Washington University in St. Louis Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lori White announced Tuesday that Anthony J. Azama has been named the John M. Schael Director of Athletics. Azama arrives on the Danforth Campus after spending the past two years as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Operations at Columbia University in the city of New York. He was responsible for the strategic direction, oversight, coordination, leadership and active participation in the revenue generation and external functions while at Columbia. –Read More
Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D., President of La Salle University, announced today that William “Bill” Bradshaw has signed a multiyear agreement as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation. Mr. Bradshaw has served in an interim capacity in the same role since March 9, 2016. Mr. Bradshaw has over 36 years’ experience as an Intercollegiate Division I athletic director, first at La Salle (1978 – 1986), then at DePaul (1986 – 2002) and most recently at Temple (2002 – 2013). During his prior tenure at La Salle, the Explorers won 28 conference championships and three Commissioner’s Cups, made NCAA tournament appearances three times in Men’s Basketball and twice in Women’s Basketball, and averaged an impressive 90% student-athlete graduation rate. –Read More
Sources tell College AD that Sacramento State will name St. Mary AD Mark Orr athletic director. A press conference has been called for Monday at 10 am PST. The news was first reported by the Sacramento Bee. During Orr’s tenure at St. Mary’s, the Gales have completed renovations to McKeon Pavilion, Saint Mary’s Stadium, Madigan Gym and the Korth Tennis Complex. Orr also oversaw a new $30 million Athletics & Recreation Corridor, which included a 1500 seat baseball stadium.
Eastern Michigan athletic director Heather Lyke will be announced as Pitt’s new athletic director Monday, according to a source, taking the position that was left vacant when Scott Barnes agreed to take the same job at Oregon State. Lyke has been athletic director at the Mid-American Conference program since July 2013, when she left her post as senior associate athletic director at Ohio State, where she spent 15 years in the athletic department. -Brian Batko, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Read More
Utah State University Eastern today named Chelsey Warburton as the new Athletic Director. Warburton has been the head women’s basketball coach the past two seasons and will continue in that capacity while serving her new role. “Chelsey Warburton brings an amazing vision and a wealth of experience to the athletic director position,” said Vice Chancellor Greg Dart. “We are confident that she can help carry forward the vision for athletics. Warburton will begin take on the new role beginning June 1, 2017. She takes over from Dave Paur who will be retiring from his position after more than 25 years of service to Utah State Eastern. –castlecountryradio.com– Read More
Experienced in fundraising, NCAA compliance and William and Mary football, Samantha Huge has agreed to become the Tribe’s athletic director, sources said Monday. A senior associate athletic director at Texas A&M since 2014, Huge will be introduced at a Wednesday morning news conference. William and Mary president Taylor Reveley announced Huge’s appointment to the athletic department Monday afternoon, sources said. Prior to Texas A&M, Huge served in various administrative roles at Delaware, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Illinois, Michigan State and the Southern Conference. She is a 1992 graduate of Gordon College in Massachusetts, where she played basketball, and earned a law degree from Campbell University in North Carolina. -David Teel, Daily Press, Read More
he SDC Athletic Department is pleased to announce Carolyn Peters as the new Athletic Director for SDC Athletics, effective immediately. Previous Interim Athletic Director, Josh Westermann, will remain his duties as the head men’s and women’s soccer coach. Peters has been the head athletic trainer and strength coach for the past four years for the Hawks. Prior to her time as Athletic Trainer, she was an assistant strength coach at SDSU where she primarily worked with football, basketball, and volleyball. Read More.
Vice President of Student Life David Schmiesing today announced Mike Holmes as the new director of Athletics at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Holmes will be the second director of Athletics at Franciscan since the University brought back varsity athletics in 2007. Holmes, a Des Moines, Iowa, native, comes to Franciscan University after three years at the University of Maine at Presque Isle where he served as the athletic director and head men’s basketball coach since 2014. Prior to joining the Owls, Holmes was the instructor of health and human performance and the head men’s basketball coach at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa, for six years. At SWCC, Holmes instructed classes in sport management, care and prevention of athletic injuries, first aid and CPR, personal wellness, and introduction to coaching. Read More.
Calling an ongoing five-win season “a blip in the radar screen” Tuesday, Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes affirmed his confidence in men’s basketball coach Wayne Tinkle. “He’s a wonderful coach and I love how he connects with the student athlete,” Barnes told The Oregonian/OregonLive. “You look at the anomaly that is this year and why. There are all sorts of pieces to that. But I have great confidence in Wayne. I think he’s going to have a superb tenure here and already has.” The 54-year-old Barnes, who played college basketball at Fresno State and has served as the chairman of the NCAA men’s basketball committee, viewed player response in the wake of a difficult season as a positive despite the win-loss record. – Danny Moran, The Oregon Live. Read More.
