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November 30, 2016

GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY
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GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY

Grambling State University President Rick Gallot has hired Paul Bryant as the institution’s next athletic director, effective January 1, 2017. Bryant has a two-year agreement with GSU. He will earn $130,000 annually, and the Grambling University Foundation has agreed to supplement his university salary with another $30,000. Bryant, who has more than 25 years of experience in athletics and 22 years of coaching, has a strong track record of business acumen and sports success at South Carolina State University as director of athletics and previously as director of athletics at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and director of athletics at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois. –KNOE, Read More

November 29, 2016

GEORGIA TECH
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GEORGIA TECH

Monday, Paul Griffin handed over control of the Georgia Tech athletic department to Todd Stansbury. He closed his interim tenure rather impressively. After AD Mike Bobinski left Tech for Purdue in August, Griffin came out of retirement at the behest of school president G.P. “Bud” Peterson to serve as interim AD for the second time. The first followed the 2012 departure of Dan Radakovich for Clemson, which prompted the Jan. 2013 hiring of Mike Bobinski. -Ken Sugiura, AJC, Read More

November 28, 2016

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY
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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

Liberty University has hired Ian McCaw as its athletic director. McCaw, of course, resigned from the same job earlier this year at Baylor after the school placed him on probation for his part in the athletic department’s failure to adequately respond to multiple reports of sexual assault by football players. More recently — as in about two weeks ago — he was in the news because Baylor revealed that he and former football coach Art Briles had been informed about an allegation from a student-athlete that she’d been gang raped by football players. Baylor says McCaw and Briles failed to report any of that to judicial affairs. – Chris Korman,  ftw.usatoday.comRead More

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY
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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

Liberty has named former Baylor AD Ian McCaw athletic director. McCaw replaces Jeff Barber who resigned his position on November 17. Prior to taking the athletic director position at Liberty, McCaw was the athletic director at Baylor. McCaw stepped down from his role at Baylor on May 30, 2016.

 

November 25, 2016

COLORADO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
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COLORADO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Colorado Christian University seeks an Athletic Director. The position of Athletic Director at Colorado Christian University is a 12 month, full-time position providing spiritual leadership to 15 varsity sports in CCU’s NCAA division II program. Apply here.

November 24, 2016

TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY
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TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY

After an extensive search, Trinity Western University announced today that Spartan Alum Jeff Gamache will be the new Director of Athletics for the TWU Spartans. Gamache, who is currently Vice Principal at the Mennonite Educational Institute (MEI) middle school, will begin his duties on January 9, 2017. Gamache is a former captain of the Spartan men’s volleyball team (1992-1995), is an alumni sport coordinator with the Spartan Foundation, Vice President of BC Boys Volleyball, coordinator of Fraser Valley Junior Boys Volleyball, and is a leadership team member of the BC Boys Volleyball Championships. Read More.

FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY OF STEUBENVILLE
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FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY OF STEUBENVILLE

Franciscan University of Steubenville seeks Director of Athletics. The director of Athletics at Franciscan University leads a dynamic, one-of-a-kind athletic program that integrates the Catholic faith and virtue into intercollegiate, intramural, and fitness programming for over 2,500 students, including 15 NCAA Division III teams. The director of Athletics provides vision, direction, and supervision for athletic department staff and coaches, operations, facilities, budgets, policies, and initiatives. The director of Athletics supports the broader Student Life vision of forming students, through lives of charity and ongoing conversion, to lead and to evangelize each other and the world.  Apply here

November 22, 2016

LOUISIANA
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LOUISIANA

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

November 21, 2016

GOLDEY-BEACOM COLLEGE
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GOLDEY-BEACOM COLLEGE

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.comRead More

November 18, 2016

ROGERS STATE UNIVERSITY
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ROGERS STATE UNIVERSITY

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

November 17, 2016

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY
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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

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

PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY
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PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY

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

November 15, 2016

HARRIS-STOWE STATE UNIVERSITY
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HARRIS-STOWE STATE UNIVERSITY

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
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BELLEVUE COLLEGE

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.

November 14, 2016

GOLDEY-BEACOM COLLEGE
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GOLDEY-BEACOM COLLEGE

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.

November 10, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

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 SportsRead More

November 8, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

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

STOCKTON UNIVERSITY
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STOCKTON UNIVERSITY

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.

November 6, 2016

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

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.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

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.comRead More

November 4, 2016

JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY
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JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY

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

November 3, 2016

HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY
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HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY

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

MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY

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.

November 2, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA AIKEN
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA AIKEN

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
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FRANKLIN PIERCE UNIVERSITY

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: jobs@franklinpierce.edu

JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY
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JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY

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.

October 31, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA

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.

October 28, 2016

MARSHALL UNIVERSITY
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MARSHALL UNIVERSITY

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.

October 27, 2016

WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY

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.comRead More

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
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COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON

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