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December 8, 2017

OREGON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
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OREGON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Oregon Tech Athletic Department seeks a director of athletics. The Director of Athletics is responsible for all administration, building and field operations and athletic financial management necessary to support athletic and fitness programs at Oregon Tech. email: [email protected]

MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY
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MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY

Maryville’s athletic director has resigned. The university confirmed to 5 On Your Side on Friday he resigned for ‘personal reasons.’ In a letter sent to faculty and staff, President Lombardi says “Marcus Manning, Vice President for Athletics and Recreation, has resigned from Maryville, effective immediately, for personal reasons and we respect his decision. Marcus has done an outstanding job helping the university establish itself in NCAA Division II Athletics and within the GLVC. Under his leadership, Maryville has won the NCAA President’s Award for student athlete graduation rates for five consecutive years. Our athletic teams have enjoyed good competitive success under Marcus’s leadership.” – KSDK. Read More.

December 6, 2017

SAGINAW VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAGINAW VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY

Saginaw Valley State University Director of Athletics Mike Watson announced his retirement from the university today, Monday, Dec. 4, effective at the end of 2017. Watson, 62, has overseen SVSU Athletics since 2007. During that time, Cardinal student-athletes experienced success on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s soccer, volleyball and softball programs earned GLIAC conference and/or divisional championships, and qualified for NCAA tournament play, during Watson’s tenure. In addition, many SVSU student-athletes earned Academic All-American and All-American honors. Read More.

December 5, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos asked that question rhetorically to a small group of reporters at Memorial Stadium on Sunday afternoon. It carried a bit of humor, not in a demeaning way toward Davison, the owner of a new title — associate athletic director for football — and a rising figure in the Husker athletic department, but rather because the premise does seem kind of bizarre. “To get a feel for the job and Nebraska and the culture and the people,” Moos recalled. “But then it slid to the coaching situation and Scott, and (Osborne) said, ‘If you really want to know the real Scott Frost, I can tell you, but so can Matt Davison.’” – Parker Gabriel, Columbus Telegram. Read More.

December 4, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Hunter Yurachek will be the next AD at Arkansas, George Schroeder of USA Today reports. Yurachek is currently the athletic director at the University of Houston, he replaces Jeff Long who was fired last month. Yurachek’s five year contract will pay him $850,000 annually.

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – RIVER FALLS
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – RIVER FALLS

University of Wisconsin-River Falls seeks an athletic director. The Athletic Director will lead UWRF’s Division III intercollegiate athletic program that supports 17 sports with over 400 student-athletes. Reporting to the Chancellor, the Athletic Director provides vision, coordination and oversight for the UW-River Falls’ nationally competitive NCAA Division III Intercollegiate Athletics program. Apply here.

December 1, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

The University of Tennessee has fired athletic director John Currie according to reports out of Knoxville. Currie came to Knoxville in February after serving as the athletic director at Kansas State but Currie’s future at UT recently came into doubt as the Vols coaching search has unfolded over the last week. Currie met with Tennessee officials early Friday morning after reportedly meeting with Washington State coach Mike Leach Thursday evening in Los Angeles about becoming Tennessee’s next football coach. Steve Berkowitz of USA Today is reporting that if Currie’s termination was without cause, he would be owed $5.5 million per the buyout clause in his contract.

SHORTER UNIVERSITY
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SHORTER UNIVERSITY

Shorter University is pleased to announce the hiring of Tony Lundy, a veteran educator and coach, as the university’s Director of Athletics. Mr. Lundy will begin his duties on Jan. 1, 2018. Mr. Lundy has 25 years of coaching experience in football and, for 12 of those years, also served as a coach for tennis. He was part of the inaugural coaching staff for Shorter Hawks football, a position he held from January 2005 to June 2010. He left Shorter to return to teaching and coaching at his alma mater Cedartown High School when his daughter began school there. Since 2010, he has served as a teacher and coach at Cedartown High. Read More.

November 30, 2017

SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY

Debbie Corum has been named Southern Utah’s new Director of Athletics the school announced Thursday afternoon. Corum had been serving as the Thunderbirds interim athletic director following Jason Butikofer’s departure for Purdue. Corum came to Southern Utah in 2016 from UConn to serve as the schools Senior Associate AD/SWA. Previous stops in addition to UConn for Corum include the SEC, LSU, and Stanford.

November 29, 2017

WILMINGTON COLLEGE
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WILMINGTON COLLEGE

Wilmington College Vice President for Athletic Administration and Director of Athletics Terry Rupert announced the hiring of Mitch Blankespoor as the College’s director of athletic communications on Wednesday. Blankespoor comes to Wilmington from Earlham College where he served as the director of sports marketing and communications for the last two-and-a-half years. At Earlham, he oversaw the promotion of the College’s 20 varsity athletics programs while also developing a branding guide for the marketing of Quaker athletics. Read More.

