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January 11, 2017

LANDER UNIVERSITY
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Brian Reese, Executive Director of Athletics at Presbyterian College, has been named the next Director of Athletics at Lander University, it was announced today by Lander President Richard Cosentino. Reese, who has more than 25 years of experience in athletics management and leadership at Division I universities in South Carolina and Tennessee, will begin his duties at Lander on January 17. He takes the reins from interim Athletic Director Les Robinson, who led the Lander Bearcats during the nationwide search for a permanent director. –Read More

January 10, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

The University of Pittsburgh named Randy Juhl as its acting athletic director. It will be the second time as acting athletic director in two years for Juhl, who filled the same role in 2015. Juhl replaces Scott Barnes, who is leaving to become athletic director at Oregon State University on Feb. 12. Juhl will be acting athletic director beginning Jan. 20. Juhl is retired vice chancellor and dean emeritus of pharmacy. He’ll also chair the committee that will recommend his replacement as athletic director. – Paul J. Gough, Biz Journals. Read More.

 

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January 3, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

University of Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle has released a statement regarding his decision to fire head football coach Tracy Claeys. “I made a difficult decision today on behalf of the University of Minnesota. With the support of Board of Regents’ leadership and President Eric Kaler, I have decided to take the Gophers football team in a different direction with new coaching leadership. I determined that the football program must move in a new direction to address challenges in recruiting, ticket sales and the culture of the program. We need strong leadership to take Gopher football to the next level and address these challenges. –KARE 11 Staff , KARERead More

MANSFIELD UNIVERSITY
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MANSFIELD UNIVERSITY

Ryan Ehrie was introduced as the Director of Athletics for Mansfield University by President Fran Hendricks at a press conference in the Traditional Reading Room of North Hall on Tuesday afternoon. Ehrie comes to Mansfield after serving as the Director of Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation at Penn State Hazleton since September of 2014. While at Penn State Hazleton, Ehrie oversaw the addition of the women’s soccer program and acquired funding for a $1.2 million soccer field renovation. He also served on several PSUAC leadership roles including chair of the men’s and women’s basketball, golf, and eligibility committees. Ehrie also oversaw the addition of a full-time Sports Information Director along with an Assistant Athletic Director to his department. – espnwilliamsport.comRead More

PENN STATE BRANDYWINE
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PENN STATE BRANDYWINE

Penn State Brandywine named Sarah Kurpel as its director of athletics on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Kurpel, who will oversee the campus’ 13 varsity sports as well as its club sport and intramural programs, is the sixth full-time director of athletics in Brandywine’s 48-year history of varsity athletics. Kurpel brings more than a decade of NCAA Division III athletic and administrative experience to Brandywine after serving as assistant athletic director for student services and compliance, senior woman administrator, and head field hockey coach at nearby Neumann University since 2006. “Sarah comes to us with a wealth of experience not only as an athletic administrator, recruiter and teacher, but also as a coach herself. She shares Brandywine’s focus on scholar-athletes and will continue the tradition of excellence in our athletic program,” said Penn State Brandywine Chancellor Kristin Woolever. Read More

December 22, 2016

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, EAST BAY
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CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, EAST BAY

Following an extensive national search, Mr. Jason Carmichael has been appointed as Director of Athletics at California State University, East Bay. Carmichael begins his appointment January 30, 2017. Serving as Director of Athletics at Western State Colorado University for the past two years, Carmichael revitalized the Athletics program by enhancing communication and relationships across the institution, and elevating the status of the Athletics department. Prior to taking over as Director of Athletics, Carmichael served for one year at Western State as Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Internal Operations. Before that, he spent four years as Athletics Director at Mid-South Community College in West Memphis, Ark. Read More.

SAINT PETER’S UNIVERSITY
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SAINT PETER’S UNIVERSITY

Belinda “Boe” Pearman is out as Saint Peter’s University athletic director after only 15 months. Saint Peter’s President Eugene J. Cornacchia sent a text to the school’s trustees that simply read: “I write to inform you that Boe Pearman is no longer employed at St. Peter’s University. I’m grateful for Boe’s contributions to our institution and I wish her the very best.” Pearman was the second female athletic director in the history of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and was one of only three female athletic directors at the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country. –espn.comRead More

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December 21, 2016

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
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OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Has Oregon State found its new athletic director? John Canzano of The Oregonian, citing sources, reports the Beavers have offered Pittsburgh AD Scott Barnes the job. Last week Barnes denied a report that he was likely to leave Pittsburgh for Oregon State.

