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October 25, 2016

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

Scott Wetherbee has been named Mississippi State University’s interim director of athletics, MSU President Mark E. Keenum announced today. “As the MSU athletics director search continues as previously outlined, I think it’s important that we have steady, experienced leadership,” said Keenum. “With his background and institutional knowledge, Scott Wetherbee offers us that skill set. I deeply appreciate Scott’s willingness to serve the university in this important role during the search process.” Wetherbee is MSU’s current senior associate director of athletics for external affairs. He joined MSU’s staff after serving as East Carolina University’s assistant athletic director for marketing and ticket operations. He joined ECU in 2003 after stints at Fresno State (1999-2002) and San Diego State, where he was assistant AD for ticket operations. Read More

ALCORN STATE UNIVERSITY
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ALCORN STATE UNIVERSITY

Alcorn State University director of athletics Derek Horne was selected to be a part of the Limited Resource Institutions Director of Athletics Task Force by the NCAA. Horne was one of eight AD’s in the country from LRI Universities to be chosen. The mission of the task force is to develop a sense of community among participating director of athletics from schools that are not fully funded. The task force provides opportunities for discussion of what student-athlete academic success means and strategies that support that success; discussion on coach accountability for academic success; sharing strategies for bridging the gap between athletics and the larger campus community; developing strategies for highlighting the success of limited-resource institutions and historically black colleges and universities; sharing the best practices for developing and using resources; discussion of the role and responsibilities of directors of athletics. Horne’s term will run from Oct. 2016 through July 2019. Read More.

October 24, 2016

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY

San Diego State has named John David Wicker as the Aztecs new athletic director. Wicker returns to SDSU after spending the last year at Georgia Tech as the Yellow Jackets senior associate athletic director for operations. Late last week College AD reported that San Diego State was in negations with its top choice to replace Jim Sterk.

October 20, 2016

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
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COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON

The College of Charleston has named three finalists for the position of athletics director. The search committee has selected the following three candidates: Bryan Blair (senior associate athletics director, Rice University), Michael Alford (senior associate athletic director, University of Oklahoma) and Matt Roberts (deputy athletics director, Southern Methodist University). The candidates visited campus on Oct. 17-18, 2016, for interviews with the search committee and meetings with coaches, faculty, staff, student-athletes and college administrators. The new athletics director will succeed Joe Hull, who served in that role from 2007 to December 2016. The search committee is chaired by Steve Osborne, executive vice president of business affairs. –Read More

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY

Sources tell College AD that San Diego State has narrowed in on their choice for the next Aztecs athletic director and are currently in the process of negotiations with the candidate. Sources tell us that Mark Massari of Oregon State is out of the mix, but Josh Rebholz of UCLA is in contention for the position if SDSU cannot reach an agreement with the lead candidate. Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union Tribune reported on three finalists last week.  However, we were told more candidates were in the mix for the position.

October 18, 2016

ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY
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ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY

Red Storm officials hosted two potential candidates for its open athletic director position Monday according to Adam Zagoria. The two candidates were not included in Zagoria’s initial list of finalist. St. John’s has been without an athletic director since May of 2015.

 

October 13, 2016

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
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OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

The departure of Oregon State athletic director Todd Stansbury last month was a surprise to many, but will be far from sudden. Stansbury will not officially take over his new position at Georgia Tech until late November or early December and has remained in Corvallis since accepting that new role. But with Stansbury in transition, Oregon State moved quickly two weeks ago by naming Marianne Vydra the interim athletic director. Vydra, the deputy director of athletics for administration, took the same position last year after longtime athletic director Bob De Carolis stepped down. However, it was only for the month of July, after OSU hired Stansbury but before he could officially assume the role. – Danny Moran, The Oregonian/OregonLiveRead More

NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY
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NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY

Nicholls State University introduced K. Matthew Roan as its next athletic director at a press conference Thursday morning. Roan, who currently serves as deputy director of athletics and special counsel to the president at Eastern Kentucky University, will officially start Nov. 15. “Today, for Nicholls athletics, it’s a new beginning as we introduce our new athletics director, Matt Roan. These are always tough decisions, but one finalist distinguished himself above all the others,” said Nicholls President Dr. Bruce Murphy. “Matt has significant experience in strategic planning and budgeting, outstanding communication skills and diverse experience in Division I athletics. He is well-versed in compliance and can relate to student-athletes as a former Division I student-athlete himself.” Roan described his vision for Nicholls athletics to become a premier athletic department nationally at its level and a point of pride for the community and region. Read More

