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April 21, 2015


Wichita State athletic director Eric Sexton has been promoted to vice president of student affair and executive director of athletics, university president John Bardo announced on Tuesday. The moves hands daily responsibility for the athletic department to Darron Boatright, promoted to deputy director of athletics and chief operating officer. Sexton became WSU’s athletic director in 2008 after serving as executive director for Government Relations and Board of Trustees. Boatright, formerly senior associate athletic director, was named deputy director of athletics and chief operating officer. He will report to Sexton.


Miami University Athletics Director David Sayler said on Tuesday he is not a finalist for the same job at the University of Houston. Houston television station Fox 26 reported Monday night that Sayler, an assistant athletics director at Houston from 1999 to 2001 before spending four years as senior executive athletics director at Rice, was among the finalists, but Sayler is not going to interview for the job, according to Dave Meyer, Miami’s assistant athletics director for communication.

April 20, 2015


Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports the three finalists to become the next athletics director at the University of Houston are Hunter Yurachek, UH associate vice president and chief operating officer of Cougars athletics, David Sayler, athletics director at Miami of Ohio and Lynden Rose Sr., former Cougars guard from 1980-1982, during the Phi Slama Jama era.


Rich Walsh of KDKA reports that Pitt will name its athletic director this week. Three of the finalists are expected to meet with the search committee this week, including Utah State athletic director Scott Barnes and Mark Coyle, athletic director at Boise State University.


Sources tell College AD that NCAA III school, Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts has notified all applicants for Director of Athletics that the college has selected a final candidate for the position. Expect an official announcement in the coming days. The incoming AD will replace Lynn Oberbillig, who served in the position for the past 17 years.


Ole Miss and Athletics Director Ross Bjork have agreed in principle to a contract extension that will keep him at the school through 2019 at a base salary of $650,000 with $100,000 in academic and on-the-field performance incentives. This extension, announced Friday by Chancellor Dan Jones, adds a year to Bjork’s contract, reaching the four-year maximum allowed by the state of Mississippi. – Mississippi TV. Read More.


Debbie Yow will remain N.C. State’s Athletic Director through at least 2019. NCSU’s Board of Trustees signed off on a two-year extension to her contract on Friday. reported her annual salary will increase from $516,000 to $690,000 annually. A $35 million renovation project is moving full-steam ahead at Reynolds Coliseum. – ABC Inc. Read More.


Pomona College President David Oxtoby and Pitzer College President Laura Skandera Trombley today announced that Lesley Irvine has been named Director of Pomona-Pitzer Athletics following a national search. She will also serve as Chair of the Department of Physical Education at Pomona College. Irvine will join the colleges on June 1. Her position represents a strategic shift by the colleges to move forward with a stand-alone position of chair and director, focusing on expanded management duties associated with college sports.


Grove City College announces an opening for a senior position as Director of Athletics. The Director, reporting to the President of the College, will lead a successful and complex NCAA Division III athletic program with 21 varsity sports. The Director also oversees a growing exercise science program and a freshman fitness and wellness program.


University of Jamestown seeks an Athletic Director to serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet and to provide leadership and oversight for all intercollegiate athletic programs, staff, facilities, and activities. Please send letter of application, resumé, and references to Linda Patch, 6082 College Lane, Jamestown, ND 58405 or


Dan Coonan is stepping down as Santa Clara’s athletic director to become the executive director of development for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Coonan was Santa Clara’s athletic director for 11 years. The university said Friday that senior associate athletic director Jeff Mitchell will serve as interim atheltic director. Mitchell has been in the program for nine years. – Daily Republic. Read More.

April 17, 2015


Lawrence University announced its search for a new Director of Athletics, a role the university has historically filled with one of the coaches within the athletic department. Since 2009, Mike Szkodzinski has held this position in addition to his role as the head hockey coach at Lawrence. Szkodzinski will remain the head of the athletic department until a new director is found.


The Intercollegiate Athletics Department at Marymount University, Arlington, VA invites applications for an Athletic Director. A successful Athletic Director supports the Intercollegiate Athletics Department’s 17 athletics programs, while providing leadership in a manner consistent with the university’s mission. Apply here.

April 16, 2015


Former USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett, who was hired by Langston University in 2012 as Director of Athletics, will leave his position next month, the university announced. Langston President Dr. Kent Smith Jr. said Garrett “decided to leave the university to pursue other interests at the end of June 2015.”


Nichols College has announced the hiring of Chris Colvin as its new Director of Athletics. Colvin will replace Charlyn ‘Charlie’ Robert, who has accepted a full-time faculty position in the Sport Management Department at the college. College AD obtained an email from Nichols College HR on April 9th confirming a final candidate was selected. Colvin comes to Dudley following 19 years in the athletics department at Furman University, the last eight as Associate Athletics Director.


Dr. Craig Poisson has been named the Springfield College Director of Athletics, President Dr. Mary-Beth Cooper announced. Poisson has more than two decades of athletics administration experience, spending the previous 19 years as a member of the Springfield College Athletics staff and professor of physical education. The senior associate director of athletics at Springfield College since 2007, Poisson will begin his new role on July 1.


Joe Parker is in his second week on the job as athletic director at Colorado State, where many in the fan constituency hope the Rams eventually land in the Big 12, one of the five “power” conferences. While Parker’s résumé includes stops at Big 12 schools Texas, Oklahoma and most recently Texas Tech, and at two other power conference programs, including his alma mater, Michigan, he said he hasn’t been given a mandate to get the Rams into the Big 12 and isn’t planning to lobby. – Terry Frei, The Denver Post. Read More.

