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March 28, 2015


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


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.


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.


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 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.)


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.


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 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


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 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 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.


The University of Alaska Fairbanks will be looking for its fifth sports information director since the 2011-12 school year, as current SID Drew Desrosiers has decided to step down from the position after his contract expires on June 30. Desrosiers, who was hired as the assistant SID in August, took over the head position after then-SID Jaime Schwartzwald resigned on Oct. 8 after less than three weeks on the job. – Jaryd Cline, News Miner Read More.


Soccer Head coach Rob van Rheenen has stepped down after 18 seasons with the Knights. Gannon’s all-time winningest coach – with 175 matches won – announced Friday morning that he would no longer lead the soccer program. “I would like to thank all the student-athletes who I was fortunate to coach during my career at Gannon,” van Rheenen said. “I would also like to thank all the coaches and staff in the athletics department who I had the great pleasure working with.


Phil Spiniello stepped down Wednesday from the helm of the women’s swimming and diving team as he and his wife are moving to North Carolina, the school announced. Rutgers set 13 school records during Spiniello’s five-year tenure, including four at the 2015 Big Ten Championships, when both a swimmer and a diver advanced to the NCAA Championships for the second straight year. – Ryan Dunleavy, My Central Jersey. Read More.


The William and Mary Athletics Department has announced the hiring of Chelsey Burk as Assistant Athletics Director for Business Affairs. Burk, who is in her second tenure with the Tribe, brings a diverse range of experiences to the Williamsburg campus. Just prior to taking her current role, Burk had served as the Department of Accounting Program Coordinator at Virginia Commonwealth University. Burk’s first stint at the College came from 2008 – 2010 as the Athletics Business Manager. While working with the Tribe, she managed the travel and recruiting budgets for all 23 varsity sports.


Jeff Fair is retiring from the Naval Academy after serving 18 years as the associate athletic director for sports medicine. The 68-year-old Arnold resident oversaw a staff of 10 full-time athletic trainers and personally served as head trainer for the football team throughout his tenure. – Bill Wagner, Capital GazetteRead More.


Fort Lewis College head volleyball coach Kelley Rifilato announced the hiring of Gabriella Hochanadel as the Skyhawks assistant coach.  Hochanadel spent the 2010 season at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where she helped NIC to a 29-7 overall record and a fifth place finish in the national tournament. Hochanadel replaces Temple Levings who resigned from her assistant coach position in January.


Eastern Michigan University is accepting applications for at least two Athletic Media Relations Graduate Assistant positions for the 2015-16 academic year. Located in Ypsilanti, Mich., Eastern Michigan is a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and sponsor of 21 Division I sports. e-mail to

March 25, 2015


The Coordinator for Ticket Operations is a professional staff member in the Department of Athletics with the primary responsibility of planning, organizing and directing all operations involving the Tickets Office. The Coordinator will also be responsible for the financial management of all revenue generated from ticket sales.  Apply here.


Sources tell College AD David A. K. Matlin will be named the next athletic director at Hawaii. We are told he will be announced today at at 12:00 PM HST. We are working on full confirmation. Here’s a little more background on the situation.


Natalie Rawson transformed Newman (Kan.) into a winning program, helping the Jets to their two most successful seasons as an NCAA Division II member over the past two seasons. She will get the same opportunity at Midwestern State as Rawson was named the program’s eighth head coach Tuesday afternoon. Rawson replaces Venera Flores-Stafford, who posted the most wins (179) and was the longest-tenured volleyball coach. – Times Record NewsRead More.


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.


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.


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,


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.” –, Read More.

March 24, 2015


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 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 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 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.


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-