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February 5, 2018

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Not even a week onto the job, John Engler is making his presence felt as Michigan State’s interim president. Engler appointed Bill Beekman as the university’s interim athletic director, according to a news release issued Monday, and MSU will not hire a permanent athletic director from within the school’s athletic department. That is a change of direction from what two university sources told the Free Press last week shortly before the MSU Board of Trustees appointed Engler to his position. Beekman has no experience in athletic management. Engler said a nationwide search will begin shortly for a permanent athletic director and that no internal candidates will be considered in the search process. “Just as the Board of Trustees had confidence in Bill to keep things moving as acting president, I have confidence that he will provide very capable leadership of the athletic department during this time of transition,” Engler said in a release. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press

WILMINGTON UNIVERSITY
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WILMINGTON UNIVERSITY

Wilmington University Vice President of Student Affairs and Alumni Relations Dr. Tina Barksdale is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Stefanie Whitby as the next Director of Athletics. Dr. Whitby replaces Dr. Linda Van Drie-Andrzjewski who was the head of the department since 2011. Dr. Van Drie-Andrzjewski was promoted within the University and is now the Executive Director of Title IX, Cleary Act, and Regulatory Affairs. Read More.

DAVIDSON COLLEGE
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DAVIDSON COLLEGE

Davidson College Director of Athletics Jim Murphy will move into a new role that caps nearly a quarter-century of athletics successes and helps the college move into a new era of business operations. Starting July 1, Murphy will hold the title director of athletics emeritus and serve as senior adviser to the president for finance and operations. His advisory role will help guide Davidson’s operations at this crucial time of change nationally, as higher education confronts new challenges, and locally, as Ed Kania, longstanding vice president for finance and administration, departs for Rollins College. Murphy, a licensed CPA, holds a Master of Science degree in management from Georgia Tech. He will lend expertise and advice gleaned from more than two decades at Davidson, where he has overseen major changes in the college’s athletics program while always honoring the traditions that distinguish this special college. He will continue to serve as athletics director through June. A search for a new athletics director will be conducted. –Read More

February 1, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF

Thursday morning, a press release was sent to The Commercial concerning the termination of University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Athletics Director Lonza Hardy Jr. Hardy himself provided the information in the release after the UA System Board of Trustees gave UAPB Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander approval to terminate him at their monthly meeting last Thursday. The win-loss record of several programs throughout UAPB athletics caused concern, and gave reasoning for the decision. Although Hardy submitted the press release, the termination letter hasn’t been sent at this point according, to the UAPB Sports Information Department. –Pine Bluff Commercial, Read More

January 31, 2018

YALE UNIVERSITY
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YALE UNIVERSITY

Vicky Chun is expected to be the next athletic director at Yale, Chip Malafronte reports. An announcement is expected Thursday. Chun who has served as Colgate’s Director of Athletics since 2013 would replace Tom Beckett. Beckett announced plans to retire at the end of the academic year in August. 

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Michigan State is expected to name Greg Ianni as interim athletic director, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. Ianni, the athletic department’s deputy athletic director, will replace Mark Hollis, who announced his retirement Friday and whose final day is Wednesday.  The move is expected to be announced at the MSU Board of Trustees meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. The board room is at capacity with students, media and public members. – Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press. Read More.

January 30, 2018

SFA
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SFA

Stephen F. Austin director of athletics Robert Hill announced Tuesday that he will retire from his role on May 31, 2018, following an affiliation with SFA athletics that spans over three decades in a various number of roles throughout the department. In 2011 the National Association of Collegiate Director’s of Athletics named him Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year for the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision West Region. A national search for Hill’s replacement will begin immediately. –Read More

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

After the NCAA announced last week it would investigate Michigan State for how it handled complaints against former sports medicine doctor Larry Nassar, athletic director Mark Hollis said the university was “preparing a comprehensive response.” David Ridpath, a sports law expert and associate professor at Ohio University, knows Ianni, has high praise for him and said he would be “stunned” to hear he had any involvement in mishandling sexual assault complaints. However, he still thinks Michigan State could benefit from fresh blood. Michigan State would be doing themselves a disservice if they didn’t do due diligence,” Ridpath said of Ianni, “and it might just be better just to bring in somebody from the outside.” – Matt Wenzel, MLive. Read More.

