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May 13, 2015


The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the 28 winners of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award (ADOY), which includes Wofford College Athletic Director Richard Johnson. The award spans seven divisions and winners will receive their awards during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 17 at NACDA’s 50th Annual Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla.

May 12, 2015


Joseph A. Quinlan Jr., former Director of Athletics at Saint Peter’s University, has been named Senior Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations, Peter Pilling, Columbia’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education announced today. Quinlan spent nearly four years as the Director of Athletics at Saint Peter’s University in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Prior to his appointment in 2012, he was the Interim Director of Athletics.


Northwest College recently named Stephen Burmaster as the college’s new athletic director. Burmaster, a native of Southern California, and his family will make the move to Powell sometime before July, and Burmaster will take the reigns on July 1. Burmaster takes over for NWC wrestling coach Jim Zeigler, who had been working as the interim AD for the past two years. Burmaster brings with him nearly 30 years of officiating, coaching, teaching and administration experience, most recently at Seaside Middle School in Monteray, California, where he served as an administrator and athletic director. – Joe Alberico, Powell Tribune. Read More.


Lynn University has appointed Devin Crosby as director of athletics for the NCAA Division II Fighting Knights. Previously, as deputy athletics director at Kent State University, Crosby helped raise funds for scholarships and facilities, improved student attendance at games and increased the national profile of the athletics program. He has also held leadership positions with other successful athletics programs at Northeastern University, University of Virginia and University of Houston.


Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart, who has held the position since 2002, was named one of four Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year Award winners this week by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NADCA). Barnhart and fellow 2015 award winners Chris Del Conte (TCU), Warde Manuel (UConn) and Ian McCaw (Baylor) will receive their awards on June 17 at a NADCA luncheon in Orlando. – Ethan Levine, SDSRead More.


Winona State Athletics Director Eric Schohhas been named a 2014-15 Under Armour AD of the Year, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced Tuesday. Schoh is one of four NCAA Division II athletics directors to earn the honor and among 28 throughout various divisions of collegiate athletics.


The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS, Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges).  Tyler Junior College’s Dr. Tim Drain has been announced as one of the winners and will receive his award during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 17 at NACDA’s 50th Annual Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla.


University of Dayton Vice-President and Director of Athletics Tim Wabler is one of 28 winners of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award (ADOY), announced by The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) today. The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS, Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges). Winners will receive their awards during the James J.


Angelo State University athletic director Sean Johnson resigned Monday for unspecified reasons, according to a source. Assistant athletic director James Reid will serve as athletic director in the interim.

May 11, 2015


Director of Athletics, Bob De Carolis has announced he will step down effective June 30, 2015. Carolis is quoted in saying, “There is never an optimal time for decisions like this, especially after an incredible journey of 17 years. I am very proud of the coaches I have hired and retained over the years and believe this is the best group of coaches in the history of Oregon State both from a coaching standpoint and also from a measure of character, as well.  This collection of coaches will continue to compete for championships in the toughest conference in the country.”


University of New England President Danielle N. Ripich, Ph.D., announced today the appointment of Jack McDonald to the position of associate vice president and director of Athletics. Jack McDonald comes to UNE from NCAA Division I Quinnipiac University, where he served as the Bobcats’ director of athletics for 20 years. While at Quinnipiac, McDonald was instrumental in the Bobcats making the transition from being a NCAA Division II institution to its current status as a Division I member.

May 8, 2015


Chris Kenny, a 1986 graduate of St. Michael’s College and long-time administrator at the Colchester school, has been named the new director of athletics. Kenny will begin his new position in July. Kenny has worked 28 years at St. Michael’s, where he has held several different positions. He has held the role of senior associate director of athletics for a little less than a year after spending 11 years as the associate director of athletics. – Burlington Free Press. Read More.


After leading one of Canada’s most successful athletics departments for more than 7 years, Keith Hansen, Red Deer College’s Athletic Director is leaving his post to pursue his passion as a full time Instructor at RDC. Well accomplished as Athletic Director, Coach and Instructor at the College for the past 19 years, Hansen led the Kings Volleyball team for 12 seasons, winning 9 Canadian College Athletic Association (CCAA) National Championships.


Michael Williams ’82, who has overseen the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of California, Berkeley on an interim basis for the past 10 months, has been named the school’s fulltime Director of Athletics, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks announced Friday, May 8, 2015.

May 6, 2015


Longtime associate athletic director Mike Wagner has been named to succeed retiring athletic director Dennie Bridges at Illinois Wesleyan University. Wagner’s appointment comes following a national search to replace Bridges, who will leave the post he has held since 1981 at the end of July. Wagner, who began working at Illinois Wesleyan in 1992, spent his first 16 years at IWU as an assistant football coach and coordinator of strength training.


Keith Kramme wasn’t 100 percent certain he wanted to be the Midland University softball coach when former athletic director Steve Schneider offered him the job in the summer of 1995. Kramme will remain at the school in his current position as assistant athletic director and director of athletic retention and compliance. His announcement caught his players off guard. – Brent Wasenius High Five, Fremont Tribune. Read More.

