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
Dr. Thomas Brennan has dedicated his last 29 years to college athletics, and now he’s embracing another opportunity to impact the lives of student-athletes. After spending the previous 16 years as the Athletic Director at La Salle University, Brennan is relocating 45 miles south for a new challenge. Goldey-Beacom College has named Brennan its Director of Athletics. Brennan, who officially starts his job as the Goldey-Beacom AD on Dec. 5, felt the time was right to move on from La Salle with the University undergoing their own changes. -Meghan Montemurro, delawareonline.com– Read More
Rogers State University has named University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Chris Ratcliff as its new director of athletics. Ratcliff has served in leadership roles for the UAM athletics program for nearly a decade, including as UAM’s athletics director since 2009. RSU President Dr. Larry Rice announced the hire on Friday, saying Ratcliff’s experience leading an NCAA Division II school while emphasizing academic success will be an excellent fit for Rogers State as it completes its first year as a Division II member. Ratcliff will begin his duties at RSU on Dec. 19. –Read More
Liberty University’s Athletic Director, Jeff Barber, announced today that he will resign from his position, effective immediately. “It has been a blessing for my family and me to have been a part of the Liberty family for the past nearly 11 years,” Barber said. “As this new chapter of our lives begins, I wish nothing but the best for the Flames and am excited to follow the future successes of all the teams.” With that announcement, President Jerry Falwell stated that “Jeff Barber is a wonderful person and has committed a decade to Liberty University. We have accomplished many great things under Jeff’s leadership. We will now look to build upon the strong foundation he helped establish and appoint a new leader to set the vision for our NCAA athletic programs.” –Read More
Ashley Robinson has been appointed to the position of Vice President and Director of Athletics, Prairie View A&M University President Dr. George Wright announced Wednesday. In his fourth year directing athletics at Prairie View A&M, Robinson has played an active role in the design and construction of major athletics facilities projects on The Hill, highlighted by the opening of new Panther Stadium, the 15,000 seat home for PVAMU football which debuted before a sold out crowd and live national television audience on ESPNU. Robinson is in his second stint at PVAMU, having previously served as the Assistant Vice President of Athletic Compliance & Academic Advising for three years before a nine-month stint as the athletic director at his alma mater, Mississippi Valley State University. Robinson was a four-year letterman at Valley and is both the single season and career assist holder, and was inducted into the MVSU Athletics Hall Of Fame in 2011. –Read More
Harris Stowe State University seeks a Director of Athletics. This position will develop, manage and monitor the athletics program according to NAIA, American Midwest Conference and HSSU rules and regulations and professional standards of good practice. Develop, implement and monitor effective recruitment/retention plans for student athletes. Conduct drug education and ‘character building’ workshops for teams and coaches. Apply here.
Bellevue College seeks a dynamic Director of Athletics, experienced in working with a large open enrollment, highly diverse, student population in a high paced, high demand work environment. The Director of Athletics reports to the Dean of Student Life and Leadership. The position directs and administers intercollegiate athletics on behalf of Bellevue College and provides quality educational and student athletic experiences as part of a comprehensive effort to foster student-athletes’ success. Apply here.
Dr. Thomas M. Brennan, who has built a highly successful career in collegiate athletics on the Division I level, has been hired by Goldey-Beacom College to be its next Director of Athletics. Brennan arrives after spending the last 16 years as the Director of Athletics at La Salle University. His bevy of accomplishments include raising athletic revenues during the last three years by over 100 percent, major enhancements to all of the Explorers’ athletic facilities and seeing the student-athletes exceed the NCAA average for graduation rates and grade-point average. Read More.