January 29, 2018

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
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BALL STATE UNIVERSITY

After an extensive career in collegiate athletics as a coach and an administrator, Ball State Director of Athletics Mark Sandy announced Monday that he plans to retire from his current position at the end of June. Sandy stepped into his current role as Ball State’s Director of Athletics in February 2015 after spending 10 years as the Director of Athletics at Eastern Kentucky University. –Read More

January 26, 2018

UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO
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UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO

Kathy Twist, a senior administrator in the University at Buffalo Athletics Department, will serve as interim director of athletics beginning Jan. 29, UB President Satish K. Tripathi announced today. Twist will serve as interim director of athletics until a permanent successor to Allen Greene is named. Greene was named the new athletic director at Auburn University last week. UB will launch a national search soon for Greene’s replacement. Twist has served as UB’s senior associate athletic director for sport administration and senior woman administrator since 2012. –Read More

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Eastern Washington University President Mary Cullinan has named veteran athletics administrator Lynn Hickey to serve as EWU’s interim athletic director while the university begins a national search to permanently fill the position. Hickey will begin her duties at Eastern Feb. 12. Hickey served for 18 years as Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics at the University of Texas, San Antonio (UTSA) before leaving in 2017. During her tenure the university experienced unprecedented growth by adding football and women’s soccer and golf. Hickey also developed a student-athlete centered program that combined academic success, leadership development, strength and conditioning and life skills. Prior to UTSA, Hickey served as Senior Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator at Texas A&M, College Station.

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis has stepped down Friday in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. Hollis’ resignation comes days after Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics doctor who also was employed by Michigan State, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing more than 150 girls and young women, including some MSU athletes. Hollis, who worked in the athletic department since 1995, also was chairman of the NCAA basketball tournament selection committee in 2017. -Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, Read More

January 24, 2018

SHELTON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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SHELTON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

A former University of Alabama women’s basketball player has been named the athletic director at Shelton State Community College, according to a Tuesday news release. Cara Crosslin is in her second year working in the Shelton State athletic department. She previously served as an athletic support specialist. She is from Tuscumbia and played basketball at UA from 1993-97. Crosslin was a member of UA’s 1994 Final Four team. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in human performance and a master’s degree in educational leadership. She is a former coach and athletic director at Thompson High School in Alabaster. – Tuscaloosa News. Read More.

January 23, 2018

MUSKINGUM UNIVERSITY
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MUSKINGUM UNIVERSITY

Former student-athlete, coach and experienced athletic administrator, Steve Brockelbank, has been selected to lead Muskingum University’s Athletic Department as Vice President and Athletic Director, the University announced today. He will assume the post April 1. Brockelbank will transition into his role at Muskingum from Miami University, a Division I Football Subdivision institution, where he leads communications, broadcasting human resources, facilities management and game operations among other key operational divisions as Associate Athletic Director for Communications and Administration. His professional experience includes administrative roles at the collegiate and high school levels in addition to coaching. Read More.

OREGON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
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OREGON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Oregon Institute of Technology’s (Oregon Tech’s) President, Dr. Nagi Naganathan, announced today that he has appointed John Van Dyke to serve as the university’s new athletic director (AD), following a national search. Van Dyke was Men’s Basketball coach and assistant athletics director at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington and will join Oregon Tech on February 1. 2018. Van Dyke will take over the AD role from Greg Stewart, who has served as interim AD over the last year. Stewart will resume his position as associate athletic director and head coach for the Women’s Softball program at Oregon Tech. Prior to joining Oregon Tech, Van Dyke served as Men’s Basketball head coach at Northwest University from 2000 to December 2017; and as assistant athletic director since 2001 through last month. – Victory Sports Network. Read More.