May 5, 2015


Laramie County Community College is pleased to announce Scott Noble as its new director of athletics and campus recreation. Noble comes to LCCC from Cheyenne’s South High School, where he currently serves as that school’s first athletics director. Noble will finish the school year at South High School, and he will begin his duties full-time as the LCCC director of athletics and campus recreation on June 8. – KGWN-TV. Read More.


After completing a nationwide search in which over 300 applications were received, the University is pleased to announce Mrs. Kimberly King as Ave Maria’s next Athletic Director. She will assume the duties as AMU’s Athletic Director in early May.  Mrs. King received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Richmond and later earned her Master of Arts in Counseling from Franciscan University of Steubenville.


Ashley Gabler is the new Director of Athletic Communications and Technology for the Northern State athletic department. Gabler enters the position after spending the last two years as the department’s graduate assistant. “We are very excited for Ashley to lead the communication and technology efforts in our department,” NSU athletics director Josh Moon said. – Aberdeen News Read More.

May 4, 2015


Mike Vernon, Cal Athletics beat writer for the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Mike Williams is expected to be named Cal’s next Athletic Director. Michael Williams, a former wrestler at Cal is the vice chair of the UC Berkeley Foundation. Additionally, Williams has been serving as Interim Director of Athletics since July 2014 when Sandy Barbour left for Penn State.


Following a national search, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) today announced the appointment of Duane Bailey as its new director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation, effective June 1. Bailey is joining NYIT from Seton Hall University, where he served as the deputy director of Athletics for the past seven years. He will report to Patrick G. Love, Ph.D., NYIT’s vice president for Student Affairs.


Current AD Gary Clark, a 1974 graduate of Furman who has served in the role for 15 years, has decided to step down, and will remain at Furman for a period of time to assist in the transition, Davis said. “I felt it was time for a new voice and fresh perspective for Furman’s intercollegiate athletics program,” Clark said. “I have enjoyed being a part of the successful Division I program here, as a former player and administrator, and the relationships with the coaches and student-athletes remain among the most meaningful aspects of my tenure.


Terry Brown announced his retirement Friday. The athletic director the past 27 years, men’s basketball coach for 22 years and also tennis and golf coach, is hanging up his whistle, erasing his clipboard and looking forward to spending time with his 3-month old granddaughter. – Bob Redd, Bluefield Daily Telegraph. Read More.


Kansas State and athletic director John Currie have agreed to a restructured contract that will boost his salary to $775,000 per year and run through 2019-2020, the school announced Friday. The agreement adds one year to Currie’s current contract and raises his annual pay by $200,000, while removing all performance-related bonuses. The previous agreement allowed Currie to earn up to 55 percent of his $575,000 salary in performance-related incentives, with a maximum set at $316,250. – Kellis Robinett, Kansas City. Read More.

May 2, 2015


UAB announced Mark Ingram as its next athletic director in a late-night Friday email release. Ingram arrives in Birmingham after serving as the executive senior associate athletics director at Temple. He has deep roots in the south, having played football and worked at Tennessee. He’s also spent time at Georgia and Missouri. Ingram was one of the three finalists identified by the 19-person search committee and Parker Executive Search. UAB picked Ingram over Iowa State’s David Harris and Arkansas’ Jon Fagg. -John Talty,


Grambling has tabbed Obadiah Simmons as the new interim athletic director, the school announced Friday. Simmons has spent 35 years at Grambling and most recently served as the interim head and director of the Department of Kinesiology, Sport and Leisure Studies since 2008. Simmons, who will oversee Grambling’s 17 athletic programs, has served as the chair of Grambling’s Athletic Council since 2008. – Sean Isabella, The News Star. Read More.

May 1, 2015


With WIU athletic director Tommy Bell leaving to assume the same position at SIU, sources tell College AD that Matt Tanney will serve as interim athletic director. Tanney joined Leatherneck Athletics as Associate Athletics Director in July 2012. He was named Deputy Director of Athletics in July 2014. Tanney oversees the department’s budget operations, along with support services in academics, athletic training, business services, compliance, equipment, financial aid and strength and conditioning.


Prairie State College seeks Director of Athletics. The Director is responsible for planning, administering and directing the College’s intercollegiate athletics, intramural and recreation programs and for coordinating practice and game schedules with the Field House Complex management team. The Director provides overall leadership and guidance to the athletic department, as well as generates private/corporate support for the Prairie State College (PSC) intercollegiate teams and the Foundation. Apply here.


Syracuse University seeks outstanding candidates for the position of Athletic Director. The Athletic Director will have integrity, a focus on strong academic values and student-athlete welfare, a history of fiscal responsibility, respect for diversity and seek competitive success across all sports. The position reports directly to the Chancellor. [email protected]


Western Illinois University athletic director, Tommy Bell, will become the next director of athletics at Southern Illinois University. A press conference is scheduled for 3:30 PM today. The Southern Illinoisan first reported. Tommy Bell was hired in July 2013 to oversee the Western Illinois University Athletic Department. Bell served as Director of Athletics at Fort Wayne (IPFW) for six years prior to joining Western.