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July 21, 2015

COLLEGE OF COASTAL GEORGIA

College of Coastal Georgia athletic director William Carlton has announced the promotion of Jeff Huebner to assistant director of athletics. Huebner will remain as Coastal Georgia’s head volleyball coach and also will continue to serve the athletic department as compliance coordinator. Huebner started Coastal Georgia’s volleyball program in 2011. This past season, the Mariners won the regular-season and conference-tournament championships in the Southern States Athletic Conference and reached the final site of the NAIA national championship tournament, finishing ranked 23rd in the final poll.

TROY UNIVERSITY

Sources tell College AD that Troy will name Gary M. Wilbert II the athletic department’s next Director of Development. Gary will begin his new position Monday, July 27th after serving as Manager of Ticket Sales and Services for Towson University the past year. He replaces Andrew Dickinson who left the athletic department recently for a position outside of college athletics.

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

University of Central Florida seeks a Director, Athletics Compliance. The director of compliance is responsible for maintaining institutional compliance with NCAA, Conference and university rules, and will report to the assistant athletics director for compliance any violations of those rules. In addition, the director assists in the development, implementation, and management of a comprehensive athletics compliance program including development of policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable NCAA, Conference and university rules and regulations.Apply here.

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

Columbia University seeks a Director of Sports Marketing. This manages marketing and promotional efforts in support of ticket revenue and fan attendance generation for football and men’s and women’s basketball. The Director of Sports Marketing is also responsible for promotional and production aspects of athletics events and activities of football, men’s and women’s basketball, and volleyball, including event entertainment and contest promotions. Apply here.

BIG 12

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced Monday the conference passed two new rules to protect football players beyond NCAA regulations already in place. Most notable is a rule allowing programs just two days a week for full contact during the regular season, a total that is to include game days. The NCAA rule allows for two practice days and game day.  The coaches gave their approval, and the rule was passed on a conference call in May. – WVGazette, Read More.

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor University is seeking an outstanding individual to join the Athletic department as the Assistant Director of Athletic Communications. This position will report to the Associate Athletic Director for Communications. This position is responsible for coordinating outgoing messaging to shape, enhance and protect the Baylor Athletics brand and image, by monitoring public perception through verbal and digital communication with media and constituents. Apply here.

NCAA

The NCAA released the new wrinkle that could have an effect on who plays in Dayton and must play five games instead of four to reach the Final Four — something VCU did in 2011. Under the old rules, the last four at-large teams voted into the field were automatically slotted into the First Four. The men’s basketball selection committee can now take teams who were already voted into the field and compare them against the last four. The committee also tweaked the ruling on where a No. 2 seed can be placed. – ESPN. Read More.

DAEMEN COLLEGE

Daemen College saw an opportunity to fill a niche in collegiate athletics and increase its profile when it embarked on a path to Division II status three years ago. The NCAA approval for Daemen’s full Division II status came on Friday, and the college celebrated the achievement at a news conference Monday. “Whether you’re a sports fan or not, everyone knows that college sports is often called the front porch of the institution,” said Daemen Athletics Director Bridget Niland. “Daemen never really had that front porch. Now I truly feel that what this program will do is provide the front porch so that everyone else can see all the other great things going on across this college campus.”

 

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

According to at least one important donor to Texas Longhorns athletics, some of the critcisms levelled at athletic director Steve Patterson are way overblown. “Some of this stuff is just fiction,” Dallas lawyer Steve Stodghill told the Austin American-Statesman. “There’s more truth in a Jurassic Park movie than in some of the stuff I read on the Internet about Steve Patterson.” While two donors refused comment for the report, mega-booster Joe Jamail also weighed in, saying that he didn’t cancel his football suite for the 2015 season in protest of Patterson’s efforts as the head of Texas, Inc. and adding that he doesn’t agree with all the anger directed at Patterson by fans. -Wescott Eberts, SB NationRead More.

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

MIAMI (AP) Florida International is the first college to sign a multimedia rights contract with Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment. The seven-year contract was announced Monday, with cash guarantees of about $4 million for FIU and a total value estimated at $9.2 million. Van Wagner will manage FIU’s local broadcast and digital media and venue signage. It also will be involved in the marketing and promotion of home sports events. – Fox Sports. Read More.

TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY

During Monday’s Sun Belt football media day in New Orleans, Dennis Franchione made it official that he will have another sales pitch in his repertoire. Franchione announced that the Bobcats will offer full cost of attendance for their student-athletes starting next season. This stipend, which puts extra cash in the pockets of student-athletes, is designed to cover food, personal travel and other incidentals. Beginning in August 2016, the 215 student-athletes at Texas State — regardless of whether they are on a full scholarship or a partial scholarship — will receive about $3,040 per year in stipends. – Joe Vozzelli, San Marcos RecordRead More.

