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July 9, 2015


The University of Texas at Austin’s will spend about $200,000 for an outside consultant to review its athletic department’s academic practices following allegations of cheating by members of the men’s basketball team. That money will go to the Alabama law firm of Jackson Lewis PC, which is conducting the review. The firm employs Gene Marsh, a lawyer who has worked with numerous universities facing athletic scandals. A final contract was announced Wednesday. – Matthew Watkins, Texas Tribune. Read More.


The Department of Athletics is seeking an Associate Athletic Director for Sales, Service-Tickets. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. The Associate Athletic Director for Sales, Service-Tickets is responsible for the creation and execution of strategic sales plans for Athletic Department tickets. The employee will manage all Ticket Office personnel to include operations and sales associates. The employee provides best practices leadership for the Ticket Office in terms of its operations and customer service programming. Apply here.


Caldwell University invites applications for a full time Director, Athletic Media Relations. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President, Athletics, the Director is responsible for writing sports news releases, preparing media guides, maintaining the athletics website and reporting statistics. Specific duties include, but are not limited to; Creating, designing, researching, writing, and editing content for various forms of media (including print, radio, social media and web). Promoting Caldwell University student athletes for conferences, regional and national honors. Apply here.


University of Massachusetts Lowell seeks an Associate Athletic Director – Academics and Student Services who is responsible for all areas of student-athlete academic and support services. Implements academic oversight and structure to ensure successful Academic Performance Rate (APR), retention and graduation rates of student-athletes. Assists coaches in evaluating prospects for NCAA academic eligibility.Provide leadership, direction and oversight to academic support staff. Apply here.


Elmira College, a member of NCAA Division III, the Empire 8 Conference, ECAC West Ice Hockey and United Volleyball Conference invites applications for the position of Assistant Director of Athletics for Facility and Event Operations. Full time, 12-month appointment, with comprehensive benefits package, reporting to the VP of Athletics. Responsibilities include administrative oversight of all aspects of the Murray Athletics Center (a multi-use facility with tennis courts, gym, athletic fields & ice arena) along with coordination of other off-campus facility sites.

July 8, 2015


A group of college presidents, athletics administrators, faculty, students and conference commissioners will convene in Indianapolis Aug. 4-5 to build the foundation for the future of college sports. The Division I Strategic Summit participants include all members of the Board of Directors (including the student-athlete, athletics director, faculty athletics representative and senior woman administrator who serve on that group); Presidential Forum members from conferences that do not have representation on the board; the chair and vice chair of the Council; the chairs of the seven standing Council committees, the Committee on Academics and the Committee on Infractions; leaders from affiliated organizations who serve on the Council and the Board of Governors members from Divisions II and III.


The University of Rhode Island is seeking a media relations assistant/intern for the 2015-16 academic year. This position will assist the Sports Communications staff with video production for streaming and website efforts; while also working closely with the Associate AD and coordinators for sports communications on a wide variety of duties within the office.


Northern Kentucky University seeks an Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing, Promotions and Tickets. The Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Marketing, Promotions and Tickets reports to the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Business and Finance and is responsible for coordinating all marketing and promotional activities for 17 intercollegiate athletic sports programs, as well as ticketing for five sports. Position develops marketing plan for all sports programs and athletic department; develops comprehensive ticket sales plan for men’s and women’s basketball; coordinates design and promotion obligations, as well as, activities with ticket office for group sales. Apply here.


Kent State University Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen announced today that Casey Cegles, director of major gifts for the Old Dominion Athletic Fund, has been hired as Deputy Athletic Director. He replaces former Deputy Athletic Director Devin Crosby, who became the director of athletics at Lynn University. Cegles will begin his new role at Kent State on July 20. Cegles’ role at Kent State will focus on assisting the Director of Athletics with the day-to-day operations of the athletic department and helping lead the administrative team. He will also provide oversight of external relations units, and assist with the oversight of the football and men’s and women’s basketball programs.


Rob Peterson has been named Associate Director of Athletics for Finance and Administration as announced Wednesday by Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford. Peterson is a veteran administrator who has experience on the business and operational side of college athletics. Peterson’s career in collegiate athletics began in 1993 at his alma mater, Northern Michigan University, where he spent four years as the assistant director of recreation for facilities and events. In 1997 he then moved to Fresno State for three years as a coordinator of athletics facilities, events and projects.


C.J. Fayton, a former Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver, began serving in his new position as Associate Athletic Director at Maryville College on July 1. During his time with the Vols, Fayton was never a No. 1 option, but he had plenty of key catches throughout his career as Casey Clausen, Erik Ainge, and Rick Clausen all relied on him at different points. Fayton’s most notable play came in 2003 when the Vols beat the Alabama Crimson Tide 51-43 in five overtimes. In the midst of a two-game losing streak, Tennessee was facing a 4th and 19 in the second overtime and had to convert to keep the game alive. – Caleb Calhoun, All For Tennessee. Read more.