October 12, 2016

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

Washington State athletic director Bill Moos issued a statement Wednesday afternoon clarifying linebacker Logan Tago’s status with the team. Tago was charged with second degree felony robbery and fourth degree misdemeanor assault on Monday, and when asked about Tago’s status for this Saturday’s game against UCLA, WSU coach Mike Leach said Monday that if it were up to him, Tago would be allowed to play until he is proven guilty. On Wednesday, Moos clarified the athletic department’s position on Tago’s case. – naijaknow.comRead More

BLUE MOUNTAIN COLLEGE
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BLUE MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

Blue Mountain College has hired Will Kollmeyer as its new Athletic Director, following Lavon Driskell, who recently stepped down from the position to continue coaching basketball at the college. Kollmeyer becomes only the third AD in the college’s history. A native of Madison, Wisconsin, Kollmeyer’s career highlights include interning with CNN Sports, hosting a halftime segment on the Jefferson Pilot SEC basketball Game of the Week, serving 18 years as sports director at WTVA and more than three years as sports director at WCBI. Living in Mississippi since 1983, Kollmeyer is married to the former Tina Seale of Pontotoc, Miss. The couple has one son, Collin, who is 12. – Robert Davidson. WCBI. Read More.

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

Mississippi State’s search for its 17th athletic director concluded at Dudy Noble Field. MSU baseball coach John Cohen will be the school’s next athletic director multiple sources told The Clarion-Ledger on Wednesday. Cohen is expected to be introduced on Tuesday. Cohen will replace Scott Stricklin, who accepted the same position at Florida earlier this month. -Michael Bonner, The Clarion-Ledger, Read More

October 11, 2016

NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY
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NICHOLLS STATE UNIVERSITY

Nicholls State University has announced Matt Roan as the new Colonels athletic director. Roan comes to Nicholls after serving as the deputy director of athletics at Eastern Kentucky. Prior to his time at Eastern Kentucky, Roan was the deputy AD at Southern Utah. Roan replaces Rob Bernardi who stepped down in July.

October 4, 2016

COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY
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COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY

After announcing Tuesday that he will retire from his post, William and Mary Athletic Director Terry Driscoll sat down for a media gathering and said, “It’s not over yet. I still have to work for nine months.” The retirement of Driscoll, the longest-tenured athletic director in the Colonial Athletic Association at 21 years, will be effective June 30. His successor has not been announced, and Driscoll said he will work with the new AD for a month or two during the transition.  Driscoll was an All-American basketball player at Boston College and the fourth player taken in the 1969 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. The grandfather of five said the timing was right for retirement and William and Mary’s athletics program is well-positioned for the future. –vagazette.comRead More

October 3, 2016

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Veteran journalist writer David Teel, who has a strong sense of the ACC’s pulse, wrote earlier on Monday that momentum is building for a nine-game ACC schedule and that he believes Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack could have a key voice in the ultimate decision. The league’s athletic directors are scheduled to meet in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Wednesday and Thursday. High on the priority list will be deciding whether to switch to a nine-game conference schedule in football, continue with eight games or delay a decision. Switching to a nine-game schedule would require votes from eight (of 14) athletic directors. Based on previous votes, Teel counts five schools in favor of eight games and six schools in favor of nine. That leaves three unknowns, including Wildhack, who have the potential to swing the conversation. – Chris Carlson, syracuse.comRead More

UNLV
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UNLV

Despite UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy’s claims to the contrary, sources suggested to the Review-Journal on Monday she will remain in her position until the end of the school year when she will move into a new job elsewhere in the university. Her three-year contract is set to expire at the end of this calendar year, and it has been a topic of speculation. Kunzer-Murphy said Monday she has had “ongoing discussions” with UNLV president Len Jessup regarding her future as athletic director, but that nothing has been decided. “I’ve been meeting with the president, as I have said, to talk about my contract,” Kunzer-Murphy said. “People know my contract is up at the end of December, and we have ongoing conversation. Nothing is finalized. We’re having ongoing discussions on where we’re going to go and what’s best for me and our department and this university, and as soon as we do, we’ll let you know. -MARK ANDERSON, reviewjournal.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

The new University of Minnesota athletics director Mark Coyle sat down with the Minnesota Daily on Friday for the first iteration of a monthly Q&A. Coyle discussed his first few months on the job, the J Robinson termination and his future plans, among other topics.. Editor’s Note: “MD” signifies Minnesota Daily; “MC,” Mark Coyle.  MIKE HENDRICKSON, mndaily.comRead More

