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October 20, 2017

TRINITY COLLEGE
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TRINITY COLLEGE

Trinity College has announced the appointment of Drew Galbraith as the college’s next director of athletics and chair of physical education. Galbraith comes to Trinity from Dartmouth College, where he is currently the senior associate director of athletics and executive director of Dartmouth Peak Performance, a program that integrates services and resources to help student-athletes achieve excellence. Galbraith earned both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the College of William & Mary. He began his career in media relations and broadcasting at Virginia Commonwealth University. Read More.

October 18, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

Tom Jurich was fired with cause as the University of Louisville’s athletics director on Wednesday after a vote by the school’s trustees. The board of trustees voted 10-3 in favor of letting go of Jurich, who had been in his position for nearly two decades. The meeting in the Jefferson Room at Grawemeyer Hall was in closed, executive session for roughly three hours before the board made its vote just after 4:30 p.m. Read More.

October 17, 2017

UW-GREEN BAY
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UW-GREEN BAY

Charles Guthrie has been named the ninth Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Chancellor Gary L. Miller announced on Tuesday. Guthrie, an athletics administrator with over 15 years in collegiate athletics, has spent the last three years as the Director of Athletics at San Francisco State and will begin the new role on November 6. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

University of North Dakota Director of Athletics Brian Faison has announced he will retire at the end of 2017. Faison said Dec. 31 will be his final day as UND’s 15th Director of Athletics. Faison will serve as a Special Advisor to UND Athletics from Jan. 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018. Faison has seen UND Athletics through enormous changes in his ten years, such as managing the five-year process to move all UND sports to Division I (a status UND Men’s Hockey has enjoyed for decades), the collection of an impressive number of conference titles, a national title, conference realignments, the addition of the UND Athletics High Performance Center, the success of student-athletes in the classroom as well as on the court, field, and ice, and the transition to a new nickname and logo, the Fighting Hawks. Read More.

October 16, 2017

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

Kirk Schulz will have an interim AD in place as soon as next week and the WSU President affirmed in a news release Sunday afternoon the school would begin looking for Moos’ full-time replacement ASAP.Four potential candidates to replace Bill Moos as Washington State’s athletic director. Mike Marlow’s background in fundraising, and finances in general, could be a big coup for WSU. Joe Parker was a deputy AD at Washington State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech, and spent time as an associate AD at Michigan, where he went to school and swam for the Wolverines. Jim Bartko He was behind a handful of the major facility projects and capital improvements at Oregon and was the lead supervisor when UO erected its palatial basketball venue, Matthew Knight Arena. Scott Barnes The Spokane native, who was also the AD at Pitt for two years, might fancy a return home. – Theo Lawson, Spokesman, Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Bill Moos was the athletic director at Oregon before going to Washington state, and his term there did not end amicably, He put Oregon on the path to get $160 in facilities renovations, improved alumni donations, added two women’s sports and negotiated an exclusive contract with Nike during his 12 years at the school. Moos was part of the aforementioned deal with Nike, a brand that has helped lead Oregon to new heights. He also helped negotiate the Pac-12’s 12-year, $3 billion television contract with FOX and ESPN. A SportsBusinessJournal report from 2014 pegged the average athletic director age at 52. This is Moos’s fourth stop as an athletic director, and at his age, it’ll likely be his last. – Landof10. Read More.

October 15, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Nebraska has hired Bill Moos, former AD at Washington State to be the new Huskers athletic director. Moos receives a 5-year contract that will pay him $1 million annually per the Omaha World-Herald’s Lee Barfknecht.

October 12, 2017

MUSKINGUM UNIVERSITY
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MUSKINGUM UNIVERSITY

After 16 years of service leading the Fighting Muskies and more than 40 years in intercollegiate athletics, Muskingum University Athletic Director Larry Shank will retire at the end of the current academic year, the University announced today. His last day with the University will be June 30, 2018. Muskingum plans to launch a national search for his successor immediately. During Shank’s tenure, Muskingum upgraded a number of athletic facilities by adding turf to Sherman Field and renovating the football, basketball, soccer and lacrosse locker rooms. Read More.

October 5, 2017

SAINT JOSEPH UNIVERISTY
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SAINT JOSEPH UNIVERISTY

Don DiJulia has announced that he will retire from his longtime role as Saint Joseph’s vice president and director of athletics at the end of the current academic year and will remain with the University as necessary to ensure a smooth transition for his successor. The 2017-18 academic year marks DiJulia’s 50th in college athletics, and his 35th as Saint Joseph’s athletic director over two terms, from 1976-1981 and then from 1988 to the present. In 2012, he was promoted to vice president for athletics/director of athletics. All told, DiJulia’s affiliation with SJU spans six decades, from his time as a student to the present. Read More

ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Alabama State has a new leader of its athletic department. The university named Jennifer Lynne Williams its interim athletic director late Wednesday night following the official resignation of Melvin Hines. “Alabama State University is fortunate to have someone of Mrs. Williams’s caliber to take this interim position,” new ASU president Quinton Ross said in a release. “I am fully confident in her ability to lead our athletics department at this critical juncture.” Williams is in her second year at ASU as she’s been the deputy director of athletics. She is also on the executive board of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD).Read More