The search for a new athletic director is apparently over at Tennessee. According to a report from Jimmy Hyams, the Vols are set to hire Kansas State’s John Currie as Tennessee’s next athletic director. Currie leads one of the most productive and efficient programs in the country, and his seven-year tenure has included team Big 12 Championships in football (2012), men’s basketball (2013) and baseball (2013), 16 team NCAA tournament appearances in men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and baseball, and 50 individual Big 12 and nine individual NCAA Championships. – SEC Country. Read More.
Tennessee apparently is aiming as high as an AD at a Power 5 conference school. That’s fine as long as you understand the challenges of such pursuit. UT’s next prime target is Danny Morrison, who recently resigned as president of the Carolina Panthers but has been a college athletic director at TCU and Wofford, his alma mater. He also was the commissioner of the Southern Conference. Morrison is obviously well-qualified. And his experience with the Panthers is a bonus. He can engage in pro football chitchat with Tennessee super booster Jimmy Haslam, owner of the quasi-NFL Cleveland Browns. – John Adams , USA Today. Read More.
Dave Heeke, an athletics department leader with a strong background nationally and in the Pac-12, has been named University of Arizona Vice President for Athletics pending Arizona Board of Regents approval of the contract, UA President Ann Weaver Hart announced on Saturday. A 28-year veteran in college athletics, Heeke (Hee-key) has extensive experience in all aspects of the field, having served for the last 11 years as Athletics Director at Central Michigan University and the previous 18 years in the Oregon athletics department, finishing his tenure there as senior associate athletics director/chief of staff. Former Arizona Athletics Directors Cedric Dempsey and Kathleen ‘Rocky’ LaRose assisted Dr. Hart during an extensive national search that included communication with some 65 nominees and candidates. –Read More
Auburn University at Montgomery Chancellor Carl A. Stockton has named Jessie Rosa as Director of Athletics, effective March 1, 2017. Rosa previously served as the department’s Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator (SWA). She has served as interim AD since the departure of Jim Herlihy. Rosa, an AUM alumna and former student-athlete, has spent 10 years working within AUM Athletics. Following her career in women’s soccer, Rosa spent two years as a graduate assistant before beginning her steady ascent through the ranks, including time as Senior Program Associate and Assistant Athletics Director for Finance. – River Region Sports. Read More.
Long-time West Chester University athletics director, Dr. Edward M. Matejkovic, announced his retirement this morning effective at the end of June 2017. Dr. Matejkovic, the longest tenured AD in West Chester University history, is in his 22nd year as the director of athletics at the NCAA Division II institution having built the Golden Rams’ program into one of the most successful in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), as well as the NCAA Atlantic Region. He is in his 47th year overall as an educator. Matejkovic, who earned his bachelor’s degree from West Chester University in 1969, his master’s degree from WCU in 1975 and doctoral degree from Temple University in 1983, leaves as one of the most decorated athletic directors in PSAC history as well as one of the most involved, both on the conference and national levels. Read More.
The University of Virginia announced today (Feb. 20) Craig Littlepage has resumed his full-time duties as Virginia’s director of athletics. Littlepage had been on a temporary adjusted schedule since Oct. 24. Jon Oliver, UVA’s executive associate athletics director, served as the acting director of athletics during Littlepage’s absence. “I would like to thank the University administration, our student-athletes, coaches, staff and especially Jon Oliver for their support and hard work while I was away,” Littlepage said. “It’s great to be back and I look forward to a successful and productive spring semester for Virginia Athletics.” Read More.
Director of Athletics Brad Bates has announced that he will step down at the end of the academic year to join Collegiate Sports Associates (CSA) of Chapel Hill, N.C., one of the nation’s leaders in executive search and consulting for intercollegiate athletics. He will serve as vice president at CSA, where he will lead the agency’s consulting division. Bates has served as director of athletics at Boston College since 2012. The University will embark on a national search for a successor and will engage the services of an executive search firm to assist in the process. –Read More
There is newfound stability in the ACC head-coaching ranks, a nod to not only the high-quality hires who have come into the league, but also the idea that these programs are no longer viewed as “stepping stone” jobs. Where the turnover has come is on the athletic director level. During the past year, three athletic directors have departed for other jobs. All three spent three years or less in the ACC. Two spent less than two years in the ACC. But in these specific cases, it’s completely understandable why so many of these programs opted for somebody with long-standing ties. Especially since an athletic director’s job increasingly relies on fundraising and tapping into the community and alums for more and more support. – Andrea Adelson, ESPN. Read More.
BABSON PARK, Fla. – Mr. Darren Richie has joined Webber International University as its Director of Athletics. Richie last served at Colorado Christian University. During his nearly ten-year tenure there as Director of Athletics, Mr. Richie raised over 3 million dollars for the athletics department, and led CCU to four RMAC Sportsmanship Cup wins, appearances in 12 NCAA National Tournaments, and appearances in over 30 National Christian College (NCCAA) National Tournaments with four National Championship wins. CCU athletes have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.2, a bit higher than the school’s non-athletes. Read More.