October 2, 2016

WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

It’s a thrill on the Hill this fall with the football, soccer and volleyball teams in full swing. Basketball fans are excited about the new men’s coach and another promising season in the women’s program. It has all happened under the guidance of WKU’s Director of Athletics, Todd Stewart, who also makes sure the players go to class. Stewart says, “Over 400 of our athletes have graduated, so the success we’ve had on the field of play with true student-athletes I think is pretty special.” -Gene Birk, wbko.comRead More

September 30, 2016

OREGON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Oregon Tech athletic director Mike Schell was relieved of his duties, effective immediately, Wednesday morning. Coaches, athletes and others used words like shocked, stunned and appalled when they heard the decision which, according to numerous sources, was made by the school’s board of directors. Interim president Jay Kenton told Schell of the decision. Schell served as OIT athletic director since 2002. Before that, the OIT grad with a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering technology, served as associate athletic director and was involved with several aspects in the development of the intercollegiate program at Tech. Schell modernized the running of Cascade Collegiate Conference cross country and track and field events with quality electronics and added video streaming of some OIT athletic contests. -Steve Matthies, H&N Sports. Read More.

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

Mississippi State University seeks Director of Athletics.  The Director of Athletics is the chief athletics officer for the University and reports to the President.Duties and Responsibilities: Responsible for providing leadership, management and administrative direction to intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women.
Responsible for the administration, operation, maintenance, and control of all aspects of the University’s Athletics program, including, but not limited to, the actions of independent agencies or organizations or of representatives of athletic interests, in a manner consistent with federal and state law, NCAA and SEC rules and regulations, IHL and University policy.
Manages the division’s personnel, develops and monitors budgets for each program, and is directly involved with University fund-raising activities and public relations.
Represents the University at state, regional, conference, and NCAA events/committees as requested/appointed.
Responsibilities include scheduling and contracting for athletic events, employment and direction of athletic coaches, publicity, ticket sales, and equipment and facilities maintenance.
Encourages academic progress, in conjunction with the faculty and University, of student athletes toward graduation. Apply here

September 29, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Jennifer Cohen was named the University of Washington Athletic Director earlier this summer on June 1. Prior to her new position, the Tacoma, Washington native managed much of the the athletic department’s funding during her 18-year tenure. Cohen played an integral role in spearheading the “Drive for Husky Stadium” campaign, a $50-plus million fundraising effort for the renovation of Husky Stadium in 2013. Cohen received her undergraduate degree from San Diego State University in 1991 and a master’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in sports administration from Pacific Lutheran University in 1994. Her professional experience includes a variety of roles in intercollegiate athletics administration at Pacific Lutheran, the University of Puget Sound and Texas Tech University. -Mark J. Burns, SportTechie. Read More.

September 28, 2016

SEATTLE UNIVERSITY
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SEATTLE UNIVERSITY

Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J. announced Wednesday that Shaney Fink has been named the new Director of Athletics for Seattle U, effective Nov. 1. Fink comes to Seattle U from the University of San Diego where she most recently served as Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator. Her full tenure at USD spanned more than 17 years and included previous roles in compliance and student services, academic support and as an assistant volleyball coach for the Toreros. –Read More

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY ALEXANDRIA
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY ALEXANDRIA

LSU of Alexandria interim chancellor Dr. Haywood Joiner introduced Adam Jonson on Wednesday as the fourth athletic director since the Generals athletics program began in 2008. For the last year, Jonson has served as the Senior Associate Athletic Director at Northwestern State University while continuing with his role as Executive Director of the Demons Unlimited Foundation, a title he’s held for the last four years. He’s worked at NSU in numerous roles for the last ten years, his second stint with the University. –Read More

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
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OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Oregon State University President Ed Ray Wednesday named Marianne Vydra as interim OSU athletics director while the university completes a national search to select a new intercollegiate athletics director. Vydra served as interim director of Oregon State athletics in the summer of 2015, presently serves as deputy director of OSU athletics for administration and is the department’s senior woman administrator. In February 2015, CollegeAD named her one of the top 10 senior woman administrators in the NCAA. –Read More

ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY
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ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY

In one of the more under the radar searches for a new athletic director, Adam Zagoria is reporting that St. John’s is finally down to a final list of candidates. On August 1, Kathy Meehan was named as the Red Storm’s interim athletic director. The finalist include:

