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July 8, 2015


The University of Rhode Island is seeking a media relations assistant/intern for the 2015-16 academic year. This position will assist the Sports Communications staff with video production for streaming and website efforts; while also working closely with the Associate AD and coordinators for sports communications on a wide variety of duties within the office. [email protected]


Northern Kentucky University seeks an Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing, Promotions and Tickets. The Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Marketing, Promotions and Tickets reports to the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Business and Finance and is responsible for coordinating all marketing and promotional activities for 17 intercollegiate athletic sports programs, as well as ticketing for five sports. Position develops marketing plan for all sports programs and athletic department; develops comprehensive ticket sales plan for men’s and women’s basketball; coordinates design and promotion obligations, as well as, activities with ticket office for group sales. Apply here.


Kent State University Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen announced today that Casey Cegles, director of major gifts for the Old Dominion Athletic Fund, has been hired as Deputy Athletic Director. He replaces former Deputy Athletic Director Devin Crosby, who became the director of athletics at Lynn University. Cegles will begin his new role at Kent State on July 20. Cegles’ role at Kent State will focus on assisting the Director of Athletics with the day-to-day operations of the athletic department and helping lead the administrative team. He will also provide oversight of external relations units, and assist with the oversight of the football and men’s and women’s basketball programs.


Rob Peterson has been named Associate Director of Athletics for Finance and Administration as announced Wednesday by Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford. Peterson is a veteran administrator who has experience on the business and operational side of college athletics. Peterson’s career in collegiate athletics began in 1993 at his alma mater, Northern Michigan University, where he spent four years as the assistant director of recreation for facilities and events. In 1997 he then moved to Fresno State for three years as a coordinator of athletics facilities, events and projects.


C.J. Fayton, a former Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver, began serving in his new position as Associate Athletic Director at Maryville College on July 1. During his time with the Vols, Fayton was never a No. 1 option, but he had plenty of key catches throughout his career as Casey Clausen, Erik Ainge, and Rick Clausen all relied on him at different points. Fayton’s most notable play came in 2003 when the Vols beat the Alabama Crimson Tide 51-43 in five overtimes. In the midst of a two-game losing streak, Tennessee was facing a 4th and 19 in the second overtime and had to convert to keep the game alive. – Caleb Calhoun, All For Tennessee. Read more.


A new deal to exclusively sell Coke beverages at the University of Toledo could mean $4.5 million in sponsorship fees over the life of a 10-year contract plus other perks, according to a draft of the agreement provided to The Blade on Tuesday in response to a public records request made in late June. UT announced last month it plans to switch its soda sales from Pepsi to Coke beginning Aug. 1, the date the contract must be finalized. Pepsi had held exclusive rights to sell beverages at UT since August of 2005. – VANESSA McCRAY, Toledoblade. Read More.


While the debate rages on for schools in the Power Five conferences such as the Big Ten, the University of Alaska Anchorage’s conference, the WCHA has decided to go ahead and provide “a cost of attendance” to its players and “the redefinition of full grant-in-aid to include the full cost of attendance for students.” Hackett believes those features, along with a quality education, will be enough to still attract top student athletes to the university. The conference wants a third departments to provide stipends while University of Alaska will not be providing stipends because of budget.- Dave Goldman, KTVA. Read more


Michigan interim athletic director Jim Hackett talks the latest hire of Bob De Carolis and explains his refusal of the resignation of athletic director of football Jim Minnick’s, who was arrested on May 8, on suspicion of drunk driving. On Tuesday, U-M’s athletic department announced the hiring of Bob De Carolis as a senior advisor to Hackett and Michigan’s athletic department. With Hackett under an interim title as AD, De Carolis made it clear he’s not interested in the permanent role as athletic director at Michigan. – Josh Newkirk, Scout. Read more.


The University of Nebraska Athletic Department has recently added Tucker Zeleny as the Director of Sports Analytics and Data Analysis. Zeleny joins Athletics after building an impressive resume in various areas at UNL. Zeleny will head a newly formed department that will be in charge of working with Nebraska’s 24 varsity sports to collect, analyze and summarize data related to team and individual performance. Zeleny and his staff will also work with support staff areas within the department to collect, analyze and summarize data related to department operations.


Houston Vice President for Athletics Hunter Yurachek announced Marvin Julich Jr. as Houston’s Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Relations on Tuesday. Julich comes to Houston after spending the last six years at Samford University in a variety of roles, the last as the Bulldogs’ Senior Associate Athletic Director/Chief Operating Officer. He served as the Bulldogs’ baseball sport administrator and was responsible for managing all capital projects while assisting in the solicitation of major gifts. Julich was also instrumental in the Bulldogs’ football scheduling during his time in Birmingham. He received his start at the Birmingham institution in 2009 as an Advancement Officer before being promoted to the Director of the Bulldog Club in 2010. – Houston News. Read More. 


