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September 28, 2017

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.

September 26, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Dave Rimington, a native of Omaha and a two-time Husker All-American, will return to Lincoln as the University of Nebraska’s interim director of athletics, Chancellor Ronnie Green announced Sept. 26. Rimington, who will begin the new role immediately, and Chancellor Green will hold a media availability from 1 to 1:20 p.m. Sept. 26 in West Memorial Stadium Club, third floor. Read More.

September 22, 2017

GEORGIA TECH
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GEORGIA TECH

Andy Blanton, assistant athletic director has observed that Stansbury has sought to embrace the school’s academic rigor and emphasized the importance of developing its athletes through the athletic department’s Total Person Program, which former AD Homer Rice implemented when Stansbury was himself a Jackets football player. Blanton calls him a great fit and, as someone on his fourth AD, is hopeful for a long run. As Courtney Shealy Hart, swimming coach puts it, not only does Stansbury have a vision, but “he shares that vision with everybody.” Hearing the message of academic and athletic excellence and career preparation has helped Hart, Tech’s head coach of both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams since 2009, align her mission with the department’s. – Ken Sugiura, My AJC. Read More.

September 21, 2017

LAFAYETTE COLLEGE
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LAFAYETTE COLLEGE

Bruce McCutcheon, who has served as Lafayette College’s director of athletics since 2001, has announced his plans to retire, ending a nearly three-decade association with the Leopards’ athletic program. A national search will begin immediately and McCutcheon has agreed to remain in his role until his replacement is hired. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has announced it has begun a search for a new director of athletics. The university has ended Shawn Eichorst’s employment, effective immediately. Eichorst joined Nebraska in October 2012, and has about $1.7 million remaining on a contract that runs through June 2019. Green and President Hank Bounds decided to seek a new athletic director and met with Eichorst on Sept. 21. Green and Bounds also met with Husker coaches Sept. 21 to share the decision. The search for a new director of athletics began immediately. The university expects to appoint an interim athletic director to oversee day-to-day operations of Nebraska Athletics until a new, permanent director of athletics begins. –Read More

September 20, 2017

SAINT MICHAEL’S COLLEGE
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SAINT MICHAEL’S COLLEGE

Saint Michael’s College Associate Director of Athletics Meggan Dulude ’07 announced the hire of Brian Lang as the Director of Athletic Internal Operations on Tuesday, effective next Monday. Lang, who most recently held a similar position at Northeast-10 Conference counterpart Assumption College, will oversee the athletic facilities and student employees and serve as the Athletics liaison to the club rugby teams. Read More.

September 18, 2017

ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY
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ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY

Academy of Art University athletics and President Dr. Elisa Stephens have announced the appointment of Brad Jones as the department’s director of athletics. Jones brings a wealth of collegiate athletics experience and was most recently Director of Athletics at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. Jones began in BYU-Hawaii’s lead role in May 2016 after serving as the assistant athletics director and compliance officer for four months. He would remain with BYUH through the conclusion of their athletic program in June 2017. Read More.

ELON UNIVERSITY
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ELON UNIVERSITY

Mike Ward has been named Elon University’s new Deputy Director of Athletics, Director of Athletics Dave Blank announced on Monday, Sept. 18. Ward brings over 15 years of experience as a college athletics administrator to Elon, having most recently served as the Senior Associate AD for Sport Programs and Administration at the University of Tennessee. Read More.

September 15, 2017

NORTHEAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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NORTHEAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Northeast Community College has named a new director of athletics. Kurt Kohler comes to Northeast from Fort Hays State University in Kansas, where he has served as head volleyball coach for the past nine seasons. Kohler has previous athletic administrative experience. Prior to Fort Hays State, he was at Barton Community College (KS) where he initially coached volleyball for one season in 2005 and was voted the Jayhawk West Division Coach of the Year that season. He served as Barton’s athletic director for approximately three-years. Read More.

September 13, 2017

CARTHAGE COLLEGE
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CARTHAGE COLLEGE

Bob Bonn, who has piloted Carthage’s intercollegiate sports program throughout its 25-year upward arc, plans to retire as director of athletics next summer. Under Mr. Bonn’s leadership, Carthage has added nine sports for a total of 24 NCAA Division III teams. Likewise, most of the school’s 115 banners — signifying conference championships and top-eight national finishes — have been raised in that span. Read More.

September 11, 2017

NORTHERN ESSEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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NORTHERN ESSEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Newburyport native Daniel M. Blair, who was associate director of athletics at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H., has been named director of athletics at Northern Essex Community College, replacing Director of Athletics Sue MacAvoy. A graduate of Bridgewater State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Franklin Pierce University with a Master’s of Science in Sport Facility Management, he participated in cross country and track and field while a student at Bridgewater State, and he has also coached men’s and women’s track and field at Bridgewater. – Eagle Tribune. Read More.

