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March 31, 2015

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY TEXAS

Former University of Texas standout Daniel Whitehead has been named head coach of the Concordia University Texas men’s and women’s tennis teams, as announced by athletic director Stan Bonewitz Monday. Whitehead was selected as the leader of both programs following a national search. Whitehead has spent the last two seasons as an assistant women’s tennis coach at the University of Houston under head coach Patrick Sullivan. Following a year as a volunteer assistant, he was promoted to assistant coach on June 2, 2014.

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER

Colorado celebrated the final steel beam being hoisted and put into place – a “topping off’ ceremony” – in the new Champions Center on a glorious March afternoon in Boulder on Monday. Mike MacIntyre said when the entire $181 million project is complete next January, CU will have the best football facilities in the Pac-12 Conference, which is quite a statement when considering the conference includes Oregon with sugar daddy Phil Knight, and the 12 schools in the conference have now spent more than $1 billion on facilities upgrades in recent years. – Kyle Ringo, BuffZone.com Read More.

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

Clemson Athletic Director, Dan Radakovich discussed a number of topics yesterday including full cost of attendance. “We are moving forward with that on our campus. Whenever we do our number for what it’s going to cost Clemson Athletics it’s about $925,000 that we’ll be paying given the student athlete enrollment that we have. We’re planning for that and going through our budgetary process now and that will be something that will begin in August of 2015.” Radakovich went on to discuss the future of head baseball coach, Jack Leggett. “We’ll see how the season plays out.” The baseball team is currently .500. -Nikki Hood. Tigernet.com- Read More

March 30, 2015

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS EDWARDSVILLE

Alabama interim basketball coach John Brannen is one of two finalists for the head coaching job at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, the school announced Sunday night. Brannen was an assistant coach from 2009 until 2013 and served as an associate coach the last two seasons before taking over as Alabama’s interim head coach when Grant was fired March 15. – Matt Zenitz, al.com Read More.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY CARBONDALE

With Gov. Bruce Rauner’s $387 million proposed budget cut to higher education—roughly $44 million affecting SIU’s Carbondale campus—all departments on campus have to plan for cuts, including athletics. Dunn said the administrators are asking departments to put a plan together before the severity of the cuts are determined. The budget cut would affect all public state universities and their respected athletic programs. However, Bardo said it affects mid-major Division I programs more than larger schools, such as the University of Illinois, because they have more revenue from broadcasting deals.

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

As Notre Dame pushed undefeated Kentucky to the brink, the Irish pulled in a record number of viewers for Saturday’s Midwest Region final in Cleveland. Second in a doubleheader on TBS that opened with Wisconsin’s victory over Arizona, registered a 9.0/16 overnight rating, the best-ever figure for a college basketball game on cable, according to Turner Sports. UK-Notre Dame peaked at an 11.9/21 from 10:45 p.m.-11 p.m. near the end of the Wildcats’ 68-66 victory, which vaulted them to 38-0 and into the Final Four. – Jonathan Lintner, The Courier-Journal. Read More.

THE UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA

The Athletic Department at The University of Tampa has a time-limited athletic training internship opportunity from August 1, 2015 (approximate start date) to May 31, 2016 (approximate end date) – Academic Year 2015-2016. This position will report to the Head Athletic Trainer. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF DENVER

The University of Denver seeks a Development Assistant – Athletics & Recreation. It will serve full-time as the first point of contact for program inquiries and visits to the Division of Athletics and Recreation. It will be an integral part of the External Affairs team by supporting the unit staff members on a day to day basis. Position will assist in stewardship efforts and gift processing related to all donations made to the Division of Athletics and Recreation. Apply here.

HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY

Kerry Conroy has joined the High Point University Athletic Department as assistant director of marketing, it was announced Monday. Conroy comes to HPU from the University of Sioux Falls, where she served as a marketing and promotions graduate assistant in 2013-14. Conroy also has served as a sales intern for the Cal Ripken Charlotte Stone Crabs and interned in the sports information department at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING

The University of Wyoming Cowboy Joe Club is conducting a search for an Assistant Athletics Director for Development who is willing to work in a high paced and rewarding environment of intercollegiate athletics. This is a benefited full-time 12 month position. E-Mail your formal application documentation to vmottl@uwyo.edu.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

At a time when state lawmakers are calling for Rutgers to upgrade facilities for its basketball programs, the university Senate on Friday voted to adopt a series of measures calling for fiscal restraint. After two faculty members heading up the university Senate’s budget and finance committee presented a 34-page report studying the athletics department’s spending, the advisory panel voted to move a series of recommendations forward to university President Robert Barchi that could potentially restrict Rutgers’ future athletics expenditures. – Keith Sargeant, NJ.com Read More.

AUGUSTANA COLLEGE

Augustana College director of athletics Slade Larscheid announced Friday that Ashley Buckley has resigned as head volleyball coach. Buckley has spent the last seven seasons as the Vikings’ head coach. Buckley, the eighth head coach in program history, spent seven seasons on the Viking sideline compiling a record of 124-87, including 80-60 in conference play. Buckley led Augustana to two 20-win seasons, one NCAA Tournament (2008) and two NSIC Tournament appearances.

DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

Kelly Coffey has been named head women’s soccer coach at Dominican University of California, announced Acting Director of Athletics Amy Henkelman. Coffey is a familiar name — not only to the soccer scene but to Dominican. Coffey joined Dominican Athletics as an assistant coach on the men’s side in August 2014. Coffey served as the head men’s soccer coach and Physical Education instructor at College of Marin from 2003 to 2007. He also spent 2006-07 as the Mariners’ assistant women’s soccer coach.

STONEHILL COLLEGE

Stonehill College has accepted the resignation of volleyball head coach Lauren Amundson, who has been named the next head coach of the volleyball program at NCAA Division I Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. The announcement was made today by Cindy MacDonald, Interim Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Stonehill, and confirmed by Pauline Dobrowski, Vice President for Student Affairs at the College. –

 

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

On Tuesday Mississippi State introduced the Bulldogs 20th head basketball coach.  Three days later Ben Howland introduced his coaching staff, one that he calls “top notch.” George Brooks, Ernie Zeigler and Korey McCray have joined the Bulldogs coaching staff. Brooks previously served under Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury and Rick Ray. McCray and Zeigler served as assistant under Ben Howland at UCLA.  –   AJ Giardina. WLOX. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

David McWilliams, who has spent more than five decades serving the University of Texas’ athletic department, believes it’s time to go fishing. The Austin American-Statesman (http://atxne.ws/1yn4Ruc ) reports McWilliams, who turns 73 next month, announced Friday he is retiring this August after his family “tried to give the best we have to Texas, and certainly Texas has always given us the best it had,” he said in a statement. Last April, he made several stops on the “Comin’ On Strong” bus tour to promote first-year football coach Charlie Strong. True to form, McWilliams was out helping organizers run the Texas Relays on Friday. – The Associated Press, Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

University of Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart said he shares responsibility for the turmoil on Rocky Top – and that brings up questions about his future. From sports writers to Vol fans on social media, many are calling for his head. UT has had three men’s basketball coaches since 2011, when Bruce Pearl was fired, and now Hart must find a fourth. -Mary Scott, WBIR-

UAB

Former UAB athletic director Brian Mackin’s severance package pays him a total of $234,750 over nine months and includes a lengthy confidentiality agreement, according to a copy of the document obtained by CBSSports.com. AL.com first reported terms of the agreement. Mackin served as “special assistant for athletics” from Dec. 1 to Feb. 28 and continued to be paid at his annual base salary rate of $309,000, plus a car allowance of $1,000 per month. That comes to $80,250 in pay before he stopped being a UAB employee on Feb. 28. Mackin will be paid $154,500 — equal to six months’ pay — from March 1 to Aug. 1 in monthly installments of $25,750. UAB saved $283,250 by negotiating a reduction in its original payment obligations from June 30, 2016, to Aug. 1, 2015. -Jon Solomon, CBS Sports-

