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July 23, 2015


Florida Atlantic University seeks application for Assistant Director, Academic Support Services.  Responsible to provide academic, career and personal counseling to student-athletes. Design and implement academic support programming for all student-athletes in order to improve retention and graduation rates. Apply Here.


For the first time in school history, Manhattan College will outsource its comprehensive athletic multimedia rights in a multi-year agreement with Learfield Sports. The partnership is effective immediately, and Learfield will vet a general manager to oversee the establishment of “Jasper Sports Properties” to work alongside the athletic administration on a daily basis. This local Learfield entity – dedicated solely to Manhattan College – will manage all aspects of the Jaspers’ rights including signage, digital, corporate sponsorships, television and radio play-by-play, and coaches’ shows.


University of North Florida Director of Athletics Lee Moon announced the hiring of Lauren Brooks as the Director of Athletic Marketing. Brooks joins the UNF staff following a stint handling sales, promotions and event coordination for SportsDay Productions, a television and radio production company that provides programming for 1010XL/92.5 FM radio, CW17 television and other broadcast entities. She also serves as host or co-host for several local radio shows in Jacksonville.


The University of Cincinnati has doubled the amount of general university resources it pumps into sports over the last few years, eliminating an operating deficit for athletics. The most recent NCAA report, for the 2013-14 school year, places the value of UC’s subsidy to intercollegiate sports at $27.1 million, enough to cover almost half the bill. Additionally, the school no longer requires the athletic department to pay out-of-state tuition rates for any athletic scholarships. This saves the athletic department about $15,000 a year for non-Ohio recruits. The subsidy is needed because UC’s athletic department does not generate the kind of money as say an Ohio State, or a West Virginia, which as recently as the 2011-12 school year played in the Big East Conference with Cincinnati. Rich Exner, Cleaveland. Read More.


The construction within Coastal Carolina’s athletics complex the last several years brought the school much-needed softball and baseball stadium upgrades, it also exacerbated the parking crunch around the football and baseball facilities. So with the last touches finally wrapped up on Springs Brooks Stadium, including the completed boardwalk around the outfield wall, the university is now busy addressing that parking issue. The redesign involved tearing up the old medians in the main lot between the football and baseball stadiums and cutting down the pine trees – but not the protected oaks – behind the outfield wall. The 2015-16 Coastal Carolina basketball schedule is not finished yet and may not be released until the end of August, but most of the marquee matchups are in place. – Ryan Young. Myrtle Beach Online. Read More.


Bowling Green State University uses less money from student fees and other non-athletic school sources to pay for sports than nearly every other Mid-American Conference school in Ohio. Yet it still added up to $14.7 million in 2013-14, according to the school’s latest financial filings with the NCAA. That averages out to $934 a year per student on campus. Sixty-three percent of the money in 2013-14 came from the $14.7 million subsidy to the athletic department – $12.7 million from student fees and $2 million through the value of making facilities or services available at no charge. Sports-related revenue made up the rest. – Rich Exner, Cleveland. Read More.


The University of Minnesota Crookston athletic department announced the promotion of Kamille Wahlin to Assistant Athletic Director/Senior Women’s Administrator in charge of Marketing and Promotions. Wahlin, a native of Crookston, Minn., has spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for the UMC women’s basketball team and will remain in that role, in addition to her new responsibilities. Wahlin has been an integral part of Coach Mike Roysland’s coaching staff the last two seasons, helping the Golden Eagles to unprecedented success.


Several problems in Florida A&M’s athletic department were detailed during meetings of committees within the university’s Board of Trustees, and nearly all of the issues could result in sanctions or fines for an already reeling department. AMU CFO Dale Cassidy spoke at length during a Tuesday meeting of the Board’s Budget and Finance Committee, outlining an $8,717,500 2015-16 budget with an estimated $500,000 in donations. The Audit and Compliance Committee also brought to light three NCAA Level II (significant breach of conduct) violations regarding compliance. – Jordan Culver, Tallahassee Democrat. Read More.


NCAA will send notice of allegations to Southern Mississippi men’s basketball program and is expected to send a notice of allegations to former USM coach Donnie Tyndall will be charged with rules violations. Sources have told the NCAA will allege violations involving improper benefits and academic misconduct happened on Tyndall’s watch. Southern Miss and Tyndall will then have an opportunity to contest whatever allegations they’d like to answer. Then the NCAA will eventually levy penalties, probably at some point in 2016. Tyndall left Southern Miss for Tennessee in April 2014.- Curtis Rockwell, Gulf Live. Read More.


Athletic directors at some of Mississippi’s largest universities are coming out in favor of removing the Confederate emblem from the state flag. Officials say changing the flag would allow the state to play host to special college sporting events. Since 2001, the NCAA college athletics governing body has banned states that fly the Confederate Battle Emblem in an official capacity from holding special events like bowl games or championship tournaments. Ross Bjork is the Athletic Director for the University of Mississippi. He says the ban has taken a toll on the both the state’s image and economy. “I think anytime you bring visitors to the state you’re going to see a positive impact,” Bjork says. “So the more things we can do that are predetermined, pre-set-up, like an NCAA event, would be tremendous. There is no doubt that there would be an economic up-tick.” – Paul Boger, MPB. Read More.


