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August 21, 2015

MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Montana State University Foundation is looking for a Director of Development, Athletics. The Director of Development at the Montana State University Alumni Foundation (“Alumni Foundation”) is responsible for securing financial gifts from individuals, private foundations, and other philanthropic entities to benefit Montana State University (“MSU”). Apply Here

August 20, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA

The University of North Florida Ospreys will swoop into the spotlight with their new state of the art Nevco four-sided, center-hung, video display at UNF Arena. The new Nevco video scoring solution will replace a Fair Play four-sided scoreboard and will feature four sides of 6mm LED Video with over 345,000 pixels per side and two mesmerizing 10mm LED video rings, adding another 300,000 pixels. Another addition to UNF Arena for the upcoming season will be the Courtside Cool Zone presented by Waychoff’s Air Conditioning, a row of 44 courtside seats located alongside and behind the new digital scorer’s table. Seat holders will enjoy custom designer seats by Spec Seats, along with in-game hospitality service. Construction and installation for the new video scoreboard and scorer’s table is expected to be completed and ready for use at an interactive basketball fan day and “Select Your Seat” season ticket holder event scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 25.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Parker Executive Search, has come under fire after more harassment complaints against former Minnesota AD  Norwood Teague have surfaced. Minnesota hired Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search  in February 2012, roughly two weeks after longtime AD Joel Maturi announced his resignation. But the company, which received $112,000 from the university failed to uncover a prior sexual harassment complaint against Teague during his tenure as the athletic director at VCU. Now some are questioning why after such a large sum of money was spent, was there no mention of Teague’s history and is there any legal action that can be taken? – Marcus R. Fuller and John Shipley TwinCities.com Pioneer Press read more here and here

 

ITHACA COLLEGE

Ithaca College has hired John Boccacino as the College’s Associate Director of Athletic Communications, Ithaca College Director of Athletics and Recreational Sports Susan Bassett ’79 announced Thursday. He is responsible for promoting the Bombers’ 27 intercollegiate sports teams through IC’s athletics website, as well as on campus, in the local and national media, and through social media and engaging video stories. A former sports and news reporter with the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, N.Y., Boccacino comes to Ithaca with five years of athletic communications experience. Boccacino, a 2003 graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, also co-hosted a weekly high school sports radio show on Section V athletics in Rochester from 2003-2015. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

Wisconsin details full cost of attendance for its student-athletes. This year’s athletic department budget includes an additional $2 million that can be distributed to athletes to pay for expenses such as transportation, school supplies and cellphones — costs universities had previously been barred from funding. The changes mean full-scholarship athletes will receive between $3,800 and $5,200 more per year from the university. The $2 million in additional funding for Wisconsin athletes is tied for the second-largest budgeted increase of any school in the country, according to USA Today. Auburn is making $2.1 million available to cover cost of attendance, while Florida State has also increased its budget by $2 million. Read more.

HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY

High Point University athletic director Dan Hauser has announced the hiring of Josh Geruso as the department’s Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine. Geruso – a 2003 High Point University graduate – returns to his alma mater after spending the last eight years as a member of the NC State sports medicine department. Geruso began his tenure at NC State in 2008, serving as an assistant athletic trainer with men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming and diving and wrestling. In 2011, he became the athletic trainer for baseball. During his time with the team, he worked extensively on preventative arm care and spoke on arm care and injury prevention at the 2013 Peak Performance for Thrower’s symposium hosted by Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Mizzou Athletics has extended its partnership with leading ticket marketplace provider. Vivid Seats continues as Mizzou’s Official Ticket Marketplace. The multi-year extension covers all Missouri Tiger athletic events. To celebrate the partnership and excitement, Vivid is offering tickets to a Missouri home SEC game for one lucky fan!
As part of the agreement, Mizzou continues its participation in Vivid Seats’ innovative Give Back Program. Vivid donates a percentage of every ticket bought by Missouri students, staff, alumni and fans through the links on mutigers.com back to the Missouri athletics department. The donation is for purchases to any event listed on Vivid Seats’ site, not just Mizzou events, which give Tiger fans exciting new ways to support their team.

