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August 18, 2015

EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Eastern Kentucky selected Kevin Britton as its Assistant Athletics Director for Communications and Branding. Britton has served the last eight years as Eastern’s assistant director of athletic public relations. Britton will manage all facets of positively publicizing and promoting EKU’s 17 intercollegiate sports programs, including department messaging, media relations, internet strategies, creative services and video production. The Laurel County, Kentucky native earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in public relations from Eastern Kentucky in 2000 and a master’s of science degree in physical education with an emphasis in sports administration in 2011.

COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS

College of the Holy Cross is looking for a Director of Athletics Ticket Sales and Operations. The Director of Ticket Sales and Operations will support the Holy Cross Athletics to engage fans and provide impeccable ticket sales processes and procedures while implementing action plans for revenue generation and customer retention. Apply Here

INDIANA UNIVERSITY

IU athletics extended its apparel agreement with Adidas on Monday with one of the largest apparel deals in the country, IU Athletic Director Fred Glass announced Tuesday. The eight-year agreement is worth $53.6 million and runs through 2024. Adidas will almost double its original annual commitment to IU from $3.7 million to $6.7 million. Adidas will continue to provide jerseys for IU athletics, and it will provide IU football with one alternate jersey each year — including helmets — and men’s basketball will be provided with an optional alternate jersey. President and founder of Navigate Research AJ Maestas, who was engaged by the athletic department to do a valuation study in preparation for this deal, said the agreement will be the fifth largest in college athletics. – IDS, Read More

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

The Michigan State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is looking for a Coordinator Of Donor Relations. This position will be responsible for developing strategic donor retention, acquisition, and stewardship initiatives to properly engage & sustain positive and mutually-rewarding relations between the Athletic Department and its donors; partner with university colleagues and coaches to determine the best strategies for effective stewardship of donors; and maintain ongoing and active networking with internal and external constituencies. Apply Here

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics is seeking an Assistant Director of Marketing candidate for a variety of Varsity Sports Programs. The primary duties for this position will include assisting the Basketball Marketing Manager with all marketing and promotions, implementing and executing game day and event marketing strategies for all Basketball events, monitoring and collaborating on social media efforts and grassroots campaigns to increase brand recognition and awareness, assisting in the supervision of events to ensure coordinated event details are completed, and assist in the hiring, training, and supervision of any marketing employees as well as direct supervision of marketing interns. Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON

University of Wisconsin – Madison is looking for an Associate Athletic Director for Business Operations. The Associate Athletic Director for Business Operations assists the Athletic Director in the overall administration of a $130 million, 23 sport NCAA Division I Intercollegiate Athletic Program serving as a member of the Athletic Director’s Senior Management Team. To apply, send a letter of application addressing your qualifications and experiences specifically relating to the responsibilities of this position, a comprehensive resume, the current contact information for three professional references, and a statement of whether you wish to have your application held in confidence or made available to the public upon request to: Office of Athletics Human Resources, at AssociateAD@athletics.wisc.edu.

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY FRESNO

California State University, Fresno is looking for a Senior Associate Athletics Director – Sport Services. Under the general supervision of the Director of Athletics, the Senior Associate Athletics Director – Sport Services is primarily responsible for working with all facets of the administration on the athletics department. Apply Here

CONFERENCE USA

Conference USA EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATE COMMISSIONER Judy MacLeod will serve as the league’s interim head when longtime commissioner Britton Banowsky steps down on Sept. 15. MacLeod has long been considered Banowsky’s heir apparent. ODU President John Broderick, who chairs the C-USA Board of Directors, said the league has begun a search for a permanent successor. She becomes the first woman ever to head any of the ten Football Bowl Subdivision leagues. MacLeod joined Conference USA in 2005 after spending 15 years at the University of Tulsa, including ten as athletic director. – Harry Minium, NCAA, Read More