January 17, 2018

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Buffalo athletics director Allen Greene has emerged as Auburn’s choice to replace Jay Jacobs as athletics director, Auburn Undercover has learned. Greene’s hiring must still be cleared by the Auburn Board of Trustees. Greene is set to become the second African-American athletics director in SEC history. The hiring could be made official as soon as this week, a source said. Greene is one of the youngest athletics directors in the country. He was hired at Buffalo in November 2015 after previously serving in a senior associate athletics director role at Ole Miss from 2009 through 2012. He was an associate athletics director at Buffalo from 2012 until his promotion to athletics director in 2015. – Brandon Marcello, auburn.247sports.comRead More

January 16, 2018

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

Florida Atlantic athletic director Pat Chun is set to be named the new athletic director at Washington State, sources told ESPN. A news conference, originally scheduled for Wednesday to officially introduce Chun, was postponed to an undetermined later date due to the death of Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, the school said in a statement late Tuesday. Before heading to FAU, Chun spent 15 years at Ohio State, his alma mater, where he served in a variety of roles within the athletic department and rose to the executive associate athletics director for external relations. Chun, who has been the athletic director at FAU since 2012, will be the first Asian-American athletic director at a Power 5 school, according to a spokesperson for the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. -Kyle Bonagura, ESPNRead More

AUGUSTANA UNIVERSITY
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AUGUSTANA UNIVERSITY

Augustana University today announced that Slade Larscheid has decided to step down as director of athletics in order to spend more time with his family and pursue other opportunities. In announcing the news to the campus community, Augustana President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin thanked Larscheid for his vision and commitment. Larscheid’s last day will be Friday, Jan. 26. Details on the appointment of an interim director of athletics, as well as plans for a national search, will be announced soon. Read More.

WESTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY

Western New Mexico University President Dr. Joseph Shepard is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Scott Noble who will become the next Director of Athletics for the Mustangs. Noble will begin his duties on February 2nd. Noble arrives in Silver City after spending the past three-plus years as the Director of Athletics/Campus Recreation at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He has spent the past three decades in athletics as either a collegiate player, coach or administrator. In 1998 Noble was named District Athletic Director in Great Bend Kansas. Two years later it was on to Wichita State University as the Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities and Operations. –Read More

January 14, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

UND has hired Bill Chaves from Eastern Washington as the school’s next athletic director. The school has set a press conference for 11 a.m. Tuesday in Ralph Engelstad Arena to introduce Chaves. Chaves signed a four-year contract worth $200,000 per year Saturday. Chaves interviewed for the job Wednesday and Thursday. UND President Mark Kennedy offered him the job Friday and he officially accepted Saturday morning. Chaves will take over for Brian Faison, who announced his intention to retire in October. Chaves, 51, has been the athletic director at Eastern Washington since 2007. He will start at UND on March 1. Faison will remain on as a special advisor to athletes through June 30. – Brad Elliott Schlossman, Grand Forks Herald, Read More

January 10, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND

University of New England President James Herbert is pleased to announce the immediate appointment of Curt Smyth as Director of Athletics. Smyth has been serving as the interim director of the department and has been a member of the UNE Athletics staff for more than 20 years. Smyth joined the UNE Athletics staff in 1997. During the first decade of his tenure, he served in multiple coaching positions before moving into administrative roles. In September 2017, Smyth was promoted to interim director of Athletics for the third time in his career at UNE. He has been UNE’s sports information director since his arrival in 1997, with the exception of the two-plus years he served in the interim director position. In October, 2017, Smyth was inducted into the University of New England Athletics Hall of Fame. –Read More

January 9, 2018

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
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NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

Jeff Konya will be named director of athletics at Northeastern University Wednesday morning, sources have confirmed to Boston 25 News. Konya comes to Northeastern after a 3 1/2-year stint at Oakland University in Michigan. While at Oakland, Konya oversaw an incredibly successful run both athletically and on the marketing side of the University’s sports business, Oakland was the winningest school in the Horizon League, across all sports, in each of the last three seasons. Prior to taking the job at Oakland University, Konya was the director of athletics at Cal State-Bakersfield from 2010-14. Northeastern, who previously announced Peter Roby would be retiring from his role as director of athletics following the 2017-18 season, will introduce Konya Wednesday morning at a news conference scheduled for 10am. -Tom Leyden, Boston 25, Read More

SEWARD COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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SEWARD COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

The interim tag was lifted in front of the title of Seward County Director of Athletics Roy Allen at the monthly Board of Trustees meeting Monday. Allen takes over as Director of Athletics after a nine month stint as the interim for the Saints. He is in his 10th year at Seward County after serving for nine years as the Saints Sports Information Director and six as the Assistant Athletic Director to Saints Hall of Famer Galen McSpadden. Read More.

