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January 26, 2018

UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO
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UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO

Kathy Twist, a senior administrator in the University at Buffalo Athletics Department, will serve as interim director of athletics beginning Jan. 29, UB President Satish K. Tripathi announced today. Twist will serve as interim director of athletics until a permanent successor to Allen Greene is named. Greene was named the new athletic director at Auburn University last week. UB will launch a national search soon for Greene’s replacement. Twist has served as UB’s senior associate athletic director for sport administration and senior woman administrator since 2012. –Read More

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Eastern Washington University President Mary Cullinan has named veteran athletics administrator Lynn Hickey to serve as EWU’s interim athletic director while the university begins a national search to permanently fill the position. Hickey will begin her duties at Eastern Feb. 12. Hickey served for 18 years as Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics at the University of Texas, San Antonio (UTSA) before leaving in 2017. During her tenure the university experienced unprecedented growth by adding football and women’s soccer and golf. Hickey also developed a student-athlete centered program that combined academic success, leadership development, strength and conditioning and life skills. Prior to UTSA, Hickey served as Senior Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator at Texas A&M, College Station.

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis has stepped down Friday in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. Hollis’ resignation comes days after Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics doctor who also was employed by Michigan State, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing more than 150 girls and young women, including some MSU athletes. Hollis, who worked in the athletic department since 1995, also was chairman of the NCAA basketball tournament selection committee in 2017. -Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, Read More

January 24, 2018

SHELTON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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SHELTON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

A former University of Alabama women’s basketball player has been named the athletic director at Shelton State Community College, according to a Tuesday news release. Cara Crosslin is in her second year working in the Shelton State athletic department. She previously served as an athletic support specialist. She is from Tuscumbia and played basketball at UA from 1993-97. Crosslin was a member of UA’s 1994 Final Four team. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in human performance and a master’s degree in educational leadership. She is a former coach and athletic director at Thompson High School in Alabaster. – Tuscaloosa News. Read More.

January 23, 2018

MUSKINGUM UNIVERSITY
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MUSKINGUM UNIVERSITY

Former student-athlete, coach and experienced athletic administrator, Steve Brockelbank, has been selected to lead Muskingum University’s Athletic Department as Vice President and Athletic Director, the University announced today. He will assume the post April 1. Brockelbank will transition into his role at Muskingum from Miami University, a Division I Football Subdivision institution, where he leads communications, broadcasting human resources, facilities management and game operations among other key operational divisions as Associate Athletic Director for Communications and Administration. His professional experience includes administrative roles at the collegiate and high school levels in addition to coaching. Read More.

OREGON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
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OREGON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Oregon Institute of Technology’s (Oregon Tech’s) President, Dr. Nagi Naganathan, announced today that he has appointed John Van Dyke to serve as the university’s new athletic director (AD), following a national search. Van Dyke was Men’s Basketball coach and assistant athletics director at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington and will join Oregon Tech on February 1. 2018. Van Dyke will take over the AD role from Greg Stewart, who has served as interim AD over the last year. Stewart will resume his position as associate athletic director and head coach for the Women’s Softball program at Oregon Tech. Prior to joining Oregon Tech, Van Dyke served as Men’s Basketball head coach at Northwest University from 2000 to December 2017; and as assistant athletic director since 2001 through last month. – Victory Sports Network. Read More.

January 17, 2018

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Buffalo athletics director Allen Greene has emerged as Auburn’s choice to replace Jay Jacobs as athletics director, Auburn Undercover has learned. Greene’s hiring must still be cleared by the Auburn Board of Trustees. Greene is set to become the second African-American athletics director in SEC history. The hiring could be made official as soon as this week, a source said. Greene is one of the youngest athletics directors in the country. He was hired at Buffalo in November 2015 after previously serving in a senior associate athletics director role at Ole Miss from 2009 through 2012. He was an associate athletics director at Buffalo from 2012 until his promotion to athletics director in 2015. – Brandon Marcello, auburn.247sports.comRead More