A year ago at this time, South Carolina athletics director Ray Tanner was knee-deep in a long, pressure-packed coaching search with twists and turns he couldn’t possibly control. And when he finally wound up choosing Will Muschamp on Dec. 6 — 55 days after Steve Spurrier resigned abruptly in the middle of a disastrous 3-9 season — the decision was largely met with snickering from rival SEC fan bases and much of the national media. After pursuing a handful of others, including Houston’s Tom Herman and Georgia defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, some perceived Muschamp to be a panic move that was made because South Carolina didn’t want to deal with any more rejections. But this weekend, as South Carolina heads to Florida with a 5-4 record, a chance to get bowl eligible and an outside shot to win the SEC East, Tanner might be getting the last laugh. – Dan Wolken , USA TODAY Sports– Read More
Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin’s athletic director, has put out a statement in response to the lengthy letter released by basketball star Nigel Hayes on Monday. In his letter, Hayes outlines the racial discrimination he says that he and his fellow Badger athletes face when they are not representing the school on the court or field. From that letter: Socially, we shouldn’t be called loiterers and threatened to have the police called when we are simply waiting with friends for an Uber. Nor should we have to hear in the dorms, the classroom, or on the street, people refer to us as (expletive) or monkeys. People shouldn’t clutch their bags and cross the street as we approach them. We shouldn’t be commodified for mere entertainment, but respected as individuals with the ideas and the ability to contribute to society.- Dan Lyons, thespun.com- Read More
— Wisconsin Badgers (@UWBadgers) November 8, 2016
Stockton University has launched a nationwide search for a new athletic director. Current A.D. Lonnie Folks has been promoted to the university’s director for athletic development and program expansion. Folks has been working at Stockton since 1999, when he was hired as the school’s director of athletic operations. During Folks’ tenure, Stockton has seen tremendous success in their men’s basketball program and hosted the Philadelphia 76ers preseason training camp for the past three years. – Phil Pizzi, 987thecoast. Read More.
After receiving a contract extension for two more years as FIU’s athletic director, Pete Garcia, wants to use his final years to focus on his $14 million renovation plan for the Athletics Department. One of his projects involves upgrading the FIU Baseball Stadium. Some of the improvements include a luxurious locker room and lounge for the baseball players to rest and hang out, indoor batting cage and bullpen area, private suite and open-air canopy to provide shade for the stadium, according to FIUSports.com. “Baseball has a rich tradition here at FIU and we need to make an investment in its future,” Garcia said to FIUSports.com. -Peter Holland Jr., fiusm.com– Read More
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said the university is backing six women’s basketball players who kneeled during the national anthem before an exhibition game Thursday. Players Jordan Danberry, Tatiyana Smith, Kiara Williams, Jailyn Mason, Yasmeen Ratliff and Briunna Freeman, who are all black, locked arms and kneeled as the anthem played and a color guard presented the U.S and Arkansas flags. After Arkansas’ 79-32 win over Oklahoma Baptist, Razorbacks coach Jimmy Dykes said he’d met with the players several times to discuss their plans to protest. –aberdeennews.com– Read More
Johnson & Wales University seeks Director of Athletics. The Director of Athletics is responsible for directing the daily operations of the intercollegiate athletic, intramural, fitness and recreation programs at the campus. Apply here
Humboldt State Associate Athletic Director Tom Trepiak was named interim athletic director Monday. Trepiak has 35 years of experience in athletic administration, including 18 years as associate athletic director at Humboldt. Trepiak replaces athletic director Dan Collen who begins his retirement Tuesday, Nov. 1, following 35 years of service at HSU. Collen led the athletics department since 2001. –Read More
Athletic Director Charlie Carr will complete ten outstanding years of service to Midwestern State University at the end of the 2017 year and has indicated his interest in phasing into retirement with some work in areas near and dear to him. Effective January 1, I have asked Kyle Williams to serve as Interim Director of Athletics for one year. Kyle joined MSU as Director of Corporate and Sports Development in 2007 and has served as Associate Athletic Director of Development since 2010. – The Wichitan, Read More.
