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November 15, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Tyler Thompson of KARK/Fox 16 is reporting that Jeff Long is out as the athletic director at Arkansas. We will update this story as more details become available.

November 14, 2017

SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY
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SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY

Senior associate director of athletics Dr. Bridget Lyons has accepted the position of athletic director at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. Lyons’ official start date at Shenandoah is January 15. She is the first woman to lead the Hornet athletics department in this capacity and the sixth person to hold the full-time athletics director position at Shenandoah. Read More.

November 13, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has renewed the contract of Trojans Athletic Director Chasse Conque in an agreement that keeps Conque with the Trojans through 2022. Conque has served as UA Little Rock’s director of athletics since Jan. 6, 2015, and has helped lead a resurgence of Trojan Athletics. During Conque’s tenure, Little Rock has won a combined 11 team and individual Sun Belt Conference championships as both men’s and women’s basketball have advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament during that span. In both 2015-16 and 2016-17, each Trojan athletic program qualified for their respective Sun Belt Conference post-season tournament, the first time that has happened since UA Little Rock joined the league in 1992. Read More.

November 10, 2017

SUNY FREDONIA
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SUNY FREDONIA

Gerald R. Fisk will become the new Director of Athletics at the State University of New York at Fredonia, effective Dec. 13. His appointment, the result of a national search which began over the summer, was announced today by Fredonia Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services Cedric Howard. Mr. Fisk will leave Elmira College, where he has been serving as assistant director of athletics and event and facility operations, to accept the new post. While at UNC, he was a teaching assistant and athletic department intern, a member of the intramural sports advisory council, and director of development and member relations for the College Sport Research Institute. Read More.

November 8, 2017

MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY

MSU President Suzanne Shipley announces permanent of appoint of Kyle Williams as MSU Mustangs Director of Athletics. He was the Interim Director of Athletics. Prior to joining MSU, Williams was a prominent member of the Wichita Falls broadcast television market first with FOX-18 before serving as general manager at KAUZ TV-6. He also worked in commercial lending with First National Bank of Wichita Falls between TV stints. Williams becomes the program’s 10th athletic director since Midwestern State became a four-year university in 1947-48.

November 6, 2017

MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE
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MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE

Manhattanville College has appointed Ed Manetta as the seventh Director of Athletics in school history, Manhattanville President Dr. Michael E. Geisler, Ph.D, announced this week. Effective November 13, 2017, Manetta will be responsible for maintaining the rich tradition of Valiant athletics at Manhattanville College. This includes ensuring competitive men’s and women’s sports teams, while maintaining high academic standards for Valiant student-athletes. Manetta’s duties also include ensuring compliance with NCAA standards, coaches and staff, and overseeing fundraising and partnership opportunities for the college’s Department of Athletics. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND

University of Richmond announced today that John P. Hardt, athletic director at Bucknell University, had been named the next AD at UR. Since 2000 Hardt has served as the Director of Athletics and Recreation at Bucknell, where he has helped guide the school’s athletic program to success. During Hardt’s tenure, Bucknell Athletics orchestrated one of the nation’s most assertive athletics facilities overhauls, built and expanded relationships with alumni and major donors leading to all-time high membership and annual giving levels, created an athletics environmental sustainability program, and launched a comprehensive athletics leadership program. Hardt previously worked in athletics administrations at Michigan State University and Syracuse University. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Iowa, where he played football. He also earned his law degree at Iowa. Read More.