Brittney Marshall has been named the coordinator of women’s basketball operations for the Redbirds. Marshall has gained over five years of experience working with various collegiate and professional teams, also working with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. This will be her third basketball operations position in her career.Dwight Merilatt as its new Executive Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs. Merilatt spent time as the Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs from 2007-10 with the University of Evansville, before being promoted to the role of Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs in July 2010. – Jason Klaer, Vidette OnlineRead more.


Siena announced this week that it is adding men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track for the 2015-16 academic year. The number of Division I teams will increase from 18 to 22, including nine men’s and 13 women’s. Track will compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference as do Siena’s other sports. Kenworthy will coach the track teams in addition to his cross country duties. Kenworthy, a 27-year-old native of Gloversville, explained the addition of track is meant to help the cross country team improve. Cross country competes in the fall, followed by indoor track from December through March and outdoor track from March through June. Before this, Siena’s cross country runners were allowed to compete only in a limited number of track events in the off-season. – Mark Singelais, Times Union. Read more.


University of Wyoming head swimming and diving coach Tom Johnson announced the addition of Dave Denniston to the coaching staff on Tuesday afternoon. Prior to that, Denniston had been the U.S. Paralympics swimming coach at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs since 2010. Denniston competed in the 2000 Olympic Trials in the 100 and 200-meters, where he finished 6th and 9th, respectively. He qualified for the World Championship Team in 2003 in the 200-meter breaststroke and shortly after primarily focused on qualifying for the 2004 U.S. – Swimming World Magazine. Read more.


UCLA assistant men’s golf coach Brandon Christianson has been hired as the new head coach of the Cal State Stanislaus men’s golf program, as announced by the school. Christianson, a 2009 graduate of UCLA, returned to his alma mater in August 2012. In three seasons on head coach Derek Freeman’s staff, he helped the Bruins to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Match Play (2014-2015), as well as a 2013 NCAA Regional title during his first campaign.


Ohio State topped the standings in the recently released CBS Sports Best in College Sports award. The top 3 Power 5 schools on the list were Ohio State, Louisville, and UCLA. The top 3 Group 5 schools on the list were Boise State, San Diego State, and UL Lafayette respectfully.  The award is weighed more heavily toward sports that generate the broadest base of fan and media interest. CBS rated five sports — football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball and a “wild card” sport. The wild-card spot went to the most successful among the school’s following spectator sports: softball, men’s lacrosse, men’s ice hockey, men’s soccer, wrestling, volleyball, women’s soccer or women’s gymnastics. – Eye On College Football Staff, CBS Sports. Read more.


San Diego State Director of Athletics Jim Sterk announced today the promotions of six executive staff members. The group has dedicated over nine decades worth of service time to SDSU athletics. Jenny Bramer has been named Executive Associate Athletic Director. Steve Schnall, who just completed his 19th year atop Montezuma Mesa, has been named Senior Associate AD/External Relations. Chuck Lang begins the 2015-16 academic year as Senior Associate Athletic Director/Business Administration. Mike May has been named Senior Associate Athletic Director/Communications and Media Relations. Mandy McKinley Huiras has been named Senior Associate Athletic Director/Development. Gina Balistrieri has been named Associate Athletic Director/Ticket Operations.


The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics also announced Tuesday that it has partnered with VIP SEEN, Inc., to produce a special preseason football magazine called Game Time, which will be available for purchase later this month at the ETSU Bookstore, as well as local Roadrunner Market and Food City locations. The agreement calls for two preseason magazines to be published each year – one for football and one combining both men’s and women’s basketball information. VIP SEEN, Inc. is the publisher of the highly popular VIP SEEN Magazine. The 100-page publication will feature the Buccaneers’ current roster, schedule, player profiles, team information, historic timelines, past ETSU football highlights, tailgating information, game day tips, and much more.


The Rams Club – University of North Carolina seeks an Assistant Director of Engagement. The Assistant Director of Engagement will support the growth and development of The Rams Club through direct support of the Engagement Team (Member Engagement, Annual Fund, Communications, Events, Stewardship). This entry-level position will report directly to the Associate Executive Director of The Rams Club, and will work closely with other Directors to effectively promote The Rams Club and Carolina Athletics. [email protected]


The University of California seeks an Aggie Stadium/Events Coordinator. Under general supervision of the Assistant Athletics Director (AD), Facilities and Capital Projects, exercise mid-level management responsibility for the building maintenance services at the Aggie Stadium. Lead and manage units providing direct facility support including operation and maintenance of mechanical systems, building structures, electrical systems and custodial services units. Oversee the day to day operation of the Aggie Stadium. Apply here.


