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March 25, 2015

BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY

Kelly Kuss, most recently an assistant coach at Dartmouth and a former standout Patriot League student-athlete herself, has been named head women’s soccer coach at Bucknell, director of athletics and recreation John Hardt announced Tuesday. Kuss becomes the fourth head coach in the 25-year history of the Bison women’s soccer program, and she takes over a team that is coming off a 10-9-1 season and a berth in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals.

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

Mountaineer Football Officially Hires Assistant Coach Mark Scott. Mark Scott is in his first year as an assistant coach working with the defense and special teams and in his fourth year with the West Virginia University football program. He served as an on-field graduate assistant coach working with the defense for two and a half years, working with the outside linebackers, the defensive line and the cornerbacks. Prior to that from August through October, 2012, he was a non-coaching administrative graduate assistant.

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Pete Sala, the acting SU athletic director, said Tuesday that Chancellor Kent Syverud has established criteria the committee will use in its search. Key talking points from the initial committee meeting: integrity, attention to detail, understanding the value of athletics to a university, and SU’s will to compete at a high level. -Donna Ditota, Syracuse.com-

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart takes exception to suggestions that his department has ever interfered when athletes face discipline from campus officials. Former vice chancellor for student life Tim Rogers said the athletic department in 2013 pressured officials in charge of campus discipline to be lenient on student-athletes in a memo that had been obtained by The Tennessean. Rogers left his position in the summer of 2013, citing an “intolerable situation.” – WATE.com, Read More.

March 24, 2015

MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY

Maryville University seeks a Head Coach – Men’s Soccer. The head coach ensures prospective student-athletes are aware of all policies and procedures and recruits players each season in accordance with Maryville University, Department of Athletics and NCAA rules and regulations. Apply here.

PENN STATE UNIVERSITY

Penn State has announced that current assistant director Greg Drane will serve as their new director of athletic bands. The promotion, which will include overseeing the Penn State Blue Band, is effective July 1. Drane will also direct a concert band, oversee the Athletic Band and Pride of the Lions prep band and teach courses for the School of Music.

RADFORD UNIVERSITY

Radford University seeks an Associate Athletics Director for Business & Finance. Responsible for the daily operations of the Intercollegiate Athletics business office and overall management and control of the department budget and financial transactions. Assists the Director in planning and directing department operations as needed.  Apply here.

MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY

Monmouth University is seeking applications for an Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Performance in the Athletics department.  The candidate would be expected to: analyze usage of weight room and schedule team and individual use; conduct testing on strength and conditioning parameters. Apply here.

PENN STATE UNIVERSITY

After nearly two decades with O. Richard Bundy at the helm, the Penn State Blue Band officially has a new director. Gregory Drane, the band’s current assistant director, has been selected as Bundy’s successor according to an e-mail sent to the band. Drane has been with the Blue Band since 2002 and has served as the assistant director since 2005.-Zach Berger, Onward State-

HASTINGS COLLEGE

Hastings College announced Monday that Patty Sitorius will serve as the interim athletic director after current athletic director Jerry Schmutte retires in June. She served as head coach of the Bronco volleyball team from 1986-1992, head coach of the Bronco women’s track and field team from 1986-1989 and was the first head coach for Bronco softball in 1993. – Hastings Tribune. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

The Michigan Athletic Department distributed a survey to its student athletes asking which brand of apparel they would most want to wear. The vast majority of athlete responses look to be in favor of Nike, which last outfitted the Wolverines in the spring of 2008. Michigan has been with Adidas since then, but the contract expires at the end of the 2016-17 athletic year. The survey, sent via email, is being conducted by associate athletic director of student-athlete health and welfare Darryl Conway. 247sports polled their website’s visitors also, and the results are as follows. -Ben Fidelman, 247sports-

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UW–EAU CLAIRE

The UW-Eau Claire athletics department announced March 20 that Mike Collins has been reassigned within the athletic department and a national search for a new head women’s hockey coach will begin immediately. Collins was named the head coach in 2000 when the women’s hockey program first began. In his 15 years as head coach, Collins compiled a 140-215-38 record along with coaching 62 National College Hockey Association (NCHA) Academic All-Americans including three players earning NCHA Scholar-Athlete awards.

CAL STATE SAN MARCOS UNIVERSITY

CSUSM President Karen Haynes joined administrators and athletes at the university Monday to celebrate the ground-breaking of the campus’ $11.5 million sports center, which is scheduled to open in August 2016. The 25,000-square-foot center, paid for through student fees, will give a true home court for the men’s and women’s basketball teams and the women’s volleyball team.

HAWKEYE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

The Hawkeye RedTails will be a new competitor in Iowa community college sports beginning this fall. Hawkeye Community College will field a coed sports shooting team, its first intercollegiate athletics offering. Hawkeye has had a club trap shooting team since last fall, but this will make it a sanctioned sport in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference. Sports shooting is the first step in a phased plan that will add six competitive sports by fall 2019. -Andrew Wind, WCF Courier-

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA CHAPEL HILL

University of North Carolina Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator Dr. Beth Miller has announced that she will retire from the University on July 1, 2015. Miller has spent the majority of her career in college athletics, serving in various roles including head volleyball coach, softball coach, business manager, assistant and associate athletic director and senior woman administrator. Last Month, College AD listed Miller as one of the Top 10 Senior Woman Administrators in the country. Incredible career!

ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Abilene Christian University is seeking a qualified, professional individual as Assistant AD for Compliance. One of the basic responsibilities is to analyzes NCAA and SLC rules and regulations governing member institutions as well as University institutional policies, develops specific procedures, and guides the implementation of these to ensure University compliance. Apply here.

March 23, 2015

BUFFALO STATE COLLEGE

Buffalo State men’s basketball coach Fajri Ansari and his wife Lavonne Ansari, Ph.D. will be honored by the National Federation for Just Communities (NFJC) of WNY at its 2015 Annual Citation Banquet on Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Buffalo. Fajri has been a leader in building respectful and meaningful relationships between people of different religions and cultures. Lavonne is an educator, administrator, recreation therapist, and manager with tremendous experience in the areas of equal employment opportunity/affirmative action compliance, workforce development, higher education and community-based health care, and hospital administration.

RICE UNIVERSITY

Sources tell College AD, Simon Dover, Senior Associate Athletic Director at Oakland University has accepted the position of Senior Associate Athletic Director/CFO for the Rice Owls. Dover spent 13 years at Oakland University and was promoted to Senior Associate Director of Athletics in September 2011. He served as the No. 2 person in the department at Oakland, in charge of day-to-day operations. Dover begins his new position today for the Owls.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

University of Arkansas Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long has been named one of four finalists for the 2015 SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily Athletic Director of the Year. The other finalists for Athletic Director of the Year include Mitch Barnhart (Kentucky), Ian McCaw (Baylor) and Dan Radakovich (Clemson). – The Daily Progress. Read More.

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

The paper is reporting that the school’s Board of Trustees approved issuing up to $85 million in bonds to pay for upgrades to the stadium the school anticipates could cost $79.5 million. The upgrades would include structural repairs, re-painting the stadium, updated skybox suites and a new premium outdoor seating section. The new section would be located in the south end zone and include 6,000 seats. The school anticipates it will be ready for the 2016 season. Construction on Doak Campbell is scheduled to begin in July and completed by August 2016. – CBSSportsRead More.

FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY

Fayetteville State University has announced the hiring of Michael King as the Assistant Athletics Director of Marketing and Development. King will serve in an administrative role and focus his efforts on marketing, promotions, and development as a direct report to the Director of Athletics in conjunction with University Institutional Advancement.

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

Sources tell College AD, Bryan Dean, Director of Business Operations at Rice University has accepted the position of Assistant Athletic Director and Senior Business Manager for the Bearcats. Dean served as Director of Business Operations at Rice since July 2013, after serving in the role of Athletics Business Manager from 2012-13.

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Georgia State University seeks an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach-Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Application and resume required at – http:employment.gsu.edu.

ALLEGHENY COLLEGE

Allegheny College, invites applications for the position of Manager of Athletic Operations. This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt administrative position with full benefits. Please submit a letter of application, resume, and provide contact information for three references to the Office of Human Resources, Allegheny College, 520 N. Main Street, Meadville, PA 16335 or by e-mail to hr@allegheny.edu.

BLUEFIELD COLLEGE

Bluefield College head men’s and women’s volleyball coach Jim Butski has announced his upcoming resignation, effective at the close of the men’s season, as he will accept a similar position at another institution. Butski served two seasons as the head women’s volleyball coach and has led the men’s program since its inception, culminating with this season’s inaugural campaign.

SHORTER UNIVERSITY

Bill Peterson will retire at the end of the spring 2015 semester. Senior Associate Athletic Director Matt Green will assume interim athletic director duties effective immediately, and Peterson will continue to serve in an advisory capacity through the end of the semester.

WINSTON SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY

Ariel Germain joins the Winston-Salem State University staff as Director of Marketing, after spending the last two years as Assistant Athletic Director for Communications at Catholic University of America. “Ariel is a great addition to our staff and brings a plethora of experience from a number of university settings”, says WSSU Director of Athletics, Tonia Walker. “She is in tune with the trends and current marketing strategies that are certain to elevate the presence of WSSU Athletics”, adds Walker.

UMASS

Georgia Tech associate athletic director Ryan Bamford will become the seventh permanent athletic director at UMass. An announcement is expected Monday with a press conference likely on Tuesday. Bamford has New England roots. He grew up in New Hampshire where his father, Steve, was the athletic director at Plymouth State and a high school principal. Matt Vautour of the Gazette, broke the news first last night.

March 20, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS

The Department of Athletics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking applicants to fill the position for Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations. This is an 11-month position located on the UAF campus, the nation’s northernmost Land, Sea and Space Grant university and international research center. Apply here.

BLOOMSBURG UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is searching for candidates to fill two (2) 12-month assistant athletic trainer positions. This is a full-time, professional 12-month, permanent position.  Apply here.