November 3, 2017

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs announced in a letter Friday that he will step down by June 1, 2018, unless a successor is found sooner. “The last several months have been a particularly difficult time,” he wrote. “Across several sports, a series of controversies have arisen. They have begun to take their toll and have raised questions about why Auburn must endure such problems. As I have always done, I have worked my hardest and best to do what is right for Auburn. I believe in Auburn and will fight for Auburn. But as I consider the future and what is best for Auburn, I have prayerfully decided the time has come for me to step aside. Sometimes a new direction and new leadership are helpful in moving beyond current problems.” Jacobs has served as Auburn’s athletic director since 2004, but played football at the university starting in 1981. -Charlotte Carroll, SI, Read More

November 2, 2017

TUSCULUM COLLEGE
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TUSCULUM COLLEGE

Dr. James Hurley, president of Tusculum College, has appointed Doug Jones as vice president of student success and athletic director. Jones has served as Tusculum’s interim athletic director since February 2016. Jones will continue in the role as Tusculum’s head baseball coach, a position he has held since 1998. As athletic director, Jones oversees the day-to-day operations of the Tusculum athletic department and the 20 sports that the college sponsors, including men’s and women’s track and field and STUNT, which were added during his term as athletic director. – Citizen Tribune. Read More.

October 31, 2017

WESTERN NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY

Dr. Michael D. Theulen, the architect behind one of the most successful and respected Division III programs in the Northeast for nearly two decades, retired as Director of Athletics this past summer. Theulen, 60, had a simple philosophy and that was “to provide a student-athlete experience second to none.” He committed the department and its student-athletes to comprehensive excellence in academics, athletics, leadership, and service – known as the ‘Western New England Way.’ – Ken Cerino, NCAA. Read More.

KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY
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KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY

Kennesaw State University President Sam Olens announced Tuesday that Milton Overton has been named as the new director of athletics. Overton, a 25-year veteran of college athletics administration, has spent the last two years as director of athletics at Florida A&M University. He will be formally introduced at a press conference on KSU’s campus Thursday, November 9 at 10 a.m. He is the fourth individual to hold the position at Kennesaw State. Read More.

‎HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY
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‎HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY

Now in his sixth year, Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeffrey Hathaway has elected to move on from his position at Hofstra. To provide for the opportunity for a successful transition, we have identified June 30, 2018 as the outside date for this change. Under Hathaway’s direction, Hofstra Pride teams have made 16 post-season appearances, including 12 NCAA Tournaments, and captured 10 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season titles. Student-athletes received 21 CAA Player of the Year awards; 15 CAA Scholar-Athletes of the Year awards and 9 CAA Rookie of the Year awards. In addition, the Pride produced 12 All-Americans and 7 Academic All-Americans. Read More.

DRAKE UNIVERSITY
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DRAKE UNIVERSITY

Des Moines native Brian Hardin has been named Drake University’s director of athletics, President Marty Martin announced today. He will join the Bulldog staff on Dec. 11 and become the 17th athletic director in University history. Hardin is currently a deputy director of athletics at Marquette University, with prior experience at Ball State University and the University of Notre Dame. Hardin will be formally introduced to the Drake community at a press conference on Nov. 10 at 10:30 a.m. Read More.

October 25, 2017

FREDERICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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FREDERICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Frederick Community College seeks a director of athletics. This position will provides vision and leadership for planning, implementation, management, supervision, and evaluation of the athletics program and is responsible for personnel matters, performance appraisals, funding, and compliance with national and regional athletic requirements within the Department of Athletics. The Director of Athletics reports to the Associate Vice President / Dean of Students. Apply here.

October 21, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
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UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Virginia is poised to announce Georgia deputy athletic director Carla Williams, a former professional basketball player with experience supervising football, as the Cavaliers’ athletic director, sources said Saturday. A 1989 Georgia graduate, Williams oversees the Bulldogs’ football program as athletic director Greg McGarity’s top lieutenant. She also has administrative responsibility for women’s basketball, academic support, NCAA compliance, external and event operations, human resources, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, and business operations. -David Teel, Daily Press, Read More

October 20, 2017

TRINITY COLLEGE
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TRINITY COLLEGE

Trinity College has announced the appointment of Drew Galbraith as the college’s next director of athletics and chair of physical education. Galbraith comes to Trinity from Dartmouth College, where he is currently the senior associate director of athletics and executive director of Dartmouth Peak Performance, a program that integrates services and resources to help student-athletes achieve excellence. Galbraith earned both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the College of William & Mary. He began his career in media relations and broadcasting at Virginia Commonwealth University. Read More.

