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July 16, 2018

AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
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AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY

Austin Peay State University President Alisa White has named Gerald Harrison, Duke University senior associate director of athletics/internal affairs, as Austin Peay’s next athletics director. Since 2008, Harrison has served in various capacities within Duke University’s athletic department. Additionally, Harrison served in two capacities, from 2001-07, with the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Read More.

UMASS LOWELL
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UMASS LOWELL

After more than three decades of leadership and service at UMass Lowell, including the last 23 years as director of intercollegiate athletics, Dana Skinner is retiring in September. Skinner recently led the university’s successful transition to NCAA Division I competition, a comprehensive five-year process that was formally completed last summer. Skinner will be replaced by Peter Casey, who has served as deputy director of athletics since 2013. A 1993 graduate of Bowdoin College, Casey has worked in college and professional athletics for the past 25 years. Read More.

July 13, 2018

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Michigan State University will take the interim away from Bill Beekman’s title and make him the permanent athletic director at the school, two sources close to interim president John Engler told the Free Press on Friday. Beekman has been the interim athletic director since Mark Hollis stepped aside hours before ESPN ran a story questioning the behavior of the department when it comes to sexual assault. -David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, Read More

ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
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ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Abilene Christian will turn to Allen Ward as the school’s next athletic director Adam King reports. Ward stepped down from his position as Murry State AD earlier Friday afternoon.

MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY
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MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY

According to Adam Wells of WPSD. Murray State athletic director Allen Ward has resigned his position at Murray State. Longtime women’s golf coach Velvet Milkman will take over as interim AD.

Ward joined the Murray State athletics department as its director on March 30, 2005. Highlights of his tenure include the largest gift in the history of the athletics program – $3.3 million for the naming of the CFSB Center. Regular finishes in the top-3 of the OVC Commissioners Cup, capturing the 2009 cup after an 18 year drought.  And over $13.5 million in athletic facility enhancements.

July 12, 2018

MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY
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MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY

Mercyhurst University announced on Thursday, July 12, that Bradley Davis has been hired as its new Athletic Director. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Davis comes to Mercyhurst from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, where he has worked in athletics for the past 11 years, most recently as Associate Athletic Director for External Relations. Read More.

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
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CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY

Central Connecticut State University President Zulma R. Toro announced today that Brian Barrio, a native of Old Lyme, Conn., is returning to his home state to become CCSU’s Director of Athletics. Barrio comes to CCSU from the University of Nevada and has spent time at Pepperdine University, the University of Southern California, and both the America East Conference and the Ivy League. Read More.

July 9, 2018

CONVERSE COLLEGE
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CONVERSE COLLEGE

Converse College announces the hire of Jennifer Bell as Athletic Director. Bell will take the helm of the Valkyries’ NCAA Division II Athletic Program on July 23. She comes to Converse from Coker College, where she served as Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations, and she also brings 18 years of athletics administration and coaching experience from Anderson University. As a Spartanburg native and graduate of Wofford College, Bell looks forward to bringing her family back to her hometown. Read More.

July 5, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas A. Girod today named Jeff Long as the university’s new director of athletics. Long will be officially introduced at a news conference Wednesday, July 11, in Lawrence at a time and location to be determined. He will start his role Aug. 1. Long’s contract with Kansas Athletics will pay him $1.5 million per year for five years. Of that amount, $1.3 million is paid by private funds from Kansas Athletics Inc., with the remaining $200,000 paid by the university. –Read More

July 3, 2018

SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

After 12 years as athletic director at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Dr. Nikki Fennern has decided to step down, it was announced Tuesday. Dr. Fennern said that, after much contemplation, she believes this is the right time for her — personally and professionally — to step away. Fennern — a 2016 Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA) Administrator of the Year Award recipient, as well as the 2018 Minnesota Coalition of Women in Athletic Leadership Breaking Barriers award-winner — said, “Saint Mary’s has been a great place for my family and me. We have a great staff in place and wonderful student-athletes. I look forward to cheering on the Cardinals in a different capacity.” Read More.