October 3, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

Louisville announces Vince Tyra will serve as the Cardinals interim athletic director. Tyra steps in for Tom Jurich, whose 20-year career at U of L is in limbo following last week’s federal complaint alleging corruption in the men’s basketball program. Jurich was placed on administrative leave Sept. 27, a day after federal prosecutors made the charges public. His fate is in the hands of U of L’s board of trustees, which took no action on Monday after discussing the situation behind closed doors. Vince Tyra’s links to U of L grew stronger this year after he joined the board of the U of L Foundation in February. Tyra was part of a wholesale change of the organization’s 15-member board as the foundation looks to get its finances under control following the tenure of former U of L President James Ramsey, who ran the foundation until resigning last year. Tyra became chairman of the foundation’s finance committee, perhaps the second-most important role on the board. -Chris Otts, WDRB, Read More

September 28, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS OF THE PERMIAN BASIN
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS OF THE PERMIAN BASIN

According to a press release, UTPB President Sandra Woodley announced Thursday that Scott Farmer has been named The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Athletics Director. “UTPB Falcon Athletics scored a big win with the announcement our new Athletic Director, Scott Farmer,” said Woodley. “Scott brings a wealth of experience and a proven record of accomplishment for building successful athletics programs. We are fortunate to add a leader of his caliber to the UTPB team and we welcome Scott and his wife Jackie to the Permian Basin.” He graduated from Georgia Southern with a B.S. degree in Health and Physical Education, and later earned M.S. degree in Sports Management from the university. – Jake Gadon, Cbs7. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA WESTERN
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UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA WESTERN

Russ Richardson has officially announced his January 1, 2018 resignation as the University of Montana Western’s Athletics Director. At that time, he will become the Director of Student-Athlete Health and Wellness for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Richardson’s role will be to lead the process for development of policies and identifying resources that promote health and wellness for student-athletes across the country. In that capacity, he will work collaboratively with sports medicine professionals, member institutions, and student-athletes as those policies are developed. – Nick Petraccione, Montanasports. Read More.

ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY

As Alabama State University officials work through finalizing a contract for incoming president Quinton Ross, the usual personnel shifts that occur with a power change are ongoing. Sources told APR this week that ASU athletic director Melvin Hines has resigned from the university. Officials are still working with Hines to determine his final day on the job, but he could work until the end of the calendar year, the sources said. – Josh Moon, AL Reporter. Read More.

September 27, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

John Ramsey of ESPN Louisville is reporting that Cardinals AD Tom Jurich has been let go. No official statement has been released by U of L. Mike Rutherford of Card Chronicle is also reporting that Jurich is out. According to Card Chronicle, Louisville’s SB Nation site, Jurich was asked to resign Wednesday morning and but refused. After refusing he was told that he was being relieved of his duties. An official announcement is expected from Louisville later Wednesday afternoon.

September 26, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Dave Rimington, a native of Omaha and a two-time Husker All-American, will return to Lincoln as the University of Nebraska’s interim director of athletics, Chancellor Ronnie Green announced Sept. 26. Rimington, who will begin the new role immediately, and Chancellor Green will hold a media availability from 1 to 1:20 p.m. Sept. 26 in West Memorial Stadium Club, third floor. Read More.

September 22, 2017

GEORGIA TECH
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GEORGIA TECH

Andy Blanton, assistant athletic director has observed that Stansbury has sought to embrace the school’s academic rigor and emphasized the importance of developing its athletes through the athletic department’s Total Person Program, which former AD Homer Rice implemented when Stansbury was himself a Jackets football player. Blanton calls him a great fit and, as someone on his fourth AD, is hopeful for a long run. As Courtney Shealy Hart, swimming coach puts it, not only does Stansbury have a vision, but “he shares that vision with everybody.” Hearing the message of academic and athletic excellence and career preparation has helped Hart, Tech’s head coach of both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams since 2009, align her mission with the department’s. – Ken Sugiura, My AJC. Read More.

September 21, 2017

LAFAYETTE COLLEGE
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LAFAYETTE COLLEGE

Bruce McCutcheon, who has served as Lafayette College’s director of athletics since 2001, has announced his plans to retire, ending a nearly three-decade association with the Leopards’ athletic program. A national search will begin immediately and McCutcheon has agreed to remain in his role until his replacement is hired. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has announced it has begun a search for a new director of athletics. The university has ended Shawn Eichorst’s employment, effective immediately. Eichorst joined Nebraska in October 2012, and has about $1.7 million remaining on a contract that runs through June 2019. Green and President Hank Bounds decided to seek a new athletic director and met with Eichorst on Sept. 21. Green and Bounds also met with Husker coaches Sept. 21 to share the decision. The search for a new director of athletics began immediately. The university expects to appoint an interim athletic director to oversee day-to-day operations of Nebraska Athletics until a new, permanent director of athletics begins. –Read More

September 20, 2017

SAINT MICHAEL’S COLLEGE
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SAINT MICHAEL’S COLLEGE

Saint Michael’s College Associate Director of Athletics Meggan Dulude ’07 announced the hire of Brian Lang as the Director of Athletic Internal Operations on Tuesday, effective next Monday. Lang, who most recently held a similar position at Northeast-10 Conference counterpart Assumption College, will oversee the athletic facilities and student employees and serve as the Athletics liaison to the club rugby teams. Read More.