Although his passion remains at an all-time high for Pacer Athletics, Randy Warrick believes that after 39 years with the institution, the time has come for him to step aside from his role as USC Aiken Athletic Director. “I am grateful to have had the pleasure to work closely with Randy Warrick during these past years,” Chancellor Dr. Jordan said. “I am proud of what he has accomplished as a coach and as our athletic director. “USC Aiken has been fortunate to have someone of Randy’s caliber at the university for more than 30 years to lead the athletic programs and mentor the student athletes. He is an acknowledged leader in the Peach Belt Conference and one of the most respected athletic directors in NCAA Division II. He will continue to lead Pacer Nation throughout the 2016-17 academic year with plans to step down May 31, 2017. Read More
Franklin Pierce University’s Athletic Department is seeking applications for the position of Director of Athletics. This pivotal role functions under the general direction of the President and is a full-time, 12 month, benefits eligible position. Franklin Pierce is a part of the Northeast-10 Conference and a NCAA Division II school with twenty-five intercollegiate sports, six clubs sports and an extensive indoor and outdoor recreation program. email: email@example.com
Jacksonville University’s newly appointed athletic director, Alex Ricker-Gilbert, aims to enhance the student athlete experience. Hired by Jacksonville University (JU) two short years ago, Ricker-Gilbert has big plans for the future of Dolphin athletics. Ricker-Gilbert isn’t stopping at academics. Amongst his goals, he’d like to retain and graduate students at a 95 percent rate. Ricker plans to use these improvements to better promote what JU students are accomplishing. He’d like to get the student athlete story out and raise money in a greater volume with hopes of enhancing the student experience. – JU Dolphin Media, Read More.
UNI Athletic Director David Harris and Associate Athletic Director of Business Bethany West presented information to the Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) on Wednesday regarding the amount of money the athletic department receives from student fees. The presentation primarily focused on detailing the expenses and revenues of the athletic department. Harris and West also explained the aid provided to student athletes, giving a peer comparison within the Missouri Valley Conference. – Jacob Madden, Northern Iowan. Read More.
Frustrations are mounting in and around the Marshall University football program after the Thundering Herd fell to 2-5, after last week’s loss to upstart Charlotte. The bigger issue emerging from the athletic department is an increasingly strained relationship between the school’s Athletic Director Mike Hamrick and Herd fans. Once again the official Marshall athletic department twitter page live-tweeted the show, posting Hamrick’s quotes directly to its timeline. The series of quotes seemed to imply that if you were a fan who didn’t donate to the Big Green, you weren’t wanted around and your opinion wasn’t valid. -Justin Prince , Thunder In Paradise. Read More.
Lori Mazza has been named Western Connecticut State University director of athletics, school President Dr. John Clark announced Thursday. She will take the helm of the Colonials’ 14 intercollegiate programs on Nov. 28. Mazza comes to Western, from the nearby ECAC Corporate offices in Danbury, where she has been the associate vice president of championships, leagues and affiliates and senior woman administrator since 2015. She was main contact for ECAC-affiliated leagues in ice hockey, wrestling, field hockey and lacrosse, providing administrative support for those leagues. Additionally, Mazza was the conference’s compliance contact, working with the membership and the NCAA to obtain waivers, provide legislative interpretation, assist in reviewing hardship waivers and function as the National Letter of Intent contact. As the ECAC SWA, she helped member institutions enhance their SWA positions and facilitate Title IX compliance and gender equality. Mazza will report to Dr. Keith Betts, vice president of Student Affairs. –newstimes.com– Read More
College of Charleston announced today that Matt Roberts has been appointed the school’s director of athletics. Roberts, who most recently served as deputy director of athletics at Southern Methodist University, will officially start on Jan. 1, 2017. As athletics director, Roberts will direct the day-to-day operations of the College’s athletics department, including the operational planning, resource allocation, budget development and financial management of the department. At SMU, located in Dallas, Texas, Roberts helped administer the day-to-day operations of the entire athletics department and served as the administrative liaison for the football and men’s basketball programs. He also assisted in the development of a departmental strategic plan, community engagement and customer service initiatives, and in the coordination of SMU post-season travel. Prior to SMU, Roberts was the associate athletics director for development at the University of Oklahoma, where he was responsible for the overall administration and leadership of the athletics development office, including oversight of the Sooner Club, major gift and endowment programs. At Oklahoma, he also led a variety of marketing efforts as well as served as the sports administrator for the men’s and women’s tennis programs. –Read More
