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Athletic Director News

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February 24, 2015

EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

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.

ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY

After more than two years of various legal maneuvers and at least one almost-settlement, former Alabama State University athletic director Stacy Danley’s wrongful termination lawsuit has finally made it into a courtroom. Danley, a former Auburn running back who served as ASU’s athletic director for just over two years — July 2010 through September 2012. He was fired by former president William Harris for failure to properly oversee the university’s athletic department and for NCAA troubles that occurred in regards to a transfer football player. -Montgomery Advertiser-

February 23, 2015

ST BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY

According to a notice sent to all SBU faculty and staff members Monday, the two remaining candidates are Tim Kenney, the executive associate athletic director at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Derek Morel, the current director of athletics at the University of New Orleans. Bona has been searching for a new permanent athletic director since Steve Watson left the post after eight years to take the same job at Loyola-Chicago in late December.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Athletic Director, Jim Hackett’s future with the Wolverines remains uncertain. Speculation the position will become permanent swirls around Hackett. He maintains his role is temporary, although he says he doesn’t know how long it will last. His contract, which comes with a $600,000 salary, states his “indefinite” employment is “at the will of the president”

February 20, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN LA CROSSE

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has named its three finalists to be interviewed for the director of athletics position, according to the search and screen committee. The three finalists are Kim Blum, UW-La Crosse Interim Director of Athletics; Dr. Rick Goeb, University of Northwestern Ohio Assistant Professor of Sports Marketing and Management; and Charlie Gross, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Senior Associate Athletics Director.

February 19, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

Norman Okimoto, president of Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union, has joined the advisory committee that is helping the University of Hawaii Manoa search for a new athletics director. Okimoto replaces John Dean, chairman and CEO of Central Pacific Bank, a subsidiary of Central Pacific Financial Corp. (NYSE: CPF), who stepped own due to business travel commitments and scheduling conflicts.

February 18, 2015

AMHERST COLLEGE

President Biddy Martin announced today that Don Faulstick, Amherst College interim director of athletics, has been selected to resume his current responsibilities and has been named the College’s director of athletics, effective immediately. Since his arrival on campus 18 years ago, Faulstick has served with distinction in multiple capacities, including an associate director of athletics role as well as assistant football coach.

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Ohio State University’s renewed contract with Athletics Director Gene Smith puts more emphasis on academic achievement and takes away bonuses for individual athletic accomplishments. The contract that runs through 2020 provides Smith with bonuses capped at $100,000 tied to the success of the football and men’s basketball teams. Smith‘s deal carries a base salary of $959,263 a year, unchanged from a 2014 adjustment, and outlines dozens of bonus opportunities, including for staying on through the life of the contract. -Evan Weese, Columbus Business First- Read More

February 17, 2015

PENN STATE

The Big Ten office issued a public reprimand of Patrick Chambers for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy following Penn State’s game against Maryland on Saturday. In addition, the conference announced that the institution has been fined $10,000 as a result of the violation. -Brent Yarina, BTN.com. Penn State athletic director, Sandy Barbour still supports the head coach, publicly declaring, “Patrick Chambers is my guy.”

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Interim athletic director Jim Hackett is seeking Regents authorization to issue bids and construction contracts to move forward with the Athletics South Competition and Performance project that is part of the Stephen Ross Athletic Campus. Athletic department resources and gifts, including a $100 million naming gift from Ross, will fund the $168 million project. The site cleaning would begin in April and be completed by the summer.-Angelique S. Chengelis, The Detroit News –

February 16, 2015

JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY

Vivian Fuller has been reassigned to associate vice provost for student affairs. Fuller’s reassignment comes seven months after she received a contract extension as athletic director. Her new deal was set to run up to July 2017 and paid $210,000 annually (a 40 percent raise). Robert Walker will serve as interim athletic director effective March 1. -Ros Dumlao, The Clarion-Ledger-

January 26, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND

Sources tell us that the University of New England athletics director position will not be filled by an internal candidate. The search will focus on an external candidate. We will keep you updated as we hear more

ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY

The Athletics Director position is now open. The position will be open until it is filled. Apply here.

January 22, 2015

NICHOLS COLLEGE

The Athletics Director position is now open at Nichols College. Apply by March 1st. If interested in applying, contact Assistant Director of Human Resources Katie Cushing.

January 7, 2015

HASTINGS COLLEGE

Effective June 30th, Athletic Director Jerry Schmutte will be stepping down. Since arriving in 2012, Schmutte recruited and hired new head coaches. Additionally, he oversaw key internal changes to the Athletic Department including the addition of a full-time strength coach – a first in the GPAC and a full-time sports information director. The search process for a new AD will begin when everyone returns to campus for the start of the spring semester on January 28th.

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY

Ball State has found a new athletics director. President Paul Ferguson will introduce the new athletic director at a news conference tomorrow at 11 a.m. in the Worthen Arena Lounge. It will also be streamed live on the Ball State website. Deputy athletic director Brian Hardin has served as the university’s interim athletic director since former director Bill Scholl left for Marquette University in mid-October. A College AD Recap on the search. -BSU Daily News-

December 19, 2014

(NAIA) Simpson University

The Director of Athletics position is now open at Simpson University. Apply here. The position will be open until it is filled.

December 17, 2014

(JC) Lehigh Carbon Community College

Sources tell College AD that Lehigh Carbon Community College athletic director Jocelyn Beck resigned her position, effective immediately. Marge Beahm has been named interim AD. Beahm had been the school’s head women’s basketball coach for six seasons before resigning in May. We will keep you updated as you hear more.

December 15, 2014

(D1) Southern Illinois University Carbondale

SIU’s next permanent athletic director will inherit solid coaches and some of the best facilities in the country, but could face big financial challenges. Mario Moccia, the Salukis’ outgoing athletic director, said his permanent successor will likely need to continue what he has started to battle those challenges. Dr. Harold Bardo, the new interim athletic director, is scheduled to take over Jan. 1st. President Randy Dunn said he prefers not to use a search firm to hire Moccia’s permanent replacement, but will leave it up to the SIU Board of Trustees. -Todd Hefferman, The Southern-