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March 10, 2015


Steven Rackley, a 28-year veteran of athletic department leadership, including 16 years as the head of the highly successful Division II program at the University of Findlay, has been named athletic director at Alma College following a national search. Rackley replaces John Leister, who resigned as athletic director in November.


Tim Kenney has been named Director of Athletics at St. Bonaventure University, President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., announced today. Kenney, 44, has been the executive associate athletic director at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass., since 2010. – Atlantic 10.  Read More.


The University of New England (UNE) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Athletics. To apply please submit a letter of interest, and Curriculum Vitae or resume to please include job ID 815 in the subject line of your email.


Iowa State Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard was taken by ambulance Monday afternoon to Allen Hospital in Waterloo after suffering a heart attack while watching his daughters compete in the A.D. Dickinson Relays at the UNI-Dome. Iowa State President Steven Leath has appointed Senior Associate Athletics Director David Harris the acting AD while Pollard recuperates. – Read More.


The Minnesota Daily met with athletics director Norwood Teague on Monday for the latest edition of “Talkin’ with Teague.” Teague discussed head football coach Jerry Kill’s recruiting abilities, the volleyball team’s trip to Japan and more. -Sam Kraemer, Minnesota Daily- Read More


Interim AD Kim Blum, the final candidate for the current UW-La Crosse Athletic Director opening participated Monday in an open forum event. Blum’s goal is to keep a parallel of strong academic standards with successful teams at the university. Former UW-La Crosse men’s basketball coach Charlie Gross, and Dr. Rick Gobe are the other two finalists for the position. We are told a final candidate will be selected in the next few days.

March 9, 2015


Penn coach Jerome Allen will resign following the end of yet another losing season with the Quakers. Allen’s resignation will be effective after Penn’s season finale Tuesday against Princeton. The Quakers are 9-18 overall and 4-9 in the Ivy League. Penn athletics director Grace Calhoun is set to make her first major hire and one of the candidates could include former Penn assistant and Cornell and Boston College head coach Steve Donahue. – NBC Sports, Read More.


USD president, Mary E Lyons, has announced the promotion of Ky Synder from Associate Vice President for Athletics and Facilities Management to Vice President for Athletics and Facilities Management. Ky Snyder was named Executive Director of Athletics at the University of San Diego on December 10th, 2003. Snyder returned to USD where he was Director of Athletic Development from 1990 to 1996. Snyder was the president of the San Diego Super Bowl XXXVII Host Committee before his most recent stint at USD. He still serves as President of the San Diego Super Bowl Task Force.


Late last night, Dennis Dodd of CBS sports reported that Houston athletic director Mack Rhoades will become the next athletic director at Mizzou. College AD completed a University of Houston profile last week, outlining Mack Rhoades success during his tenure with the Cougars. Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork reportedly took his name out of the running over the weekend. In addition, a source close to Texas A&M senior athletic director Jason Cook said he would not be getting the job.

March 7, 2015


The University of Tennessee athletics department pressured disciplinary officials at the university to impose lighter punishments on athletes, according to a former vice chancellor. In documents obtained by The Tennesseean, former vice chancellor Tim Rogers alleges that members of the athletic department — including athletic director Dave Hart — put the school in peril by pushing for lighter punishments. A pair of sexual assault cases raised against members of the football and men’s basketball teams are cited by The Tennesseean as examples of lesser punishments dealt to student-athletes. -Adam Stites, SB Nation-

March 6, 2015


Interviews for the position of athletic director continue. UW-Milwaukee Senior Associate Athletics Director Charles Gross was the second candidate to present his case yesterday for the position, emphasizing his previous experience as a coach and being able to relate to current coaches on staff. He spent an hour answering questions during the open forum portion of the process. Gross was a familiar face in La Crosse serving as the U-W-L head men’s basketball coach from 1992-to-2000.

March 5, 2015


The University of Jamestown announces today that Athletic Director Lawrie Paulson has resigned effective at the end of the current academic year. Paulson has been employed with the University (formerly Jamestown College) since September of 1985 when he was hired as the women’s basketball coach. In September of 2004, Paulson was named Athletic Director. – James Bear, KSJB News . Read More.

March 4, 2015


Elizabethtown College invites applications for the position of Director of Athletics. To apply, candidates should submit a letter of application, the College Employment Application, a resume, graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable), and three letters of reference.


Stonehill College is in need of Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. Responsible for providing overall leadership and management for the intercollegiate athletics and recreational programs. apply here.