January 4, 2018

UNC CHARLOTTE
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UNC CHARLOTTE

Athletic Director Judy Rose announced she will retire after the Spring semester Thursday morning. This marked her 43rd year with Charlotte, 28th year serving as the Athletic Director. There has been an uproar from the Charlotte 49er fan base after a dismal football season and sudden firing of former men’s basketball head coach Mark Price. In a statement, UNC Charlotte Chancellor Dr. Phil Dubois said it was “entirely Judy’s decision” to seek retirement. When Rose was named to the AD position she was only the third woman to hold the position in a Division I school. Under Rose, the 49ers saw seven new sports added on campus: women’s soccer, indoor and outdoor track for both men and women, football and women’s golf. – Kathleen Cook, Niner Times. Read More.

December 18, 2017

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
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GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

George Washington University Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero has notified Provost Forrest Maltzman of his resignation. Nero will step down from day-to-day responsibilities effective December 31, but will be available during the spring semester to assist with a smooth transition of responsibilities. Provost Maltzman has named Deputy Athletics Director, Senior Woman Administrator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator Tanya Vogel as acting director, and will take the opportunity to evaluate the needs of the athletic department before initiating a search for a permanent successor. –Read More

December 14, 2017

MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY
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MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY

Joseph Kimball’s career at Mercyhurst University, which spans two decades over two separate stints, soon will come to an end. The school announced Wednesday that Kimball, 65, will retire at the end of the academic year after nine years in his current role as athletics director. Kimball also served as head football coach from 1993-2002 during a career in sports that began in 1984, as head football coach at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, but dates to his days as a promising athlete in Syracuse, New York. – Goerie, Read More.

December 13, 2017

NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
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NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY

President Rita Cheng selected Mike Marlow to lead Northern Arizona University’s athletics program and will introduce him to the Lumberjack family at 10 a.m. today. Marlow is serving as deputy director of athletics for the Washington State University Cougars in Pullman, Washington. For the past seven years, he directed the athletic fund, marketing, ticket operations and communication efforts, as well as serving as the athletic department’s liaison for lucrative sports broadcasting contracts. He also is the administrator for the football, men’s basketball and baseball programs. Read More.

December 11, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
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UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

Chris Pezman was named vice president for intercollegiate athletics at the University of Houston on Monday. Pezman will be introduced at 1:30 p.m. press conference Tuesday in the TDECU Stadium Club. “Chris has achieved success operationally, he understands the student athlete experience and he is a familiar name and face to our supporters,” UH president Renu Khator said in a statement. “His enthusiasm to lead our athletics program is unmatched and I am confident the same tenacity that elevated him to team captain for the Cougars will strengthen our program on the field and in the classroom.” -Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, Read More

JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY
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JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY

Wheeler Brown is out as Jackson State’s director of athletics. The university informed Brown of its decision to relieve him of his duties Friday afternoon, according to a source with direct knowledge of the events. Brown came to Jackson State exactly two years ago and had one year remaining on a three-year contract. -Tyler Cleveland, The Clarion-Ledger, Read More

December 10, 2017

TCU
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TCU

TCU will announce Jeremiah Donati as its next athletic director at 2 p.m. press conference Monday, according to multiple sources. Donati has been an associate vice chancellor and associate athletics director for development since 2013. He was promoted to be former athletic director Chris Del Conte’s right-hand man in charge of securing funds for facility improvements. He first arrived at TCU in 2011 as the head of the TCU Frog Club, the booster arm of the athletic department. -MAC ENGEL AND STEFAN STEVENSON, Star-Telegram, Read More