April 15, 2015


Southern Illinois University will hold the first of four public forums with the finalists for the athletic director spot on Friday at Morris Library. Tommy Bell-scheduled to run from 3-3:45 p.m. in the John C. Guyon Auditorium. Rick Hartzell-scheduled to be on campus on Monday from 3-3:45 p.m. at the SIU Student Center auditorium. Rick Darnell-scheduled on Thursday, April 23, from 3-3:45 p.m. at the same auditorium. Leon Costello-scheduled to be on campus on April 24. His public forum is scheduled to run 3-3:45 p.m. at the student center auditorium that day. – The SouthernRead More.


University of Pittsburgh has reportedly narrowed its candidates for Director of Athletics to five. Vince Nicastro, Villanova Athletic Director, Mark Coyle Boise State Athletic Director, Sean Frazier, Northern Illinois Athletic Director, and Scott Barnes, Utah State Athletic Director. KDKA’s Richie Walsh first reported. Walsh purports that the committee has identified 5 candidates in total.

April 14, 2015


Marshall football coach Doc Holliday, athletic director Mike Hamrick sign contract extensions. Marshall announced Wednesday the extensions through June 2021. Hamrick will receive a $30,000 raise to $300,000 annually. Holliday will earn a base salary of $755,500, a raise from $600,000, and can earn more through various incentives. The school had said in December that it had agreed in principle to the extensions.  – The Republic. Read More.

April 13, 2015


Fayetteville State University seeks an Athletic Director. Responsible in Developing, implementing, and continuously updating the Strategic Plan for the department and assuring that it overlaps with the university Strategic Plan; Overseeing the department’s fiscal resources and providing quarterly updates to the Chancellor on all expenditures and Actively raising funds for the department and working closely with the University’s Advancement Office to identify prospective donors. Apply here.


It was announced today by the George Washington University that Patrick Nero has signed a contract extension to remain at GW as Director of Athletics and Recreation through the 2020-21 academic year. Nero has seen the GW Colonials achieve unprecedented success across GW’s 27 intercollegiate athletic programs during his tenure, with nine teams winning championships in their respective sports and eight total conference Coaches of the Year honors over the last four years.


Luther College, seeks applications for Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. The Athletic Director administers the NCAA Division III athletics program at Luther, ensuring compliance with federal, Iowa, and NCAA policies, and provides strategic leadership, direction, and oversight for all aspects of the Luther College athletics program. He/she is responsible for hiring coaches and other staff, fiscal affairs, strategic planning, facilities, and general operations. Apply here.


Riverside City College Athletic Director Derrick Johnson has been named the new Director of Athletics at Elizabeth City State University. The announcement by ECSU, comes over a month removed from the Riverside Community College District’s decision to not renew the contract of Johnson, which expires June 30, 2015. He started at RCC in 2012. Johnson will begin his duties on May 18, 2015, according to the CIAA. The renovation of the Wheelock Gym was also taking place during the tenure of Johnson. –  James H. Williams, View Points Online. Read More.

April 9, 2015


Sources tell College AD that the field of candidates for Athletic Director will narrow within the next few days, with interviews set to begin at the end of next week. College AD will keep you updated as we hear more.


Lawrence University will hire a full-time athletic director, the school announced Thursday. Current men’s hockey coach and athletic director Mike Szkodzinski will remain with the Vikings as the hockey coach. The university will conduct a national search for a new director of athletics, said President Mark Burstein. Szkodzinski will remain at the head of the department of athletics until a successor is named.



University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart published a letter Thursday reflecting on the Wildcats’ 38-1 basketball season. “Unquestionably, Kentucky was the biggest story in college basketball this season. The spotlight is always bright here, but I have never seen anything quite like what this team faced. They were dissected and analyzed from every possible angle, with experts breaking down how they could be beaten and wondering whether they would be able to stay together. I refuse to let a single bad night take away from everything this team accomplished both on and off the floor this season. These players have given a great deal not only to the fans that followed them, but to the game of basketball. I believe history will reflect that.” Full unabridged letter


New York real estate mogul Stephen Ross may be a $300 million donor to the University of Michigan, but that guaranteed nothing in his effort to save Athletic Director Dave Brandon’s job. Ross continues to urge his Alma mater to find a replacement for Brandon.  “Michigan now needs to hire the next athletic director because Jim (Jim Hackett) is the interim one.” -Daniel Howes and Angelique S. Chengelis, The Detroit News-


A transition is underway in athletics leadership at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Long-time Athletic Director Mark Fohl will retire at the end of June 2015. Fohl has served as athletic director since 1987. He oversaw Cougar Athletics successful return to NCAA Division III athletics, affiliation with the Upper Midwest Athletics Conference and expansion to 19 sports for men and women. – Brooke Kern, Morris Sun TribuneRead More.


Piedmont College head baseball coach Jim Peeples has been named the new athletic director at the college, taking over from John Dzik, who announced in January that he would retire June 30 after 10 years in the AD position. Peeples has been responsible for a large part of that success, posting a 316-262 record for a .547 winning percentage during his first 13 years as head baseball coach. As the new AD, he will be responsible for all Piedmont sports teams, which compete in the USA South Conference of NCAA Division III. – Read More.