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September 16, 2016

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

Florida International University’s athletic director will step down in 2018. The school’s president announced Friday that Pete Garcia had his contract extended through July 31, 2018. However, Garcia indicated that he will not continue as executive director of sports and entertainment after his contract expires in two years. Garcia took over at FIU in 2006 and oversaw the school’s transition from the Sun Belt Conference to Conference USA in 2012. During his tenure, FIU’s athletic teams have won 16 conference championships and made 20 postseason appearances. Garcia said he intends to focus his remaining time at FIU on overseeing about $14 million in renovations and upgrades to athletic facilities, including the football stadium and the convocation center. – Peter Burke, Local 10. Read More.

September 15, 2016

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
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WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

The Latest on a meeting between Washington state’s president, athletic director and Pullman police to discuss the legal woes of football players (all times local): Washington State University President Kirk Schulz has met with Pullman’s police chief to discuss recent incidents involving Cougar football players. Director of Athletics Bill Moos was also at the Thursday morning meeting with Police Chief Gary Jenkins, which was held in Schulz’s office. The meeting came two days after football Coach Mike Leach suggested his players were being unfairly targeted by law enforcement. –cortezjournal.comRead More

EASTERN GATEWAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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EASTERN GATEWAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Eastern Gateway Community College named John Zizzo as the first athletic director in the school’s history. This is Zizzo’s first time overseeing an entire athletic department Zizzo previously worked as a baseball coach, teacher and scout in the private sector as well as at the collegiate and professional levels. In that time he was the head baseball coach at Youngstown State University from 1988-1991 and set the record for most wins in a single season at YSU in 1991. After YSU he spent time in the minor leagues affiliated with the Colorado Rockies where he served as a hitting coach and regional scout. – wtov9.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

UF has been doing an extensive search for the next athletics director, but Dr. Fuchs said the Gator’s aren’t looking for just anybody to fill the position. Dr. Fuchs wants an AD that will take the Gators athletic program to a new level. In order for someone to adequately fill Foley’s big shoes, Florida is looking to hire a current AD from one of the power conferences. There is not an immediate sense of urgency to find a new AD. Instead, Florida is looking for the right candidate. Luckily, Foley has told Dr. Fuchs that he is willing to stay an extra month or two until they find the right person to take over as the athletics director. -Sperlman, ESPN Gainesville, Read More

September 13, 2016

DUKE UNIVERSITY
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DUKE UNIVERSITY

Duke Athletics Director Kevin White was praised in an NCAA story last week on his commitment to diversity hiring. The NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee named White a “champion of diversity and inclusion.” White DUAA
Bradley A.D. Chris Reynolds called White, 65, “a pioneer and an extraordinary leader in the area of diversity and inclusion,” while Stanford A.D. Bernard Muir said he was “a great mentor, confidant and, most importantly, a great friend.”  Twenty-four of White’s former employees have gone on to other administrative positions at various colleges. Even more impressive is his hiring of the “first” minority head coach at each of the five NCAA Division I athletics departments he’s worked. -Bonitta Best, newsobserver.comRead More

 

 

EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Heather Lyke may have been destined for a career in sports. Now leading a Division I  athletics program at Eastern Michigan University, she gained years of preparation earlier that positioned her for success in her life’s work. Lyke accepted an offer to serve as the vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics at Eastern Michigan University, the first woman to hold the position. Her duties include steering one of the most comprehensive and successful athletics programs in the Mid-American Conference. Lyke credits her college sports participation at the University of Michigan with instilling a profound respect for the challenges student-athletes and coaches face today. “I can appreciate the demands of academics, athletics and personal life, and what our students are going through every day to balance them,” she said. “And I understand the pressure that college coaches are under to build a program and sustain success.” Even today, Lyke still relies upon lessons she learned as a student-athlete. “Discipline, accountability, the ability to work as a team member, the capacity to respond and adapt to adversity when things don’t go perfectly are all traits you pick up as an athlete,” she explained. -Amy Lynch, NCAA, Read More

 

September 9, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-STEVENS POINT
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-STEVENS POINT

Brad Duckworth has been easing into his new role as Athletic Director at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Before accepting his current position with UWSP in July, Duckworth had been the director of athletics and head women’s basketball coach at Alverno College. He believes that the impact his coaches have made on him has driven him towards his career path. Duckworth is incredibly passionate about sports, which has helped him grow and understand how to be a good leader. Duckworth enjoys being able to work for the university, which he believes has an immense amount of support from the student body, coaching staff and community. He feels that the biggest challenge he will face is transitioning from a private college to a state university. Read More.

