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March 31, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

The University of Kentucky’s Mitch Barnhart was nominated for Athletics Director of the Year by SportsBusiness as part of their Sports Business Awards. Barnhart is among four nominees, including Jeff Long of the University of Arkansas, Ian McCaw of Baylor University and Dan Radakovich of Clemson University. The winner will be announced at the Sports Business Awards ceremony at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square on May 20, 2015.

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

Clemson Athletic Director, Dan Radakovich discussed a number of topics yesterday including full cost of attendance. “We are moving forward with that on our campus. Whenever we do our number for what it’s going to cost Clemson Athletics it’s about $925,000 that we’ll be paying given the student athlete enrollment that we have. We’re planning for that and going through our budgetary process now and that will be something that will begin in August of 2015.” Radakovich went on to discuss the future of head baseball coach, Jack Leggett. “We’ll see how the season plays out.” The baseball team is currently .500. -Nikki Hood. Tigernet.com- Read More

March 30, 2015

KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY

Following Monday’s announcement that Jimmy Lallathin was no longer coaching the men’s basketball team, athletic director Vaughn Williams disclosed Saturday that the program is undergoing an internal review. He refused to disclose any aspects of the review. The evaluation is supposed to be completed in two weeks, according to a statement given to the media. -Doug Roberson, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution-

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

University of Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart said he shares responsibility for the turmoil on Rocky Top – and that brings up questions about his future. From sports writers to Vol fans on social media, many are calling for his head. UT has had three men’s basketball coaches since 2011, when Bruce Pearl was fired, and now Hart must find a fourth. -Mary Scott, WBIR-

UAB

Former UAB athletic director Brian Mackin’s severance package pays him a total of $234,750 over nine months and includes a lengthy confidentiality agreement, according to a copy of the document obtained by CBSSports.com. AL.com first reported terms of the agreement. Mackin served as “special assistant for athletics” from Dec. 1 to Feb. 28 and continued to be paid at his annual base salary rate of $309,000, plus a car allowance of $1,000 per month. That comes to $80,250 in pay before he stopped being a UAB employee on Feb. 28. Mackin will be paid $154,500 — equal to six months’ pay — from March 1 to Aug. 1 in monthly installments of $25,750. UAB saved $283,250 by negotiating a reduction in its original payment obligations from June 30, 2016, to Aug. 1, 2015. -Jon Solomon, CBS Sports-

ST LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY

St. Lawrence University President William L. Fox ’75 announced today that Bob Durocher has been named the next Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation. Having served as the University’s head coach for men’s soccer since 1990 and assistant director of athletics since 2000, Durocher will begin his new duties April 1. Durocher will replace Margie F. Strait who served in the position from 1997 to January 2015.

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.