January 16, 2018

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

Florida Atlantic athletic director Pat Chun is set to be named the new athletic director at Washington State, sources told ESPN. A news conference, originally scheduled for Wednesday to officially introduce Chun, was postponed to an undetermined later date due to the death of Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, the school said in a statement late Tuesday. Before heading to FAU, Chun spent 15 years at Ohio State, his alma mater, where he served in a variety of roles within the athletic department and rose to the executive associate athletics director for external relations. Chun, who has been the athletic director at FAU since 2012, will be the first Asian-American athletic director at a Power 5 school, according to a spokesperson for the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. -Kyle Bonagura, ESPNRead More

AUGUSTANA UNIVERSITY
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AUGUSTANA UNIVERSITY

Augustana University today announced that Slade Larscheid has decided to step down as director of athletics in order to spend more time with his family and pursue other opportunities. In announcing the news to the campus community, Augustana President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin thanked Larscheid for his vision and commitment. Larscheid’s last day will be Friday, Jan. 26. Details on the appointment of an interim director of athletics, as well as plans for a national search, will be announced soon. Read More.

WESTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY

Western New Mexico University President Dr. Joseph Shepard is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Scott Noble who will become the next Director of Athletics for the Mustangs. Noble will begin his duties on February 2nd. Noble arrives in Silver City after spending the past three-plus years as the Director of Athletics/Campus Recreation at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He has spent the past three decades in athletics as either a collegiate player, coach or administrator. In 1998 Noble was named District Athletic Director in Great Bend Kansas. Two years later it was on to Wichita State University as the Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities and Operations. –Read More

January 14, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA

UND has hired Bill Chaves from Eastern Washington as the school’s next athletic director. The school has set a press conference for 11 a.m. Tuesday in Ralph Engelstad Arena to introduce Chaves. Chaves signed a four-year contract worth $200,000 per year Saturday. Chaves interviewed for the job Wednesday and Thursday. UND President Mark Kennedy offered him the job Friday and he officially accepted Saturday morning. Chaves will take over for Brian Faison, who announced his intention to retire in October. Chaves, 51, has been the athletic director at Eastern Washington since 2007. He will start at UND on March 1. Faison will remain on as a special advisor to athletes through June 30. – Brad Elliott Schlossman, Grand Forks Herald, Read More

January 10, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND

University of New England President James Herbert is pleased to announce the immediate appointment of Curt Smyth as Director of Athletics. Smyth has been serving as the interim director of the department and has been a member of the UNE Athletics staff for more than 20 years. Smyth joined the UNE Athletics staff in 1997. During the first decade of his tenure, he served in multiple coaching positions before moving into administrative roles. In September 2017, Smyth was promoted to interim director of Athletics for the third time in his career at UNE. He has been UNE’s sports information director since his arrival in 1997, with the exception of the two-plus years he served in the interim director position. In October, 2017, Smyth was inducted into the University of New England Athletics Hall of Fame. –Read More

January 9, 2018

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
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NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

Jeff Konya will be named director of athletics at Northeastern University Wednesday morning, sources have confirmed to Boston 25 News. Konya comes to Northeastern after a 3 1/2-year stint at Oakland University in Michigan. While at Oakland, Konya oversaw an incredibly successful run both athletically and on the marketing side of the University’s sports business, Oakland was the winningest school in the Horizon League, across all sports, in each of the last three seasons. Prior to taking the job at Oakland University, Konya was the director of athletics at Cal State-Bakersfield from 2010-14. Northeastern, who previously announced Peter Roby would be retiring from his role as director of athletics following the 2017-18 season, will introduce Konya Wednesday morning at a news conference scheduled for 10am. -Tom Leyden, Boston 25, Read More

SEWARD COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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SEWARD COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

The interim tag was lifted in front of the title of Seward County Director of Athletics Roy Allen at the monthly Board of Trustees meeting Monday. Allen takes over as Director of Athletics after a nine month stint as the interim for the Saints. He is in his 10th year at Seward County after serving for nine years as the Saints Sports Information Director and six as the Assistant Athletic Director to Saints Hall of Famer Galen McSpadden. Read More.