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Jordy Nelson made a name for himself playing football at Kansas State, and now the former walk-on and current NFL wide receiver will have his name displayed prominently at the Wildcats’ stadium. Nelson, previously announced as one of K-State’s 2015 Ring of Honor inductees, will have his name attached to the Wildcats’ locker room in the new Vanier Football Complex at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Athletics director John Currie announced Thursday the Nelson Family Locker Room will honor Jordy and his wife, Emily, with their financial contribution toward the planned Phase III-B construction at the stadium. The Nelson family gift, along with a previous pledge from the Carl and Mary Ice family, raises the athletic department’s fund-raising total to $8 million toward the $15 million price tag for the Phase III-B project. – The Capital Online, Read More

ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY

Year in and year out, Illinois State produces high quality student-athletes. With such a star filled and decorated program, ISU athletics deserves a more dedicated fan base, and, more specifically, a stronger involvement from the student body section. All-American athletes step onto the field at Hancock Stadium and onto Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena and, for the most part, go unnoticed by their fellow peers and classmates. The average attendance numbers here at ISU is simply pathetic and should be improved dramatically to support the nationally recognized athletes. As a public university with a successful athletics program, they need the full support of its administration and students alike. Fans who have been consistently in attendance at games consist of loyal family members, alumni and a small select amount of students. ISU student attendance needs boosting, now. – Josh Tolentino, Vidette Online, Read More

WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY

The Winston-Salem State University Department of Athletics is pleased to announce that Randy Butt has joined the department as Associate Athletics Director for Business & Finance. Butt, who has extensive experience in the financial aspect of college athletics, comes to WSSU from Radford university, where he was responsible for all financial operations, and created a fiscally responsible monitoring and reporting structure for Radford Athletics. A graduate of nearby Eastern Montgomery High School (formerly Shawsville High School), Butt received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the National Business College in Roanoke, Virginia.

ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Executive Sports Information Director Joe Venniro announced that Nathaniel Smith will join the RIT sports information office as an Assistant Director for the 2015-16 season on Thursday, August 20. Smith will assist Venniro and Director Steve Jaynes in media relations efforts for all of RIT’s 22 Division III programs and Division I men’s and women’s hockey teams. Smith arrives at RIT from Buffalo State College where he was an assistant with the sports information department while receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He assisted in compiling statistics and recording live video and audio for various sports events. Prior to Buffalo State, Smith spent two years at SUNY at Buffalo, where he was the Sports Editor for the independent student-run newspaper The Spectrum. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA LINCOLN

Regardless of what recommendations come from a city of Lincoln-commissioned study of Pinnacle Bank Arena operations, the question of whether beer will be sold at Husker basketball games will ultimately be made by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. Consultants Venue Solutions Group of Tennessee will release its findings next week — including whether the sale of beer and liquor could shore up arena finances. Speculation on whether lager and ale could flow from arena taps this fall has launched a many-sided debate that has ramped up this year. The regents have not formally discussed beer sales at Husker hoops games, but several regents said they would be open to studying the possibility. -Chris Dunker, Lincoln Journal Star, Read More

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Washington University’s athletic department has been stuck in the teens when it comes to national titles. Courtesy of the women’s cross-country team, the school won its 19th championship in fall 2011—and it’s been afraid to make the leap to the twenties since.  Men’s tennis won a championship in 2008. At the same time, men’s basketball broke through with back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009. Women’s basketball followed a year later with a title of its own, and women’s cross-country reached the podium in 2011. Since then, the school’s trophy case has collected only dust. But Wash. U.’s drought—it speaks to the program’s two decades of sustained success that three years without a title constitutes a drought—isn’t for want of competitive teams. – Zach Kram, Student Life, Read More

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Penn State today announced the appointment of Keith Embray as Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Welfare and Development.  Embray will work closely with the Nittany Lions’ 800 student-athletes and the staff of the Morgan Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes. His primary duties will include providing services, information and resources that will enable Penn State student-athletes to successfully transition into the University, his/her sport and the community. From San Diego, Embray comes to Penn State after serving the past three years as Assistant Athletic Director-Student Services at the University of Central Florida. He begins his duties at Penn State in early September. Embray graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in history and earned a master’s in sociology, with a social psychology emphasis, from Utah.

UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD

The University of Hartford Department of Athletics announced today that Matt Brady has been named Assistant Athletics Director for Communications. In this capacity, he will oversee the athletic communications office and be responsible for all digital and communications efforts for the Hawks’ 18 Division I intercollegiate sports. Brady joins the Hartford Hawks after serving nearly five years as the Assistant Athletics Director for Media Relations at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and previously as the Assistant Director for Media Relations at Indiana University in Bloomington. The Needham, Mass., native graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Bachelor of Science in Sports Management.

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND

University of New England Associate Vice President & Director of Athletics Jack McDonald announced Thursday (Aug. 20) the promotion of Joan Howard to Associate Director of Athletics. Howard has been involved with UNE Athletics since 2000, starting as an assistant coach and then serving as head coach of two sports before moving over into administration in 2009. Howard led the field hockey squad to 28 wins over three years (2007-09). Howard is also a member of the NCAA Division III Softball Committee, representing the New England region on the national level for a four-year term that will conclude after the 2016 season.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY

There are several sights to behold and activities for students to immerse themselves in during their first year at UC Berkeley, but one of the most exciting for many is attending a Cal football game at Memorial Stadium during the fall semester. This year, freshman and junior transfer students will once again have the opportunity to watch the Bears improve their chances at becoming bowl eligible, thanks to the first-year free ticket program. The initiative, started last year, was originally intended to motivate specifically freshmen to attend home football games, but feedback from the student senate later expanded the program to include junior transfers last year. The free ticket program was implemented as a way to help build strong relationships with the student body and improve live attendance at game days. -Jasmany Flores, Daily Californian, Read More

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

A number of projects coming out of Michigan State University’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics are ensuring all of the university’s natural and artificial turf surfaces are Spartan-ready. Environmental stewardship is high on the list for the university, which makes every effort to prevent negatively impacting the environment. Water and nutrient management are especially important considering Michigan State’s foundation is on the banks of the Red Cedar river. Michigan State is a leader in cutting-edge turf technology and innovation with a new project that involves installing an electric ‘rive and hean’ system under the infields of the softball and baseball fields. Michigan State will be the first university in the United States to implement the technology, which is already used widely in Europe to maintain professional soccer fields. Another example of Michigan State’s leadership in ‘green’ turf technology is the football field inside Spartan Stadium. – Hannah Watts, MLive, Read More

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Ed Ray’s pedigree is big-time football — he was a member of the economics faculty at Ohio State for more than 30 years — so the Oregon State University president understands the importance of intercollegiate athletics in the overall scheme of things. It’s been a busy couple of years for Ray on the athletic front at OSU, with the hiring of a new men’s basketball coach (Wayne Tinkle), football coach (Gary Andersen) and, most recently, of athletic director Todd Stansbury, who assumed his post on Aug. 1. Ray sat down for an interview with the Portland Tribune to discuss the status of the Beavers’ athletic department now and in the future. – Kerry Eggers, Portland Tribune, Read More

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Vanderbilt University is looking for an Assistant Director of Sales & Marketing – Athletics. This position is responsible in assisting with revenue generation and in-venue marketing and promotions for Vanderbilt Athletics. –Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

It was just over a year ago that CU Athletics implemented its comprehensive strategic plan. The plan not only identified the department’s core values, vision and mission, it also established measurable targets for every department. The targets ranged from bowl appearances and Pac-12 championships to increased revenue and donations to increasing website metrics. Now, a year later, Athletic Director Rick George and his staff are evaluating four quarters’ worth of data. After the first year, the Buffs were on pace to hit roughly 72 percent of their targets, a number George said is a good start. George stressed that the goals set by each department and team create high expectations throughout the entire athletic department. George also stressed that the strategic plan will now serve as a continual benchmarking process. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Based upon student feedback, the University of Arkansas Athletics Department has changed the layout and format of the Razorback Rooftop (upper South End Zone) area at the Donald W. Reynold Razorback Stadium. During the 2015 season, student groups will be able to reserve the space within the new named Student Skyboxes for each home game. Beginning this football season, student groups may reserve one of four available student skyboxes located atop the south end zone of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Each skybox will include a reserved area with a tent, carpeted flooring, lounge furniture, two big screen TVs and full sports oriented cable package. In addition, a section of bench seating will be reserved exclusively for Skybox holders. – THV11, Read More


UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

In a head-spinning series of comments, Utah athletic director Chris Hill went from revealing a “deep, dark dirty secret” that Utes fans are happy not to play BYU in football to announcing both teams have agreed in principle to sign another contract. Along the way, Hill took a shot at the Utah sports media in a Deseret News story and then said his personal integrity was attacked through inflammatory comments made by an unnamed radio host. For a rivalry that is in a two-year hiatus, with both teams no longer in the same conference, it has never been this heated.
Speaking to Deseret News columnist Lee Benson, Hill said he didn’t regret interrupting the state’s biggest college event for the opportunity to play a two-game series with Michigan. As proof, he believes most Utah fans would agree. -Patrick Kinahan, KSL, Read More

SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY

Santa Clara University is looking for an Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations/Communications. The Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations/Communications is responsible for the direction of media relations and communications efforts to enhance the visibility and recognition of the intercollegiate athletics program and the University and will be, at minimum, the primary media contact for men’s basketball. Apply Here

NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY

The family of one of Northwestern State’s most iconic and beloved athletic heroes, the late Walter Ledet, has provided a significant boost to the “Walter P. Ledet Track Scholarship” in support of the recently launched “Perpetually Purple” program. “Perpetually Purple” encourages supporters to enhance an endowment fund that provides essential resources for the continuing success of NSU Athletics. The Ledet family recently more than doubled a $10,000 endowed scholarship honoring him, raising the endowment among the top 15 supporting Northwestern State student-athletes.The Perpetually Purple program is managed by the Demons Unlimited Foundation, with a goal to grow the endowment, through outright donations or deferred gifts, over the next five years from $1.5 million to over $5 million.

August 19, 2015

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

IPTAY raised $60.1 million for Clemson University scholarships, facilities and athletic and academic programs during the 2014-15 academic year. The money includes a record $25.5 million in annual giving, eclipsing the old record of $22.5 million set the year before, and $29.6 million in major gifts to help fund the operation of the student-athlete academic support in Vickery Hall, the Littlejohn Coliseum renovation, Memorial Stadium upgrades and other athletic department projects. The university received $10.8 million from athletics and IPTAY to fund $8.7 million in scholarships, $1.3 million in university support, $458,000 for the band and $250,000 for the president’s need-based scholarship fund. – Independent Mail, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS

Alan Pandiani has been named to the newly-created position of Associate Director of Athletics for Sales and Fan Experience, it was announced by University of Massachusetts Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford on Wednesday. Pandiani will oversee areas of athletic revenue generation, marketing and brand management and business analytics to enhance the fan experience. A native of Shrewsbury, Mass., he comes to Amherst after spending the last two years at Atlanta-based sports business consulting firm, the Aspire Group Inc. No stranger to New England, Pandiani holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Providence College. Pandiani began his duties at UMass on August 19. –Read More

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

When classes begin Wednesday each student-athlete on full scholarship at Clemson will receive a check for $390.51 – the first of 10 monthly checks to assist with expenses beyond the traditional fees for tuition, room, board and supplies. While there are no limitations on how the money is spent, the NCAA legislation passed in January designated the “full cost of attendance” supplement “for academic-related supplies, and transportation and other similar items.” How to help student-athletes who struggle to afford essentials beyond school expenses has been a point of debate among NCAA members for years and probably hasn’t ended, principally because of the disparity from school to school with some offering up to $2,000 a year more. Until then many Clemson athletes welcome the windfall. – Ed Mcgranahan, The State, Read More

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

Temple University and the Eagles have reached an agreement that would allow the Owls to play their home games in Lincoln Financial Field for two more years after their current rental contract expires in 2017. The amended agreement gives Temple the option to play in the 69,596-seat stadium in 2018 and 2019, the school said in a statement issued Tuesday. – Philly.com, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

At last January’s NCAA Convention, the Power Five NCAA Division I conferences voted to amend the NCAA’s definition of a “full grant-in-aid” to permit a full athletics scholarship to include the cost of attendance limit—a higher limit than ever before. UofL athletics did not hesitate to mobilize on this new athletics scholarship limit and is positioned to implement this new policy to further support UofL student-athletes. Specifically, UofL athletics will fully fund all sports up to UofL’s full cost of attendance figure in conjunction with each sports’ respective NCAA team scholarship limits. UofL’s COA gap for 2015-16, as determined by UofL’s Financial Aid Office, is $5,364 and is projected to be one of the highest in Division I. -Whas 11, Read More