October 18, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

Tom Jurich was fired with cause as the University of Louisville’s athletics director on Wednesday after a vote by the school’s trustees. The board of trustees voted 10-3 in favor of letting go of Jurich, who had been in his position for nearly two decades. The meeting in the Jefferson Room at Grawemeyer Hall was in closed, executive session for roughly three hours before the board made its vote just after 4:30 p.m. Read More.

October 17, 2017

UW-GREEN BAY
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UW-GREEN BAY

Charles Guthrie has been named the ninth Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Chancellor Gary L. Miller announced on Tuesday. Guthrie, an athletics administrator with over 15 years in collegiate athletics, has spent the last three years as the Director of Athletics at San Francisco State and will begin the new role on November 6. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

University of North Dakota Director of Athletics Brian Faison has announced he will retire at the end of 2017. Faison said Dec. 31 will be his final day as UND’s 15th Director of Athletics. Faison will serve as a Special Advisor to UND Athletics from Jan. 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018. Faison has seen UND Athletics through enormous changes in his ten years, such as managing the five-year process to move all UND sports to Division I (a status UND Men’s Hockey has enjoyed for decades), the collection of an impressive number of conference titles, a national title, conference realignments, the addition of the UND Athletics High Performance Center, the success of student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the court, field, and ice, and the transition to a new nickname and logo, the Fighting Hawks. Read More.

October 16, 2017

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

Kirk Schulz will have an interim AD in place as soon as next week and the WSU President affirmed in a news release Sunday afternoon the school would begin looking for Moos’ full-time replacement ASAP.Four potential candidates to replace Bill Moos as Washington State’s athletic director. Mike Marlow’s background in fundraising, and finances in general, could be a big coup for WSU. Joe Parker was a deputy AD at Washington State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech, and spent time as an associate AD at Michigan, where he went to school and swam for the Wolverines. Jim Bartko He was behind a handful of the major facility projects and capital improvements at Oregon and was the lead supervisor when UO erected its palatial basketball venue, Matthew Knight Arena. Scott Barnes The Spokane native, who was also the AD at Pitt for two years, might fancy a return home. – Theo Lawson, Spokesman, Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Bill Moos was the athletic director at Oregon before going to Washington state, and his term there did not end amicably, He put Oregon on the path to get $160 in facilities renovations, improved alumni donations, added two women’s sports and negotiated an exclusive contract with Nike during his 12 years at the school. Moos was part of the aforementioned deal with Nike, a brand that has helped lead Oregon to new heights. He also helped negotiate the Pac-12’s 12-year, $3 billion television contract with FOX and ESPN. A SportsBusinessJournal report from 2014 pegged the average athletic director age at 52. This is Moos’s fourth stop as an athletic director, and at his age, it’ll likely be his last. – Landof10. Read More.

October 15, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Nebraska has hired Bill Moos, former AD at Washington State to be the new Huskers athletic director. Moos receives a 5-year contract that will pay him $1 million annually per the Omaha World-Herald’s Lee Barfknecht.

October 12, 2017

MUSKINGUM UNIVERSITY
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MUSKINGUM UNIVERSITY

After 16 years of service leading the Fighting Muskies and more than 40 years in intercollegiate athletics, Muskingum University Athletic Director Larry Shank will retire at the end of the current academic year, the University announced today. His last day with the University will be June 30, 2018. Muskingum plans to launch a national search for his successor immediately. During Shank’s tenure, Muskingum upgraded a number of athletic facilities by adding turf to Sherman Field and renovating the football, basketball, soccer and lacrosse locker rooms. Read More.