UTRGV

Northern State’s Blake Day has accepted the Assistant Athletics Director for Development position at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Day was about to enter his fourth year with NSU this fall and his second year as assistant athletics director for development and marketing. Day joined NSU in August 2012 and spent his first two years as director of athletic marketing and development, before being promoted to his current role in May 2014. Blake came to NSU from South Dakota State, where he was a marketing graduate assistant in the Jackrabbit athletic department. – Aberdeen News, Read More

ELON UNIVERSITY

The Elon University Athletic Communications Office announced the hiring of Josh Gresh as Assistant Director of Communications on Monday, Aug. 17. Gresh will serve as the primary communications contact for Phoenix men’s basketball, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis. Prior to coming to Elon, Gresh spent a little over a year in the Wake Forest Athletic Communications Office. Gresh has also communications experience as a volunteer with the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers, Carolina Panthers, United States Soccer, Lake Erie Monsters, Canton Charge and Cleveland Gladiators. Gresh earned a bachelor of arts from Baldwin Wallace in 2013, double majoring in sport management and public relations.

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

UCF Athletics is looking for an Assistant Director, Student-Athlete Welfare and Development. Under the direction of the Director of Student-Athlete Welfare & Development, positions will assist in the management and administration of programming towards the personal and professional development of student-athletes. Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA CHAPEL HILL

The Department of Athletics has developed eight UNC-themed emoji stickers available for download on iOS and Android devices. Lynnea Phillips, social media coordinator for the athletic department, said she came up with the idea for the stickers, and the department’s design intern, senior Keely McKenzie, spent an afternoon designing them. Phillips said about 20 minutes were spent designing each sticker. “Downloading them sounds like a lot of effort, but if they were more convenient, I’d definitely use them,” Holder said. Phillips said the emojis are offered as downloadable images instead of a keyboard like the one traditional emojis are offered on to save money. – Colleen Moir, Daily Tar Heel, Read More

OKLAHOMA UNIVERSITY NORMAN

University of Oklahoma – Norman is looking for a Development Associate I/Asst. Director of Development. The Development Associate I/Asst. Director of Development assists with all aspects of Sooner Club with primary focus on major gifts and their donor benefits, including priority parking. Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS

UNLV Athletics finished the most recent annual budget with a surplus for the first time in years, and the ongoing plans for an on-campus football practice facility remains the department’s top priority, according to Athletic Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy. The third-year AD met with local media on Monday afternoon for a state of the department luncheon during which Kunzer-Murphy highlighted the achievements of the past year and detailed what’s in store for the coming year and beyond. The department reported a $52,000 surplus on its approximately $33 million annual budget, the first time in recent memory that it hasn’t required extra funds from the university to balance the books. – Taylor Bern, Las Vegas Sun, Read More


UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

The University of New Mexico has hired a new administrator to help oversee the athletic department budget. Michael Marcelli, who had worked as state budget director for New Mexico’s state budget division since 2012, started on Monday as UNM’s associate athletic director for finance/chief financial officer. University spokesman Frank Mercogliano said it is a new position, and one the school has talked about creating for a few years. Marcelli’s duties will include financial planning, budget preparation, financial forecasting, financial oversight of all capital projects, tracking capital outlay, managing vender contracts, financial analysis of all special events, review of all fiscal policies, and facility debt service. Marcelli has a master’s degree in business from UNM’s Anderson School of Management (2013). – Mark Smith, Albuquerqe Journal, Read More

August 17, 2015

NEWBERRY COLLEGE

Erik Schwager has been named Newberry College’s director of Strength, Conditioning and Sports Performance and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. Accomplished in his field, Schwager brings with him extensive experience from the collegiate and professional level of athletics. Most recently he served as an assistant at Limestone College where he started the strength and conditioning program for football. Davenport, a native of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, graduated from UW-Madison in 2009 with a degree in nutritional science and dietetics. – Herald Independent, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

Jackie Davenport, who has had significant organizational and event planning experience in the University of Wisconsin Department of Athletics since 2009, has been named the department’s Community Relations Director. Davenport, who will begin her new post on August 24, will oversee the coordination and execution of community service activities (the Badgers Give Back program) for the department’s 900 student-athletes. Davenport has been an administrative program specialist for UW Athletics since 2011. Davenport, a native of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, graduated from UW-Madison in 2009 with a degree in nutritional science and dietetics.