November 22, 2017

UTEP
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UTEP

UTEP has hired Jim Senter to be the school’s next athletic director. President Diana Natalicio announced the hiring in a statement Wednesday. Senter comes to UTEP from The Citadel, where he had served as AD since 2014. Senter replaces Bob Stull who announced plans to retire earlier this year.

 

November 20, 2017

LAMAR UNIVERSITY
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LAMAR UNIVERSITY

Lamar University Athletic Director Jason Henderson has resigned from his position. Henderson was in his 11th year overall with Lamar athletics. He first joined the staff as a compliance coordinator in 2006. He spent a year as interim athletic director in 2011 before officially being named to the position in June of 2012. Read More

November 19, 2017

DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY
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DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY

Delaware State University on Sunday announced it has promoted a senior associate athletics director to interim athletics director and won’t extend the contact of its head football coach. Mary Hill, senior associate athletics director for internal operations and senior woman administrator, is in her fifth year at DSU and already is supervising seven major sports, according to a university news release. She’ll now serve as interim director of athletics. The university decided not to continue its relationship with former athletics director Louis “Skip” Perkins, who came to DSU in 2015 as the interim athletics director. He’d served in similar roles at Howard University and the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff. Head football coach Kenneth Carter’s contact ends Jan. 31, and the university won’t extend his contact. The process to recruit a new coach begins in December. -Adam Duvernay, The News Journal, Read More

November 17, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL

UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham has a new annual salary of $740,440, reflecting a 4.9 percent pay bump, according to a contract that was publicly released this week. The contract was approved by the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees on Nov. 1. In addition to the salary, Cunningham will receive $200,000 a year in deferred compensation payments for the next five years, a provision that was approved in early November by the UNC system’s Board of Governors. It was the first time an employee other than UNC chancellors or the president received that type of compensation, which is a tax-advantaged retirement contribution. – Jane Stancill, Newsobserver. Read More.

November 16, 2017

UTSA
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UTSA

UTSA has found its next athletic director, Dan Wolken of USA Today reports. Northern Arizona AD Lisa Campos will be introduced Friday. Campos replaces Lynn Hickey who stepped down in early September.

November 15, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Tyler Thompson of KARK/Fox 16 is reporting that Jeff Long is out as the athletic director at Arkansas. We will update this story as more details become available.

November 14, 2017

SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY
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SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY

Senior associate director of athletics Dr. Bridget Lyons has accepted the position of athletic director at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. Lyons’ official start date at Shenandoah is January 15. She is the first woman to lead the Hornet athletics department in this capacity and the sixth person to hold the full-time athletics director position at Shenandoah. Read More.

November 13, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has renewed the contract of Trojans Athletic Director Chasse Conque in an agreement that keeps Conque with the Trojans through 2022. Conque has served as UA Little Rock’s director of athletics since Jan. 6, 2015, and has helped lead a resurgence of Trojan Athletics. During Conque’s tenure, Little Rock has won a combined 11 team and individual Sun Belt Conference championships as both men’s and women’s basketball have advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament during that span. In both 2015-16 and 2016-17, each Trojan athletic program qualified for their respective Sun Belt Conference post-season tournament, the first time that has happened since UA Little Rock joined the league in 1992. Read More.

November 10, 2017

SUNY FREDONIA
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SUNY FREDONIA

Gerald R. Fisk will become the new Director of Athletics at the State University of New York at Fredonia, effective Dec. 13. His appointment, the result of a national search which began over the summer, was announced today by Fredonia Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services Cedric Howard. Mr. Fisk will leave Elmira College, where he has been serving as assistant director of athletics and event and facility operations, to accept the new post. While at UNC, he was a teaching assistant and athletic department intern, a member of the intramural sports advisory council, and director of development and member relations for the College Sport Research Institute. Read More.

November 8, 2017

MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY

MSU President Suzanne Shipley announces permanent of appoint of Kyle Williams as MSU Mustangs Director of Athletics. He was the Interim Director of Athletics. Prior to joining MSU, Williams was a prominent member of the Wichita Falls broadcast television market first with FOX-18 before serving as general manager at KAUZ TV-6. He also worked in commercial lending with First National Bank of Wichita Falls between TV stints. Williams becomes the program’s 10th athletic director since Midwestern State became a four-year university in 1947-48.

