSEN, wacotrib – Read More

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Syracuse University and head women’s basketball coach Quentin Hillsman have agreed to a long-term contract extension that will keep Hillsman on the Orange sidelines through 2024. During Hillsman’s 12 years leading the Syracuse program, the Orange has reached postseason competition 11 times, including seven NCAA Tournaments and the 2016 National Championship game. The program has achieved a perfect single-year APR score six times and a GSR of more than 90% during Hillsman’s tenure. Hillsman has coached 13 all-conference selections, four All-Americans and four WNBA draft picks. The Orange have won at least 20 games in 10 of his 12 seasons at Syracuse. Prior to his arrival there had only been two 20-win seasons in program history.  – MARIO SACCO, localsyr- Read More

SFA
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SFA

SFA fans officially welcome new athletic director Ryan Ivey during a campus community welcome on Thursday at the SFA Athletics Fieldhouse. Looking on was Ivey’s predecessor — Robert Hill — as well as university president Dr. Baker Pattillo. That pair joined a hefty contingent of SFA student-athletes, coaches, staff members as well Nacogdoches community members who were eager to meet Ivey and hear his vision for the department. Not only is Ivey already familiar with SFA thanks to his six-year tenure as an athletic administrator at fellow Southland member McNeese, he has been the driving force of drastic turnarounds at both Texas A&M-Commerce and Austin Peay by serving as the director of athletics there. – tylerpaper – Read More

PENN
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PENN

Dr. Andrea Wieland, an experienced professional with more than two decades of training athletes to peak physical and mental performance, has been named the Associate Athletic Director for Sports Performance at the University of Pennsylvania, Director of Athletics and Recreation Dr. M. Grace Calhoun announced today. An Olympian on the 1996 United States Field Hockey team, Wieland was most recently the Head of Mental Conditioning at IMG Academy. “The Sports Performance program within Penn Athletics plays a significant role in holistically developing our students into well-rounded young men and women, and providing them with an unrivaled experience,” Calhoun said. “Andrea’s background in leading large-scale departments and executing high performance curriculums, along with her time as a collegiate coach and elite athlete, made her the perfect candidate to take our Sports Performance unit to an even higher level.” At Penn, Wieland will lead the Division’s Sports Performance team, which is comprised of sports medicine, athletic training, strength and conditioning, nutrition, sports psychology, and mental health and wellness. – Read More

LOUISIANA
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LOUISIANA

Louisiana Athletics has made key additions to its staff to give a noticeable boost to the outreach of the Ragin’ Cajuns brand, it was announced by Director of Athletics Bryan Maggard on Thursday. From all around the country and the state of Louisiana, new faces have been added to Louisiana’s communications, marketing and ticketing areas, as well as the Ragin’ Cajuns Athletic Foundation. New employees with the Ragin’ Cajuns include: Assistant AD for Communications & Digital Strategy Patrick Crawford, Director of Major Gifts Alex Cook, Director of Annual Giving Walker Rolen, Director of Marketing, Promotions & Fan Engagement Connor Whelan and Ticket Service Representatives Daniel Pharo, Adam Savoie and Brianna Ulven. In the area of game management, Jessica Trahan was promoted to Associate Director of Event Management. Trahan had previously served as Operations Coordinator for the Ragin’ Cajuns since 2015. Along with a restructuring of Louisiana’s marketing department, Kayla Hebert was promoted to the role of Assistant Director of Marketing, Promotions & Fan Engagement. Continuing to support efforts in the marketing area will be Graduate Assistant Dustin Ponthieux. –Read More.

KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY
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KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY

Kennesaw State University seeks a director of marketing and fan experience. This will develop and implement a comprehensive strategic marketing plan for increased attendance and ticket sales, collaboration with student groups, alumni, donors and sponsors with the end goal of creating an exciting game-day experience. Read More.

DREXEL UNIVERSITY
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DREXEL UNIVERSITY

Drexel Head Coach Zach Spiker has agreed to a multi-year contract extension, Drexel Athletics announced. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Spiker, the 26th head coach in Drexel history, recently completed his second season with the Dragons. He has increased their win total in each of his first two seasons. Read More.

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
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BALL STATE UNIVERSITY

Ball State University’s Intercollegiate Athletics seeks a Director of Athletic Compliance. Responsibilities include: coordinate and direct a program which protects the integrity of Ball State University through compliance with NCAA, Mid-American conference, and University regulations by student-athletes, coaches, Ball State University employees, and representatives of Ball State University’s athletic interests. Apply here.

MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY
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MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY

Mercyhurst University announced on Thursday, July 12, that Bradley Davis has been hired as its new Athletic Director. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Davis comes to Mercyhurst from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, where he has worked in athletics for the past 11 years, most recently as Associate Athletic Director for External Relations. Read More.

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MARYLAND
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LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MARYLAND

Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment (VWSE) and Loyola University Maryland Athletics announced a long-term agreement under which VWSE will serve as the athletic department’s exclusive multimedia rights partner and sales agent for its corporate sponsorship program. VWSE Collegiate Services, in partnership with Loyola Athletics, will manage and sell local broadcast and digital media assets. Additionally, the team will sell and execute corporate partnerships for multimedia resources, including the Greyhounds’ in-venue signage, marketing, promotional rights to athletic marks and in-venue hospitality packages. Read More.

LENOIR-RHYNE UNIVERSITY
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LENOIR-RHYNE UNIVERSITY

Lenoir-Rhyne University has announced the hiring of Allison Luthman as Assistant Athletic Director for Creative & Digital Media. This is a brand new position for LR Athletics that’s main purpose will be to enhance the video and creative capabilities across all platforms. Luthman comes to LR after serving as an On-Air Reporter and Production Assistant for WHVL-TV in State College, Penn. and also was a contributor for SB Nation’s Swish Appeal. Read More.

MILES COLLEGE
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MILES COLLEGE

Miles College is proud to announce that Fred Watson has been selected as the school’s next men’s basketball coach. For the past 16 years, Watson has coached at his alma mater, Benedict College, and consistently had his teams among the elite in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and on the national level. Last season, he won his 300th career game and has a record of 320-150 (.681 winning percentage). Watson has had winning seasons for the past 15 consecutive years, eight 20-win campaigns, five SIAC Regular Season titles and five SIAC Tournament championships. Read More.

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
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CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY

Central Connecticut State University President Zulma R. Toro announced today that Brian Barrio, a native of Old Lyme, Conn., is returning to his home state to become CCSU’s Director of Athletics. Barrio comes to CCSU from the University of Nevada and has spent time at Pepperdine University, the University of Southern California, and both the America East Conference and the Ivy League. Read More.

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
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VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Vickie Woosley believes a conversation can help save a life. Woosley, Sports Psychologist with Vanderbilt Athletics, puts that belief into action with the athletic department’s QPR training. QPR stands for “Question, Persuade, Refer” and is a seminar offered as part of the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network. Last month, Woosley presented QPR training to rising sophomore student-athletes participating in the Commodores’ Pre-Flight Program. She also discussed mental health and available resources with newly arrived freshmen. “The main goal of QPR is to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and educate people on how to prevent suicide,” Woosley said. “We talk about risk factors and the resources available here at Vanderbilt.” QPR training teaches student-athletes how to be “gatekeepers,” individuals who can recognize warning signs in someone who may be contemplating suicide. Gatekeepers are presented with ways in which to question a person about suicide, persuade the person to seek help and refer them to the appropriate resource. QPR participants are presented with a handbook that offers helpful methods of gatekeeping and available resources, such as suicide hotlines and more. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Over the years, the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents has heard its share of bad news in the annual reports delivered by the athletic department. Athletic director Mark Coyle gave them plenty to be happy about Wednesday, as he summed up a season of academic honors, athletic success and improved oversight. He outlined progress made toward his three principal goals — accountability, consistency in leadership and creating strong campus relationships — as well as a record-breaking season of fundraising and academic achievement. Coyle also announced a budget of $121 million for the upcoming fiscal year. The department has raised more than $108 million for its Athletes Village complex, which Coyle called a “transformational facility’’ that has had an immediate impact on athletes’ performance and well-being. More than $123 million has been donated to the “Nothing Short of Greatness’’ campaign, which will fund a host of athletic department initiatives. -Rachel Blount, Star Tribune, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS
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UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is down to its 3 finalists for the Athletic Director position. In a statement made by the university, they will be hosting Derrick Johnson, Milton Richards and Sterling Steward during this month. First on the list is Derrick Johnson who will be here on Friday. Recently, Johnson served as the AD at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. Next is Milton Richards, who will be here on Monday, July 16. Richards was the senior director of athletics for Simon Fraser University from 2011 to 2015 down in Burnaby, British Columbia. And lastly, there is Sterling Steward. Steward is currently the athletic director at Savannah State University in Savannah, Georgia. -Aaron Walling, WebCenter11, Read More

ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY
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ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY

St. John’s announced Wednesday that the University has retained an executive search firm, Collegiate Sports Associates, to guide the national search process for its Director of Athletics vacancy. Led by Todd Turner, Founder & President, CSA has launched a confidential search that will identify and recruit a premier candidate with the professional profile required for this important leadership role. Inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position should be directed to [email protected]. –Read More

July 11, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Bill Self didn’t have to wait long to discuss how college basketball’s headline-grabbing corruption scandal affects Kansas with the university’s new athletic director. In fact, Jeff Long broached the subject with the Hall of Fame men’s basketball coach well before he ever accepted the position with KU. Self said he provided as much detail as he could on the subject throughout the 45-minute first conversation with the soon-to-be athletic director, though he added he told Long most of the assurance that the matter wouldn’t entangle KU would have to come from chancellor Douglas Girod.  On that front, Girod apparently didn’t disappoint. In addition to Long’s $1.5 million annual salary — one of the highest marks among all of his peers in collegiate athletics — the former Arkansas athletic director also secured a clause in his five-year agreement that would extend the contract by the length of any penalties or sanctions issued to the KU’s men’s and women’s basketball, football or volleyball programs for violations committed before Aug. 1, Long’s official start date. – Matt Galloway, cjonline – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

Attorneys representing former Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino in a lawsuit against the University of Louisville Athletic Association are arguing that there are “no facts” to support events cited by the university as reason to fire Pitino for just cause. ULAA lawyers previously argued the school had grounds to fire Pitino based on three claims: That the university received bad publicity resulting from Pitino’s willful misconduct; that Pitino failed to report sports agent Christian Dawkins’ presence on campus and the “suspicious” nature of Brian Bowen’s late commitment to play at the University of Louisville; and that the NCAA determined Pitino had committed Level 1 violations.  But in a motion for partial summary judgment filed Wednesday, Pitino’s attorneys asked the judge to rule that the ULAA cannot use those three events as evidence in its arguments.  – Danielle Lerner, courier-journal – Read More

SFA
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SFA

The Stephen F. Austin State University athletics department has announced Thursday, July 12, as the date for new Director of Athletics Ryan Ivey’s introductory press conference. Ivey will be formally introduced at 1:30 p.m. in the William B. Lawton Room of the SFA athletics fieldhouse. Following the press conference, which will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the ESPN app, a meet and greet session with Ivey has been scheduled in the Champions Room of the SFA athletics fieldhouse to give campus and community members a chance to welcome Ivey to the area.  – m.ktre – Read More

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Central Michigan Athletic Director Michael Alford recently completed his first year with the Chippewas’ athletic department. He sat down with 9&10 Sports Director Matthew Doyle on Wednesday to discuss the decisions he has made within the past year and the visions he has for the future of the CMU Athletic Department. – Matthew Doyle, misportsnow – Learn More

IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY
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IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY

For the last 20 years ISU F.A.T., the football alumni team, has been raising money to help aid the program and its athletes. Recently, the program hit a milestone with its endowment fund. “F.A.T. has been raising funds through tailgate events, membership, and through their golf tournament, every year for quite a few years,” Pauline Thiros, Associate VP of Development said. “They’ve been building an endowment fund, and that endowment fund was intended to support scholarships, and they recently reached a total of $200,000.” That money will be used for “summer scholarships so that student athletes in football can take advantage of summer classes, stay on campus and be ready for the fall academically and physically as well,” Thiros explained. And while it will still be a few weeks before the football team is back in Holt Arena and the tarps are rolled out, there are nearly 50 members of the team here on campus, who are now able to participate in summer sessions due to the help of the F.A.T. club. – Max Cohan, localnews8 – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

The University of Minnesota Athletes Village opened earlier this year, but it’s still a long way from being fully funded. Fundraising for the student-athlete complex is more than $40 million from reaching its goal. The university has raised $123 million of the $166 million goal. The shortfall comes after several controversies in the athletics department. “There’s always a pothole or two along the road in Minnesota and fortunately we are on a good path with Mark Coyle’s leadership and we will be successful,” University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler said.  University of Minnesota Athletic Director Mark Coyle told the Board of Regents Wednesday this year’s fundraising is on an all-time pace. – Joe Mazan, kstp – Read More