September 18, 2017

ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY
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ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY

Academy of Art University athletics and President Dr. Elisa Stephens have announced the appointment of Brad Jones as the department’s director of athletics. Jones brings a wealth of collegiate athletics experience and was most recently Director of Athletics at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. Jones began in BYU-Hawaii’s lead role in May 2016 after serving as the assistant athletics director and compliance officer for four months. He would remain with BYUH through the conclusion of their athletic program in June 2017. Read More.

ELON UNIVERSITY
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ELON UNIVERSITY

Mike Ward has been named Elon University’s new Deputy Director of Athletics, Director of Athletics Dave Blank announced on Monday, Sept. 18. Ward brings over 15 years of experience as a college athletics administrator to Elon, having most recently served as the Senior Associate AD for Sport Programs and Administration at the University of Tennessee. Read More.

September 15, 2017

NORTHEAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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NORTHEAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Northeast Community College has named a new director of athletics. Kurt Kohler comes to Northeast from Fort Hays State University in Kansas, where he has served as head volleyball coach for the past nine seasons. Kohler has previous athletic administrative experience. Prior to Fort Hays State, he was at Barton Community College (KS) where he initially coached volleyball for one season in 2005 and was voted the Jayhawk West Division Coach of the Year that season. He served as Barton’s athletic director for approximately three-years. Read More.

September 13, 2017

CARTHAGE COLLEGE
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CARTHAGE COLLEGE

Bob Bonn, who has piloted Carthage’s intercollegiate sports program throughout its 25-year upward arc, plans to retire as director of athletics next summer. Under Mr. Bonn’s leadership, Carthage has added nine sports for a total of 24 NCAA Division III teams. Likewise, most of the school’s 115 banners — signifying conference championships and top-eight national finishes — have been raised in that span. Read More.

September 11, 2017

NORTHERN ESSEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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NORTHERN ESSEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Newburyport native Daniel M. Blair, who was associate director of athletics at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H., has been named director of athletics at Northern Essex Community College, replacing Director of Athletics Sue MacAvoy. A graduate of Bridgewater State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Franklin Pierce University with a Master’s of Science in Sport Facility Management, he participated in cross country and track and field while a student at Bridgewater State, and he has also coached men’s and women’s track and field at Bridgewater. – Eagle Tribune. Read More.

September 7, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO

University of Texas at San Antonio Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Lynn Hickey today announced she is stepping down from her position for personal reasons, effective immediately. Hickey joined UTSA in 1999, leading the Roadrunners to three conference commissioner’s cups, two league all-sports trophies and team and individual academic and athletics awards in all 17 sports programs at the university. – UTSA Today. Read More.

September 6, 2017

LAKE SUPERIOR STATE UNIVERSITY
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LAKE SUPERIOR STATE UNIVERSITY

Dr. David Paitson (pronounced Pate-sun), a dynamic and creative leader with over 25 years of comprehensive management and executive marketing success with intercollegiate, minor and major league sports franchises, including the Columbus Blue Jackets, Indiana Pacers and Sam Houston State University has been named Director of Athletics at Lake Superior State University (LSSU). Read More.

September 5, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
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UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Craig Littlepage, who has helped build Virginia into one of the top 20 athletic programs in the nation over the past 16 years, is resigning as the school’s director of athletics. UVa announced Littlepage’s resignation at 11 a.m. A formal press conference is schedule for Wednesday. Littlepage will remain in his role until his replacement is in place. – Daily Progress. Read More.

SAINT PETER’S UNIVERSITY
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SAINT PETER’S UNIVERSITY

Saint Peter’s University today announced the hiring of Bryan Felt as the ninth Director of Athletics for the Division I athletics program. Felt brings notable credentials in fund raising to the athletics department. He comes to Jersey City after most recently serving as the Senior Associate Athletic Director at Seton Hall University. Felt will be formally introduced at a press conference at Dinneen Hall in McIntyre Conference Center on Thursday, September 7 at 10:00am. Felt will be available for the media immediately following the press conference. All members of the Saint Peter’s University community and media are invited to attend. The press conference also will be streamed live on the Saint Peter’s Athletics YouTube channel. His first official day in office will be September 21. Read More.

August 31, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

The University of New Mexico has hired Eddie Nuñez as its new vice president of athletics, multiple sources have confirmed to the Journal. Nuñez, 42, who was in Albuquerque today and met with Interim President Chaouki Abdallah, among others, before traveling back to Baton Rouge, La., where he has worked for the past 14 years at Louisiana State University, most recently as the Tigers deputy director of athletics. -Geoff Grammer, Albuquerque Journal , Read More