October 5, 2017

SAINT JOSEPH UNIVERISTY
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SAINT JOSEPH UNIVERISTY

Don DiJulia has announced that he will retire from his longtime role as Saint Joseph’s vice president and director of athletics at the end of the current academic year and will remain with the University as necessary to ensure a smooth transition for his successor. The 2017-18 academic year marks DiJulia’s 50th in college athletics, and his 35th as Saint Joseph’s athletic director over two terms, from 1976-1981 and then from 1988 to the present. In 2012, he was promoted to vice president for athletics/director of athletics. All told, DiJulia’s affiliation with SJU spans six decades, from his time as a student to the present. Read More

ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Alabama State has a new leader of its athletic department. The university named Jennifer Lynne Williams its interim athletic director late Wednesday night following the official resignation of Melvin Hines. “Alabama State University is fortunate to have someone of Mrs. Williams’s caliber to take this interim position,” new ASU president Quinton Ross said in a release. “I am fully confident in her ability to lead our athletics department at this critical juncture.” Williams is in her second year at ASU as she’s been the deputy director of athletics. She is also on the executive board of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD).Read More

October 3, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

Louisville announces Vince Tyra will serve as the Cardinals interim athletic director. Tyra steps in for Tom Jurich, whose 20-year career at U of L is in limbo following last week’s federal complaint alleging corruption in the men’s basketball program. Jurich was placed on administrative leave Sept. 27, a day after federal prosecutors made the charges public. His fate is in the hands of U of L’s board of trustees, which took no action on Monday after discussing the situation behind closed doors. Vince Tyra’s links to U of L grew stronger this year after he joined the board of the U of L Foundation in February. Tyra was part of a wholesale change of the organization’s 15-member board as the foundation looks to get its finances under control following the tenure of former U of L President James Ramsey, who ran the foundation until resigning last year. Tyra became chairman of the foundation’s finance committee, perhaps the second-most important role on the board. -Chris Otts, WDRB, Read More

September 28, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS OF THE PERMIAN BASIN
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS OF THE PERMIAN BASIN

According to a press release, UTPB President Sandra Woodley announced Thursday that Scott Farmer has been named The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Athletics Director. “UTPB Falcon Athletics scored a big win with the announcement our new Athletic Director, Scott Farmer,” said Woodley. “Scott brings a wealth of experience and a proven record of accomplishment for building successful athletics programs. We are fortunate to add a leader of his caliber to the UTPB team and we welcome Scott and his wife Jackie to the Permian Basin.” He graduated from Georgia Southern with a B.S. degree in Health and Physical Education, and later earned M.S. degree in Sports Management from the university. – Jake Gadon, Cbs7. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA WESTERN
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UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA WESTERN

Russ Richardson has officially announced his January 1, 2018 resignation as the University of Montana Western’s Athletics Director. At that time, he will become the Director of Student-Athlete Health and Wellness for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Richardson’s role will be to lead the process for development of policies and identifying resources that promote health and wellness for student-athletes across the country. In that capacity, he will work collaboratively with sports medicine professionals, member institutions, and student-athletes as those policies are developed. – Nick Petraccione, Montanasports. Read More.

ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY

As Alabama State University officials work through finalizing a contract for incoming president Quinton Ross, the usual personnel shifts that occur with a power change are ongoing. Sources told APR this week that ASU athletic director Melvin Hines has resigned from the university. Officials are still working with Hines to determine his final day on the job, but he could work until the end of the calendar year, the sources said. – Josh Moon, AL Reporter. Read More.

September 27, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

John Ramsey of ESPN Louisville is reporting that Cardinals AD Tom Jurich has been let go. No official statement has been released by U of L. Mike Rutherford of Card Chronicle is also reporting that Jurich is out. According to Card Chronicle, Louisville’s SB Nation site, Jurich was asked to resign Wednesday morning and but refused. After refusing he was told that he was being relieved of his duties. An official announcement is expected from Louisville later Wednesday afternoon.