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May 17, 2017

MOUNT MARTY COLLEGE
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MOUNT MARTY COLLEGE

Mount Marty College (MMC) in Yankton, South Dakota, announced today that Chris Kassin will be the new athletic director at MMC. Kassin will assume responsibility for the athletic department effective July 1 and work closely with current, longtime athletic director Chuck Iverson, who announced in January his plans to retire in June 2018. Iverson will move to the assistant athletic director role for his final year of service at MMC. A graduate of the University of South Dakota (USD) with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and Master of Public Administration, Kassin comes to MMC after serving as assistant athletic director at USD, where he worked with an athletic development team that raised nearly $15 million in 2016. Read More.

May 15, 2017

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Michael Alford, a senior executive with a history of fundraising and marketing in college and professional athletics, today was named associate vice president and director of athletics at Central Michigan University. Alford, currently the senior associate athletics director for administration and development at the University of Oklahoma, replaces Dave Heeke, who left CMU on April 1 to become the vice president of athletics at the University of Arizona. –Read More

May 10, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND
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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND

University of Richmond President Ronald A. Crutcher announced today that he has accepted the resignation of Athletic Director Keith Gill, who is stepping down for personal reasons. Gill has served as the athletic director since 2012. During that time, Richmond Athletics won 14 conference championships, including the first ever for men’s lacrosse and women’s golf. Football participated in three consecutive NCAA playoffs, including advancing to the semi-finals and the quarter-finals. Crutcher announced that deputy athletic director, David Walsh, will serve as interim athletic director and that a search for the Spiders’ next athletic director will be launched. –Read More

May 5, 2017

GREENVILLE COLLEGE
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GREENVILLE COLLEGE

Greenville College has announced that Tom Ackerman, Associate Athletic Director and Head Women’s Volleyball Coach, has been promoted to the position of Athletic Director in a realignment of leadership in the department. Current Dean of Athletics and Professional Studies Doug Faulkner is going to reassume responsibilities as Dean of Professional Studies and Professor of Sport Management. Read More.

May 2, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS CHICAGO
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS CHICAGO

Jim Schmidt, Director of Athletics at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), has announced that he will officially retire from the position on August 1, 2017, following 22 years at the helm of the Flames and 36 years overall at UIC. Permanently named UIC’s fourth Athletic Director on December 11, 1996, Schmidt is the longest-serving person in that position in the Horizon League. A national search will begin immediately to identify Schmidt’s successor. UIC plans to have a new Director of Athletics selected and in place by August 1, 2017. –Read More

April 20, 2017

LONG BEACH STATE UNIVERSITY
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LONG BEACH STATE UNIVERSITY

Following a nationwide search, Long Beach State University President Jane Close Conoley today announced she has named Andy Fee to head her Department of Athletics. Fee will replace Vic Cegles, who departed last May. Since then, long-time athletics administrator Cindy Masner has been serving as the interim athletics director. Fee comes from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where he spent seven years as the Intercollegiate Athletics Deputy AD/Chief Development Officer. –Read More

BOSTON COLLEGE
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BOSTON COLLEGE

Ohio State’s Martin Jarmond has finalized a deal to become Boston College’s next athletic director, according to multiple sources. Jarmond’s hiring is expected to be announced on Thursday. He will replace Brad Bates, who announced a career transition to a consultant as his contract neared expiration at the university. Jarmond is the deputy athletic director at Ohio State, where his duties include being the sport administrator for the Buckeyes football program. -Pete Thamel, SI, Read More

April 17, 2017

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
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SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY

Stacy Danley, a veteran administrator, has been named athletics director at South Carolina State University, President James E. Clark announced Monday. Danley, who joins SC State after spending the last two years with the SLD Sports Marketing Group, will assume his duties immediately. The former Auburn University graduate succeeds Paul Bryant, who resigned as Bulldog athletics director in December to accept a similar position at Grambling State University. Doug Robertson, head women’s basketball coach at SC State, has been serving as acting AD for the Bulldogs. Danley, who has 21 years of experience in athletics administration, formerly served as Athletics Director at Alabama State and Tuskegee universities. He also worked for the J.F. Smith Group, the Southeastern Conference and Auburn, his alma mater. –Charleston Chronicle, Read More

April 14, 2017

UNLV
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UNLV

Sources tell College AD that Desiree Reed-Francois as the next UNLV athletic director is a done deal. The Las Vegas Review-Journal first reported that Francois emerged as a prime target for UNLV last week and the two were in contract negotiations earlier this afternoon. This is a developing story and CollegeAD will keep you updated as we learn more.