Savannah College of Art and Design has unveiled its new logo and branding identity for the athletic department on both its Savannah and Atlanta locations, Thursday morning. The new branding sets SCAD’s visual direction for several years to come. “The new branding gives SCAD a positive and more recognizable identity,” said athletic director Doug Wollenburg. “These are exciting new marks that are bold and vibrant.” The new branding features several different color palette options including black, gold, silver, and white with the primary font being Gotham. See the new logo.


The University of Kentucky offered a guided media tour of ongoing Commonwealth Stadium renovations: the work already done on the $120 million project represents a dramatic transformation, but there is clearly still plenty left to do in the 44 days between now and the Wildcats’ Sept. 5 home football opener. Russ Pear, an associate athletic director and the project manager, remains confident the stadium will be move-in ready – but not fully complete – in time for Week 1. The new press box and luxury suites on the South side of the stadium are taking shape, as is the new recruiting room and patio in the East end zone – situated atop the new tunnel the team will enter the field from – but those are all still in the drywall stage. Flooring, cabinetry, paint and all the fancy finishes are still to come. – Kyle Tucker,Courier-Journal. Read More.


Britton Banowsky, commissioner of Conference USA, has recommended that each of his schools have a medical person in the press box for every game, serving as a spotter to prevent a similar situation. “Health and safety is the highest priority,” Banowsky said at Wednesday’s league media day session. “We’ve regulated down on the number of contact practices. We talked about the value of an extra set of eyes. … We need to know so we can trigger a protocol to then understand what’s going on.”


The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) is seeking an Assistant Director of Athletic Communications (ADAC). The ADAC is responsible for assisting with day-to-day athletic communication department activities that include: press releases, general features, photography, statistics, press box/game day operations, publications, social media and webcasting. Apply here.

July 22, 2015


Southern Miss Athletics announced the hiring of Kaylie Shannon as Assistant AD for Sports Technology. Shannon comes to Southern Miss after working in here previous role as Assistant Manager of Video Production at Colorado State since May 2014. The 2012 Colorado State alumnus worked her first five years of her career at her alma mater, starting as a Football Video Assistant from March 2010 until August 2013. She then worked the next year as Video Producer/Video Editor for the athletic department, before being promoted to Assistant Manager of Video Production in May 2014.


Jacob Ludwikowski has been promoted to Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Student-Athlete Services, the University Of New Orleans Athletics Department announced on Tuesday. Ludwikowski has been a member of the Privateer family since 2012 before being promoted to Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance one year later. A native of Sand Creek, Wis., Ludwikowski was then promoted to Assistant AD for Compliance and Student-Athlete Enrichment at New Orleans in 2014, overseeing the Privateers athletics compliance and academic support operations.


At the 24th Annual National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) Convention in late June, the Association members selected Arizona State’s Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing, Game Experience and Special Events, Becky Parke, to serve as the President in 2015-16. Parke will take over for Eric Nichols, associate athletic director/chief marketing officer at South Carolina, who served as President in 2014-15.


San Diego State Director of Athletics Jim Sterk announced the promotions for three long-time SDSU Athletics employees – Lesley Fong, David Noll and Tim Baron. The trio has more than 30 years of service time atop Montezuma Mesa. Fong, who has worked in the Aztec Athletic Department for 15 years, is SDSU’s Assistant Athletic Director for Operations – Special Events and Campus Relations. Noll has been named Assistant Athletic Director for Operations – Event Management. Baron, who has been at San Diego State for eight years, is the new Assistant Athletic Director for Operations – Facilities.


Elizabeth City State University is seeking for Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance who can administer, educate and enforce CIAA, NCAA and institutional compliance policies and procedures for all athletic sports. Inform and educate coaches, student athletes, administrators, staff, and faculty on NCAA and CIAA conference rules and regulations. Apply Here.


Athletic spending at the state’s six Mid-American Conference schools is up 24 percent in five years, almost double the increase in the cost of tuition, books, room and board at the same schools. Most of the money for sports at Ohio’s mid-major schools such as those in the MAC comes from mandatory student fees or other non-athletic university resources. Ticket sales, TV revenue and donations don’t come close to paying the bills. Ohio State’s athletic department however, generates enough cash to cover the entire sports bill and transfer some leftover money to the academic side of campus. For the other 10 Division I public universities in Ohio, student fees and other school support adds up to an average of $820 a year per student on campus. -Rich Exnor, Northeast Ohio Media Group- Read More.


Anderson University Director of Athletics Bill D’Andrea on Tuesday announced that Jennifer Bell has been appointed Associate Athletics Director. Bell, who also serves as Senior Woman Administrator and Compliance Director, has served as an Assistant A.D. since 2011. Bell arrived at AU in 1998 after serving as the head coach at Wofford College for four years and guiding the Lady Terriers program during its transition from an NCAA Division II Independent to a Division I Southern Conference team. Bell also serves as an advisor of the student-athlete advisory committee and will oversee volleyball and soccer in an administrative capacity.


Mineral Area College Athletic Director Chad Mills was the guest speaker at Tuesday’s Park Hills-Leadington Chamber of Commerce luncheon with hopes of introducing new Basketball Head-Coach Luke Strege. Mills shared that he and the college are excited about the new coach, who hails from Eastern Kentucky University where he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Strege, who was voted the No. 1 basketball recruiter in the Ohio Valley Conference last year, is seen as a good fit for the basketball team which reached the national tournament last year under the tutelage of Coach Corey Tate. Mills described Strege as a coach who wants good student athletes, not just on the court, but in their student life as well.-Donn Adamson. Read More.


University of New Mexico Athletics, the UNM Foundation and the Lobo Club announced Tuesday that the department raised a record $14,755,768 for the 2014-15 fiscal year, shattering the record of $14,050,000 from 2007-08. The Lobo Club and the athletic department recorded 9,093 gift transactions in 2014-15, over 25 percent of the transactions for the entire university. “We are extremely appreciative of the support that we receive from what I have always said are the best fans in America,” said UNM athletic director Paul Krebs.


The Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc. signs on VCU athletics buildings have started to come down. VCU’s athletics department now has a plan for removing the signs, he said. “But they didn’t have a specific time frame for the rest of the those removals,” Porter said. VCU’s athletics facilities were decked in signs proclaiming them part of the “HDL Inc. Athletic Village” after Richmond-based HDL made a $4 million pledge that was signed in December 2012. But HDL filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection early last month and informed VCU recently that it would not be able to continue its sponsorship. The latest $400,000 payment was due June 30.- Richmond Times. Read More.


Following recent high-profile deals with Michigan State and Alabama, CLC has inked a five-year extension of its global partnership with Oklahoma State University (OSU) to continue managing the school’s trademark licensing program. CLC began partnering with OSU in 1982. “CLC offers the expertise, resources, and record of success with top collegiate institutions that OSU needs to continue to grow our brand and meet the needs of our fans,” said Kyle Wray, the University’s VP for Enrollment Management and Marketing. Wray says the school will leverage CLC’s market leadership to increase sales and exposure of its merchandise.


Susquehanna head softball coach and athletics administrator Kathy Kroupa has accepted a position as The Citadel’s Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations and Senior Women’s Administrator (SWA). Kroupa began her tenure at Susquehanna in 2001 as the head softball coach and assistant women’s soccer coach. From 2002-06, Kroupa served as an assistant soccer coach before assuming the head coaching position from 2006-10. In addition to her coaching duties, Kroupa has been SU’s SWA since 2009 while also serving as the athletic department’s compliance coordinator and academic coordinator.


Alcohol Beverage Control Board of Director Bud Roberts approved the permit allowing alcohol to be served at some events on the Arkansas State University campus. ASU’s Board of Trustees in April approved a 10-year lease agreement with the nonprofit sports club allowing it to serve alcohol to its members at Centennial Bank Stadium, the Convocation Center, Tomlinson Stadium, Fowler Center, Cooper Alumni Center and the A-State Pavilion. ASU System President Charles Welch has said the plan is in response to requests of university patrons. System Vice President Jeff Hankins said alcohol will be allowed to be served during ASU’s first home football game on Sept. 12.


Ball State University has adopted a $23.8 million intercollegiate athletics budget for 2015-16 that is more than half subsidized by student services fees. The budget earmarks $8.2 million for athletic scholarships, $5.9 million for professional personnel including salaries for coaches, $4.7 million for supplies including equipment, $2.2 million for travel, and $1.8 million for employee benefits. Revenue from student fees is projected at $13.4 million, or 56 percent of the budget. Other projected income includes $3.9 million from the university’s general fund, $2.4 million in NCAA allocations, $1.9 million in guarantees for playing bigger schools on the road, and $850,358 in ticket sales. – JC Online. Read More.


UAB football will take the field again in 2017 and remain an FBS program. Athletic director Mark Ingram said Tuesday that rifle will return in the upcoming season, while bowling will compete in 2016-17 and football in two years. UAB supporters pledged enough money to cover the projected $17 million cost to operate football over the next five years, plus millions more toward facility upgrades. Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky said UAB could potentially play a full league schedule in its first season back. – Gulf Live. Read More.


Chanc Gomez has joined the Colorado State University-Pueblo Athletics Department as the new Assistant Athletic Director for Tickets and Facilities. Gomez will handle all aspects of ticketing for the ThunderWolves, including football and basketball season tickets. He will also serve as the manager for each of the department’s athletics facilities. Gomez joins the Pack after spending the last two years as the manager of The Patriot Express Carwash in Pueblo. While at Patriot Express, Gomez executed sales and served as the company’s fundraising coordinator.