September 7, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO

University of Texas at San Antonio Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Lynn Hickey today announced she is stepping down from her position for personal reasons, effective immediately. Hickey joined UTSA in 1999, leading the Roadrunners to three conference commissioner’s cups, two league all-sports trophies and team and individual academic and athletics awards in all 17 sports programs at the university. – UTSA Today. Read More.

September 6, 2017

LAKE SUPERIOR STATE UNIVERSITY
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LAKE SUPERIOR STATE UNIVERSITY

Dr. David Paitson (pronounced Pate-sun), a dynamic and creative leader with over 25 years of comprehensive management and executive marketing success with intercollegiate, minor and major league sports franchises, including the Columbus Blue Jackets, Indiana Pacers and Sam Houston State University has been named Director of Athletics at Lake Superior State University (LSSU). Read More.

September 5, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
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UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Craig Littlepage, who has helped build Virginia into one of the top 20 athletic programs in the nation over the past 16 years, is resigning as the school’s director of athletics. UVa announced Littlepage’s resignation at 11 a.m. A formal press conference is schedule for Wednesday. Littlepage will remain in his role until his replacement is in place. – Daily Progress. Read More.

SAINT PETER’S UNIVERSITY
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SAINT PETER’S UNIVERSITY

Saint Peter’s University today announced the hiring of Bryan Felt as the ninth Director of Athletics for the Division I athletics program. Felt brings notable credentials in fund raising to the athletics department. He comes to Jersey City after most recently serving as the Senior Associate Athletic Director at Seton Hall University. Felt will be formally introduced at a press conference at Dinneen Hall in McIntyre Conference Center on Thursday, September 7 at 10:00am. Felt will be available for the media immediately following the press conference. All members of the Saint Peter’s University community and media are invited to attend. The press conference also will be streamed live on the Saint Peter’s Athletics YouTube channel. His first official day in office will be September 21. Read More.

August 31, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

The University of New Mexico has hired Eddie Nuñez as its new vice president of athletics, multiple sources have confirmed to the Journal. Nuñez, 42, who was in Albuquerque today and met with Interim President Chaouki Abdallah, among others, before traveling back to Baton Rouge, La., where he has worked for the past 14 years at Louisiana State University, most recently as the Tigers deputy director of athletics. -Geoff Grammer, Albuquerque Journal , Read More

YALE UNIVERSITY
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YALE UNIVERSITY

After 23 years of dedicated service to Yale Athletics, Athletic Director Tom Beckett announces that he will retire at the end of the year. Under Beckett’s tenure, Yale has led the nation in teams honored by the NCAA for Public Recognition Awards (Academic Progress Rate – APR) more than half the years of its existence. He has helped recruit outstanding student-athletes to a world-class university while building a highly successful sports program. The Yale AD has also been successful in fundraising to transform the school’s athletic facilities into one of the nation’s best. He has supervised the renovation, restoration or construction on 20 major projects. Eleven new facility projects have been completed with nine other venues getting major renovations since 1994.

YALE UNIVERSITY
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YALE UNIVERSITY

Yale University AD Tom Beckett will announce plans to retire later today reports Eric Dobratz of News 8 in New Haven, CT. Beckett, who has been at Yale since 1994 is expected stay on through the remainder of the year according to Dobratz.

UTEP
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UTEP

Bob Stull, the man many credit with bringing the UTEP athletic program into modern times, has decided it’s time. The University of Texas at El Paso athletic director since 1998, Stull will retire Thursday to spend more time with his children and grandchildren. Stull’s contact expires on Thursday, but he will stay on until this successor is hired, he said. He currently makes $264,000 a year. -Bill Knight, El Paso Times, Read More

August 28, 2017

FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY
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FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY

Fairfield University President Mark R. Nemec, PhD announced today the hiring of Paul Schlickmann as the institution’s seventh Director of Athletics. Schlickmann is the son of a Fairfield ’62 graduate and was a 4-year letter winner on the basketball team at Trinity College (CT). He spent the previous seven years as the Director of Athletics at Central Connecticut State University and also held senior level positions at Stony Brook University and Yale University. Read More.

August 23, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
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UNIVERSITY OF DENVER

University of Denver Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation Peg Bradley-Doppes announced a shift in roles in her division, appointing long-time DU administrator Ron Grahame to his new role as the day-to-day athletic director, effective immediately. Bradley-Doppes announced her plans to retire June 30, 2018. She will continue her role as Vice Chancellor for Athletics, Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations until then, but will shift her focus to high-end fundraising, coaching endowments, raising money for the Denver Tennis Park and other Capital Projects. University of Denver Chancellor Rebecca Chopp was also in attendance on Wednesday and spoke to the Division. Chopp also announced that DU will begin a search for a new Vice Chancellor later this fall to replace Bradley-Doppes following her retirement. Grahame, who was promoted in December to Deputy Director of Athletics, has contributed over three decades worth of service to DU, performing a plethora of athletics duties at a high level. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA
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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA

Joe Muller, athletic director at UCO, is leaving his position, The Oklahoman has learned. Muller was in his eighth year as athletic director and has been credited with helping the Bronchos return to national prominence in Division II. During Muller’s tenure, UCO teams have won 11 conference championships and had 12 top-10 national finishes. The school’s softball team won its first national championship in 2013. – News OK. Read More.

