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March 27, 2015

EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Steve Lochmueller, already a familiar name to many Kentuckians, brings an entrepreneurial vision, business savvy and proven leadership skills in diverse settings as the next Director of Athletics at Eastern Kentucky University. In announcing the decision on Friday, March 27, EKU President Michael Benson said Lochmueller’s “unique skill set” makes him ideally suited for the position. Lochmueller will start in April, with an annual base salary of $180,000. He succeeds Mark Sandy, who resigned earlier this year to take a similar position at Ball State University.

UNT DALLAS

UNT Dallas is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Jack Allday to the position of Athletic Director. Mr. Allday began his work at UNT Dallas on March 9. Mr. Allday has more than 40 years of professional experience in advertising as a consultant and faculty member. He most recently worked at Northwood University in Cedar Hill where he taught as an associate professor for more than 10 years. While at Northwood, Allday was chair of the advertising studies department, and served as faculty athletic director.

SIMPSON UNIVERSITY

Simpson University is pleased to announce the hiring of Tom Galbraith as director of athletics. He will begin duties July 1. Galbraith currently serves as the assistant director of athletics for communications at Radford University in Virginia and has worked as an assistant commissioner with the Southwestern Athletic Conference at the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division I level. He also served as an assistant athletics director at Alabama A&M University, among other colleges. – Victory Sports Network Read More.

March 26, 2015

SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Southern athletic director William Broussard has been reassigned to another position within the university, sources told HBCU Sports Thursday. Broussard was named athletic director in 2012 after serving as athletics director at Centenary College in Shreveport. A source close to Broussard said he has been promoted to work in the “System President’s Office” at Southern. – Kendrick Marshall, HBCU Sports, Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF THE FRASER VALLEY

Steve Tuckwood is joining the University of the Fraser Valley as Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation. Tuckwood comes to UFV from the University of British Columbia, where he spent the past 10 years as Director of Development for athletics and recreation. In this leadership role, Tuckwood spearheaded fundraising initiatives for UBC Athletics which generated millions of dollars to expand infrastructure and increase student-athlete scholarships.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY

The Commercial Appeal in Memphis is reporting that University of Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen is one of two finalists for the athletic director position. Bowen, 53, a former Cal associate athletic director and the AD at San Jose State for seven years, Bowen’s name has been speculated around the search since it began last year. Cal interim AD Michael Williams is reportedly the second candidate in contention for the job.

March 25, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

Sources tell College AD David A. K. Matlin will be named the next athletic director at Hawaii. We are told he will be announced today at at 12:00 PM HST. We are working on full confirmation. Here’s a little more background on the situation.

QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY

Quinnipiac University currently seeks Director of Athletics, a dynamic and collaborative leader for its nationally respected Division I athletics program. The Bobcats compete in the NCAA Division I and are members of the Metro Atlantic Conference (MAAC) and ECAC Hockey. careers@quinnipiac.edu.

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Pete Sala, the acting SU athletic director, said Tuesday that Chancellor Kent Syverud has established criteria the committee will use in its search. Key talking points from the initial committee meeting: integrity, attention to detail, understanding the value of athletics to a university, and SU’s will to compete at a high level. -Donna Ditota, Syracuse.com-

March 24, 2015

CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY

Chapman University seeks a Director of Athletics. The director is responsible for the administration and supervision of all phases of athletics at Chapman University including: intercollegiate, intramural, club, and recreational activities. Apply here.

CSUDH

California State University Dominguez Hills seeks a Director of Athletics. The AD reports to the President of the University, serves on President’s Administrative Council, and advises on issues and concerns regarding all aspects of Intercollegiate Athletics. Apply here.

March 23, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

University of Arkansas Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long has been named one of four finalists for the 2015 SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily Athletic Director of the Year. The other finalists for Athletic Director of the Year include Mitch Barnhart (Kentucky), Ian McCaw (Baylor) and Dan Radakovich (Clemson). – The Daily Progress. Read More.

SAISD

San Angelo ISD Athletic Director Jim Slaughter has confirmed to KLST and KSAN news that he will be retiring and will resign from SAISD effective at the end of August. Slaughter has served in San Angelo since early 2010. – Randy Ward. Concho Valley. Read More.

WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY

Willamette University has selected Valerie Cleary to serve as its next director of athletics. Cleary has worked as the senior associate athletics director and senior woman administrator at Portland State University since September of 2013 and was PSU’s interim athletics director for several months. She will begin working at Willamette in late April. Willamette selected Cleary through a broad and extensive search process.

SHORTER UNIVERSITY

Bill Peterson will retire at the end of the spring 2015 semester. Senior Associate Athletic Director Matt Green will assume interim athletic director duties effective immediately, and Peterson will continue to serve in an advisory capacity through the end of the semester.

ST. BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY

Recently-selected St. Bonaventure University Athletic Director Tim Kenney is eager to begin working with student athletes who impressed him from the start. He credits these student athletes for convincing him to make the easy decision of choosing St. Bonaventure. Kenney’s message to student-athletes seemed clear. “Basically, I provide you with the support and the resources to be successful in the classroom and in competition,” said Kenney. “That’s our goal.” Kenney’s blue-collar attitude and humble approach did not seem deterred. – By Katie Faulkner, INTREPIDSBU Read More.