Kentucky Wesleyan College seeks a Director of athletics to provide leadership and oversight for the College’s intercollegiate men’s and women’s athletic program, including fifteen sports. Kentucky Wesleyan’s National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II program is a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. Submit cover letter, a current resume, and the contact information for at least three professional references to Linda Keller, Director of Human Resources, at

March 3, 2015


Villa Maria College has announced the appointment of Don Silveri as director of athletics for the college’s recently announced sports program. Silveri will bring his 38 years of experience as an administrator and coach to re-build the program, while also serving as head coach of the men’s basketball team, where his own coaching career began nearly 40 years ago. Since it was his first coaching job, Silveri said he has a soft spot in his heart for Villa, and that is one of the reasons for his return.


Dr. Allen G. Snook Jr. has been announced the Director of Athletics, Wellness and Recreation in Feb. of 15 at Cedar crest College. Dr. Snook is a native of Easton, PA and has been serving as the Senior Associate Director of Athletics, Director of Sports Medicine and the Director of the Falcon Club at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, NC.

March 2, 2015


During the next three years, the administrative charge to the athletic department will be reduced by $2 million, giving Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke funds to pay for the upcoming full cost of attendance scholarships and offset ticket income with the reduction of student prices. The athletic department will now pay $1.5 million to the university for internal services compared to nearly $3.5 million during the last fiscal year. Burke said the remaining $500,000 will used for other areas in the athletic department. Mike Carmin – Read More

February 27, 2015


Sources tell College AD, Andrew Johnson of Delaware County Community College will be taking the Lehigh Carbon Athletic Director job.


Colorado State interim athletic director John Morris has been hired as the new director of athletics at Tufts University, a Division III school just outside of Boston. CSU confirmed Thursday in a news release that Morris will continue to serve as the interim AD “at least into the spring to assist with the transition to a new director of athletics.”


the athletic department has officially confirmed the news College AD first broke yesterday. Doug Gillian will become the next athletic director. He will formally be introduced to the community at 3 pm on Club Level of Appalachian Athletics Center.


New Athletic Director, Jim Bartko laid out his vision for empowering excellence at Fresno State earlier today detailing a five-point plan that will be directed to “Achieve Highest Standards, Strengthen the Pack, Build Our Home Field Advantage, Expand Competitive Opportunity, and Swell the Red Wave”. The Bulldogs currently rank 8th in the MWC in revenue which generated $33,734,773. Fresno State athletic department is planning to increase their athletic budget by “roughly $3 million” according to the school, for the 2015-16 fiscal year. – Scott Tejerian- Read more.

February 26, 2015


Sources tell College AD that the search committee has made a recommendation to administration for the next athletic director. We are told an announcement should be forthcoming. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.


In a turn of events, sources tell College AD that Doug Gillen, University of Missouri, Deputy Athletic Director will become the next Athletic Director at App. State. We are told, Marcy Girton, Texas A&M Chief of Staff pulled out of the search and Interim AD, Rick Beasley was told yesterday that he was no longer a candidate. We are working on full confirmation.


According to Charles Perry of the Sun News, Matt Hogue had been named CCU’s director of athletics. Hogue had been serving as interim athletic director at CCU. Hogu replaced Hunter Yurachek, who resigned to become the associate vice president and chief operating officer for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Houston.


MSU Athletic Director, Mark Hollis is for a conversation about how to better prepare students for college athletics. But at this point, he’s not on board with the idea of having all freshmen sit for a year. “If you were to ask me to vote today on a year of preparedness, I would vote no,” Hollis said Wednesday. “…I’m very much engaged in the conversation about how can we take those men and women that we bring on this campus and give them an opportunity to have a great career.”


This university’s Athletic Director Kevin Anderson has been appointed to the 10-member NCAA Division I Baseball Committee, the athletic department announced Tuesday. Anderson’s four-year term begins Sept. 1. It’s unclear whether Anderson will be one of the eight committee members who represent a region or one of two at-large members.



Fresno State Director of Athletics Jim Bartko will unveil a five-point vision for Bulldog athletics in a press conference at 1 p.m. today, Feb. 26. It will be Bartko’s first major press conference since he started his job Jan. 1 and will be streamed on the Mountain West Network.

February 24, 2015


Saint Michael’s College seeks a director of athletics. Apply here.


Four finalists to become the next director of athletics at Eastern Kentucky University have been identified. They are: Jude A. Killy, senior associate athletics director for external operations at Miami University (Ohio); Stephen Lochmueller, owner and president of Direct Attention Inc.; Derrick Ramsey, director of athletics at Coppin State University; and Christopher Walker, associate athletics director for development at Washington State University. Each finalist will spend two days on EKU’s Richmond campus for a series of meetings and forums.