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

The George Washington University Department of Athletics announced today a three-year contract extension with Nike that assures GW’s more than 450 student-athletes in 27 varsity sports of having the best and latest in high quality footwear, equipment and apparel. The worldwide leader in athletic apparel and footwear will remain the exclusive official outfitter of GW Athletics. The agreement extends the initial deal inked in 2012 that was the first comprehensive apparel and footwear deal for George Washington, and gave Nike the right to provide uniforms, apparel and footwear to each of GW’s varsity sports.

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Michigan State will undergo a key restructuring of its athletic department, which includes the formation of a new leadership team, the departure of a longtime administrator and the addition of a new one from Tom Izzo’s staff. The reorganization includes naming four department members, Shelley Appelbaum, Jim Pignataro, Paul Schager and Chuck Sleeper, to serve as executive associate athletic directors. Each will oversee one primary area of focus: student-athletes, allocation of resources, events and revenue, respectively. Greg Ianni will remain in his role of deputy director of athletics, in charge of facilities and sport administration for football and men’s basketball. The reorganization comes as Peggy Brown, the department’s business manager since 1999, announces her retirement in 2016. – Kyle Austin, MLive, Read More

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Albertsons/Safeway, in association with the Colorado State University and the University of Colorado athletics departments, announced Monday that the grocery retailer would serve as title sponsor for the Rocky Mountain Showdown on Saturday, Sept. 19 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Rocky Mountain Showdown is Colorado’s longest running in-state football rivalry between the Colorado State Rams and Colorado Buffalos, attracting nearly 70,000 fans annually to the City of Denver and Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Albertsons/Safeway will work closely with Learfield Sports’ Rams Sports Properties and Buffalo Sports Properties staffs, as the exclusive athletics multimedia rights holder for each University, to incorporate Albertsons and Safeway’s trademarks with the game’s brand in all advertising, promotion and game day signage.

OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY

Old Dominion’s home football game with North Carolina State on Sept. 19 sold out this morning 19 minutes after single-game tickets went on sale. It took a few hours to sell nearly all but a handful of the 311 available for Norfolk State on Sept. 12. ODU began the day with about 500 season tickets left for all seven home games, but that number had been reduced nearly in half to 261 by noon, White said. Norfolk State has some single-game tickets left for the contest at ODU, although how many remain is uncertain. Not since it began playing football in 2009 has ODU had season tickets to sell so late in the summer. The Monarchs, who have sold out all 41 games at 20,118-seat Foreman Field, had sold all their season tickets last year by early August. -Harry Minium, The Virginian-Pilot, Read More

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

The National Labor Relations Board on Monday declined to assert jurisdiction in the historic Northwestern University case after football players had been deemed to be employees by the regional NLRB director last year. Effectively, the decision is a major victory for Northwestern and the NCAA. Analysts expected the five-member NLRB to either back or reverse the decision, but instead, the board exercised its discretion not to take charge of the case and dismissed the representation petition filed by the College Athletes Players Association. “In the decision, the Board held that asserting jurisdiction would not promote labor stability due to the nature and structure of NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS),” the NLRB wrote in its decision. “By statute the Board does not have jurisdiction over state-run colleges and universities, which constitute 108 of the roughly 125 FBS teams. – Tom Farrey, ESPN, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND

University of Richmond is looking for an Assistant Director of Athletics/Marketing & Fan Development. The primary responsibility of the Assistant Director of Athletics/Marketing & Fan Development is the generation of revenue through ticket sales. This position is also responsible for increasing attendance and creating a positive and exciting game day atmosphere. –Apply Here

