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March 8, 2018

ECU
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ECU

ECU Athletic Director Jeff Compher has accepted a buyout deal to resign from his position. The announcement is expected to be made official Friday following the Board of Trustees meeting. The buyout is expected to be in the $1 million range. Compher, 59, was hired in April 2013. He was given a five-year extension in late June. The contract was supposed to run through April 2023. He was expected to earn a $140,00 bonus if he was still an employee on April 30. –WNCT, Read More

March 7, 2018

CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
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CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE

California State University, Northridge announced Wednesday it was “parting ways” with men’s basketball coach Reggie Theus and Director of Athletics Brandon Martin. “I want to thank both Coach Theus and Dr. Martin for their dedication to Matador Athletics. We wish them the best moving forward,” said Dr. Dianne F. Harrison, President of California State University, Northridge in a statement. “CSUN is absolutely committed to the success of Matador Athletics and to supporting our student-athletes.” One of Martin’s biggest moves came within days after he was hired. He fired longtime Matadors basketball coach Bobby Braswell — for whom he played at Cleveland High — and days later brought in Theus. –LA Daily News, Read More

March 6, 2018

COLLEGE OF NEW YORK
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COLLEGE OF NEW YORK

Lydia Travis, a sports management expert with several professional affiliations, is The City College of New York’s new director of athletics. Her appointment is effective March 12. Travis is a member of the Women Leaders in College Sports, the National Association of Athletic Compliance and serves on the Minority Opportunity Athletics Association Membership Committee. She joins CCNY from Queens College, CUNY’s only NCAA Division II athletic program, where she was assistant athletics director for student-athlete performance. Read More.

March 3, 2018

FAU
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FAU

Florida Atlantic University’s rapid rise to an elite national athletic program will continue under the leadership of Brian White, who was hired today as FAU’s vice president and director of athletics. White, who has signed a five-year contract, brings an extensive background in collegiate sports administration to a program growing in stature and prominence. White, the Owls’ sixth full-time athletic director, will be formerly introduced at a press conference on FAU’s Boca Raton campus on a date to be determined. An experienced administrator and proven fundraiser, White joins FAU from the University of Missouri, where he was named senior associate athletics director in 2015 before becoming deputy athletics director for external relations in 2016. He also served as Missouri’s sport administrator for football and men’s basketball. –Read More

March 1, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA UPSTATE
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA UPSTATE

USC Upstate has fired athletic director Julio Freire and men’s basketball coach Kyle Perry, a source told ESPN. Freire was hired in July and Perry was named permanent head coach in October. Both have already been removed from the school’s website.

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-SUPERIOR
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-SUPERIOR

The University of Wisconsin-Superior has named Nick Bursik as director of athletics. Bursik had been the interim director of athletics since 2015. During his time in this role, Bursik helped orchestrate a seamless transition into the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC), of which he now serves as Vice Chair of the Council of Athletic Directors and Chair of the Membership Committee. Bursik also aided in the commitment to growing the student-athlete experience, which has included facility renovations, a partnership with Essentia Health for medical and athletic training care, and a new contract with Under Armour for apparel and uniforms. Read More.

UNC CHARLOTTE
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UNC CHARLOTTE

Chancellor Philip L. Dubois has announced the appointment of Mike Hill as the next Director of Athletics at UNC Charlotte. Hill, currently Executive Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs at the University of Florida, will assume his responsibilities on March 15 and be introduced at a public news conference on March 6. The Chancellor cited the range of experiences Hill acquired during his 25-year tenure at Florida as a key factor in the decision. “Mike has a deep background in a highly successful athletic program from a ‘Power Five’ conference, so he has played lead roles in hiring and working with highly successful head coaches, negotiating multi-million dollar media agreements and facilities naming rights, and being on point in external relations for the Gators. But we were equally impressed by his sports administration experience and his dedication to the welfare and personal development of student-athletes,” Dubois noted.