UNLV
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UNLV

Desiree Reed-Francois, 45, was appointed athletic director at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Reed-Francois is modest about all she had done to make herself an excellent candidate for her new role. The sense of athletes as family has propelled Reed-Francois at every level of her career. Family was a big part of the reason why she went into the athletics administration field in the first place. Reed-Francois’ darkest day in athletics administration was a loss, not of a game, but a person. Darren Hankins, only 21, was a promising wrestler at Virginia Tech when he drowned in a 2014 swimming accident at an abandoned quarry. – Andrea Canales, ESPN. Read More.

August 22, 2017

MONTANA TECH
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MONTANA TECH

Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter announced today that External Associate Athletic Director Matt Stepan has been promoted to Director of Athletics. The planned transition will see Stepan move into the AD role currently held by Montana Tech head football coach and director of athletics Chuck Morrell. Morrell has served as AD since 2014 and head football coach since 2011. He will remain as the head football coach. “The stability is there and the timing is right for Matt to move right into this role,” noted Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter. “We are fortunate Matt is part of the Montana Tech team. I have confidence that he will continue to drive Montana Tech Athletics forward. We are grateful for Coach Morrell’s dedication to Montana Tech and thank him for serving in this role for the past three years.” Matt joined the Montana Tech Athletic Department in 2014. Stepan, originally from Butte, graduated from Butte Central High School in 1999 and then went on to receive a degree in Business & Information Technology at Montana Tech while playing football under Bob Green. – Montana SportsRead More

UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC
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UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC

A letter to the Pacific Community from Ted Leland, Director of Athletics

Dear Friends: “Make the Dreams of Others Come True.”That’s how I’ve often described my job and what a privilege it has been. As I announce my retirement, effective October, 23, 2017, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. I’m grateful to my wife and family who allowed me to focus my professional life on college sports—the “toy store” of life.  I’m grateful for the great universities, especially Pacific and Stanford, that have nurtured my dual passions for high level sport and rigorous intellectual achievement. American universities are the envy of the world and also unique in fostering a connection between high achievement in academics and sport. “Mens sana in corpore sano”—a sound mind in a sound body—is a principle I have always followed.  Read More

EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
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EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY

Former East Tennessee State University fullback and current Senior Associate AD Chief Operating Officer Scott Carter will become the school’s Athletic Director next month, succeeding Dr. Richard Sander. Carter played at ETSU from 1998  to 2002 while earning his master’s degree. He then worked in the athletic offices at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville before returning to Johnson City and the school in 2015. Carter assisted in the rebirth of ETSU’s football program along with former Tennessee head football coach Phillip Fulmer, who was in attendance for Tuesday’s announcement. –wcyb.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE CHATTANOOGA
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE CHATTANOOGA

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chancellor Dr. Steven Angle announced Mark Wharton as the Mocs’ new Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics today. A press conference introducing Wharton is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) in the Chattanooga Room in the University Center. A 22-year veteran of college athletics, Wharton spent the last four years as the Associate Athletics Director for Development at Penn State University.  There he was a member of the Nittany Lions Senior Management Team, overseeing all aspects of Athletics Development. –Read More

August 17, 2017

KENTUCKY CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
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KENTUCKY CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Kentucky Christian University has named Corey Fipps as its new Athletic Director. Fipps took on the role of head football coach at KCU earlier this year after two seasons as the Offensive Coordinator at NCAA Division II Missouri Southern State University. As part of this restructure, Bruce Dixon, for KCU Athletic Director, will now be serving as Associate Athletic Director and Sports Information Director. Dixon will also continue in his role as Head Women’s Volleyball Coach. Read More.

August 16, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD
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UNIVERSITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD

Incarnate Word has hired Brian Wickstrom, a veteran college administrator known for his fundraising skills, to head its burgeoning athletic department. Wickstrom, who has spent the past four years as Louisiana-Monroe athletic director, will be introduced as UIW’s new AD at a 10:30 a.m. news conference today at Benson Field House. Wickstrom has secured more than $91 million in commitments during his 20 years in collegiate athletics, UIW said. The Kansas State graduate called his new job an “unbelievable opportunity.” – Tom Orsborn, My SA. Read More.