November 6, 2017

MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE
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MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE

Manhattanville College has appointed Ed Manetta as the seventh Director of Athletics in school history, Manhattanville President Dr. Michael E. Geisler, Ph.D, announced this week. Effective November 13, 2017, Manetta will be responsible for maintaining the rich tradition of Valiant athletics at Manhattanville College. This includes ensuring competitive men’s and women’s sports teams, while maintaining high academic standards for Valiant student-athletes. Manetta’s duties also include ensuring compliance with NCAA standards, coaches and staff, and overseeing fundraising and partnership opportunities for the college’s Department of Athletics. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND

University of Richmond announced today that John P. Hardt, athletic director at Bucknell University, had been named the next AD at UR. Since 2000 Hardt has served as the Director of Athletics and Recreation at Bucknell, where he has helped guide the school’s athletic program to success. During Hardt’s tenure, Bucknell Athletics orchestrated one of the nation’s most assertive athletics facilities overhauls, built and expanded relationships with alumni and major donors leading to all-time high membership and annual giving levels, created an athletics environmental sustainability program, and launched a comprehensive athletics leadership program. Hardt previously worked in athletics administrations at Michigan State University and Syracuse University. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Iowa, where he played football. He also earned his law degree at Iowa. Read More.

November 3, 2017

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs announced in a letter Friday that he will step down by June 1, 2018, unless a successor is found sooner. “The last several months have been a particularly difficult time,” he wrote. “Across several sports, a series of controversies have arisen. They have begun to take their toll and have raised questions about why Auburn must endure such problems. As I have always done, I have worked my hardest and best to do what is right for Auburn. I believe in Auburn and will fight for Auburn. But as I consider the future and what is best for Auburn, I have prayerfully decided the time has come for me to step aside. Sometimes a new direction and new leadership are helpful in moving beyond current problems.” Jacobs has served as Auburn’s athletic director since 2004, but played football at the university starting in 1981. -Charlotte Carroll, SI, Read More

November 2, 2017

TUSCULUM COLLEGE
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TUSCULUM COLLEGE

Dr. James Hurley, president of Tusculum College, has appointed Doug Jones as vice president of student success and athletic director. Jones has served as Tusculum’s interim athletic director since February 2016. Jones will continue in the role as Tusculum’s head baseball coach, a position he has held since 1998. As athletic director, Jones oversees the day-to-day operations of the Tusculum athletic department and the 20 sports that the college sponsors, including men’s and women’s track and field and STUNT, which were added during his term as athletic director. – Citizen Tribune. Read More.

October 31, 2017

WESTERN NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN NEW ENGLAND UNIVERSITY

Dr. Michael D. Theulen, the architect behind one of the most successful and respected Division III programs in the Northeast for nearly two decades, retired as Director of Athletics this past summer. Theulen, 60, had a simple philosophy and that was “to provide a student-athlete experience second to none.” He committed the department and its student-athletes to comprehensive excellence in academics, athletics, leadership, and service – known as the ‘Western New England Way.’ – Ken Cerino, NCAA. Read More.

KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY
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KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY

Kennesaw State University President Sam Olens announced Tuesday that Milton Overton has been named as the new director of athletics. Overton, a 25-year veteran of college athletics administration, has spent the last two years as director of athletics at Florida A&M University. He will be formally introduced at a press conference on KSU’s campus Thursday, November 9 at 10 a.m. He is the fourth individual to hold the position at Kennesaw State. Read More.

‎HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY
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‎HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY

Now in his sixth year, Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeffrey Hathaway has elected to move on from his position at Hofstra. To provide for the opportunity for a successful transition, we have identified June 30, 2018 as the outside date for this change. Under Hathaway’s direction, Hofstra Pride teams have made 16 post-season appearances, including 12 NCAA Tournaments, and captured 10 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season titles. Student-athletes received 21 CAA Player of the Year awards; 15 CAA Scholar-Athletes of the Year awards and 9 CAA Rookie of the Year awards. In addition, the Pride produced 12 All-Americans and 7 Academic All-Americans. Read More.

DRAKE UNIVERSITY
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DRAKE UNIVERSITY

Des Moines native Brian Hardin has been named Drake University’s director of athletics, President Marty Martin announced today. He will join the Bulldog staff on Dec. 11 and become the 17th athletic director in University history. Hardin is currently a deputy director of athletics at Marquette University, with prior experience at Ball State University and the University of Notre Dame. Hardin will be formally introduced to the Drake community at a press conference on Nov. 10 at 10:30 a.m. Read More.

October 25, 2017

FREDERICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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FREDERICK COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Frederick Community College seeks a director of athletics. This position will provides vision and leadership for planning, implementation, management, supervision, and evaluation of the athletics program and is responsible for personnel matters, performance appraisals, funding, and compliance with national and regional athletic requirements within the Department of Athletics. The Director of Athletics reports to the Associate Vice President / Dean of Students. Apply here.

October 21, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
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UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Virginia is poised to announce Georgia deputy athletic director Carla Williams, a former professional basketball player with experience supervising football, as the Cavaliers’ athletic director, sources said Saturday. A 1989 Georgia graduate, Williams oversees the Bulldogs’ football program as athletic director Greg McGarity’s top lieutenant. She also has administrative responsibility for women’s basketball, academic support, NCAA compliance, external and event operations, human resources, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, and business operations. -David Teel, Daily Press, Read More