September 8, 2016

MARITIME COLLEGE
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MARITIME COLLEGE

Maritime College has announced the hiring of Chris Monasch as Interim Director of Athletics, as revealed by the college on September 1, 2016. Monasch is the eighth to hold the position of Director of Athletics at Maritime College, which began its intercollegiate athletics program in 1945. Monasch earned his Bachelor’s Degree from St. John’s in Athletic Administration in 1981. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Communications from Fordham and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall. He is a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. Read More.

September 7, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

Barry Alvarez, who has served as Wisconsin’s director of athletics since 2004, has signed a contract extension through Jan. 31, 2021. UW officials announced the extension on Wednesday. Alvarez turns 70 on Dec. 30. According to UW, the extension went into effect on Sept. 1 and came after a performance review by UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank. – Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal SentinelRead More

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
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PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Barely a week into his new job as Purdue athletic director and Mike Boblinski has no time for a break.  He’s met with former athletic director Morgan Burke on a transition process that includes a notebook that would dwarf a New York City phone book. He’s met with individual coaches, spoken at a 6 a.m. meeting with student-athletes and received a directive from President Mitch Daniels and the Purdue board of trustees that can be summed up in this way:  Win big and do it the right way.  “Never compromise integrity of program,” he said he was told during a Wednesday morning press conference. “I get that. We want to have the highest degree of success we’re capable of having.“We’re doing that in lots of things already. You can’t ask for more from the president and the board. When they are invested like that, when they care about the program, that gives you a fighting chance.”  Boblinki said the athletic department is positioned to win that fight. -Pete DiPrimio, .news-sentinel.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes sat down with members of the media on Wednesday to discuss the upcoming game against Penn State, the continuation of the rivalry and other topics. Barnes said he would love to play Penn State “in perpetuity” and added there were no sticking points on Pitt’s end about making that happen. There were early talks about saving dates in the mid-2020s to try and schedule more meetings after 2019.  Barnes would like to have either Penn State or West Virginia on the schedule every year, although Penn State gets priority because it’s an in-state rivalry. Pitt has a four-year agreement to play the Mountaineers starting in 2022.   – Lauren Kirschman, pennlive.comRead More

September 1, 2016

STANFORD UNIVERSITY
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STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Bernard Muir, the Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics at Stanford University, has been presented the 2016 Carl Maddox Sport Management Award from the United States Sports Academy. The award recently was presented by Academy Trustee Dr. Gary Cunningham at a ceremony at Stanford. The Carl Maddox Sport Management Award, named in honor of the former athletic director at Louisiana State University and Mississippi State University, Corbet Award Winner and United States Sports Academy Board of Trustees member, is given annually to an individual for his or her contributions to the growth and development of sport enterprise through effective management practices. The individual should exhibit mastery of all the management functions, be well known in the sport arena, and have an abiding belief in the need for ethical behavior in sport management. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
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UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

University of San Diego President, Dr. James T. Harris, announced that Ky Snyder has been elevated to the position of Vice President of Operations and Chief Operations Officer. This role is an expansion of his current vice president duties. In addition to Athletics and Facilities Management that he currently supervises, his expanded duties will include providing oversight and leadership for Public Safety, Parking Services and Campus Scheduling. Snyder will assume his new role on October 1, 2016 and continue his responsibilities for the day to day operations of Athletics until a new Executive Director of Athletics is hired. The university anticipates beginning a national search for that role by the end of the semester. –Read More

August 31, 2016

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Most, if not all, Oklahoma State fans know of Mike Holder. He has been an ever-present and often polarizing figure in Oklahoma State athletics for over a decade while serving as athletic director. You probably know about him. You probably disagree with some decisions he’s made (ahem, Travis Ford). But you might not know where he came from, and just how good a ride his eight seconds in Stillwater has been. It’s a family he’s been a part of for over 50 years now. It’s a family he knows and understands. A family he has celebrated with and cried with. Just like any family, it hasn’t always been pretty and we haven’t always gotten along, but at the end of the day, we are still family. A family that’s been through a lot together. A family that’s headed in a good direction. And a family that wouldn’t look the same if it wasn’t for Mike Holder. That’s why we ranked him as one of our All-Time Cowboys, and that’s why you guys have voted him into the Elite 8. We should all be proud to call Mike Holder a Cowboy and happy to congratulate him on 50 years worth of a good ride.-Christopher Snodgress, Cowboys Ride For Free. Read More.

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
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VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Vanderbilt University Athletic Director David Williams spoke to a group of local fans and dignitaries Tuesday at the Williamson County Public Library as part of the Vanderbilt University Office of Community, Neighborhood and Government Relations Office speakers’ series, and he was equally at ease sharing information and slinging one liners. Williams spoke early of the dependence of the NCAA on the “Power Five” conferences (SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big Twelve, and the PAC 12) for fiscal soundness and more particularly the role of broadcast rights fees for March Madness. The AD smiled broadly when talking about the funds received from revenue sharing from the SEC, and coyly declined to share a figure. His tone turned serious when asked if the enormous number of dollars generated by college athletics today has gotten too large.-Joe Williams, Williamson Herald. Read More.