Scott Wetherbee has been named Mississippi State University’s interim director of athletics, MSU President Mark E. Keenum announced today. “As the MSU athletics director search continues as previously outlined, I think it’s important that we have steady, experienced leadership,” said Keenum. “With his background and institutional knowledge, Scott Wetherbee offers us that skill set. I deeply appreciate Scott’s willingness to serve the university in this important role during the search process.” Wetherbee is MSU’s current senior associate director of athletics for external affairs. He joined MSU’s staff after serving as East Carolina University’s assistant athletic director for marketing and ticket operations. He joined ECU in 2003 after stints at Fresno State (1999-2002) and San Diego State, where he was assistant AD for ticket operations. Read More
Alcorn State University director of athletics Derek Horne was selected to be a part of the Limited Resource Institutions Director of Athletics Task Force by the NCAA. Horne was one of eight AD’s in the country from LRI Universities to be chosen. The mission of the task force is to develop a sense of community among participating director of athletics from schools that are not fully funded. The task force provides opportunities for discussion of what student-athlete academic success means and strategies that support that success; discussion on coach accountability for academic success; sharing strategies for bridging the gap between athletics and the larger campus community; developing strategies for highlighting the success of limited-resource institutions and historically black colleges and universities; sharing the best practices for developing and using resources; discussion of the role and responsibilities of directors of athletics. Horne’s term will run from Oct. 2016 through July 2019. Read More.
San Diego State has named John David Wicker as the Aztecs new athletic director. Wicker returns to SDSU after spending the last year at Georgia Tech as the Yellow Jackets senior associate athletic director for operations. Late last week College AD reported that San Diego State was in negations with its top choice to replace Jim Sterk.
The College of Charleston has named three finalists for the position of athletics director. The search committee has selected the following three candidates: Bryan Blair (senior associate athletics director, Rice University), Michael Alford (senior associate athletic director, University of Oklahoma) and Matt Roberts (deputy athletics director, Southern Methodist University). The candidates visited campus on Oct. 17-18, 2016, for interviews with the search committee and meetings with coaches, faculty, staff, student-athletes and college administrators. The new athletics director will succeed Joe Hull, who served in that role from 2007 to December 2016. The search committee is chaired by Steve Osborne, executive vice president of business affairs. –Read More
Sources tell College AD that San Diego State has narrowed in on their choice for the next Aztecs athletic director and are currently in the process of negotiations with the candidate. Sources tell us that Mark Massari of Oregon State is out of the mix, but Josh Rebholz of UCLA is in contention for the position if SDSU cannot reach an agreement with the lead candidate. Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union Tribune reported on three finalists last week. However, we were told more candidates were in the mix for the position.
Red Storm officials hosted two potential candidates for its open athletic director position Monday according to Adam Zagoria. The two candidates were not included in Zagoria’s initial list of finalist. St. John’s has been without an athletic director since May of 2015.
Mary Ellen Gillespie, the AD at Wisconsin-Green Bay, is on the St. John's campus now, per sources. School is looking for new AD.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) October 17, 2016
Hofstra AD Jeff Hathaway also met with the St. John's brass re: AD job, per sources.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) October 17, 2016
The departure of Oregon State athletic director Todd Stansbury last month was a surprise to many, but will be far from sudden. Stansbury will not officially take over his new position at Georgia Tech until late November or early December and has remained in Corvallis since accepting that new role. But with Stansbury in transition, Oregon State moved quickly two weeks ago by naming Marianne Vydra the interim athletic director. Vydra, the deputy director of athletics for administration, took the same position last year after longtime athletic director Bob De Carolis stepped down. However, it was only for the month of July, after OSU hired Stansbury but before he could officially assume the role. – Danny Moran, The Oregonian/OregonLive– Read More