January 4, 2018

UNC CHARLOTTE
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UNC CHARLOTTE

Athletic Director Judy Rose announced she will retire after the Spring semester Thursday morning. This marked her 43rd year with Charlotte, 28th year serving as the Athletic Director. There has been an uproar from the Charlotte 49er fan base after a dismal football season and sudden firing of former men’s basketball head coach Mark Price. In a statement, UNC Charlotte Chancellor Dr. Phil Dubois said it was “entirely Judy’s decision” to seek retirement. When Rose was named to the AD position she was only the third woman to hold the position in a Division I school. Under Rose, the 49ers saw seven new sports added on campus: women’s soccer, indoor and outdoor track for both men and women, football and women’s golf. – Kathleen Cook, Niner Times. Read More.

December 18, 2017

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
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GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

George Washington University Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero has notified Provost Forrest Maltzman of his resignation. Nero will step down from day-to-day responsibilities effective December 31, but will be available during the spring semester to assist with a smooth transition of responsibilities. Provost Maltzman has named Deputy Athletics Director, Senior Woman Administrator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator Tanya Vogel as acting director, and will take the opportunity to evaluate the needs of the athletic department before initiating a search for a permanent successor. –Read More

December 14, 2017

MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY
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MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY

Joseph Kimball’s career at Mercyhurst University, which spans two decades over two separate stints, soon will come to an end. The school announced Wednesday that Kimball, 65, will retire at the end of the academic year after nine years in his current role as athletics director. Kimball also served as head football coach from 1993-2002 during a career in sports that began in 1984, as head football coach at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, but dates to his days as a promising athlete in Syracuse, New York. – Goerie, Read More.

December 13, 2017

NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
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NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY

President Rita Cheng selected Mike Marlow to lead Northern Arizona University’s athletics program and will introduce him to the Lumberjack family at 10 a.m. today. Marlow is serving as deputy director of athletics for the Washington State University Cougars in Pullman, Washington. For the past seven years, he directed the athletic fund, marketing, ticket operations and communication efforts, as well as serving as the athletic department’s liaison for lucrative sports broadcasting contracts. He also is the administrator for the football, men’s basketball and baseball programs. Read More.

December 11, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
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UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

Chris Pezman was named vice president for intercollegiate athletics at the University of Houston on Monday. Pezman will be introduced at 1:30 p.m. press conference Tuesday in the TDECU Stadium Club. “Chris has achieved success operationally, he understands the student athlete experience and he is a familiar name and face to our supporters,” UH president Renu Khator said in a statement. “His enthusiasm to lead our athletics program is unmatched and I am confident the same tenacity that elevated him to team captain for the Cougars will strengthen our program on the field and in the classroom.” -Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, Read More

JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY
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JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY

Wheeler Brown is out as Jackson State’s director of athletics. The university informed Brown of its decision to relieve him of his duties Friday afternoon, according to a source with direct knowledge of the events. Brown came to Jackson State exactly two years ago and had one year remaining on a three-year contract. -Tyler Cleveland, The Clarion-Ledger, Read More

December 10, 2017

TCU
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TCU

TCU will announce Jeremiah Donati as its next athletic director at 2 p.m. press conference Monday, according to multiple sources. Donati has been an associate vice chancellor and associate athletics director for development since 2013. He was promoted to be former athletic director Chris Del Conte’s right-hand man in charge of securing funds for facility improvements. He first arrived at TCU in 2011 as the head of the TCU Frog Club, the booster arm of the athletic department. -MAC ENGEL AND STEFAN STEVENSON, Star-Telegram, Read More

December 9, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte has been hired to assume the same position at the University of Texas where he will assume responsibility for both the men’s and women’s athletic departments, a source told the Austin American-Statesman on Saturday. Texas was expected to make the announcement this afternoon. Del Conte will replace Mike Perrin, who took over on an interim basis in September 2015 after Steve Patterson was fired by university president Gregory L. Fenves. Del Conte took over at TCU in 2009 and has raised that athletic program to heights the Horned Frogs have never reached before. The football team won a Rose Bowl over Wisconsin and lost to Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship earlier this month, and the baseball team has reached the College World Series the last three consecutive seasons. -Kirk Bohls, Hook EM, Read More

