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June 22, 2015


Chris Blair, the current radio play-by-play man for Georgia Southern University athletics, has been hired to be the next “Voice of the Tigers,” the LSU athletic department announced. Blair will replace Jim Hawthorne, who has served as the radio voice for LSU football, basketball and baseball teams for the past 32 years, starting with the 2016 baseball season. Hawthorne called his last baseball game in the Tigers’ eliminating loss to TCU in the College World Series on Thursday night but will call the 2015 football season and the 2016 basketball season before officially retiring. – LSU Reveille. Read more.


Bruce R. Poulton, a former N.C. State University chancellor who helped develop the vision and a master plan for Centennial Campus and later stepped down amid controversy over NCSU athletics, died unexpectedly at his home Friday, a son said. He died at 88. At N.C. State, Poulton worked with Gov. Jim Hunt and Gov. Jim Martin to transfer 900-plus acres of state property to the university and then asked Claude McKinney, a former NCSU design school dean who became chief planner and advocate for Centennial Campus, to craft the development concept, said George Worsley, vice chancellor for finance and business for N.C. State from 1976 through 2004. – Virginia Bridges, New Observer. Read more.


The College of William & Mary (Division I) is seeking an Asst. Coach Track & Field (Jumps & Sprints) who meets the following qualifications: Knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations; understanding of competitive strategies necessary for individual and team achievement of athletic standards of performance and the ability to refine individual and team strategies throughout the season preferred. Excellent interpersonal communication skills highly beneficial. Apply here.


Wingate University vice-president and director of athletics Steve Poston and head men’s and women’s swimming coach Kirk Sanocki announce the hiring of Katie Pheil (’15) as assistant men’s and women’s swimming coach. An 11-time NCAA Division II All-American as a student-athlete for the Bulldogs, Pheil begins her new responsibilities immediately.During the 2014-15 season, Pheil was one of Wingate’s graduate assistant coaches. The Wingate women finished a program-best third at the 2015 NCAA Division II swimming and diving championships. The Bulldog men finished 12th, one point behind 11th-place Delta State (Miss.) University. Wingate’s men had finished 11th (or better) at the NCAA meet nine years in a row.


Iowa State University seeks a Director of Wrestling Operations who will work under the direction of the Head Wrestling Coach and will coordinate administrative functions for the Division I wrestling program with a commitment to adhering to university, Big 12 Conference and NCAA policies, procedures, and regulations. Responsibilities may include: manage unit budget; assist with coordination of recruitment process and organizing visits; coordinate special events; oversee the admissions process and housing for incoming student-athletes; coordinate competition schedule and contracts; oversee team equipment. Apply here.


University of New Hampshire, is conducting a national search for an Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance. Provide assistance to the Senior Associate Athletic Director to ensure compliance with all University, affiliated conferences, and NCAA rules and regulations governing intercollegiate athletics. The Assistant AD will monitor recruitment activities including, but not limited to, official/unofficial visits, telephone logs, and contacts/evaluations; monitor practice and playing seasons; administer and prepare NLI’s, assist with NCAA initial eligibility process. Apply here.


Murray State University seeks Equipment Manager to assist the search committee in effectively reviewing your application materials, please be sure that your cover letter and resume demonstrate your skill sets, credentials, and degrees held as requested by the posted advertisement. Apply here.


University of California, Davis is seeking an Associate Strength & Conditioning Coach. Under supervision of the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, assist with the development and implementation of strength and conditioning programs for 23 intercollegiate athletic teams. Work with men’s basketball and other teams as assigned by the head strength and conditioning coach and design sport specific strength and conditioning programs. Work directly with head coaches of assigned teams to ensure that the specific strength and conditioning needs of each team are met. Apply here.

June 19, 2015


The University of Minnesota, Morris has selected Jason Herbers as its next director of intercollegiate athletics. Herbers comes to Morris after serving as the associate athletic director in charge of development and operations at Dixie State University in Saint George, Utah, for five years and five years as Utah State University’s assistant athletic director. He brings 18 years of experience working in college athletics, including successful stints with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I, II, and III affiliated programs and conferences.


Brown University invites applicants for an Assistant Athletic Trainer. This is a 10-month, Assistant Athletic Trainer position. The position will provide medical care and health education to ensure the safety of, reduce the risk of injury to, and guide the rehabilitation of Brown student-athletes under the guidance of the Head Athletic Trainer. Apply here.