Terry Gawlik – Wisconsin Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Administration

Mike Broeker – Marquette Deputy Athletic Director

Rick Cole – Iona Athletic Director

John D’Argenio – Siena Athletic Director

September 27, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

Scott Stricklin has made plenty of trips to the University of Florida during his career in college athletics, but this time is unlike any other. Stricklin’s sudden shift in perspective became reality on Tuesday morning when he officially became the 14th athletic director in UF history, agreeing to a 6-year contract worth $1.076 million annually. There is an introductory press conference today at 1 p.m. to introduce Stricklin as Jeremy Foley’s replacement. –Read More

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September 26, 2016

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

Mississippi State is better than Scott Stricklin found it. That’s the mark of a good athletic director, and Stricklin pulled it off during his six years in Starkville. He’s now expected to become the next athletic director at Florida. There were the capital projects – a $75 million renovation of Davis Wade Stadium that completely changed the place and made it one of the more difficult venues to play in (and hear yourself talk) within the Southeastern Conference. The Seal Football Complex was also built under Stricklin’s watch, along with the basketball practice facility, and new or better homes for softball, tennis and golf. -Hugh Kellenberger, The Clarion-LedgerRead More

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

Florida is expected to hire Mississippi State’s Scott Stricklin as its next athletic director, multiple news outlets reported Monday.  The Gators would not confirm the move, which was first reported by USA Today. An official announcement and news conference are expected Tuesday. Stricklin has been the AD at Mississippi State since May 2010 and has overseen facilities upgrades of more than $130 million. UF is undergoing its own infrastructure upgrades; the school announced plans for $100 million in renovations/construction, including a stand-alone football complex, earlier this month. Stricklin worked his way up in the profession, beginning in the sports information department. He also worked at Auburn, Tulane, Baylor and Kentucky before coming back to Mississippi State, his alma mater. -Matt Baker, tampabay.comRead More

September 22, 2016

SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY
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SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY

Sacred Heart University Executive Director of Athletics Bobby Valentine has been named the ECAC Division I Administrator of the Year. He will be recognized at the organization’s annual event Thursday night in Danbury “I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the student-athletes, coaches and staff of Sacred Heart athletics,” Valentine said in a statement. “The dedication and commitment of all of our Pioneers is heart warming. It is a pleasure to be associated with these fine men and women and I thank the ECAC for recognizing the accomplishments of SHU Athletics.” SHU had a banner year in 2015-16, winning the Northeast Conference Triple Crown. The Pioneers captured a record sixth Brenda Weare Commissioner’s Cup and became the first school in league history to pair that honor with the NEC Institutional Academic Award. SHU student-athletes combined for a 3.31 GPA during the 2016-17 season to win the award for top GPA in the league for the second consecutive year. Seventy-five percent of the athletic department surpassed a 3.0 GPA during the season, with 31 teams posting a team GPA of over 3.0. – ctpost.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

University of Wisconsin athletics director Barry Alvarez will receive the American Heart Association’s Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award, the organization announced on Thursday. Alvarez, who coached the Badgers’ football team for 16 seasons and has led UW’s athletics department since 2004, will receive the award at a presentation on Jan. 11, 2017 in Houston.  The Bryant Awards, started in 1986, are named for the former Alabama football coach who died of a heart attack in 1983. The event raises money to fund American Heart Association research, advocacy and education programs for the prevention and treatment of heart disease and stroke. The 30th anniversary event in 2016 raised nearly $1 million. Past recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award include Brown, Jimmy Johnson, R.C. Slocum and LaVell Edwards.  –host.madison.comRead More

GEORGIA TECH
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GEORGIA TECH

Wearing a gold tie that he’s kept for many, many years, perhaps in hopes of one day wearing at Georgia Tech, and a ring commemorating the Yellow Jackets’ football national championship in 1990, Todd Stansbury sat in what will become his office as athletic director, looking so comfortable it was as if he didn’t leave Tech in 1995 to circumnavigate the globe with his wife Karen. In between 1995 and Thursday when he was introduced as the institute’s ninth athletic director, Stansbury first toured the Earth and then took what he learned as a linebacker under coach Bill Curry, student at Tech and then as an athletic administrator under Homer Rice and applied it to jobs at Houston, East Tennessee State, Oregon State, Central Florida and then again in Corvallis, where he spent the past 1 ½ years as athletic director. This is part two. -By Doug Roberson, The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionRead More