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March 17, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

A dissatisfied Texas booster has created a website, FireStevePatterson, presumably in hopes of rallying fellow Longhorns to the cause of ousting the athletics director for whom the site is named. Among the site’s grievances are ticket price increases, more expensive gameday parking, Patterson’s occasionally flamboyant manner of dress, and – in the opinion of the site – his ham-handed attempts to inject some excitement into the gameday atmosphere. -Connor Tapp, Horns247-

SKAGIT VALLEY COLLEGE

Skagit Valley College (SVC) is accepting applications for Director of Athletics. This position serves as a member of the Student Services Directors Leadership Team and works closely with Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, International Programs, Student Life, and Student Development.  Apply here. 

HSSU

Harris-Stowe State University has an opening for a Director of Athletics. Submit a letter of application summarizing their qualifications and experiences, current vitae, official transcripts, application for employment form and at least three letters of reference to: Harris-Stowe State University,Office of Human Resources. hr@hssu.edu.

BRADLEY UNIVERSITY

Bradley University has hired Chris Reynolds as its 10th Director of Athletics. Reynolds has served as Deputy Director of Athletics and Recreation, Operations at Northwestern University since 2012 with direct responsibility for the planning and management of Recreation, Equipment Operations, and the Facilities and Event Management units. Prior to Northwestern, Reynolds spent nine years at Indiana holding a variety of senior level positions. Reynolds will be formally introduced to the public at noon Wednesday, March 18.

NORTHWEST NAZARENE UNIVERSITY

Kelli Lindley who guided the Crusader women’s basketball team to five NCAA Division II National Tournament berths and compiled a 202-131 record during 12 seasons as head women’s basketball coach, was introduced by NNU president Dr. David Alexander as the new Director of Athletics yesterday. Lindley stepped down from her position as head women’s basketball coach following the 2012-13 season to become the Crusaders’ Associated Athletic Director and NCAA Compliance Officer.

LEHIGH CARBON COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) announced a new Director of Athletics, Andrew Johnson, yesterday. He brings over six years of experience as the Director of Athletics at Delaware County Community College. College AD first broke the news February 27th.

March 16, 2015

INDIANA UNIVERSITY KOKOMO

Indiana University Kokomo seeks qualified candidates for a full-time appointed Athletic Director (AD) and Director of the Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center. Review of applications will begin on March 23, 2015. Submit a resume, cover letter and names and contact information for 3 professional references by midnight, March 22, 2015. Apply here.

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Joe Parker, the deputy athletic director at Texas Tech for the past four years, is expected to be named CSU’s new athletic director.Several sources with knowledge about the search confirmed Monday that Parker would be hired by Colorado State University. All of the sources spoke on the condition of anonymity. A formal announcement is expected as soon as Tuesday. – Kelly Lyell, The Coloradoan. Read More

FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) recognized Fayetteville State University Athletics Director Dr. Edward McLean as the recipient of the 2013-14 Jeanette E. Lee Award during its annual Spring Meeting. The honor is a special recognition of outstanding service within the CIAA. Along with winning on the courts and fields, McLean is most proud of the student-athletes winning in the classroom as indicated by the average graduation rate during his tenure there of 60%.

UNIVERSITY OF THE SCIENCES

University of the Sciences has named Marc Caserio, EdD, athletic director effective immediately USciences Interim President Marvin Samson announced today. Caserio has been filling the role of interim athletic director since August 2014. University of the Sciences has prepared students to be leaders and practitioners in the healthcare and science fields for nearly 200 years.

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

George Mason University Director of Athletics Brad Edwards announced today that men’s basketball coach Paul Hewitt will not return to coach the 2015-16 season. Hewitt recently completed his fourth season as the Patriots men’s basketball coach, the second in the nationally recognized Atlantic 10 conference. The Patriots finished this season with a 4-14 conference mark, 9-22 overall, and lost the opening round game against Fordham in the Atlantic 10 Championship for the second straight year. The team finished with an 11-20 overall mark and 4-12 league mark in their inaugural season, 2013-14.

March 13, 2015

APSU

Derek van der Merwe, who has served as Austin Peay State University Athletics Director for the past 1 ½ years, will step down from that post after being named the University’s Vice President for Advancement, Communication and Strategic Initiatives. That announcement was made Friday morning by University President Alisa White. van Der Merwe replaces Dr. Brian Johnson, who left the University in Spring 2014 to become president at Tuskegee University. – Clarksville Online, Read More.

SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY

Sacred Heart University executive director of athletics emeritus C. Donald Cook has been selected as a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference inaugural class of the ECAC Hall of Fame, presented by Webster Bank. CTPost Read More.

DUKE UNIVERSITY

The United States Olympic Committee board of directors today approved three new members during its meeting in Washington, D.C. Joining the board in place of outgoing members are Daniel Doctoroff, former CEO of Bloomberg LP; Steve Mesler, three-time Olympian and president/CEO of Classroom Champions; and Kevin White, vice president and director of athletics at Duke University.

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM

The University of Alabama at Birmingham seeks Director of Athletics who is responsible for determining policy for the department, managing budgets and staff. UAB invites letters of nomination, applications, or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. Contact Daniel Parker, jrhoden@parkersearch.com

SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE

Sources tell College AD, three candidates interviewed last Friday with Dr. Mary Kay Rudolph, the Senior VP for Academic Affairs. She will advance 1-2 names to the college president, Dr. Frank Chong, who will interview the finalist(s) in the next two weeks for a mid-June start date.