Rockhurst University is seeking qualified candidates to fill the full-time position of Head Athletic Trainer. This 10 month position includes the oversight of all phases of sports medicine for intercollegiate programs and student-athletes, including the care, prevention and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Rockhurst University currently sponsors 14 men’s and women’s athletic programs. The University is an NCAA Division ll School and a member of the Great Lake’s Valley Conference (GLVC) and an associate member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) for lacrosse. [email protected]


Manhattan College, is seeking applications for a Graduate Assistant for Facilities and Event Management for Fall 2015. Thean NCAA Division successful candidate will work with the Assistant Athletic Director with game day event management and facility supervision duties. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, training, supervising, and scheduling student workers, event set-up and breakdown, assisting with the day-to-day facility operations and ensuring an exceptional game day experience for athletes, coaches, officials, and patrons at all Manhattan College Athletic events. [email protected]

July 7, 2015


The Maryland Athletics Department partners with the University Counseling Center to provide psychological services for its student-athletes. Sport Psychologists work within a multidisciplinary sports medicine team providing clinical care services to Maryland student-athletes. These services include parent and student orientation, confidential personal counseling, team workshops, crisis walk-in sessions, group performance enhancement and psychological skills training, psychological rehabilitation from injury, individualized assessment, and their life skills and mental performance training, as well as consultation with coaching, medical, athletic training, and administrative staff.


The George Washington University’s Buff & Blue Fund ended the fiscal year (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015) having surpassed a significant milestone. For the first time in its existence, the Buff & Blue Fund saw over 1,500 donors make a gift in support of GW’s Department of Athletics and Recreation. This represents an 11.4% increase in donors since 2012, the year the Buff & Blue Fund was formed. As the Buff & Blue Fund enters its fourth year, recent fundraising successes have signaled that GW Athletics is moving forward stronger than ever. In addition to reaching record setting donor numbers, donations to the Athletic Department increased by 171% this past year. A generous gift by baseball alumnus and university Trustee Ave Tucker led the fundraising efforts, and in recognition of his support the baseball field at Barcroft Park was dedicated as “Tucker Field.” – GW Sports. Read more.


There have been two occasions when Tulane inducted an entire team into its athletic hall of fame. But never an entire class. All 308 athletes in the “Katrina Class” of the 2005-06 school year will be inducted into the Tulane athletic hall of fame during a ceremony Nov. 6 at Yulman Stadium, executive associate athletics director Brandon Macneill said Tuesday. Tulane has begun to reach out to those athletes. The school sent letters late last week, and posted a webpage Monday for former athletes to post updated contact information and share memories to include in an event program. Individual athletes in the “Katrina Class” already in the hall of fame include football player Matt Forte and baseball player Brian Bogusevic. – Christopher Dabe, NOLA. Read more.


The Texas State athletic department hasn’t had an easy transition to FBS. Three conference changes and significant expansion plans for the three major sports have added a significant workload to often overworked and underpaid athletics officials. But athletics leadership in the Darren B. Casey building may not be putting itself in the best position to promote a winner like a winner. Interviews with athletics and media officials suggest that disorganization and a general lack of effort may be limiting Texas State’s potential. And student leaders have voiced frustrations with an athletic department that fluctuates between micromanaging and neglecting their activities. – Will Butler, Underdog Dynasty. Read more.


Ashley Waters, a former America East Player and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, has been named the seventh Boston University softball head coach in program history, director of athletics Drew Marrochello announced Tuesday. Accepting her first head-coaching position, Waters is quite familiar with the 10-time conference champion Terriers, as she has served as the top assistant at Harvard for the last three seasons after earning many conference and national honors as an infielder for the Maine Black Bears from 2006-09. During her tenure at Harvard, Waters focused on coordinating infield and hitting instruction along with recruiting efforts. She helped the Crimson post 73 victories, highlighted by a 14-3-1 Ivy League record in 2014, and claim 17 total all-conference honors.


Lindenwood University Athletics is accepting applications for graduate assistants in the game operations and promotions area. Primary responsibilities include oversight of the day-to-day operations for specific sports, with a focus on marketing, game operations, student promotions, group ticket sales to outside organizations and enhancing the overall atmosphere at the games. In addition, these positions work closely with the coordination of the Lion Pride student loyalty program and the Black and Gold Booster programs, as well as helping increase the universities presence in the business community. For more information or to apply, please contact Tom Wagganer at [email protected]


South Dakota State University is accepting applications for a diving graduate assistant. Responsibilities include working with all aspects of the men’s and women’s diving program. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree, must possess excellent organizational and communication skills. Acceptance into graduate school at South Dakota State is required before candidate can officially be offered the position. [email protected]


The Middle Tennessee State University Athletics Department, a NCAA Division 1 program, is looking for an assistant tennis coach for the men’s tennis program. Position is either a 9-month part-time, or a Graduate Assistant position (must maintain an acceptable GPA to keep the position). Duties for the position will include assisting with practice, recruiting within NCAA guidelines, conditioning, on-court match coaching, scheduling, setup of team travel, scouting, and traveling with the team. Also, assist Head Coach is a variety of other projects for the program. [email protected]


Illinois State University invites applications for the position of Broadcast Producer. The Broadcast Producer will work within the Redbird Production Department, under the Marketing umbrella within Athletics. This position will work under broad policy guidance and exercise sound judgment when making critical decisions under varying degrees of pressure. [email protected]