A new deal to exclusively sell Coke beverages at the University of Toledo could mean $4.5 million in sponsorship fees over the life of a 10-year contract plus other perks, according to a draft of the agreement provided to The Blade on Tuesday in response to a public records request made in late June. UT announced last month it plans to switch its soda sales from Pepsi to Coke beginning Aug. 1, the date the contract must be finalized. Pepsi had held exclusive rights to sell beverages at UT since August of 2005. – VANESSA McCRAY, Toledoblade. Read More.


While the debate rages on for schools in the Power Five conferences such as the Big Ten, the University of Alaska Anchorage’s conference, the WCHA has decided to go ahead and provide “a cost of attendance” to its players and “the redefinition of full grant-in-aid to include the full cost of attendance for students.” Hackett believes those features, along with a quality education, will be enough to still attract top student athletes to the university. The conference wants a third departments to provide stipends while University of Alaska will not be providing stipends because of budget.- Dave Goldman, KTVA. Read more


Michigan interim athletic director Jim Hackett talks the latest hire of Bob De Carolis and explains his refusal of the resignation of athletic director of football Jim Minnick’s, who was arrested on May 8, on suspicion of drunk driving. On Tuesday, U-M’s athletic department announced the hiring of Bob De Carolis as a senior advisor to Hackett and Michigan’s athletic department. With Hackett under an interim title as AD, De Carolis made it clear he’s not interested in the permanent role as athletic director at Michigan. – Josh Newkirk, Scout. Read more.


The University of Nebraska Athletic Department has recently added Tucker Zeleny as the Director of Sports Analytics and Data Analysis. Zeleny joins Athletics after building an impressive resume in various areas at UNL. Zeleny will head a newly formed department that will be in charge of working with Nebraska’s 24 varsity sports to collect, analyze and summarize data related to team and individual performance. Zeleny and his staff will also work with support staff areas within the department to collect, analyze and summarize data related to department operations.


Houston Vice President for Athletics Hunter Yurachek announced Marvin Julich Jr. as Houston’s Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Relations on Tuesday. Julich comes to Houston after spending the last six years at Samford University in a variety of roles, the last as the Bulldogs’ Senior Associate Athletic Director/Chief Operating Officer. He served as the Bulldogs’ baseball sport administrator and was responsible for managing all capital projects while assisting in the solicitation of major gifts. Julich was also instrumental in the Bulldogs’ football scheduling during his time in Birmingham. He received his start at the Birmingham institution in 2009 as an Advancement Officer before being promoted to the Director of the Bulldog Club in 2010. – Houston News. Read More. 


Brittney Marshall has been named the coordinator of women’s basketball operations for the Redbirds. Marshall has gained over five years of experience working with various collegiate and professional teams, also working with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. This will be her third basketball operations position in her career.Dwight Merilatt as its new Executive Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs. Merilatt spent time as the Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs from 2007-10 with the University of Evansville, before being promoted to the role of Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs in July 2010. – Jason Klaer, Vidette OnlineRead more.


Siena announced this week that it is adding men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track for the 2015-16 academic year. The number of Division I teams will increase from 18 to 22, including nine men’s and 13 women’s. Track will compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference as do Siena’s other sports. Kenworthy will coach the track teams in addition to his cross country duties. Kenworthy, a 27-year-old native of Gloversville, explained the addition of track is meant to help the cross country team improve. Cross country competes in the fall, followed by indoor track from December through March and outdoor track from March through June. Before this, Siena’s cross country runners were allowed to compete only in a limited number of track events in the off-season. – Mark Singelais, Times Union. Read more.


University of Wyoming head swimming and diving coach Tom Johnson announced the addition of Dave Denniston to the coaching staff on Tuesday afternoon. Prior to that, Denniston had been the U.S. Paralympics swimming coach at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs since 2010. Denniston competed in the 2000 Olympic Trials in the 100 and 200-meters, where he finished 6th and 9th, respectively. He qualified for the World Championship Team in 2003 in the 200-meter breaststroke and shortly after primarily focused on qualifying for the 2004 U.S. – Swimming World Magazine. Read more.


UCLA assistant men’s golf coach Brandon Christianson has been hired as the new head coach of the Cal State Stanislaus men’s golf program, as announced by the school. Christianson, a 2009 graduate of UCLA, returned to his alma mater in August 2012. In three seasons on head coach Derek Freeman’s staff, he helped the Bruins to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Match Play (2014-2015), as well as a 2013 NCAA Regional title during his first campaign.


Ohio State topped the standings in the recently released CBS Sports Best in College Sports award. The top 3 Power 5 schools on the list were Ohio State, Louisville, and UCLA. The top 3 Group 5 schools on the list were Boise State, San Diego State, and UL Lafayette respectfully.  The award is weighed more heavily toward sports that generate the broadest base of fan and media interest. CBS rated five sports — football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball and a “wild card” sport. The wild-card spot went to the most successful among the school’s following spectator sports: softball, men’s lacrosse, men’s ice hockey, men’s soccer, wrestling, volleyball, women’s soccer or women’s gymnastics. – Eye On College Football Staff, CBS Sports. Read more.