SAINT MICHAEL COLLEGE

Tacy Lincoln, an experienced athletics administrator at the University of Vermont, has been hired as an associate director of athletics at Saint Michael’s College, Director of Athletics Chris Kenny ’86 announced on Monday. Lincoln, a UVM graduate who spent more than 30 years employed by her alma mater in various capacities, begins her appointment at Saint Michael’s on Aug. 10, and will be responsible primarily for NCAA compliance and sport supervision. Lincoln, who began her employment at UVM in 1984, graduated from the university with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1983 before earning her master’s degree there in educational leadership in 2012.

THE COLLEGE AT BROCKPORT

Stacey Corry enters her first year as the Director of Athletic Communications and Media Relations at The College at Brockport. Corry serves the daily publicity and NCAA statistical needs for the Eagles 23 Division III athletic teams. Corry comes to Brockport after spending two years at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. She created the Sports Information Department at Rhodes as the college’s first Sports Information Director. Prior to her stint with the Lynx, Corry spent a year at her alma mater, Transylvania University, as the assistant sports information director.

NEBRASKA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

The Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) will expand to nine member institutions as league officials announced Monday (July 20) Nebraska Wesleyan University has accepted an invitation to join the conference beginning with the 2016-17 academic year. The invitation was approved by Nebraska Wesleyan’s Board of Governors and accepted by IIAC presidents on July 13, 2015. Nebraska Wesleyan is currently affiliated with both NCAA Division III and the NAIA – the only school in the country with dual affiliation. Currently a member of the NAIA’s Great Plains Athletic Conference, Nebraska Wesleyan will be an exclusive member of NCAA Division III effective July 1, 2016.

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND

University of Richmond seeks an Assistant Athletic Director, Compliance. This is responsible for managing the University of Richmond’s Division I NCAA compliance program, overseeing 17 sports. The Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance will ensure that all operations are carried out within the spirit and letter of the rules and policies of the NCAA, Atlantic-10 Conference and University of Richmond. Apply here.

July 20, 2015

CENTRE COLLEGE

After a nationwide search, Centre College is pleased to announce the hiring of Liam Halferty as its new Director of Athletics Communications and Multimedia Services. Halferty arrives at Centre after a two-year stint in the Sports Information department at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, where he worked as a primary contact for several varsity sports while also earning a Master’s degree in Communication Studies. While at Edinboro, Halferty also worked for the Erie BayHawks, NBA D-League affiliate of the Orlando Magic, as the team’s gameday statistician, and was also a member of the camera crew for the Erie SeaWolves, the Detroit Tigers’ Double-A affiliate.

 

BELLEVUE UNIVERSITY

Bellevue will be competing in a new conference for the first time in 20 years when it starts North Star Athletic Association when fall competition begins. The change will give the Bruins a sense of stability for the future of their athletics. The stability the NSAA can offer something the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference could no long offer Bellevue. With a handful of colleges looking to join new conferences the MCAC was looking at dipping below six members, which is the minimum to be recognized as a conference by the NAIA. While the MCAC was a great stay for the Bruins for many years, the NSAA appears to be a step up in competition from top to bottom. That continued competition should help the teams make deeper postseason runs. – Omaha.com. Read More.

UMASS

Sources tell College AD, that UMASS athletic director Ryan Bramford will announce Molly O’Mara as Associate Athletic Director for Communications today. A former UMASS graduate, O’Mara has spent the last five years at the University of Arizona as Associate Director of Communications for Football, Women’s Golf, Soccer, Cross Country, and Track. Prior to Arizona, O’Mara served in the University of Arkansas and Texas Tech athletic departments respectively.


MGCCC

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is spending $6 million to upgrade athletics facilities on its Perkinston campus in Stone County. The expansion to the football stadium includes classrooms, a new training room and more. He says it is the first major upgrade since the stadium was built in 1949. Pickard says a third floor of the addition will be a press box, which officials said would allow more access for media groups for visiting teams. MGCCC President Mary Graham says with a good balance of academics and extracurricular activities, more students will be drawn to the school and will stay in school. – Washington Times. Read More.

FRESNO PACIFIC UNIVERSITY

Fresno Pacific, which captured 13 national titles during a 47-season run as a member of the NAIA, can now turn its attention toward pursuing NCAA championships. The Sunbirds have been granted Division II membership status by the NCAA, completing a four-year transition process that was extended one year because of a sanction. Once the management council ratifies the membership committee’s recommendation later this month, Fresno Pacific will become eligible to compete in NCAA Division II postseason play and enjoy full NCAA membership privileges effective Sept. 1. – Fresno Bee. Read More.

MIAMI UNIVERSITY

Miami University Athletics Director David Sayler has announced that Brad Corbin has been named the new Assistant A.D. for Compliance. Corbin spent the past three years at Murray State University, the last year as the Assistant A.D. for Compliance. As the chief compliance officer for Racer Athletics and its 16 sports and more than 350 student-athletes, Corbin was tasked with overseeing all facets of NCAA compliance and directing a comprehensive rules education effort to maintain the compliance of Racer coaches, administrators, student-athletes and boosters.

