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September 18, 2015

MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY
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MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY

Monmouth University is looking for an Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Promotions. The candidate would be expected to: assist with implementing department’s marketing and promotions strategies, including social media, campaigns and presence in social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and other social applications as needed; responsible for Shadow’s social media presence and awareness; maintain mascot’s Facebook and Twitter accounts; execute game-day event planning and implementation, which includes pre-event planning and advertising, event preparation including marketing set up and break down, game day script writing, and fan promotion management. Apply Here

LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY
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LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY

Longwood University invites qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Director of Athletics Communications for New Media in the Athletics Department. This person will be responsible for the editorial oversight and coordination of Longwood athletics’ digital media and broadcasting platforms, including LongwoodLancers.com, social media, the Big South Network and radio broadcasts. Apply Here

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Athletic Director Eric Hyman and 12th Man Foundation President Skip Wagner in a letter published on the university’s athletic website addressed several issues that popped up during last weeks home opener. They pointed out that despite comprehensive planning and anticipating potential issues, there were still many challenges faced opening up Kyle Field, as can be expected with any newly-opened facility of this scale. They told supporters that Texas A&M has identified the causes of the issues and explained plans to resolve the issues in advance of Saturday’s home game against Nevada.

MARIST COLLEGE
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MARIST COLLEGE

Marist College is looking for a Director of Football Operations. Responsibilities include assisting with coordinating video exchange program, equipment program, and team travel arrangements. Duties will also include assisting with game day organization, academic counseling needs of student-athletes; also assisting in community relations and in the organization and supervision of Football summer camps. Apply Here

CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY
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CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY

Chapman University’s athletics department has made some personnel changes. Steven Olveda is the new Sports Information Director and Doug Aiken, former Sports Information Director, has been promoted to the position of Associate Director of Athletics. Steven Olveda never played sports in college. But athletics still made an impact in the life of the Chapman University alumnus. Aiken has been Chapman’s Sports Information Director for 16 years,with the promotion he will be playing a bigger role in the growth of Chapman’s athletics programs. Both are Chapman alumni. Both had career goals that took a different path. Both found their success in the hallways of Chapman’s campus. -Leonard Ortiz, OC Register, Read More

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
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RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Rutgers men’s lacrosse Head Coach Brian Brecht has named Marc Zolchonock as the team’s Director of Lacrosse Operations. Zolchonock will oversee the day-to-day operations of the lacrosse office and assist with all program needs. Zolchonock joins the Scarlet Knights after four years coaching in the high school, college and club ranks. Zolchonock also starred at Kean University where he was a four year letter winner for the Cougars. Zolchonock earned his bachelor of science in marketing from Kean University in 2015.

ST AUGUSTINE’S UNIVERSITY
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ST AUGUSTINE’S UNIVERSITY

With Head Football Coach Michael Morand on unpaid administrative leave, St. Augustine’s University on Thursday announced that assistant coaches Tim Chavous and Jonathan Kelly Sr. will serve as Interim Head Coaches.
The school announced Wednesday that Morand will be on leave for two weeks while the school conducts an internal investigation. No other information about Morand’s leave has been released. – WRAL SPORTSFAN, Read More

BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY
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BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

Since May, a 14-member fan advisory committee has met monthly to provide input to the Broncos athletic department in a more direct, personal setting than email, Twitter and shouting at the TV screen. Members of the Boise State fan committee range from season-ticket holders and donors to a student and those who don’t buy season tickets. The fan committee helps Boise State athletics improve customer experience. The early emphasis has been placed on improving the fan experience at football games but the committee has started to discuss men’s basketball and even some non-revenue sports. -Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman, Read More

INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
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INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

Indiana University of Pennsylvania President Dr. Michael Driscoll has appointed Samantha Traver to Interim Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance. Traver moves into her new position after serving for the last three years as the Assistant Compliance and Business Officer for IUP’s athletic department. She will be responsible for directing all aspects of NCAA and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference rules compliance within the department. Traver graduated from IUP in December 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sport Administration.

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
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KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Fans attending Wildcat football games at Bill Snyder Family Stadium will benefit from a new connectivity network as K-State Athletics has partnered with leading companies Boingo Wireless on a new Distributed Antenna System (DAS) and Aruba Networks on a new Wi-Fi network for improved wireless service. The new DAS network will ensure fast and reliable cellular coverage both inside and outside the stadium. DAS coverage will extend to both the East and West parking areas, allowing fans to share their tailgate fun pre- and post-game.