February 28, 2018

NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY

Northwest Missouri State University Director of Athletics Mel Tjeerdsma, who has served in the role since April 2013 after leading the Bearcat football program for 17 years, has announced his retirement, effective April 30. During Tjeerdma’s tenure as athletics director, Northwest has captured four NCAA Division II national championships, 11 MIAA regular season titles and six MIAA tournament titles. During 2016-17, the Bearcats became the first institution in NCAA Division II history to win both a football and men’s basketball national championship in the same academic year. Read More.

February 22, 2018

FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY

John Eason has been named the full-time AD at Florida A&M. Eason had been serving as the interim AD since mid-November. He replaces Milton Overton, Jr. who left FAMU to take the AD position at Kennesaw State. –Watch

February 19, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
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UNIVERSITY OF DENVER

Dan Wolken of USA Today reports Maine athletic director Karlton Creech will be the new AD at Denver. 

February 6, 2018

EARLHAM COLLEGE
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EARLHAM COLLEGE

Peggy Carl, a veteran Division III coach and administrator with nearly 10 years of experience as a collegiate athletics director and over 30 years in collegiate athletics as a coach and administrator, has been named interim director of athletics for Earlham College. Carl, who had previously served as the athletics director at Salem State University (Mass.) and Beloit College and was most recently doing consulting work for the North Coast Athletic Conference, began her duties at Earlham on Friday, Feb. 2. A national search for a permanent director of athletics will commence in the coming months. –Read More

February 5, 2018

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Not even a week onto the job, John Engler is making his presence felt as Michigan State’s interim president. Engler appointed Bill Beekman as the university’s interim athletic director, according to a news release issued Monday, and MSU will not hire a permanent athletic director from within the school’s athletic department. That is a change of direction from what two university sources told the Free Press last week shortly before the MSU Board of Trustees appointed Engler to his position. Beekman has no experience in athletic management. Engler said a nationwide search will begin shortly for a permanent athletic director and that no internal candidates will be considered in the search process. “Just as the Board of Trustees had confidence in Bill to keep things moving as acting president, I have confidence that he will provide very capable leadership of the athletic department during this time of transition,” Engler said in a release. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press

WILMINGTON UNIVERSITY
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WILMINGTON UNIVERSITY

Wilmington University Vice President of Student Affairs and Alumni Relations Dr. Tina Barksdale is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Stefanie Whitby as the next Director of Athletics. Dr. Whitby replaces Dr. Linda Van Drie-Andrzjewski who was the head of the department since 2011. Dr. Van Drie-Andrzjewski was promoted within the University and is now the Executive Director of Title IX, Cleary Act, and Regulatory Affairs. Read More.

DAVIDSON COLLEGE
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DAVIDSON COLLEGE

Davidson College Director of Athletics Jim Murphy will move into a new role that caps nearly a quarter-century of athletics successes and helps the college move into a new era of business operations. Starting July 1, Murphy will hold the title director of athletics emeritus and serve as senior adviser to the president for finance and operations. His advisory role will help guide Davidson’s operations at this crucial time of change nationally, as higher education confronts new challenges, and locally, as Ed Kania, longstanding vice president for finance and administration, departs for Rollins College. Murphy, a licensed CPA, holds a Master of Science degree in management from Georgia Tech. He will lend expertise and advice gleaned from more than two decades at Davidson, where he has overseen major changes in the college’s athletics program while always honoring the traditions that distinguish this special college. He will continue to serve as athletics director through June. A search for a new athletics director will be conducted. –Read More

February 1, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF

Thursday morning, a press release was sent to The Commercial concerning the termination of University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Athletics Director Lonza Hardy Jr. Hardy himself provided the information in the release after the UA System Board of Trustees gave UAPB Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander approval to terminate him at their monthly meeting last Thursday. The win-loss record of several programs throughout UAPB athletics caused concern, and gave reasoning for the decision. Although Hardy submitted the press release, the termination letter hasn’t been sent at this point according, to the UAPB Sports Information Department. –Pine Bluff Commercial, Read More

January 31, 2018

YALE UNIVERSITY
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YALE UNIVERSITY

Vicky Chun is expected to be the next athletic director at Yale, Chip Malafronte reports. An announcement is expected Thursday. Chun who has served as Colgate’s Director of Athletics since 2013 would replace Tom Beckett. Beckett announced plans to retire at the end of the academic year in August. 