December 8, 2017

OREGON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
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OREGON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Oregon Tech Athletic Department seeks a director of athletics. The Director of Athletics is responsible for all administration, building and field operations and athletic financial management necessary to support athletic and fitness programs at Oregon Tech. email: [email protected]

MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY
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MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY

Maryville’s athletic director has resigned. The university confirmed to 5 On Your Side on Friday he resigned for ‘personal reasons.’ In a letter sent to faculty and staff, President Lombardi says “Marcus Manning, Vice President for Athletics and Recreation, has resigned from Maryville, effective immediately, for personal reasons and we respect his decision. Marcus has done an outstanding job helping the university establish itself in NCAA Division II Athletics and within the GLVC. Under his leadership, Maryville has won the NCAA President’s Award for student athlete graduation rates for five consecutive years. Our athletic teams have enjoyed good competitive success under Marcus’s leadership.” – KSDK. Read More.

December 6, 2017

SAGINAW VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAGINAW VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY

Saginaw Valley State University Director of Athletics Mike Watson announced his retirement from the university today, Monday, Dec. 4, effective at the end of 2017. Watson, 62, has overseen SVSU Athletics since 2007. During that time, Cardinal student-athletes experienced success on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s soccer, volleyball and softball programs earned GLIAC conference and/or divisional championships, and qualified for NCAA tournament play, during Watson’s tenure. In addition, many SVSU student-athletes earned Academic All-American and All-American honors. Read More.

December 5, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos asked that question rhetorically to a small group of reporters at Memorial Stadium on Sunday afternoon. It carried a bit of humor, not in a demeaning way toward Davison, the owner of a new title — associate athletic director for football — and a rising figure in the Husker athletic department, but rather because the premise does seem kind of bizarre. “To get a feel for the job and Nebraska and the culture and the people,” Moos recalled. “But then it slid to the coaching situation and Scott, and (Osborne) said, ‘If you really want to know the real Scott Frost, I can tell you, but so can Matt Davison.’” – Parker Gabriel, Columbus Telegram. Read More.

December 4, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Hunter Yurachek will be the next AD at Arkansas, George Schroeder of USA Today reports. Yurachek is currently the athletic director at the University of Houston, he replaces Jeff Long who was fired last month. Yurachek’s five year contract will pay him $850,000 annually.

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – RIVER FALLS
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – RIVER FALLS

University of Wisconsin-River Falls seeks an athletic director. The Athletic Director will lead UWRF’s Division III intercollegiate athletic program that supports 17 sports with over 400 student-athletes. Reporting to the Chancellor, the Athletic Director provides vision, coordination and oversight for the UW-River Falls’ nationally competitive NCAA Division III Intercollegiate Athletics program. Apply here.

December 1, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

The University of Tennessee has fired athletic director John Currie according to reports out of Knoxville. Currie came to Knoxville in February after serving as the athletic director at Kansas State but Currie’s future at UT recently came into doubt as the Vols coaching search has unfolded over the last week. Currie met with Tennessee officials early Friday morning after reportedly meeting with Washington State coach Mike Leach Thursday evening in Los Angeles about becoming Tennessee’s next football coach. Steve Berkowitz of USA Today is reporting that if Currie’s termination was without cause, he would be owed $5.5 million per the buyout clause in his contract.

SHORTER UNIVERSITY
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SHORTER UNIVERSITY

Shorter University is pleased to announce the hiring of Tony Lundy, a veteran educator and coach, as the university’s Director of Athletics. Mr. Lundy will begin his duties on Jan. 1, 2018. Mr. Lundy has 25 years of coaching experience in football and, for 12 of those years, also served as a coach for tennis. He was part of the inaugural coaching staff for Shorter Hawks football, a position he held from January 2005 to June 2010. He left Shorter to return to teaching and coaching at his alma mater Cedartown High School when his daughter began school there. Since 2010, he has served as a teacher and coach at Cedartown High. Read More.