ATLANTIC 10
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ATLANTIC 10

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Atlantic 10 Conference conducted its annual fall meetings at the City Center Marriott this week, watchful of the national landscape, wary of sports gambling’s growing presence and determined to remain among college basketball’s best and most influential leagues. A10 leaders disscussed these issues and more. -David Teel, Daily Press, Read More

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Oklahoma State has notified Texas it wants new depositions from Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong, three members of his staff, a quarterback and former athletic director Steve Patterson if a breach-of-contract lawsuit against a Texas assistant proceeds toward trial. Oklahoma State is suing Longhorns assistant Joe Wickline for nearly $600,000, arguing he made a lateral move to Texas in 2014 and didn’t take a promotion with “play-calling duties” as stated in his previous contract. Strong was already deposed in March. Oklahoma State attorney Sean Breen told The Associated Press on Thursday night the request for new depositions depends on whether a judge sends the case to trial or it is resolved beforehand. – Jim Vertuno, The Sacramento Bee- Read More

 

 

 

 

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
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OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

It hasn’t taken long for coach Gary Andersen’s recruiting staff at Oregon State to establish itself as one of the best in the country at reaching prospects with interesting mailers and edits through social media. Recently, the Beavers have taken things to a new level, taking a page from the Superhero craze and releasing their own comic book pages. The Beavers have started using the comic book pages on the recruiting trail and are hoping the creative pages will help Oregon State standout with prospects. -Erik McKinney, ESPN, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE

The new Ragin’ Cajuns brew is so popular that a few more could be in the works. More than 6,000 ounces of the Ragin’ Cajuns Genuine Louisiana Ale was sold at the first University of Louisiana at Lafayette home game of the season last Saturday. Five of the seven businesses serving the beer sold out within three days. This could just be the beginning. Discussion is underway to create an entire line of Ragin’ Cajuns-themed beer. The Ragin’ Cajuns beer is the result of a partnership between UL and Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville. -Megan Wyatt, The Advitser, Read More

INDIANA UNIVERSITY
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INDIANA UNIVERSITY

Indiana University football announced several non-conference opponents on future schedules last week, but one thing was missing: The price tag. Contracts obtained through public records requests show that the Hoosiers dug deep to bring Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) schools Idaho and Charlotte to Bloomington for two games apiece. IU will pay Idaho a total of $2.5 million for games in Bloomington in 2021 and 2022. The Hoosiers will pay Charlotte a total of $2.1 million for home games in 2022 and 2023.- Mark Alesia, INDYSTAR- Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA
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UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA

The University of Montana has settled on an exterior design for the latest athletic department addition to campus. UM released the final design for the state-of-the-art Washington-Grizzly Champions Center on Thursday morning, a 46,000-square-foot complex that gives Montana’s aging internal facilities a face lift. Tucked behind the southwest corner of Washington-Grizzly Stadium, the $14 million Champions Center will house a new 7,000 square-foot locker room for the Grizzly football team, a 12,500 square-foot strength and conditioning center for all student-athletes and expansive team meeting spaces. The Washington-Grizzly Champions Center is expected to be completed by summer 2017. -AJ Mazzolini, GrizSports, Read More

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Michigan State University has eliminated the blue lines at Munn Ice Arena. At the request of athletic director Mark Hollis, they were painted green when the ice was re-installed recently in the hockey rink. He said he didn’t think it would be an issue with the NCAA and he was “comfortable” with the decision. “It is about the heritage and the color of the school without taking any of the integrity of the game away,” Hollis said. “It just gives a unique story to a program that is very proud of its heritage, its logo, its color, and gives us something that is kind of unique.” -George Sipple, Detroit Free PressRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

The University of Miami is still transitioning into becoming an Adidas-sponsored school after being with Nike for 27 years, having officially begun their new licensing agreement on Sept. 1. Wednesday night Athletic Director Blake James met with USport, an organization for students who want futures in the sports industry, to explain the process of negotiating and deciding on the new deal that will last 12 years. About a year and a half ago, UM informed Nike with the decision to see what other brands would offer Miami, with the hopes of remaining with the brand despite exploring the market. -Alina Zerpa, TheMiamiHurricane Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON

University of North Carolina Wilmington Athletic Director Jimmy Bass said the intercollegiate athletics budget is in the best shape that it has been in over the past eight years, but not much has been explained as to how the budget was balanced. In order to balance the budget, certain programs within the athletic department had to be minimized or diminished to leave room for growth. With this knowledge, over the past three years UNCW’s Athletic Department has attempted to cut certain sports in order to balance the budget. Bass also discussed engaging the community in order to keep ticket sales up for “revenue generating sports” like men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and softball. But Bass never mentioned ticket sales for other sports here at UNCW, begging the question if threatening to cut teams is a scare tactic for non- revenue generating sports teams. -Casey McAnarney- Read More

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September 17, 2015

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

Islanders Athletics is pleased to welcome Jacob Bell to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi as the Assistant Director of Media Relations. Bell comes to the Island after spending two years with the Longwood Lancers in Farmville, Va. The newest member of the Islanders staff brings four years of experience to the Coastal Bend, ranging from broadcasting and media relations to marketing and fundraising. Bell earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Auburn University in 2013.

NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY
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NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY

There are several ongoing and upcoming projects for Nicholls State University’s Department of Athletics, which supplements University funding with state funding through the capital outlay bill for larger projects. Didier field is currently undergoing renovations, which will include a new ADA-accessible press box, concession area, entry way and lighting upgrades. Athletic Director Rob Bernardi said it was time for renovations. The Didier Field renovation is a roughly $2 million project, and all of it, with the exception of $100,000, came from state funding. Davis said there is another plan already in architects’ hands for the construction of a new field house for baseball that will include new locker rooms, coaches’ offices, meeting rooms and training rooms. Renovations to Barker and Chabert Halls are also scheduled. -Sydney Landry, The Nicholls Worth, Read More

SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY

As a sign of the times, SMU coaches and staff are now tracking prospective recruits by monitoring and recording what they tweet. Defensive coordinator Van Malone in a twitter post of his own showed how the Mustangs are tracking prospective recruits. The report showcased a comprehensive breakdown of all the different types of Tweets the prospect sent out, going into detail about the circumstances behind them. Among other traits, the report notes when re-Tweets from the prospect included profane language. It’s pretty exhaustive. – Cam Smith, USA Today High School SportsRead More

 

 

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
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PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Sandy Barbour, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA), and Rick Kaluza, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Finance and Business Operations, provided a status report today, which included a review of the new ICA organizational structure, various measures of institutional control and five-year historical and five-year prospective financials. Kaluza reported a gross operating surplus of approximately $4.8 million for the year ended June 30, 2015, and an ending cash reserve of $6.6 million after including the second in a series of three separate $10 million external loans. In the planning and preparation for ICA’s 2015-16 budget and future years, Kaluza discussed modifications that included the implementation of a budget justification process for the current fiscal year and a full zero-based budgeting approach for FY 2016-17.

WILEY COLLEGE
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WILEY COLLEGE

Danyelle Mathis joins the Wiley College athletics staff as Assistant Sports Information Director. Ms. Mathis graduated in May from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, with a bachelor’s in journalism. At TCU, she was active in the student media as a sports reporter and covered various sporting events. While in college, Mathis also interned with CBS 19 KYTX in Tyler, Texas. She covered high school football and playoffs. She helped reporters take game statistics, edit video and wrote scripts for the Friday night live sports casts.

VOLUNTEER STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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VOLUNTEER STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Volunteer State fired baseball coach Mike Crossland on Tuesday. Crossland has been with the program for the past 16 years, serving as the head coach for the past 10. “There were no specific reasons (given for the dismissal),” Crossland said. The Volunteer State athletics department declined to comment on the move, but the school did indicate that it felt that it was time to go in a different direction in a statement that was released. – Craig Harris, The Tennessian, Read More

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
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PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Penn State does not have plans to increase its football ticket prices at any point over the next five years.
Athletic Director Sandy Barbour met with members of the Penn State Board of Trustees Thursday to discuss the future financial situation of the university’s intercollegiate athletics. The five-year projection — which ended after the 2019 season — did not include any proposed football ticket increases. – Christian Alexandersen, PennLive, Read More

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NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
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NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

For $125, Northwestern fans get a signed football from Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald, and get to take a selfie with the him. Fans of the newly ranked Wildcats football team can show up to Ryan Field a few hours early on game days and head into the stadium, where the 10th-year head coach will be ready and waiting to turn the camera on himself and for the fans in the name of social media. -Kyle Thele, Athletic Business, Read More

NORTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY

Northern State University Athletics has announced the hiring of Brandon Bowling as the Director of Athletic Marketing and Development. Bowling will manage all marketing and promotions for Northern’s 15 intercollegiate athletic teams, as well as the Wolves Club annual fund, special events, corporate sales, and donor relations for NSU. Bowling joins Northern after spending the last two years with BSN Sports, Inc. in Northern California. Bowling is a 2006 graduate of Upper Iowa University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Management-Marketing. – Hub City Radio, Read More

STANFORD UNIVERSITY
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STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Stanford University seeks a highly-motivated, energetic and team-orientated individual with strong communication skills to fill the role of Assistant Communications Director (Job ID 68422). This position will be responsible for assisting in all publicity aspects surrounding Stanford’s nationally-acclaimed intercollegiate athletic program while serving as a liaison between the athletic department and local and national media representatives. Apply Here

ITHACA COLLEGE
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ITHACA COLLEGE

The Office of Intercollegiate Athletics recently announced the creation of the Ithaca College Faculty Athletic Mentor Program, designed to give student-athletes on campus another resource for help with their classes or answers to specific questions related to the college. Facing the demands of long practice schedules, film study and matches, student-athletes have less free time to reach out to a mentor when facing an issue. Barbara Belyea, the NCAA athletic representative for the college, said the FAM program was designed for this exact reason. Once underway, annual meetings will be conducted between the coaching staffs and their FAMs to assess the effectiveness of the program and how to improve it. – The Ithacan, Read More