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Michigan State is expected to name Greg Ianni as interim athletic director, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. Ianni, the athletic department’s deputy athletic director, will replace Mark Hollis, who announced his retirement Friday and whose final day is Wednesday.  The move is expected to be announced at the MSU Board of Trustees meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. The board room is at capacity with students, media and public members. – Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press. Read More.

January 30, 2018

SFA
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SFA

Stephen F. Austin director of athletics Robert Hill announced Tuesday that he will retire from his role on May 31, 2018, following an affiliation with SFA athletics that spans over three decades in a various number of roles throughout the department. In 2011 the National Association of Collegiate Director’s of Athletics named him Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year for the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision West Region. A national search for Hill’s replacement will begin immediately. –Read More

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

After the NCAA announced last week it would investigate Michigan State for how it handled complaints against former sports medicine doctor Larry Nassar, athletic director Mark Hollis said the university was “preparing a comprehensive response.” David Ridpath, a sports law expert and associate professor at Ohio University, knows Ianni, has high praise for him and said he would be “stunned” to hear he had any involvement in mishandling sexual assault complaints. However, he still thinks Michigan State could benefit from fresh blood. Michigan State would be doing themselves a disservice if they didn’t do due diligence,” Ridpath said of Ianni, “and it might just be better just to bring in somebody from the outside.” – Matt Wenzel, MLive. Read More.

January 29, 2018

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
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BALL STATE UNIVERSITY

After an extensive career in collegiate athletics as a coach and an administrator, Ball State Director of Athletics Mark Sandy announced Monday that he plans to retire from his current position at the end of June. Sandy stepped into his current role as Ball State’s Director of Athletics in February 2015 after spending 10 years as the Director of Athletics at Eastern Kentucky University. –Read More

January 26, 2018

UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO
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UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO

Kathy Twist, a senior administrator in the University at Buffalo Athletics Department, will serve as interim director of athletics beginning Jan. 29, UB President Satish K. Tripathi announced today. Twist will serve as interim director of athletics until a permanent successor to Allen Greene is named. Greene was named the new athletic director at Auburn University last week. UB will launch a national search soon for Greene’s replacement. Twist has served as UB’s senior associate athletic director for sport administration and senior woman administrator since 2012. –Read More

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Eastern Washington University President Mary Cullinan has named veteran athletics administrator Lynn Hickey to serve as EWU’s interim athletic director while the university begins a national search to permanently fill the position. Hickey will begin her duties at Eastern Feb. 12. Hickey served for 18 years as Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics at the University of Texas, San Antonio (UTSA) before leaving in 2017. During her tenure the university experienced unprecedented growth by adding football and women’s soccer and golf. Hickey also developed a student-athlete centered program that combined academic success, leadership development, strength and conditioning and life skills. Prior to UTSA, Hickey served as Senior Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator at Texas A&M, College Station.

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis has stepped down Friday in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. Hollis’ resignation comes days after Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics doctor who also was employed by Michigan State, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing more than 150 girls and young women, including some MSU athletes. Hollis, who worked in the athletic department since 1995, also was chairman of the NCAA basketball tournament selection committee in 2017. -Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, Read More

January 24, 2018

SHELTON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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SHELTON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

A former University of Alabama women’s basketball player has been named the athletic director at Shelton State Community College, according to a Tuesday news release. Cara Crosslin is in her second year working in the Shelton State athletic department. She previously served as an athletic support specialist. She is from Tuscumbia and played basketball at UA from 1993-97. Crosslin was a member of UA’s 1994 Final Four team. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in human performance and a master’s degree in educational leadership. She is a former coach and athletic director at Thompson High School in Alabaster. – Tuscaloosa News. Read More.