PFEIFFER UNIVERSITY
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PFEIFFER UNIVERSITY

Pfeiffer President Dr. Colleen Keith has announced the promotion of Danielle Lafferty to the position of Athletic Director. Lafferty had served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance at Pfeiffer for the past two-and-a-half years under former VP for Athletics Bob Reasso. “We are excited to announce that Danielle Lafferty will assume the role of Athletic Director at Pfeiffer,” said Keith. “Danielle has worked under Bob’s leadership for more than two years, and Bob has carefully prepared her for this role. We could not be in a better position for the successful continuation of our athletic program.” Lafferty worked her way through the ranks in her five years with the Falcons. Initially, a graduate assistant softball coach, Lafferty spent two seasons in the dugout for the Falcons. In 2014 she shifted to an administrative role as the Assistant for Compliance and Game Management. – Read More

TENNEESSEE TECH
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TENNEESSEE TECH

It was probably a bittersweet day for Leveda Dexter as she was preparing for her latest transition. On the one hand, she was getting set to take over the role of Tech’s Assistant Athletics Director for Academics and Student-Athlete Welfare, replacing Dr. Lance Jasitt, who retired in June. But on the other hand, as she prepared to pack up her office in Tucker Stadium, as members of the Golden Eagle football team greeted her when they were making their return to campus, wishing her well in the new position, it probably made it tough to leave. Though, as head football coach Dewayne Alexander reminded his players, Dexter isn’t going anywhere – she’s now overseeing the academic progress of every student-athlete at Tennessee Tech. In her two-and-a-half years as a senior academic advisor, primarily assigned to Tech football, the program had a marked increase in its academic performance, helping ensure not only their success in the classroom, but helping them forge their paths into their post-academic lives. – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

Louisville announced Wednesday that John Schnatter, the founder and chairman of Papa John’s Pizza, has resigned from the school’s Board of Trustees. “After speaking with John, I’m confident that his comments, while inappropriate, do not reflect his personal beliefs or values,” said Louisville Board of Trustees chairman J. David Grissom in a statement. “No member of the board of trustees condones racism or insensitive language regardless of the setting. The University of Louisville embraces and celebrates diversity and is a supporter of all its students and stakeholders regardless as to their identity. “John has tendered his resignation from the University of Louisville board of trustees effective immediately. The board appreciates his two years of service and thanks him for his generous support for so many years.” Schnatter admitted to using a racial slur during a conference call in May. – Tom Fornelli, cbssports – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

Five members of the 2013 Louisville men’s basketball team are suing the NCAA, alleging they have been held in “false light,” a civil claim similar to defamation, after the team was stripped of its national championship in the aftermath of a scandal involving an assistant coach who hired strippers to entertain Louisville recruits. The suit claims that in stripping Louisville of its championship, the NCAA “implied that the Plaintiffs engaged in lewd and lascivious behavior, that the Plaintiffs received improper benefits, that the Plaintiffs competed while ineligible and the Plaintiffs are not champions.” The suit seeks a declaration that the players “are completely innocent of any wrongdoing as implied by the NCAA” and that the championships and awards won during the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons remain intact. According to the suit, the players further seek “damages for loss of economic opportunity” that resulted from the NCAA’s punishments against the program. – Jim Higdon, chicagotribune – Read More

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
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WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

West Virginia’s athletic department is working with big, black numbers. Revenue for media rights dispersed by the Big 12 and from IMG College should exceed $45 million. The Mountaineers’ federal accounting shows overall income at about twice that amount. But WVU is building, spending, paying and inking big, red numbers, too, and rarely if ever in college athletics do things cost less now than they will in the future. And the future is now. Athletic Director Shane Lyons told 247Sports budgeting practices now include setting money aside for a reserve. So, the Mountaineers don’t spend all the money they make. They stash some away, hoping that cache grows over time but knowing it’s there if and when it’s needed. Chances are, it’s going to be needed. There will be occasions when they need to spend more than they’d planned for something — or someone — or when they need to spend more than they were used to spending. Lyons said there isn’t a percentage or a figure they designate every year. WVU considers its budget and the revenue and finds a good number.  – MIKE CASAZZA, 247sports – Read More

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Interim athletic director Jerry Kill has hired Liz Jarnigan, an associate athletic director at the Air Force Academy, as SIU’s new senior woman administrator. Jarnigan has been the Falcons’ senior woman administrator since 2016, when she came from San Jose State, and will help oversee three or four sports, Kill said Wednesday after speaking at a meeting for the Carterville Rotary Club. Jarnigan replaces Kathy Jones, who retired after 18 years as the Salukis’ SWA/associate athletic director in December. Jarnigan served as a member of the Air Force Academy’s senior leadership team and oversaw men’s and women’s programs at Colorado Springs, according to her online bio. The Falcons compete in 27 sports, 10 on the women’s side, including fencing, gymnastics and rifle. – TODD HEFFERMAN, thesouthern – Read More