San Diego State Director of Athletics Jim Sterk announced today the promotions of six executive staff members. The group has dedicated over nine decades worth of service time to SDSU athletics. Jenny Bramer has been named Executive Associate Athletic Director. Steve Schnall, who just completed his 19th year atop Montezuma Mesa, has been named Senior Associate AD/External Relations. Chuck Lang begins the 2015-16 academic year as Senior Associate Athletic Director/Business Administration. Mike May has been named Senior Associate Athletic Director/Communications and Media Relations. Mandy McKinley Huiras has been named Senior Associate Athletic Director/Development. Gina Balistrieri has been named Associate Athletic Director/Ticket Operations.


The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics also announced Tuesday that it has partnered with VIP SEEN, Inc., to produce a special preseason football magazine called Game Time, which will be available for purchase later this month at the ETSU Bookstore, as well as local Roadrunner Market and Food City locations. The agreement calls for two preseason magazines to be published each year – one for football and one combining both men’s and women’s basketball information. VIP SEEN, Inc. is the publisher of the highly popular VIP SEEN Magazine. The 100-page publication will feature the Buccaneers’ current roster, schedule, player profiles, team information, historic timelines, past ETSU football highlights, tailgating information, game day tips, and much more.


The Rams Club – University of North Carolina seeks an Assistant Director of Engagement. The Assistant Director of Engagement will support the growth and development of The Rams Club through direct support of the Engagement Team (Member Engagement, Annual Fund, Communications, Events, Stewardship). This entry-level position will report directly to the Associate Executive Director of The Rams Club, and will work closely with other Directors to effectively promote The Rams Club and Carolina Athletics.


The University of California seeks an Aggie Stadium/Events Coordinator. Under general supervision of the Assistant Athletics Director (AD), Facilities and Capital Projects, exercise mid-level management responsibility for the building maintenance services at the Aggie Stadium. Lead and manage units providing direct facility support including operation and maintenance of mechanical systems, building structures, electrical systems and custodial services units. Oversee the day to day operation of the Aggie Stadium. Apply here.


Rockhurst University is seeking qualified candidates to fill the full-time position of Head Athletic Trainer. This 10 month position includes the oversight of all phases of sports medicine for intercollegiate programs and student-athletes, including the care, prevention and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Rockhurst University currently sponsors 14 men’s and women’s athletic programs. The University is an NCAA Division ll School and a member of the Great Lake’s Valley Conference (GLVC) and an associate member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) for lacrosse.


Manhattan College, is seeking applications for a Graduate Assistant for Facilities and Event Management for Fall 2015. Thean NCAA Division successful candidate will work with the Assistant Athletic Director with game day event management and facility supervision duties. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, training, supervising, and scheduling student workers, event set-up and breakdown, assisting with the day-to-day facility operations and ensuring an exceptional game day experience for athletes, coaches, officials, and patrons at all Manhattan College Athletic events.

July 7, 2015


The Maryland Athletics Department partners with the University Counseling Center to provide psychological services for its student-athletes. Sport Psychologists work within a multidisciplinary sports medicine team providing clinical care services to Maryland student-athletes. These services include parent and student orientation, confidential personal counseling, team workshops, crisis walk-in sessions, group performance enhancement and psychological skills training, psychological rehabilitation from injury, individualized assessment, and their life skills and mental performance training, as well as consultation with coaching, medical, athletic training, and administrative staff.


The George Washington University’s Buff & Blue Fund ended the fiscal year (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015) having surpassed a significant milestone. For the first time in its existence, the Buff & Blue Fund saw over 1,500 donors make a gift in support of GW’s Department of Athletics and Recreation. This represents an 11.4% increase in donors since 2012, the year the Buff & Blue Fund was formed. As the Buff & Blue Fund enters its fourth year, recent fundraising successes have signaled that GW Athletics is moving forward stronger than ever. In addition to reaching record setting donor numbers, donations to the Athletic Department increased by 171% this past year. A generous gift by baseball alumnus and university Trustee Ave Tucker led the fundraising efforts, and in recognition of his support the baseball field at Barcroft Park was dedicated as “Tucker Field.” – GW Sports. Read more.


There have been two occasions when Tulane inducted an entire team into its athletic hall of fame. But never an entire class. All 308 athletes in the “Katrina Class” of the 2005-06 school year will be inducted into the Tulane athletic hall of fame during a ceremony Nov. 6 at Yulman Stadium, executive associate athletics director Brandon Macneill said Tuesday. Tulane has begun to reach out to those athletes. The school sent letters late last week, and posted a webpage Monday for former athletes to post updated contact information and share memories to include in an event program. Individual athletes in the “Katrina Class” already in the hall of fame include football player Matt Forte and baseball player Brian Bogusevic. – Christopher Dabe, NOLA. Read more.