Wednesday afternoon Cleveland State University announced Michael Thomas as their new athletic director. Thomas will assume the position March 1, and will work in conjunction with John Parry until his retirement in June. Thomas’ first stint as an athletic director was with the University of Akron in 2000, and has since held the position at Cincinnati and the University of Illinois. The Cauldron sat down with Thomas as well as CSU’s Chief Marketing Officer Rob Spademan to discuss Thomas’ view of the university and his plans going forward.
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Gene Bleymaier is stepping aside after five years as San Jose State’s athletic director, according to sources. Bleymaier will serve as a special advisor to president Mary Papazian and focus on the South Campus development plan for athletic facilities. Deputy Marie Tuite will serve as interim athletic director, a role she has held previously. The news was delivered to department personnel Thursday morning. No timetable was given for the search for a permanent athletic director. Bleymaier’s contract expires in June. -Jon Wilner, Mercury News, Read More
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Sources tell College AD that Mike Thomas will be the next athletic director at Cleveland State. Thomas will replace current athletic direct John Parry who is set to retire in June. Cleveland State is expected to make the announcement Wednesday afternoon. Thomas was previously the athletic director at Illinois from 2011-2015. He has also served as AD at Cincinnati and Akron.
Louisiana will reportedly name Dr. Bryan Maggard as the Ragin’ Cajuns next athletic director according to Zack Barnett. Dr. Maggard comes to Louisiana from Missouri where he currently serves as the Tigers Executive Associate AD. During his 21 year tenure at Mizzou. Dr. Maggard has worked in numerous areas of the department including academic services, athletic performance, student-athlete development, and revenue development. Dr. Maggard played a crucial role in helping Missouri transition into the Southeastern Conference and assisting with multi-million dollar facility projects. The hiring of Dr. Maggard as Louisiana’s new athletic director wraps up a nearly four-month-long national search.
The University of Tennessee is paying Turnkey Sports & Entertainment $75,000, plus expenses, to conduct its search for a new athletic director. The financial agreement was disclosed Monday in a public records request made by the News Sentinel. Turnkey was selected over three other bidders – Collegiate Sports Associates, DHR International and Parker Executive Search. UT paid Parker $75,000, plus expenses, to help in its nationwide search for a new chancellor for the Knoxville campus. The contract locked in terms that can be used by the Tennessee Board of Regents and any of the UT campuses for searches, but neither are required to use Parker. – Rhiannon Potkey , USA Today. Read More.
In the spirit of verbal commitment season, USF athletic director Mark Harlan appeared to make one Monday morning via Twitter. Amid reports he’s in contention for the same job at Arizona (his alma mater), Harlan indicated he’s staying put, tweeting his family remains “100% USF BULLS.” Harlan earned his bachelor’s (political science) and master’s (education) degrees from Arizona, where he met his wife, Carolyn. The school is seeking a replacement for Greg Byrne, who took the same job at Alabama. UA’s search continues, though the school has hired senior associate AD Erika Hanson Barnes on an interim basis. – Joey Knight, Tampa Bay. Read More.
After 20 years at the helm of Western State Colorado University wrestling, Miles Van Hee was named the next Director of Athletics for Mountaineer Athletics. Western Executive Vice President Brad Baca made the announcement on Friday. Van Hee will officially begin his duties as Athletics Director on Feb. 1. He will also continue coaching Western wrestling until the end of the 2016-17 season in March. A Mountaineer through and through, Van Hee has been a part of Western Athletics for 27 years. First as a student-athlete, then as an assistant coach and finally as a nationally decorated head coach. Read More.
Southern Miss has enlisted a deputy athletic director with over two decades of experience in the SEC to help guide its athletic department on the tough road ahead. USM introduced Tennessee deputy athletic director Jon Gilbert as its new athletic director on Tuesday. He replaces Bill McGillis, who recently stepped down at Southern Miss to take over as athletic director at the University of San Diego. Gilbert has worked under some of the biggest names in SEC administration, including former Alabama AD Mal Moore and Tennessee AD Dave Hart, who is retiring at the end of June. – PATRICK MAGEE, sunherald.com– Read More
Tennessee executive senior associate athletic director Jon Gilbert has accepted the job as Southern Miss’ athletic director, sources told ESPN on Tuesday. Gilbert will be officially introduced at a news conference today. He’s been Dave Hart’s No. 2 man at Tennessee since coming to Knoxville with Hart in 2011. Gilbert served in a number of different roles during his time at Tennessee, including the supervision of the men’s basketball team. At Alabama, Gilbert was a member of the executive leadership team. He was responsible for external operations, athletics development, facilities, event management, the ticket office and oversight of several sports programs. – Chris Low, ESPN. Read More.