January 23, 2018

MUSKINGUM UNIVERSITY
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MUSKINGUM UNIVERSITY

Former student-athlete, coach and experienced athletic administrator, Steve Brockelbank, has been selected to lead Muskingum University’s Athletic Department as Vice President and Athletic Director, the University announced today. He will assume the post April 1. Brockelbank will transition into his role at Muskingum from Miami University, a Division I Football Subdivision institution, where he leads communications, broadcasting human resources, facilities management and game operations among other key operational divisions as Associate Athletic Director for Communications and Administration. His professional experience includes administrative roles at the collegiate and high school levels in addition to coaching. Read More.

OREGON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
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OREGON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Oregon Institute of Technology’s (Oregon Tech’s) President, Dr. Nagi Naganathan, announced today that he has appointed John Van Dyke to serve as the university’s new athletic director (AD), following a national search. Van Dyke was Men’s Basketball coach and assistant athletics director at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington and will join Oregon Tech on February 1. 2018. Van Dyke will take over the AD role from Greg Stewart, who has served as interim AD over the last year. Stewart will resume his position as associate athletic director and head coach for the Women’s Softball program at Oregon Tech. Prior to joining Oregon Tech, Van Dyke served as Men’s Basketball head coach at Northwest University from 2000 to December 2017; and as assistant athletic director since 2001 through last month. – Victory Sports Network. Read More.

January 17, 2018

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Buffalo athletics director Allen Greene has emerged as Auburn’s choice to replace Jay Jacobs as athletics director, Auburn Undercover has learned. Greene’s hiring must still be cleared by the Auburn Board of Trustees. Greene is set to become the second African-American athletics director in SEC history. The hiring could be made official as soon as this week, a source said. Greene is one of the youngest athletics directors in the country. He was hired at Buffalo in November 2015 after previously serving in a senior associate athletics director role at Ole Miss from 2009 through 2012. He was an associate athletics director at Buffalo from 2012 until his promotion to athletics director in 2015. – Brandon Marcello, auburn.247sports.comRead More

January 16, 2018

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

Florida Atlantic athletic director Pat Chun is set to be named the new athletic director at Washington State, sources told ESPN. A news conference, originally scheduled for Wednesday to officially introduce Chun, was postponed to an undetermined later date due to the death of Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, the school said in a statement late Tuesday. Before heading to FAU, Chun spent 15 years at Ohio State, his alma mater, where he served in a variety of roles within the athletic department and rose to the executive associate athletics director for external relations. Chun, who has been the athletic director at FAU since 2012, will be the first Asian-American athletic director at a Power 5 school, according to a spokesperson for the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. -Kyle Bonagura, ESPNRead More

AUGUSTANA UNIVERSITY
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AUGUSTANA UNIVERSITY

Augustana University today announced that Slade Larscheid has decided to step down as director of athletics in order to spend more time with his family and pursue other opportunities. In announcing the news to the campus community, Augustana President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin thanked Larscheid for his vision and commitment. Larscheid’s last day will be Friday, Jan. 26. Details on the appointment of an interim director of athletics, as well as plans for a national search, will be announced soon. Read More.

WESTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY

Western New Mexico University President Dr. Joseph Shepard is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Scott Noble who will become the next Director of Athletics for the Mustangs. Noble will begin his duties on February 2nd. Noble arrives in Silver City after spending the past three-plus years as the Director of Athletics/Campus Recreation at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He has spent the past three decades in athletics as either a collegiate player, coach or administrator. In 1998 Noble was named District Athletic Director in Great Bend Kansas. Two years later it was on to Wichita State University as the Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities and Operations. –Read More