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March 3, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
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New Southern Miss athletic director Jon Gilbert will receive $350,000 a year over the course of his four-year contract. Gilbert’s contract runs from March 1, 2017, until February 28, 2021. If Gilbert terminates his contract without cause in his first 18 months on the job, he will owe the university 75 percent of one of year of his base salary. If he leaves between his 19th and 36th month on the job, he will owe USM 50 percent of his base salary. If he departs in the final six months of his contract, USM will be owed 25 percent of his base salary. Gilbert has performance-based incentives that includes $25,000 if the football program reaches a bowl game in the New Year’s Six and $50,000 if USM participates in the College Football Playoff. If the men’s basketball program reaches the NCAA Tournament, Gilbert will receive $10,000. Gilbert will be given one courtesy mobile at annual cost not exceeding $10,000 a year. Gilbert will receive up to $15,000 reimbursement for moving expenses. – Patrick Magee, Sun Herald. Read More.

March 2, 2017

FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY OF STEUBENVILLE
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FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY OF STEUBENVILLE

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.

March 1, 2017

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
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OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

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.

February 28, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

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.

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

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.

February 25, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

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

February 23, 2017

AUBURN UNIVERSITY MONTGOMERY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY MONTGOMERY

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.

February 22, 2017

WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY
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WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY

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.

February 20, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
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UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

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.

BOSTON COLLEGE
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BOSTON COLLEGE

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

NCAA
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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.

February 15, 2017

WEBBER INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
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WEBBER INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

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.

February 12, 2017

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY
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CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

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.
The Cauldron: As you come to Cleveland State as our athletic director, what do you see as our best asset going forward?

February 9, 2017

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY

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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February 8, 2017

CORNELL COLLEGE
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CORNELL COLLEGE

Cornell College seeks a Director of Athletics. This is a full-time position providing institutional leadership, in collaboration with the faculty, staff, and students to ensure a vibrant Athletics program in which Cornell student-athletes achieve their educational goals within a liberal arts college setting. Apply here.

February 7, 2017

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY
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CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

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.

February 1, 2017

LOUISIANA
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LOUISIANA

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.

January 30, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

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.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

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.

WESTERN STATE COLORADO UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN STATE COLORADO UNIVERSITY

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.

January 24, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

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.comRead More

 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

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, ESPNRead More.

January 18, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
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UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

For Grace Calhoun, sport has always been a way of life. She grew up a gymnast and did track and field throughout college. But she never thought her interest in athletics would evolve into a full-fledged career. Before joining Penn as its director of athletics and recreation in 2014, Calhoun worked at a slew of institutions big and small, learning all that has positioned her to be a “star” hire for the Quakers, as President Amy Gutmann has said. The Current sat down with Calhoun after winter break in her office in Weightman Hall to discuss her background, some of her biggest lessons learned, her plans for the years ahead, and much, much more. – Penn Current. Read More.

January 16, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

Greg Byrne, the University of Arizona’s current athletic director, is taking over at Alabama effective March 1, according to UA news release. Byrne will be formerly introduced later this week. UA President Stuart Bell said Byrne is uniquely qualified to lead the Crimson Tide. “We knew Bill was considering a change, and we wanted to hire someone who can assume that mantle of leadership and continue the tradition of success that Bill and so many others before him have established,” Bell said in a statement. “We believe Greg Byrne is uniquely qualified for this role, and we are pleased to announce he has accepted the position of athletic director here at The University of Alabama.” -Keli Stiglich, WVUA23, Read More

January 12, 2017

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, SAN BERNARDINO
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CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, SAN BERNARDINO

California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) seeks a director of athletics. The position directs and administers intercollegiate athletics on behalf of CSUSB and provides quality educational and student athletic experiences as part of a comprehensive effort to foster student-athletes’ success. Nominations for this position may be e-mailed to Phil Goldstein, goldstein.sjathletics@gmail.com.

January 11, 2017

PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE
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PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE

Philander Smith College has named Nathan Cochran to the post of Athletic Director.  Cochran, who started work on Jan. 3, will oversee the institution’s sports programs which currently include, Men’s and Women’s basketball, Women’s volleyball, and Men’s and Women’s track and field. A native of Boulder, Colo., Cochran comes to Philander Smith from Paine College in Augusta, Ga., where he was the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Sports Information Director. Prior to entering athletics administration, he spent  fourteen years in collegiate coaching, including stints as the Head Men’s and Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country Coach at Paine; Assistant Football Coach/Offensive Coordinator in Paine’s inaugural NCAA Division II football season; and two years as the Head Football Coach at Lincoln University in Missouri. Additionally, he is a USA Track and Field (USATF) Level 1 certified coach specializing in sprints and jumps. Read More

LANDER UNIVERSITY
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LANDER UNIVERSITY

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