December 19, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
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UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

The University of San Diego will introduce Bill McGillis as its Executive Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President at a press conference to be held tomorrow morning, December 20th, at 10:00 a.m. (PST) in the Jenny Craig Pavilion Warren Hospitality Suite. McGillis, who takes over for Ky Snyder who was promoted to Vice President for Operations and Chief Operating Officer, comes to the University of San Diego from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where he has been Director of Athletics since July of 2013. –Read More

December 16, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
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UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING

University of Wyoming athletics director Tom Burman said Wednesday he’s confident the university can cover the recent contract extension for football coach Craig Bohl without any additional financial aid from the state. Bohl is getting a pay raise to $1.4 million a year, starting next year. Burman said the university is covering Bohl’s new contract with “self-generated dollars,” which includes anticipated ticket sales, television revenue, concession sales and revenue from future road games against big colleges like Iowa and Clemson. – Billings Gazette. Read More.

NEWBERRY COLLEGE
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NEWBERRY COLLEGE

Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens has named Ralph Patterson the school’s Director of Athletics, removing the interim tag after Patterson’s successful four-month stint leading the Athletic Department this fall. Patterson brings a wide of experience in athletics and higher education administration to his new role at Newberry. A former men’s basketball coach, Patterson made assistant coaching stops at Colorado and Appalachian State before spending seven years leading the Erskine program. He came to Newberry in August from Lander University in Greenwood, where he spent nearly seven years as Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the Lander Foundation. – Read More.

December 14, 2016

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY
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CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

John Parry, athletic director for Cleveland State University, has announced that he will retire following the end of the 2017 spring season. Over a 33-year career as an athletic director, including six at CSU, Parry has built winning programs at three Division I universities and helped thousands of student athletes excel on the playing field and in the classroom. A search committee will be formed to fill the position and CSU plans to have a replacement identified by March 1. Parry’s last day will be June 30. –Read More

December 9, 2016

CAPITAL UNIVERSITY
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CAPITAL UNIVERSITY

Capital University seeks Director of Athletics. This position is responsible for promoting an environment that prioritizes sportsmanship, inclusivity, and civility and is a visible role model for ethics and integrity; build key relationships and take an active role in the local and national community. The Athletic Director organizes, administers, supervises, and evaluates the Athletics Program. Reporting to the Provost, with a dotted line to the President, this position serves as a representative to university committees and coordinates the department’s association across campus. Apply here

December 8, 2016

WESTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY

Barbara Dearing will retire June 30, 2017, as its executive director of intercollegiate athletics at Western Oregon University. President Rex Fuller said the university will finalize plans to launch a national search for a new athletic director in the next few weeks. “Barb has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of Western Oregon athletics and led an effort to ensure that our student-athletes excel in the classroom and in their chosen sport. Under her leadership, student-athletes have higher retention and graduation rates than the general student body and our teams are often recognized in the GNAC for academic and athletic honors. The entire WOU community wishes Barb success in her next life chapter.” –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

University of Minnesota Athletics Director Mark Coyle sat down with the Minnesota Daily on Wednesday for the third edition of a monthly Q&A. Coyle discussed the volleyball team’s NCAA tournament run, his support of football head coach Tracy Claeys and the U.S Bank Stadium controversy, among other topics. Do you have any winter break plans? Winter break plans will be going to the bowl game with football, being out there supporting them and obviously we come back with all of our winter sports in full swing. We’ll be busy back here with plenty to do on campus. -MIKE HENDRICKSON, mndaily.comRead More

December 6, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN
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UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

Not everyone can say they’ve had their dream job, but Basil Hughton believes that for the last nine years, he has. That made the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Huskies athletic director’s decision to retire a lot tougher. “My entire professional life has been working with young people, through the education system and now here with Huskie Athletics, and none of us would be here, we wouldn’t have jobs if it wasn’t for student athletes. They’re the heart and soul of what we do, and for me that’s what makes it difficult,” Hughton said after announcing Monday that he would retire at the end of the current academic year. – Ryan Flaherty, Global News. Read More.