ROBERT WESLEYAN COLLEGE

Sources tell College AD, after a comprehensive search, Robert Wesleyan will elect to name an internal candidate as its next athletic director. We are told that internal candidate will be Bob Segave, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, but we do not have full confirmation. Coach Segave is in his eighth season guiding the Redhawks.  Segave has led the Redhawks to an 119 – 87 record over the past seven seasons, including a trip to the NCCAA National Championship Game in 2011 and NCCAA Final Four in 2008. Last season, the Redhawks made yet another trip to the NCCAA National Championship tournament after winning the NCCAA East Region title.

March 12, 2015

PLYMOUTH STATE UNIVERSITY

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Julie Bernier announced that PSU Director of Athletics John P. Clark ’71, ’73G will officially step down from his current position this summer and move into the role of founding manager of the Active Living, Learning and Wellness (ALLWell) North facility. Bernier also announced that Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator Kim Bownes ’08G will serve as Interim Director of Athletics for the 2015-16 school year.

UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND

The Portland Tribune reviews the progress of Portland athletics under Director of Athletics Scott Leykam, who is in his third year with the university after coming from Stanford. UP recently completed a $2.5 million renovation at the Chiles Center, expanding the ticket office, men’s locker rooms, weight room, training room and a sports Hall of Fame room. A $1 million Joe Etzel Field project this year reaped a new Astroturf field, scoreboard, bullpen and fencing. In Leykam’s first year at UP (2012-13), the Pilots were up about 45 percent in sponsorships, he says, and the figures have increased this year to $1.12 million in trade and $460,000 in cash sponsorships.

JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY

Athletic Director Dr. Vivian Fuller has accepted the post of associate vice provost for Student Affairs, says Jackson State University President Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers. The university will conduct a national search for Fuller’s replacement, Meyers said.Dr. Robert Walker, who has previously served as interim athletic director, is again serving as interim which began March 1.

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday that the University of Texas-Pan American Athletic Director Chris King interviewed for the same position at the University of Hawaii. The newspaper quoted anonymous sources who said King had a “strong two-hour interview” with the university’s search advisory committee and remained “on the short list.”

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY

Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann received a one-time payment of $30,000 for meeting parts of the four performance thresholds for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, according to a payroll documents obtained by NJ Advance Media. Hermann met all four of the academic bonus thresholds, which included $2,500 apiece. She also met both of the thresholds for integrity of programs, which included $5,000 apiece for no major or intentional secondary NCAA violations during the 2013-14. Hermann earned one of the competitive-success thresholds, banking $10,000 thanks to the football team’s participation in the 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl. All together, Hermann earned $490,275.88, which included a regular salary of $448,275.88, the $30,000 bonus and a $12,000 vehicle stipend

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN LA CROSSE

Sources told College AD yesterday evening that UW-La Crosse will mostly like wait until after next week to officially announce their new athletic director. We are told the chancellor is leaving on vacation today, as the university goes on spring break next week. For what it’s worth, College AD has heard from two separate sources that Interim AD Kim Blum is a heavy favorite to land the position. Former UW-La Crosse men’s basketball coach Charlie Gross, and Dr. Rick Gobe are the other two finalists for the position. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

March 11, 2015

LORAS COLLEGE

Loras College Vice President of Student Development Dr. Arthur Sunleaf announced Wednesday that Interim Director of Athletics Denise (Bodensteiner) Udelhofen (’90, MA ’92) has been named the next director of athletics at Loras College. Udelhofen has spent more than 24 years as a member of the Loras College Athletics Department.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

University of North Dakota Director of Athletics Brian Faison, who represents the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) on the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee, has been appointed chair of the committee. Faison, who has served on the committee since Sept 1, 2013, takes over as committee chair for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Athletics Director Jim Knowlton, who had to resign his place after being named athletics director at the Air Force Academy.

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

Iowa State announced that athletic director Jamie Pollard had successful open heart bypass surgery on Tuesday. Pollard was transferred from a Waterloo hospital to the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, where he had the surgery. He is in intensive care today and is expected to remain hospitalized for several days. Iowa State has appointed associate athletic director David Harris fill Pollard’s role while he recuperates.

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY

Concordia University seeks to fill the position of Director of Athletics. To apply please submit a letter of interest explaining how the candidate meets the criteria of the position including the expectation of a Christian Lutheran perspective; a resume or vita including a list of 3 references and their contact information; and a Concordia University staff employment application (www.cu-portland.edu/about/employment). Please submit materials to Dr. Glenn Smith at AthleticsResumes@cu-portland.edu.

UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT MERCY

The University of Detroit Mercy is currently accepting applications for a full-time position of Director of Athletic Marketing & Promotions. For consideration please email a letter of application, resume, and a list of three professional references to: Teri Kromrei, Associate Athletic Director, teri.kromrei@udmercy.edu.

March 10, 2015

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

Athletic Director, Jaime Pollard will be transferred to a Des Moines hospital and will undergo open-heart surgery, following the heart attack he suffered yesterday.

ALMA COLLEGE

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.