SUNY COBLESKILL
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SUNY COBLESKILL

SUNY Cobleskill announced today that long-time Director of Sport & Exercise Kevin McCarthy has retired after nearly 25 years of service to the College. McCarthy came to Cobleskill in the fall of 1992 to serve as the Fighting Tigers Head Men’s Basketball Coach and as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education. In 1995 he assumed the role of Athletic Director. During his career at Cobleskill, McCarthy played a major role in the development of the Department of Sport & Exercise and the Fighting Tigers Athletic Program. He also guided the College through a successful transition from the junior college level of competition to the NCAA Division III ranks beginning in 2008. Read More.

August 30, 2016

GEORGIA TECH
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GEORGIA TECH

Paul Griffin has come out of retirement to lead Georgia Tech’s athletic department through another transition. Griffin took over this week as interim athletic director at a school in a bit turmoil coming off a 3-9 season in football, a coaching change in men’s basketball and reports of internal strife under predecessor Mike Bobinski, who left Georgia Tech after less than 3 1-2 years to take the same job at Purdue. “I’ll tell you one thing,” Griffin quipped Tuesday, “no one is more surprised to be sitting in this room having this conversation than me.” Griffin was a longtime senior administrator at Georgia Tech, overseeing many of the school’s athletic construction projects and also filling in previously as interim AD during the changeover from Dan Radakovich to Bobinski. Less than a year after finishing up his tenure with the Yellow Jackets, Griffin is back on the Flats again — albeit only temporarily while the school searches for Bobinski’s successor. -Paul Newberry, AP, Read More

HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY
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HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY

Dan Collen, Humboldt State University Athletics Director, announced today that he’ll be leaving HSU at the end of the 2016 fall sports season. Throughout his 15 years Collen over saw major improvements to the athletic facilities. One of those improvements, the $48 million Kinesiology and Athletics Building that housing the lumberjack arena. HSU said they’re planning a nationwide search for Collen’s replacement. -Louis Ramirez, KRCT, Read More

August 29, 2016

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt’s wallet just got a little fatter, according to a report from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. The AD will now earn an annual salary of $1 million, set to increase to up to $1.4 million by the final year of the seven-year deal. Hocutt, Tech’s AD since 2011, has overseen success across the athletic department. Although Red Raider football has yet to get over the 7-5 hump during his tenure, sports like track and field, tennis, golf, soccer, and baseball have fielded elite teams over the past several years, while Hocutt’s hires for men’s basketball have steered the program back to winning ways. In fact, 11 out of the school’s 14 sports played in the postseason in 2015-2016, as Tech became the Big 12’s only athletic program to play in a bowl game, the NCAA basketball tournament, and the College World Series. -Ryan Evans,  landgrantgauntlet.com Read More

INDIANA UNIVERSITY
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INDIANA UNIVERSITY

Fred Glass is beginning his eighth season as the Indiana University athletic director, and he heads an IU program that is experiencing significant success in many areas. Six IU Olympians just captured a total of eight medals in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The IU men’s soccer team is ranked in the top 15 in the nation, and the same is expected for an IU men’s basketball program that is coming off its second outright Big Ten title in four years. Indiana football is looking to play in a bowl game in back-to-back seasons for the first time in more than 20 years. Veteran IU beat writer Terry Hutchens, in his 19th season covering IU, sat down with the Indiana athletic director Friday for an exclusive in-depth interview to talk all things IU athletics. Part 1 of the Q&A focused on his thoughts on football and facilities. Today’s second installment looks at things like the IU-Kentucky basketball rivalry, thoughts on former coach Bob Knight and current IU basketball coach Tom Crean and how long the athletic director could see himself in his current position. –Read More

August 28, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

In May, Jennifer Cohen was named the AD at the University of Washington, becoming just the third female athletic director at a Power 5 school (Penn State’s Sandy Barbour and North Carolina State’s Debbie Yow are the other two). Before becoming athletic director, Cohen served as the interim athletic director for four months. Cohen has worked at the university for 18 years in several different roles and is a 1991 graduate of San Diego State University. Cohen chatted with ESPN’s Chantel Jennings about football and her job. –Read More

INDIANA UNIVERSITY
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INDIANA UNIVERSITY

Fred Glass is beginning his eighth season as the Indiana University athletic director after taking over the program at a time when the Hoosiers were reeling from the mess that Kelvin Sampson had left in two short years as the IU men’s basketball coach. Facility improvement has been a major part of Glass’s legacy to date at IU, and with many more projects on the horizon this will continue to be the case. Veteran IU beat writer Terry Hutchens, in his 19th season covering IU, sat down with the Indiana athletic director Friday for an in-depth interview to talk all things IU athletics. Glass’s comments will make up a two-part Q&A over the next two days. –Read More

WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

At a time when the Western Illinois University athletic department needed direction, Matt Tanney gave it stability. Since officially becoming WIU’s AD in January — Tanney previously spent eight months as the interim AD — Tanney has engineered upgrades to the seating inside Western Hall, hired a new head football coach and helped the Leathernecks find avenues for growth and success despite the financial concerns brought on by the state of Illinois’ budget woes. -Matt Schuckman, Herald-Whig, Read More

August 26, 2016

WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY
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WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY

Wichita State University has named Darron Boatright as the Director of Athletics. He has served as the interim director since April 2015. Boatright served as the university’s deputy athletic director and took care of athletic director duties while former AD Eric Sexton served concurrently as the university’s Vice President of Student Affairs. Prior to coming to WSU in 2010, Boatright held athletic administration roles at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Murray State University. He was a member of the University of Alabama basketball coaching staff from 1998-2005 and was part of four NCAA Tournament teams and two NIT teams while serving as Director of Basketball Operations.- KWCH. Read More.

August 25, 2016

BATES COLLEGE
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BATES COLLEGE

Director of Athletics Kevin McHugh announced that he will step down on June 30, 2017, after a decade of service to Bates athletics marked by competitive success, a growing national reputation for inclusivity and community engagement, and significant improvements to Bates’ athletics facilities. After the academic year opens in September, the college will begin the process of organizing a search, which will include broad consultation with the college community. –Read More

August 24, 2016

PENN COLLEGE
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PENN COLLEGE

Following a national search, John D. Vandevere has been named director of athletics at Pennsylvania College of Technology, President Davie Jane Gilmour announced. Vandevere, who takes over the athletics leadership role following the departure of Scott Kennell, will be responsible for the management and development of Penn College’s 15 intercollegiate programs, club sports, intramurals and the Fitness Center, effective August 30. Vandevere spent the previous five years as the associate athletic director at Division III State University of New York Canton, where he was responsible for managing a $45 million athletic facility. -Todd Bartley, ESPN Williamsport, Read More

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
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PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke plans to spend his final months on campus doing the same old things. He’ll continue rooting for his alma mater, promises to lend a helping hand if asked and seems content taking a backseat to everything and everyone else around campus. Yes, after spending almost 25 years as the front man for Boilermaker sports, Burke is ready to step down and revel in becoming just another fan. “I’m going back in the stands,” he said during Wednesday’s farewell news conference. “I’ve been a John Purdue Club member since ’76. I’ve had football tickets forever. I have a lot of friends in the community, and I feel like Mike (Bobinski) knows the former AD won’t be looking down over him. So I’m just going back into the stands.” Burke announced his retirement plan in February. After a six-month search, school administrators announced Aug. 9 that they had hired Bobinski, who plans to finish his own AD duties next week at Georgia Tech. -MICHAEL MAROT, bigstory.ap.orgRead More

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
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PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Morgan Burke likely gave his final press conference as Purdue’s athletic director on Wednesday.  Incoming athletic director Mike Bobinski takes over on Sept. 1, but Burke will remain involved during the transition. “I’m not sure how long that will take to transition,” Burke said. “My future down the road is still to be determined a bit. The one thing I will assure you is when he comes he’s the athletic director, I’m not. That’s the way it should be. My staff understands that and I’ll do anything I can to help him.” He said he has only spoken with his successor by phone. -Nathan Baird, Lafayette Journal & Courier, Read More

August 22, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN FOX VALLEY
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN FOX VALLEY

Glen Orsburn has been named the athletic director at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. Orsburn will be responsible for directing an athletics program that includes volleyball, basketball, baseball and tennis teams competing in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference. He will also coordinate the Cyclone Athletic Association which supports student athletes and the athletic program at UW-Fox Valley. –Read More

August 21, 2016

GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY
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GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY

Grambling State University has reopened its search for an athletics director with the goal of identifying a choice as soon as possible. The university will repost the job. “This is one of the most important jobs on campus at any university, and that’s especially true at Grambling State University where we have such a rich and well-recognized legacy in several sports,” said GSU President Rick Gallot. “Our coaches, athletics staff and student-athletes deserve a permanent leader, and we will make that happen.” Grambling State is a part of the Southwestern Athletics Conference, which includes Jackson State University, Alcorn State University and Prairie View A&M. The AD supervises all team sports and is responsible for the administration, management and marketing of athletics as well as the academic success of student-athletes. Interim AD Obadiah Simmons has filled the role since late spring 2015. –knoe.comRead More