July 2, 2018

CSUN
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CSUN

California State University, Northridge President Dianne F. Harrison announced today the hiring of Michael Izzi, a veteran athletics leader who has more than 20 years of experience in NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics and sports administration, as the new athletic director of the Matadors’ 19-team intercollegiate program. Izzi most recently served as the Director of Athletics at UC Irvine, where he oversaw the Anteaters’ 18-sport intercollegiate athletics program. When Izzi, 58, assumes his new position at the end of July, he will be responsible for CSUN’s NCAA Division I athletic program that includes more than 350 student-athletes on eight men’s and 11 women’s teams. –Read More

UMKC
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UMKC

UMKC has made a change at the top of its athletic department. Carla Wilson, the Kangaroos’ athletic director since 2013, has been reassigned to a position in the chancellor’s office. She’ll become the senior director for student support services. Ursula Gurney, the deputy director of athletics and senior women’s administrator, will become the athletic director on an interim basis. -Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star, Read More

DOANE COLLEGE
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DOANE COLLEGE

Doane University (Neb.) is excited to announce that Matt Franzen has been selected to serve as the university’s next Director of Athletics. Franzen has served as the Head Football Coach at Doane since December 2006. He replaces Jill McCartney who is taking a similar position at Kenyon College in Ohio. Franzen’s first action as Director of Athletics is to name a replacement for the football program. He has promoted Chris Bessler to Head Coach of Doane Football. Bessler is the 33rd head coach in program history and only the fourth coach since 1984. Read More.

June 29, 2018

GLENVILLE STATE COLLEGE
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GLENVILLE STATE COLLEGE

Longtime area college track and cross country coach Jesse Skiles has been named Glenville State College’s new athletic director. His appointment takes effect Sunday. A native of Charleston and a DuPont High School athlete, Skiles ran track and cross country at Glenville State during his college career. The 1987 GSC graduate was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the college’s Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000, is very knowledgeable in the institution’s history of athletics, and has served on the Hall of Fame selection committee. – WV News. Read More.

June 26, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

In a news conference filled with hope, sorrow and redemption, Damon Evans was introduced Tuesday morning as Maryland’s athletic director. The 48-year-old Evans, who had served the past eight months in an acting role, seemed grateful for the opportunity given him by university president Wallace D. Loh. It came eight years after Evans was forced to resign from the same position at Georgia. Evans replaces Kevin Anderson, who brought Evans to Maryland in 2014 as the department’s chief financial officer. Evans took over on an interim basis when Anderson went on what was called a six-month “professional development sabbatical” last October. – Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun. Read More.

USF
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USF

Brett McMurphy reports the College Football Playoff COO Michael Kelly will be the Bulls next AD. Kelly, who previously worked at the school as an associate AD from 2001-02, will replace Mark Harlan who left the school last month to become the AD at Utah. He previously worked as a Senior Associate Commissioner at the ACC where he oversaw broadcasting, communications and football for six seasons. He was the president of the host committee for Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa Bay as well as Jacksonville (Super Bowl XXXIX) and South Florida (Super Bowl XLI). He served as the executive director of NCAA Men’s Final Four organizing committee in 1999. – Orlando Sentinel. Read More.

June 22, 2018

ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY
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ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY

St. John’s Director of Athletics Anton Goff announced his resignation on Friday from his position at the University, effective immediately. Goff had held the post since late 2016. “Due to family reasons it is in my best interest to move on from St. John’s at this time,” said Goff. “I am thankful for the opportunities afforded to me at the University and will treasure all of the relationships I built with our student-athletes, coaches and administrators during my tenure.” Read More

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents approved a three-year contract extension for OSU Director of Athletics Mike Holder during its regular meeting Friday in Oklahoma City. Holder’s annual salary for each of the contract’s three years will be $950,000. The new agreement is effective from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021. After 32 years as the men’s golf coach at Oklahoma State, Holder was named athletic director on Sept. 16, 2005, and immediately began to oversee one of the largest and most comprehensive facility upgrades in the history of intercollegiate athletics. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF PIKEVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF PIKEVILLE

University of Pikeville men’s basketball coach Kelly Wells has been named Athletic Director. UPIKE President Burton J. Webb, Ph.D., announced Wells will assume his position July 1 as the university heads into its 2018-19 season. Wells will succeed Robert Staggs, who is taking on a role in external relations in addition to coaching softball for a 15th season. Wells is entering his 13th year at UPIKE, becoming the all-time wins leader in men’s basketball at 287-102. He won the NAIA National Championship in 2011, has captured four MSC titles and coached 23 All-Americans. Read More.

June 21, 2018

FRESNO STATE
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FRESNO STATE

Fresno State president Joseph Castro announced on Twitter that Terrance Tumey will be the next Athletic Director at Fresno State. Castro said the university will hold a press conference on Monday. Tumey was previously the Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges Director of Athletics, Physical Education & Recreational Services. He also served as Director of Athletics at the University of California, Davis and the Dominican University of California. From 2004 to 2009, Tumey served as the Director of Football Administration for the San Francisco 49ers. – abc30. Read More.

ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY
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ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY

Robert Coleman, who has 28 years of administrative experience in college athletics, has been named the new athletic director at St. Mary’s University, the school announced Wednesday. Coleman, a 52-year-old New York native, will join the Rattlers on Aug. 6. He is currently the AD at Whittier College in Whittier, Calif., a post he has held since 2005. Under Coleman’s leadership the past 12 years, the Poets have had five teams finish as the top-ranked NCAA Division III program. In that span, Whittier also produced 53 All-Americans and 92 Academic All-Americans. – Tom Orsborn, Express News. Read More.

June 15, 2018

RANDOLPH COLLEGE
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RANDOLPH COLLEGE

Randolph College has announced the hiring of Anthony C. Berich as its new director of athletics. Berich brings with him 21 years of post-secondary management experience with NCAA Division I, II, and III programs and 15 years of NCAA coaching experience at the NCAA Division II and Division III level. In addition, he has worked extensively in budgeting, development, project management, NCAA compliance, and NCAA committee appointments. Read More.

June 8, 2018

KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY
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KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY

A new athletic director has been named at Kentucky State University. At a Thursday board meeting, KSU President M. Christopher Brown II announced the hiring of Trayvean D. Scott. Scott replaces William Graham, who recently retired after approximately 30 years at KSU during three different stints. Scott comes to KSU from Southern University at Baton Rouge, where he has served as executive athletic director since June 2017. Scott has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Business Marketing (Sales Concentration), a Master’s Degree in Mass Communications/Public Relations and a doctorate in education/sports management. – Holly McClurkin, State-Journal. Read More.

June 7, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

University of Texas Vice President and Athletics Director Chris Del Conte announced the hiring of two key executive staff positions with the addition of Shawn Eichorst and Drew Martin on Thursday. A veteran athletics administrator who has served as Athletics Director at the University of Nebraska and the University of Miami, Eichorst will be the Longhorns’ Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director for Internal Affairs. Martin, an experienced and respected marketing and external services professional, will take on the role of Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs. The additions come on the heels of the announcement that Texas is cutting 44 spots in its athletic department in a major restructuring by Del Conte. Read More

June 4, 2018

JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY
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JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY

Jackson State will soon announce Jackson native Ashley Robinson as its next athletic director, according to two sources with knowledge of the hire. The university has called a press conference for 11 a.m. Tuesday, where it is expected to introduce Robinson, who recently completed his fifth year as director of athletics for Prairie View A&M. -Tyler Ceveland, The Clarion-Ledger, Read More

FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY
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FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY

Fairleigh Dickinson University Director of Athletics, David Langford has announced that he will retire from his role at the University effective June 28. Langford has headed the NCAA Division I athletic department for 15 years since his appointment on January 16, 2003. Associate Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations, Cathy Liggett will oversee the department in the interim as a national search for Langford’s successor is conducted. –Read More

June 1, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins has appointed Mark Harlan as the university’s new director of athletics. Harlan, currently serving in the same role at the University of South Florida, will start at Utah on July 1. His appointment follows the retirement of longtime athletic director Chris Hill. Prior to taking over at the University of South Florida in 2014, Harlan served in a variety of positions on campuses across the country, including tenures as the senior associate athletic director for external relations at the University of California Los Angeles; senior vice president for central development at the University of Arizona; senior associate athletic director at San Jose State University; and associate athletic director at the University of Northern Colorado. Harlan earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Arizona. –Read More

May 31, 2018

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY
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LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY

Craig Pintens, a proven athletic administrator with leadership experience at national championship-winning programs, will be the next athletic director at Loyola Marymount University, President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., announced today. Pintens comes to LMU from the University of Oregon, where he has served as senior associate athletic director for the past seven years. In that role, he helped lead Oregon’s athletic programs to tremendous success in competition and transformed the fan experience, strategic planning processes, athletics operations, promotions, and fundraising. –Read More

SFA
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SFA

Ryan Ivey, Director of Athletics at Austin Peay, is expected to resign his position at the Clarksville, Tennessee school to claim the same title at Stephen F. Austin, a source told The Sawmill on Thursday morning. Ivey has led the Governors for the past three years since authoring a wildly successful two-year revival at Texas A&M-Commerce that made him one of the industry’s rising stars. -Isaac Niedrauer, SFA Sawmill, Read More

May 24, 2018

ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
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ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Purdue vice president and athletics director Mike Bobinski, in partnership with vice president for development Amy Noah, announced the hiring of Abilene Christian University director of athletics Lee De Leon as executive senior associate athletics director/assistant vice president for development Thursday. De Leon (pronounced DAY LEE ON) will work in direct partnership with Bobinski, Noah and deputy athletics director Jason Butikofer to provide vision and leadership to advance the athletic department’s fundraising efforts. He will manage the day-to-day internal operations of the John Purdue Club with a concerted focus on building the donor base and engaging contributors.