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April 4, 2018

CARTHAGE COLLEGE
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CARTHAGE COLLEGE

Culminating its first search for a director of athletics since 1992, Carthage has hired emerging leader Michelle Manning to guide its NCAA Division III sports program through the next phase in its growth. Ms. Manning brings a multifaceted perspective to the Athletic Department, thanks to her documented success as a senior administrator, coach, and competitor. She will succeed Robert Bonn, who plans to retire in June after an influential 26-year career. Read More.

April 3, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO
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UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO

University of Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear has been put on administrative leave for 60 days while investigators and university leadership work to better understand process failures in reporting sexual assault complaints in 2012 and 2013, what has been done since then, and what should be done in the future. In the interim, Pete Isakson, associate athletic director, will serve as acting athletic director for day-to-day operations. Brian Foisy, vice president for finance and administration, will work with the athletics business office to manage the finance functions of the department. –Spokesman-Review, Read More

March 29, 2018

HOLLINS UNIVERSITY
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HOLLINS UNIVERSITY

Hollins University has appointed Myra Sims as the school’s new Director of Athletics. She will officially assume full-time oversight of the athletic department’s day-to-day operations in mid-May. Sims served Emory & Henry College as Director of Athletics since March of 2010, the first full-time athletic administrator in school history. Sims led the strategic planning process at E&H that resulted in expanded and more competitive sports offerings, facility upgrades, and successful fundraising. During the 2017-18 academic year, she took on the role of Interim Vice President of Enrollment Management, leading the College’s admissions and financial aid staffs. – Go Swaps. Read More.

LAMAR UNIVERSITY
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LAMAR UNIVERSITY

Marco Born has been named Lamar University Director of Athletics announced President Dr. Kenneth R. Evans Thursday morning. Born will take over for Norman Bellard who has been serving on an interim basis since November. Born comes to Beaumont after spending the previous four years at Louisiana Tech. He was named the senior associate athletics director for external affairs in August 2014 before being promoted to executive associate athletics director in July 2017. During his time in Ruston, Born oversaw the fundraising, marketing and promotions, ticket sales, multi-media rights, licensing and merchandising for Bulldog and Lady Techster athletics. Read More.

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Charleston Southern Athletic Director Hank Small announced Thursday morning that he will retire effective April 1, following 17 years as the head of the CSU Athletic Department. A nationwide search will commence to find the next CSU Athletic Director. Luke Blackmon, Vice President for Business Affairs and Athletics, will serve as the Interim A.D. beginning April 1, until a permanent successor to Small is named. During Small’s tenure, over $14 million in capital projects and renovations have been completed culminating with the completion of the CSU Athletic Performance Center and Singleton Baseball Complex in the past year. Read More.

March 28, 2018

APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Appalachian State University and Director of Athletics Doug Gillin have agreed to a four-year contract extension that will keep him at App State through 2022. Gillin was named the school’s director of athletics on Feb. 27, 2015, and he officially began the role on April 6, 2015. The extension was announced Wednesday by Chancellor Sheri Everts. Read More.

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY
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HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY

Hofstra hired Long Island’s Rick Cole as its new athletic director, the school announced Wednesday morning. Cole, who lives in Oakdale, was in his fifth year as Iona College’s athletic director. Hofstra announced in October that athletic director Jeff Hathaway would leave his position in 2018. The school said in a news release at the time that Hathaway, who is in his sixth year as athletic director, would leave his position by June 30, 2018 “as the outside date for this change.” – Steven Marcus, Newsday. Read More.

March 26, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

Utah AD Chris Hill announces plans to retire. Hill has served as the Utah athletic director since 1987 and is the nations longest sitting AD.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

The University of Louisville removed the interim tag from athletic director Vince Tyra’s job title on Monday and made him the school’s vice president of athletics after weeks of speculation that it would happen by month’s end. Tyra was appointed to the interim role in October after the school suspended and later fired Tom Jurich in the wake of the FBI unsealing its investigation into corruption in college basketball recruiting. Tyra will be given a five-year contract worth $850,000 per year in salary. He can also earn up to $150,000 in potential bonuses. The school announced its decision after a series of meetings between the University of Louisville Athletic Association and the Board of Trustees. The association voted to endorse Tyra after reviewing three candidates recommended by Korn Ferry, a search firm that originally identified 50 people for the job. The trustees unanimously supported the endorsement just after noon. -Jeff Greer, Courier Journal, Read More

March 22, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

The University of Tennessee announced Thursday a settlement with former Athletic Director John Currie.The university will pay Currie $2.5 million. His employment with the university ended at 6 p.m. Currie has been suspended since December. Currie will be paid $2,220,454.60 no later than April 1 and will have his salary up through Thursday. The money will come out of the school’s athletics department and will not involve taxpayer dollars, student tuition or fees or donor funds. -Jennifer Pignolet, Commercial Appeal-