After athletic department lost $7.9 million during the last fiscal year, because of payouts to high-earning officials, and a vast drop-off in ticket sales, the University of Michigan Board of Regents voted Thursday to approve a 2.7 percent tuition increase for in-state students and a 3.7 percent hike for non-residents at its June 18, monthly meeting. The increase puts freshman tuition and fees for Michigan-residents at $13,856 in the lower division—up from $13,158 a year ago—and $43,476 per year for non-Michigan residents—up from $41,578 last year—making U-M one of the highest non-resident rates of any U.S. public university. – Jeremy Allen, MLive. Read more.


Drexel University seeks Coordinator, Athletic Compliance. The primary function of this position is support of the Coordinator of Compliance in the Athletics’ Compliance office. The Athletic Compliance Office serves as a resource to all members of the Drexel Athletic community with respect to NCAA regulations, Colonial Athletic Association rules, departmental and university issues. The Compliance Office shall maintain up-to date knowledge, monitor the legal and regulatory environment of intercollegiate athletics, and abide by the letter and intent of the NCAA, Colonial Athletic Association and Drexel University. Apply here.


St. Mary’s College of Maryland at Historic St. Mary’s City is accepting resumes for the full-time, 10-month position of Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach. Responsible for managing all phases of a highly competitive NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse program which includes recruitment of qualified student-athletes; scheduling of contests; administration, organization, and evaluation of all aspects of the program; and adherence to all NCAA Division III, conference and institutional policies and procedures.


The Rutgers’ Board of Governors approved a university-wide physical master plan that includes upgrades for almost every sports team. The most significant plans call for a renovated Hale Center to become the exclusive home of the football team and the construction of a multi-use facility that will serve as a practice facility for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. These projects will be financed by the group of major athletics donors who Barchi and Hermann will meet on June 29 to discuss the plans. – Dan Duggan, NJ. Read more.


Michigan interim athletic director Jim Hackett said he wants plans to hold to a self-imposed deadline of July 1 to determine which apparel manufacturer the athletic department will sign with. “Look for an answer soon,” Hackett said after he addressed the Regents regarding the athletic department budget. Michigan’s contract with adidas, signed in 2007 and worth $8.2 million annually ($4.4 million in apparel, $3.8 million in cash) expires at the end of July 2016. Hackett has proposals from adidas, Nike and Under Armour.


As the Purdue Football Master Plan evolves, former Boilermaker All-America quarterback Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, have committed $1 million to the football program. “We care so much about Purdue University,” Drew Brees said. “Purdue has meant so much to me, and it has provided so many things. From the education I received and playing for coach Joe Tiller, to winning a Big Ten championship and going to the Rose Bowl, to the relationships I was able to form with many of my teammates and meeting my beautiful wife … we are so blessed and so thankful.


Missouri State University Director of Athletics Kyle Moats announced the hiring Thursday of three full-time athletics personnel, including two associated with the men’s basketball program and one with football. Cody Seidel, who has been the video coordinator for men’s basketball the last three years, will move over to the role of director of basketball operations for coach Paul Lusk’s squad. Griffin Waller will join the basketball Bears as the team’s strength coach. Waller comes to Springfield after two years as a sports performance coach and graduate assistant at Stanford University in California. He assisted with the planning and execution of the men’s and women’s basketball sports performance plans at Stanford since August of 2013 and was part of a women’s basketball Final Four run and men’s basketball Sweet 16 advancement in 2014.


After playing for the Kalamazoo Wings for the last six years, Sam Ftorek will be behind the bench wearing a suit after being named hockey assistant coach. He replaces Colin Chaulk who took a head coaching position with the ECHL Brampton Beast. Ftorek played in more than 1,000 games in his pro career and last season set a record for ECHL games played. He played in 878 ECHL games, the most in the league’s 27-year history. Ftorek spent most of his career as a forward, but switched to defense the last few seasons. – Pam Shebest, Mlive. Read more.


Antonio Harris the new head women’s basketball coach of Central Georgia Tech. He joined the CGTC athletics staff in 2014 as the cross country head coach and men’s basketball assistant coach. In his first season as an assistant with the men’s program, the Titans went 18-12 and 8-10 in conference play. Harris, a Macon native, began his coaching career at Howard Middle School in 2005. Since then, he’s held coaching jobs at Tattnall Square Academy and Miller Magnet School and has been the mentor for the Girls in Motion and Middle Georgia Monarchs basketball clubs. – Tucker Sargent, 41NBC. Read more.