UMASS

Georgia Tech associate athletic director Ryan Bamford will become the seventh permanent athletic director at UMass. An announcement is expected Monday with a press conference likely on Tuesday. Bamford has New England roots. He grew up in New Hampshire where his father, Steve, was the athletic director at Plymouth State and a high school principal. Matt Vautour of the Gazette, broke the news first last night.

March 19, 2015

MCLA

Laura Mooney has been named the Director of Athletics at MCLA. Mooney contributed to the Maritime Department of Athletics in a variety of roles, as she provides the administrative oversight of the department’s financial operation; serves as the designated Senior Woman Administrator; is the liaison with human resource and supervises several sport programs as well as the sports medicine department. Mooney arrives at MCLA after serving as Associate Athletic Director for Administration/Senior Woman Administrator at SUNY Maritime College.

ROBERTS WESLEYAN COLLEGE

Last week sources told College AD, Bob Segave would become the next athletic director, and today, Bob Segave has been named Roberts Wesleyan’s next athletic director, effective July 1, 2015. He succeeds Mike Faro, who will be retiring at the end of June, after serving as the College’s athletic director since 1992 and with Roberts Wesleyan since 1983.

ANDERSON UNIVERSITY

Anderson University athletics experience rapid growth and tremendous success under her watch, director of athletics Nancy Simpson is leaving her post effective May 15. Simpson cites “family and personal reasons” for her decision. “Anderson University is indeed a special place, and I look forward to continuing to support the university in any way that I can.” “I would like to thank (AU President Dr. Evans Whitaker) for entrusting Trojan athletics to me eight years ago,” Simpson said. – by: Scott Adamson, Independent Mail. Read More.

SHORTER UNIVERSITY

Bill Peterson is stepping down as Shorter University Director of Athletics, the university announced today. He will retire at the end of the spring 2015 semester. Championships and measurable accomplishments are only a fraction of Peterson’s legacy. His true impact is evident in the coaches and staff members that he has mentored. – Rome News-TribuneRead More.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced today, during an informal media session, that newly hired athletic director Mack Rhoades will officially start no later than April 27th.  Mike Alden will remain inside the athletic department until the end of August.

March 18, 2015

UW-LA CROSSE

Kim Blum has been named director of athletics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Blum had served as the university’s interim director of athletics since July 2014. “I will never take for granted what an incredible honor has been bestowed upon me,” added Blum. “I recognize what a truly extraordinary privilege it is to become the next UW-La Crosse Director of Athletics.” Last week, College AD heard from two separate sources that Blum was the heavy favorite for the position.

MSU DENVER

MSU Denver will interview four candidates for the position of athletics director beginning this week, including one internal candidate. On March 19, Debbie Hendricks (PDF 822 KB), MSU Denver’s head women’s volleyball coach since 2000, Kurt Esser (PDF 158 KB), senior associate athletics director at the University of New Mexico,Dena Freeman-Patton (PDF 190 KB) will interview on campus on March 23. Also interviewing on March 23 is Anthony Grant (PDF 965 KB), who was recently promoted to interim athletic director at Millersville University in Pennsylvania having served as associate athletic director at the university since 2008.

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Daryl Gross is out as Syracuse athletic director, sources said. The school announced his resignation just 12 days after a harsh NCAA public report that led to the vacation of 108 wins, a fine of more than $1 million and significant questions about whether the school prioritizes its athletic department over its academic integrity. Gross’ methods of improving SU’s bottom line frequently frustrated fans of the program, with branding and marketing becoming buzzwords alongside scoring and winning. – By Dave Tobin, The Post-Standard. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING

Director of Athletics, Tom Burman will earn a total of $37,500 in bonuses from this basketball season. He will take home an additional $10,000 for Wyoming making the NCAA Tournament, plus a bonus of $2,500 for the men’s basketball team finishing in the top four of the Mountain West. Burman also made an additional $25,000 after Wyoming was ranked in the Top 25 of the Associated Press poll earlier this season. -Star Tribune-

UMASS

UMass is expected to bring four athletic director candidates to campus beginning Friday, former Stony Brook athletic director Jim Fiore. Georgia Tech senior associate athletic director Ryan Bamford and Buffalo associate athletic director Allan Greene. The fourth remains unknown. -Matt Vautour, Gazettenet-

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

Sources told College AD last night that the search advisory committee recommended Dave Matlin as the next athletic director of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Matlin, is the executive director of the Hawaii Bowl and the Diamond Head Classic, We were also told that Keith Amemiya has found his way into the mix, through what our sources say has been a “back door” method. Amemiya, is an insurance executive and was seen on campus with Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman last week. He was not interviewed by the committee. We are told the committee never considered Amemiya because he did not meet their qualifications.

March 17, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

Sources tell College AD, University of Houston has hired College Sports Solutions to conduct the program’s athletic director search. Founder and President Jeff Schemmel, directs all business development and intercollegiate industry relations for CSS, while managing an internal and external team of industry-leading consultants.

YUBA COLLEGE

Yuba Community College District seeks a Director, Athletics, Health and Physical Education. Application materials may be sent via regular mail, dropped off at one of our various locations, faxed to 530 741-1017 or emailed to: mgaytan@yccd.edu