IUPUI

Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis seeks Assistant Director of Compliance. He or she reviews procedures on a regular basis to ensure compliance systems are operating effectively and provides guidance to institutional coaches and staff regarding NCAA legislation and institutional compliance policies and procedures. Internal Number: 14451 . Apply here.

SAGE COLLEGE

The Sage Colleges’ Department of Athletics has announced the selection of Colleen Dempsey (Mansfield, PA) as the new assistant director of athletic communications. Sage, which is the recipient of an NCAA Women and Minority Grant, selected Dempsey after a national search and she will commence her new role on August 1. Director of Athletics and Recreation Dani Drews said of Demspey’s selection, “We are grateful to the NCAA for the new grant-supported position that has brought Colleen to Sage.” Drews added, “Even before her official start date, she has already injected our Athletic Communication Office with ideas and enthusiasm that will lead our promotions and social media efforts. We cannot wait to see what she has in store for the Gators this year!”

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

Tara Evans, who has served as a Senior Advisor for the past year in the Nancy and Donald Resnick Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes, has now been promoted to Associate Director. Since beginning her tenure with the Resnick Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes, Evans’ teams have experienced record-high academic performances. Evans was a student-athlete at Syracuse University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology while competing on Syracuse’s swimming and diving team. Following her time in upstate New York, Evans earned her master’s from Springfield College in counseling and psychological services, with a specialization in athletic counseling.

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

The LSU Athletic Department will transfer over $10 million this fiscal year to other components of the university for use in supporting LSU’s academic, research, public service and other missions, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva announced Monday. The athletic department has contributed a total of $43.5 million to the LSU-Baton Rouge campus over the past five fiscal years. Beginning in 2012, the athletic department has annually presented $7.2 million to the university in accordance with the Athletics Fund Transfer Policy approved by the LSU Board of Supervisors. The policy states that in years in which LSU Athletics yields a surplus, a portion of the surplus in addition to the $7.2 million may be provided to the university.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA

Dan Gaston has been named senior associate athletic director for facilities and operations, Matt Houston has been hired as the assistant strength and conditioning coach, and Chase Christiansen has been hired as the assistant director of marketing and promotions, South Dakota athletic director David Herbster announced on Friday. Gaston has been the assistant athletic director of event and facility operations at University of Washington since 2012 and has been associated with the Huskies since becoming a student-athlete there in 1997. Houston arrives in Vermillion after spending two years working in the strength and conditioning department of University of Hawaii in Honolulu where he obtained his master’s degree. Christiansen is stepping into a newly created position after serving as a video producer and gameday worker while earning his bachelor’s degree in media and journalism at USD. – Argus Leader. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

Bill Arnsparger was already a well-known figure in the sports world when he was hired in January 1987 as the University of Florida’s athletic director. Arnsparger was defensive coordinator of Miami’s famous “No-Name Defense” that helped the Dolphins go 17-0 in 1972, still the only perfect season in NFL history. He also served as head coach of the New York Giants and in the three years prior to coming to Florida, Arnsparger was named SEC Coach of the Year twice by leading LSU to a 26-8-2 record from 1984-86. Arnsparger, who passed away peacefully at his home in Athens, Ala., on Friday at the age of 88, is best remembered for his time in Gainesville as the man who hired Steve Spurrier in 1990 to lead Florida’s football program into a new decade following a tumultuous stretch in the 1980s. – Gatorzone. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

The University of Pennsylvania’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation, Dr. M. Grace Calhoun, has announced the addition of three new staff members to her senior administration. Sherryta Freeman has been named to another new position in the Penn Athletics administration, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Student Development. Michelle Dolce has been tabbed as the new Senior Associate Athletic Director for Finance and Internal Operations for Penn Athletics. Roger Reina is a 1984 University of Pennsylvania alum and arguably one of the most successful coaches in Penn Athletics history.

July 17, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

George O’Leary made his first official staff hire as UCF’s interim athletic director. He promoted John Kvatek, previously the Assistant Athletic Director of Video and Creative, to Senior Associate AD for External Operations. Kvatek replaced Zack Lassiter, who recently announced his resignation after three years with UCF. Kvatek, a 24-year veteran in the business, enters his ninth year with UCF during which he received 2015 Sports Video Group College Sports Summit Pioneer Award this May. – Shannon Green, Orlando Sentinel. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE

UC Riverside Executive Associate AD/SWA Janet Lucas, who was the Highlanders’ interim athletics director for much of the 2014-15 academic year, was named the 2015 Administrator of the Year for NCAA Division I by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA). Lucas will be honored October 13 in Tampa, Florida at the 2015 Administrator of the Year Luncheon presented by KP Sports, in conjunction with the 36th Annual NACWAA National Convention. The Administrator of the Year Award is presented annually to NACWAA members for significant contributions made as athletics administrators.