March 21, 2018

UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO
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UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO

Mark Alnutt has been hired to be the next Buffalo director of athletics the school has announced. Alnutt replaces Allen Greene who left UB in January for Auburn University. Alnutt’s UB appointment is effective April 11. Alnutt has nearly 18 years of professional experience in NCAA Division I Intercollegiate Athletics. Before joining the University of Memphis, he served as director of athletics at Southeast Missouri State University for three-plus years. Prior to that, he served at the University of Missouri as senior associate athletics director from 2006 to 2012 and director of football operations from 2000 to 2005, adding an assistant athletic director title prior to the 2005-2006 season. Read More
March 20, 2018

SAINT JOSEPH’S
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SAINT JOSEPH’S

Saint Joseph’s has named Jill Bodensteiner as its first female athletic director. Bodensteiner succeeds Don DiJulia, who retired following a 35-year stint as AD. Bodensteiner will be introduced Thursday at Hagan Arena, and she starts June 1. She will oversee the Hawks’ 20 NCAA Division I men’s and women’s varsity sports, membership in the Atlantic 10 Conference and multiple club and intramural athletics. -DAN GELSTON, AP, Read More

MANSFIELD UNIVERSITY
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MANSFIELD UNIVERSITY

Mansfield University Director of Athletics Ryan Ehrie has accepted a position as the Assistant Director of Commonwealth Campus Athletics at Penn State University. Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator Kris Decker assumes the role of Interim Director of Athletics following Ehrie’s departure on March 16. Decker first joined the Mansfield Athletic Department as the Assistant Director of Athletics in August of 2000 and was elevated to Associate Director of Athletics in 2007. She previously served as Interim Director of Athletics from 2013 to 2014. –Read More

March 19, 2018

STANISLAUS STATE UNIVERSITY
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STANISLAUS STATE UNIVERSITY

Terry Donovan, who for the past three years has served as Fresno State’s Senior Associate Athletics Director for Business Operations, has been named Director of Athletics at Stanislaus State, a role he will assume on May 1. Donovan brings 18 years of experience in college athletics administration to Stan State, including holding previous leadership positions at Syracuse University, Arizona State University and at his alma mater, the University of Nevada. Donovan served in several roles within Fresno State athletics, including financial affairs, equipment operations and sport supervision. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-RIVER FALLS
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-RIVER FALLS

Crystal Lanning has been named director of athletics at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Lanning, who has served as interim athletic director since 2016, will assume her permanent duties April 1. Lanning will lead a department which offers 17 NCAA Division III programs and has over 40 full-time, part-time and volunteer staff. She will oversee all facets of the Athletic Department including operations, budget, marketing and fundraising initiatives. Lanning currently serves on the NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey Championship Committee as well as the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Men’s Basketball Sport Committee. –Read More

March 16, 2018

MUHLENBERG COLLEGE
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MUHLENBERG COLLEGE

Muhlenberg College seeks a director of athletics. This will serves as the chief administrator for Muhlenberg College’s intercollegiate, intramural and recreational programs under the supervision of the Vice President for Student Affairs. The A.D. is responsible for all aspects of these areas, ranging from the articulation of the department’s vision to the management of routine operational details. Apply here.

March 15, 2018

ANCILLA COLLEGE
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ANCILLA COLLEGE

Brian Pearison of Elkhart has been named the athletic director at Ancilla College. He replaces Gene Reese who had been the program’s athletic director for the past 23 years. Reese retired just as the athletic department has reached its pinnacle with several sports vying for conference, regional and national titles. Pearison has been present for this rise as he has been the associate director for the past three years and has handled some of the official duties of the athletic director during that time. Read More.

HOLLINS UNIVERSITY
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HOLLINS UNIVERSITY

Hollins University has appointed Myra Sims as the school’s new director of athletics. She will officially assume full-time oversight of the athletic department’s day-to-day operations in mid-May. Sims comes to Hollins from Emory & Henry College, where she has been director of athletics since 2010. Sims led the strategic planning process at E&H that resulted in expanded and more competitive sports offerings, facility upgrades, and successful fundraising. Read More.

March 14, 2018

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY
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LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY

LMU Athletics Director Bill Husak released a letter that announced he will retire in July. “For the last 20 years it has been with great pride that I have served as the Loyola Marymount University Lions Athletics Director. It is time for me to move on to another phase in life and for this Athletics Department to have new leadership. I plan to retire from my position on July 27, 2018. They say coaches forget their wins quickly, but the losses linger. The same is true for Athletics Directors. However, I prefer to focus on the accomplishments we achieved together over the course of these past 20 years rather than any disappointments.” Read More.

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