WINTHROP UNIVERSITY

Winthrop Athletics is launching a new branding campaign – One W1NTHROP – that focuses its emphasis on “One Team, One Family, One Goal, One W1INTHROP” during 2015-16. The purpose of this new branding look for Winthrop Athletics is to draw its 18 teams closer together, to instill a stronger bond between the athletic department and the local communities, and to promote a common purpose of success on the courts and playing fields and in the classroom. The four core principles of the One W1NTHROP campaign are education, opportunity, community and tradition. Winthrop athletic director Tom Hickman says this effort will energize the entire athletic program, which includes over 325 student-athletes, 32 coaches and nearly 40 support staff, and will stir the community to action whether in the form of purchasing season tickets, joining the Eagle Club, becoming an advertising sponsor, or simply being a fan. – The Herald, Read More

NORTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY

Northern State University is looking for a Director of Athletic Marketing and Development. The Director of Athletic Marketing and Development will assist in revenue enhancement of the athletics program by identifying, cultivating, and soliciting sponsors and donors for the athletics department. Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Beth Goetz is the interim athletic director at the University of Minnesota following Norwood Teague’s resignation and is one person who could potentially fill the role permanently. For far too long, gender issues have plagued the University of Minnesota’s athletic department. Now, in the wake of Norwood Teague’s necessary resignation, the university has an opportunity to chart a new course for athletics — one that fully embraces Title IX, empowers women in athletic administration and creates a work environment in which both women and men can do their jobs without harassment or bias. University President Eric Kaler’s No. 1 goal for the search process should be to come up with a pool of well-qualified candidates from across the country that includes women and minorities. – Star Tribune, Read More

PAC-12

A light broke through long cloudy skies this summer for the Pac-12 when DirecTV was acquired by corporate partner AT&T, seemingly clearing the path for the conference to hammer out a long-awaited distribution deal. If the Pac-12 has its way, the wait won’t be much longer. The Tribune has learned that informal discussions between the conference and the satellite television provider have reopened since AT&T’s deal cleared last month. While talks have been informal and DirecTV is still in a state of transition, the Pac-12 is driving to reach an agreement by Sept. 3, when football season kicks off. It’s unclear whether DirecTV feels the same urgency, but Commissioner Larry Scott, network President Lydia Murphy-Stephans and other Pac-12 officials are pushing for sooner rather than later, according to a source close to the Pac-12. -Kyle Goon, The Salt Lake Tribune, Read More

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY CARBONDALE

Southern Illinois University is looking for an Associate Sports Information Director. The Sports Information Director produces press releases, brochures, media guides, game programs, newsletters, and similar information for dissemination to the general public and various media outlets. Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE

The Student-Athlete Performance Center will be the type of facility that Louisiana-Lafayette athletes only dreamed about not too many years ago. The new building, though, has been a burr under Hudspeth’s saddle for the past two weeks, since the beginning of preseason drills. The wait is nearly over. Groundbreaking was held last Aug. 20, and the “official” completion day for the Lemoine Co. of Lafayette, the company constructing the facility, is Tuesday, Sept. 1, just over one year later. The entire men’s and women’s athletic program will utilize the support facilities, but football will be the only sport whose offices will be in the building. The facility also has a 150-seat auditorium that can be divided several ways, and a football locker room that Hudspeth said should dazzle prospective recruits. – Dan Mcdonald, The Advocate, Read More

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

It’s a new day at Florida A&M in terms of athletics, with new coaches and a new athletic director driving major changes at Florida’s largest HBCU. New head coach Alex Wood has already set a new standard for the football team that began in the spring with 5:30 a.m. practices. Third-year head coach Jamey Shouppe plans to continue building a strong baseball program for FAMU. Last season, he coached the Rattlers to the team’s first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in Gainesville. Milton Overton Jr, FAMU’s new athletic director who was hired over the summer, said he plans to build champions FAMU fans will be proud of. The Rattlers have five home games this year, including an Oct. 17 homecoming date with the Delaware State Hornets, a team that FAMU thrashed 41-7 last season. -Jordan Culver, Tallahassee Democrat, Read More