December 5, 2016

PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY
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PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY

Portland State University President Wim Wiewel has named Valerie Cleary the new Director of Athletics for the Vikings program. Cleary returns to Portland State after spending the past two years as AD at Willamette University in Salem. Cleary replaces Mark Rountree, who is moving on to a role as Deputy Athletics Director of Georgia Tech. “As our former associate athletics director who served as interim director before Mark was hired, Valerie Cleary has a keen understanding that academics and community engagement are a central part of the values of Portland State University athletics,” said President Wiewel. “She also has deep experience and knowledge not only of athletics and athletes but of Oregon and the Northwest. We are thrilled that Valerie is returning to our campus as PSU’s new athletics director.”  Previously, Cleary was the senior associate athletics director and senior woman administrator at Portland State. She served in that capacity from September 2013 until she was named PSU’s interim athletics director in the fall of 2014 as PSU was completing an AD search that led to Rountree’s hiring. Cleary was named AD at Willamette in the spring of 2015. Read More

December 4, 2016

WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Western Michigan athletic director Kathy Beauregard had been waiting 20 years to win a Mid-American Conference football championship and her dream finally came true Friday night at Ford Field. Beauregard couldn’t be happier because a MAC title game record crowd of 45,615 — mostly WMU fans — watched the No. 13 Broncos (13-0) defeat Ohio 29-23. “I don’t know if they get how special undefeated is, but it doesn’t just happen. You look all over the country and years and years of history and you just don’t find it,” Beauregard said. “It’s been a magical season, and just an incredibly passionate group of student-athletes that love one another, are family, are undefeated and getting ready for a bowl game.” So does Beauregard feel the Broncos deserve to play in the Cotton Bowl, being the highest-ranked conference champion from the Group of Five? -David Goricki, The Detroit NewsRead More

December 2, 2016

LOUISIANA
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LOUISIANA

After announcing last week the ouster of Scott Farmer as the Ragin’ Cajuns’ athletic director, UL president Joseph Savoie revealed plans for forming a search committee to aid in the hiring process. UL on Friday revealed the members of the committee – three days after they met for the first time. They include two current head coaches, two student-athletes and one Olympic medalist. Anita Hazelwood, an allied health professor and the athletic department’s NCAA faculty representative, is chairing the committee. Tim Buckley, The Advertiser. Read More.

BRYANT UNIVERSITY
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BRYANT UNIVERSITY

Director of Athletics Bill Smith accepted the resignation of Bryant University head football coach Marty Fine Wednesday, as he looks to pursue other opportunities. After becoming the program’s second head coach in 2004, Fine was instrumental in the rise of Bryant Football from Division II to Division I, where he posted a 53-47 overall record and 31-25 mark in the Northeast Conference since 2008. Fine went 80-61 in 13 seasons in Smithfield, winning Division II Northeast-10 Conference titles in 2006 and 2007 to earn the program’s only two NCAA playoff appearances. Read More.

December 1, 2016

PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY
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PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY

Portland State Director of Athletics Mark Rountree  has announced his resignation to take a position with the Georgia Tech Athletics Program. Rountree will be the Deputy Athletic Director at Georgia Tech under new Athletics Director Todd Stansbury. Though it was not a lengthy tenure, Rountree made a big impact on the Vikings Athletic Program. Under his watch, Rountree oversaw the ground-breaking and development of the new Viking Pavilion on campus. The academic and athletics center will house PSU athletics and feature a new competitive arena upon its completion in early 2018. Rountree also shepherded the need for a revitalized Stott Community Field leading to a new FieldTurf surface in 2016, benefiting athletics teams and the local community. The athletics program also underwent a rebranding in last May that has proved popular with fans, boosters, and student-athletes. –Read More

November 30, 2016

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
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SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY

SC State University Athletic Director Paul Bryant, who has held the position for three years, resigned from his post, effective Dec. 15. Bryant will head to Grambling State University as the institution’s next athletic director. “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I have had at SC State University. I want to thank the administration and athletic staff for their support and for believing in my vision to build a strong athletics program that is committed to the success of our student-athletes,” said Bryant. SC State President James Clark extends best wishes to Bryant, saying, “I thank Paul Bryant for his service to SC State University, and I wish his family continued success as he pursues this significant opportunity presented to him.” –abccolumbia.comRead More

GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY
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GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY

Grambling State University President Rick Gallot has hired Paul Bryant as the institution’s next athletic director, effective January 1, 2017. Bryant has a two-year agreement with GSU. He will earn $130,000 annually, and the Grambling University Foundation has agreed to supplement his university salary with another $30,000. Bryant, who has more than 25 years of experience in athletics and 22 years of coaching, has a strong track record of business acumen and sports success at South Carolina State University as director of athletics and previously as director of athletics at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and director of athletics at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois. –KNOE, Read More

November 29, 2016

GEORGIA TECH
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GEORGIA TECH

Monday, Paul Griffin handed over control of the Georgia Tech athletic department to Todd Stansbury. He closed his interim tenure rather impressively. After AD Mike Bobinski left Tech for Purdue in August, Griffin came out of retirement at the behest of school president G.P. “Bud” Peterson to serve as interim AD for the second time. The first followed the 2012 departure of Dan Radakovich for Clemson, which prompted the Jan. 2013 hiring of Mike Bobinski. -Ken Sugiura, AJC, Read More

November 28, 2016

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY
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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

Liberty University has hired Ian McCaw as its athletic director. McCaw, of course, resigned from the same job earlier this year at Baylor after the school placed him on probation for his part in the athletic department’s failure to adequately respond to multiple reports of sexual assault by football players. More recently — as in about two weeks ago — he was in the news because Baylor revealed that he and former football coach Art Briles had been informed about an allegation from a student-athlete that she’d been gang raped by football players. Baylor says McCaw and Briles failed to report any of that to judicial affairs. – Chris Korman,  ftw.usatoday.comRead More

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY
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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

Liberty has named former Baylor AD Ian McCaw athletic director. McCaw replaces Jeff Barber who resigned his position on November 17. Prior to taking the athletic director position at Liberty, McCaw was the athletic director at Baylor. McCaw stepped down from his role at Baylor on May 30, 2016.

 

November 25, 2016

COLORADO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
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COLORADO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Colorado Christian University seeks an Athletic Director. The position of Athletic Director at Colorado Christian University is a 12 month, full-time position providing spiritual leadership to 15 varsity sports in CCU’s NCAA division II program. Apply here.

November 24, 2016

TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY
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TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY

After an extensive search, Trinity Western University announced today that Spartan Alum Jeff Gamache will be the new Director of Athletics for the TWU Spartans. Gamache, who is currently Vice Principal at the Mennonite Educational Institute (MEI) middle school, will begin his duties on January 9, 2017. Gamache is a former captain of the Spartan men’s volleyball team (1992-1995), is an alumni sport coordinator with the Spartan Foundation, Vice President of BC Boys Volleyball, coordinator of Fraser Valley Junior Boys Volleyball, and is a leadership team member of the BC Boys Volleyball Championships. Read More.

FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY OF STEUBENVILLE
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FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY OF STEUBENVILLE

Franciscan University of Steubenville seeks Director of Athletics. The director of Athletics at Franciscan University leads a dynamic, one-of-a-kind athletic program that integrates the Catholic faith and virtue into intercollegiate, intramural, and fitness programming for over 2,500 students, including 15 NCAA Division III teams. The director of Athletics provides vision, direction, and supervision for athletic department staff and coaches, operations, facilities, budgets, policies, and initiatives. The director of Athletics supports the broader Student Life vision of forming students, through lives of charity and ongoing conversion, to lead and to evangelize each other and the world.  Apply here

November 22, 2016

LOUISIANA
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LOUISIANA

Louisiana Athletic Director Scott Farmer, announced today he is accepting a teaching position in the Department of Kinesiology. Deputy Director of Athletics Dr. Jessica Leger has been named interim AD until a replacement is found. “Dr. Leger will be the (interim Athletic Director). I will hire the next Athletic Director,” explained Dr. Savoie. “Mike Alden will be a consultant.” Alden performed a study on the University’s athletic department last year. Savoie will keep him on contract for consulting. -Jay Walker, ESPN 1420, Read More