Rutgers unveiled Thursday the basics of a plan – with the conspicuous absence of any financial details or timeline for construction – to build a multi-sports facility complete with separate practice courts for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The secondary arena – a staple of Big Ten programs – would be housed on top of a parking garage adjacent to the 38-year-old Louis Brown Athletic Center and the recently opened $85 million Rutgers Business School on Busch Campus. It would be shared by wrestling, gymnastics and women’s volleyball. The new facility, complementary refurbishments of the RAC, and turning the Hale Center into a football-only facility while moving other programs into the football stadium were just a piece of the complex puzzle presented as part of Rutgers overarching facilities physical master plan for the next 15 years. – Ryan Dunleavy, APP. Read more.


Bob Moosbrugger has been named Deputy Director of Athletics / Chief Operating Officer at San Diego State, as announced Thursday by Director of Athletics Jim Sterk. Moosbrugger, who has worked in the department for more than 14 years covering two stints, has served as the associate athletic director for development since 2007. In his expanded role, Moosbrugger will now oversee academics, facility development, business, and have expanded involvement with the football and men’s basketball programs, all while continuing to manage fundraising. Moosbrugger began his career at Ball State in Muncie, Ind., from 1994 to 1996, as a graduate assistant for the ticket office and marketing department.


Monmouth University Athletics is accepting applications for Development and Ticketing Assistant. This is a full-time 10-month paid internship position with benefits. The candidate will be expected to: assist in the growth of revenue streams primarily through external relations, work evenings and weekends to assist in the management of athletic events, and travel to some away contests in order to manage ticketing operations. Apply here.


Director of Performance Nutrition/Registered Dietitian. Major Responsibilities: Under the direction of the Associate Athletic Director for Student Services, the Director of Performance Nutrition (Registered Dietitian) will lead the programing and execution of the University of Wisconsin Performance Nutrition Program. In this capacity, the Director will coordinate the day to day operations of the nutrition program which includes but is not limited to coordinating the Performance Nutrition Education Program for all teams, serving as the on-site contact for all individualized nutrition services and consults, coordinating the supplementation program which includes team usage and distribution.


West Virginia University Institute of Technology is seeking an Assistant Athletic Trainer/Instructor who works under the supervision of the Director of Athletics and the Chair of the Department of Physical Education providing care for student-athletes participating in the University’s athletics program and teaching three credit hours per semester in the Department of Physical Education. Responsibilities include the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of injuries/illness within the University’s sports medicine program.


The University of Indianapolis is accepting applications for an Associate Director of Athletics for Student Support and Community Engagement. This is a full-time, NCAA grant-funded, exempt staff position. This position reports directly to the VP for Intercollegiate Athletics and is responsible for the overall student athlete support and development through the supervision and leadership of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and collaborative work with UIndy Profession Edge. Apply here.

June 18, 2015


The University of Montana Department of Athletics is mourning the loss of Mike Hanson, who unexpectedly passed away Wednesday in Missoula. Hanson was hired in April as Montana’s assistant director of athletics for communications. “The Griz family is deeply saddened by the news,” athletic director Kent Haslam said. “Mike was a dedicated husband and father, so first and foremost our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies go out to his wife, Jana, and his two children, Zach and Sydney.”


Baylor is reportedly in negotiations to open the 2016 season in Australia, likely against a Pac-12 opponent. The Bears are slated to open next season at home against Northwestern State, an FCS program, so locking down this high-profile game in Sydney or Melbourne would go a long way toward silencing the chorus of criticism of Baylor’s preference for facing cupcakes in non-conference play. Pursuing this potential arrangement in the hopes of aiding those bowl efforts makes sense on their end. – Max Olson, ESPN. Read more.


University of California, Berkeley seeks Assistant Women’s Golf Coach who is responsible for assisting the Head Coach in organizing and managing all phases of a Division I Women’s Golf program, including recruiting, team travel, strength & conditioning, student-athlete academic monitoring, tourney scheduling, budget management, public speaking, and community/donor relations.


SUNY Maritime seeks Manager of Athletics Operations  that can manage and track binding contracts for varsity athletic programs, maintain and schedule Athletic Director’s calendar and manage all special events, camps and clinics in collaboration with Conference Services and coaching staff. This is a full-time college year appointment. Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Internal and external search to occur simultaneously.  Review of application to commence immediately. Apply here.


SB Nation examines 5 signs Texas AD Steve Patterson might not know what he’s doing. Highlights Texas having the lowest salaries in the Big 12 for its quality control coaches, Football ticket prices raising more than previously claimed, and that the city of Austin should help pay for UT’s new basketball arena because the city had gotten a free ride for 30 years.- SBNation. Read More.