March 28, 2015

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Colorado State University seeks an Athletics Development Interns. These internships are entry level professional positions designed to provide experience and assistance in preparing for a career in intercollegiate athletics.  Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart said Friday that men’s basketball assistant coach Al Pinkins will serve as the Vols’ interim head coach following the firing of former head coach Donnie Tyndall. Pinkins, 42, served as an assistant coach and Tennessee’s recruiting coordinator under Tyndall. He previously spent three years as an assistant coach at Ole Miss following an eight-year run as an assistant coach at Middle Tennessee. – Ryan Callahan, 247Sports. Read More.

March 27, 2015

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is seeking an Assistant Coach-Strength and Conditioning. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Director of Athletics. The mission of the Oregon State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is to provide opportunity to young people and develop leaders through a tradition of academic and athletic achievement in a progressive, inclusive environment of mutual respect. Apply here.

INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

A new NAIA Learfield Sports Director’s Cup standings has been released and Indiana Wesleyan University is 16th overall. There are currently 169 institutions represented in the standings. The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. The first NAIA spring standings will be released Thursday, May 28, 2015.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

The University of New Mexico Athletic Department will have to find a way to come up with between $500,000 and $1 million in order to fund full scholarships for student-athletes under new NCAA rules the university has the option of taking part in. Athletic Director Paul Krebs says the department plans to “phase in the increase over a certain time frame.” The university is already seeing a shortfall in funding for its academic scholarships through the lottery program, which adds even more speculation as to how the university plans to raise the money for athletes. – Blair Miller, KOB.comRead More.

KING’S COLLEGE LONDON

King’s College today unveiled a new athletic logo, which will be rolled out at upcoming spring admissions and commencement events and activities. The new mark, an evolution of the traditional Leo character, was designed by Creative Communications Associates (CCA) to be a more focused representation of the fierce pride, energy and competitiveness of the College and its student athletes. (Almost 25 percent of King’s undergraduates are involved in NCAA intercollegiate athletics.)

YORK COLLEGE

Tim Bonitz has been named the new York College women’s volleyball coach, effective immediately. Bonitz ascends to the head position after assisting former Spartan head coach Sue DuMars, who retired from coaching at the end of the 2014 campaign. Bonitz had served as DuMars’ assistant in each of the last two seasons. York College finished 10-21 overall last season and 3-6 in the Capital Athletic Conference. – The York Dispatch Read More.

HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Logan Johnson has joined the Harvard football staff as an assistant coach, Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, announced Thursday. Johnson, who spent last season as a defensive line coach at Bentley, will coach Harvard’s defensive line. Johnson spent the previous two years as an assistant football coach at Fitchburg State, working with the running backs, linebackers and special teams.

ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY

St. Lawrence University President William L. Fox ’75 announced today that Bob Durocher has been named the next Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation. Having served as the University’s head coach for men’s soccer since 1990 and assistant director of athletics since 2000, Durocher will begin his new duties April 1. Durocher will replace Margie F. Strait who served in the position from 1997 to January 2015.

March 26, 2015

CSUSM

Cal State San Marcos celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking of its 2,200-seat on-campus arena this week. Athletics officials, school administrators and students hailed the forthcoming $11.4 million Cougar Sports Center as a huge achievement for the campus as it transitions from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics to the NCAA.  Crews will complete construction by August 2016, in time for the 2016-17 women’s volleyball season. – Aaron Burgin, The Coast NewsRead More.

 

UTICA COLLEGE

Utica College seeks an Assistant Football Coach (Wide Receivers). Assists Head Coach with all facets of a varsity sports program including organizing and planning of all practices and game strategies, training and health education of student athletes, monitoring academic progress of student athletes and recruiting of athletes for the Program. Apply here.

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE

Dartmouth College seeks an Assistant Coach – Women’s Soccer. To assist the head coach in planning, coaching, recruiting, administering, and promoting the Women’s Soccer program within NCAA, Ivy League, and institutional standards. Apply here.