March 31, 2017

SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

The Southern University System (SUS) Board of Supervisors approved the appointment of Roman Banks as the director of athletics, University officials announced Friday. The decision removes the existing interim title for Banks, who held the post in an interim capacity for more than 18 months while also serving as the head coach of the Southern University men’s basketball program. “I was pleased to recommend Mr. Roman Banks to assume the role of athletic director for Southern University on a full-time, permanent basis,” said Dr. Ray L. Belton, Southern University System President. “Having served in a dual role as interim athletic director and head men’s basketball coach during a particularly challenging period, Coach Banks provided solid leadership and gained the respect and support of his colleagues, student-athletes, alumni, and stakeholders. His appointment will ensure a seamless transition to continue moving the department in a positive direction.” –Read More
March 28, 2017

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS
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WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS

Washington University in St. Louis Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lori White announced Tuesday that Anthony J. Azama has been named the John M. Schael Director of Athletics. Azama arrives on the Danforth Campus after spending the past two years as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Operations at Columbia University in the city of New York. He was responsible for the strategic direction, oversight, coordination, leadership and active participation in the revenue generation and external functions while at Columbia. –Read More

LA SALLE UNIVERSITY
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LA SALLE UNIVERSITY

Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D., President of La Salle University, announced today that William “Bill” Bradshaw has signed a multiyear agreement as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation. Mr. Bradshaw has served in an interim capacity in the same role since March 9, 2016. Mr. Bradshaw has over 36 years’ experience as an Intercollegiate Division I athletic director, first at La Salle (1978 – 1986), then at DePaul (1986 – 2002) and most recently at Temple (2002 – 2013). During his prior tenure at La Salle, the Explorers won 28 conference championships and three Commissioner’s Cups, made NCAA tournament appearances three times in Men’s Basketball and twice in Women’s Basketball, and averaged an impressive 90% student-athlete graduation rate. –Read More

March 26, 2017

SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY
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SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY

Sources tell College AD that Sacramento State will name St. Mary AD Mark Orr athletic director. A press conference has been called for Monday at 10 am PST. The news was first reported by the Sacramento Bee. During Orr’s tenure at St. Mary’s, the Gales have completed renovations to McKeon Pavilion, Saint Mary’s Stadium, Madigan Gym and the Korth Tennis Complex. Orr also oversaw a new $30 million Athletics & Recreation Corridor, which included a 1500 seat baseball stadium.

March 24, 2017

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MARYLAND
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LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MARYLAND

Jim Paquette, Loyola University Maryland’s assistant vice president and director of athletics, announced today he will step down in June 2017 to pursue new opportunities in collegiate athletics and higher education. Paquette has served in his role at Loyola since 2010 and was recognized in June 2016 by the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors (NACDA) as an Under Armour I-AAA Athletics Director of the Year. –Read More
March 19, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

Eastern Michigan athletic director Heather Lyke will be announced as Pitt’s new athletic director Monday, according to a source, taking the position that was left vacant when Scott Barnes agreed to take the same job at Oregon State. Lyke has been athletic director at the Mid-American Conference program since July 2013, when she left her post as senior associate athletic director at Ohio State, where she spent 15 years in the athletic department. -Brian Batko, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Read More

March 14, 2017

UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY EASTERN
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UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY EASTERN

Utah State University Eastern today named Chelsey Warburton as the new Athletic Director. Warburton has been the head women’s basketball coach the past two seasons and will continue in that capacity while serving her new role. “Chelsey Warburton brings an amazing vision and a wealth of experience to the athletic director position,” said Vice Chancellor Greg Dart. “We are confident that she can help carry forward the vision for athletics. Warburton will begin take on the new role beginning June 1, 2017. She takes over from Dave Paur who will be retiring from his position after more than 25 years of service to Utah State Eastern. –castlecountryradio.comRead More

March 13, 2017

WILLIAM & MARY
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WILLIAM & MARY

Experienced in fundraising, NCAA compliance and William and Mary football, Samantha Huge has agreed to become the Tribe’s athletic director, sources said Monday. A senior associate athletic director at Texas A&M since 2014, Huge will be introduced at a Wednesday morning news conference. William and Mary president Taylor Reveley announced Huge’s appointment to the athletic department Monday afternoon, sources said. Prior to Texas A&M, Huge served in various administrative roles at Delaware, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Illinois, Michigan State and the Southern Conference. She is a 1992 graduate of Gordon College in Massachusetts, where she played basketball, and earned a law degree from Campbell University in North Carolina. -David Teel, Daily Press, Read More

March 9, 2017

SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN COLLEGE
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SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN COLLEGE

he SDC Athletic Department is pleased to announce Carolyn Peters as the new Athletic Director for SDC Athletics, effective immediately. Previous Interim Athletic Director, Josh Westermann, will remain his duties as the head men’s and women’s soccer coach. Peters has been the head athletic trainer and strength coach for the past four years for the Hawks. Prior to her time as Athletic Trainer, she was an assistant strength coach at SDSU where she primarily worked with football, basketball, and volleyball. Read More.

March 3, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI



New Southern Miss athletic director Jon Gilbert will receive $350,000 a year over the course of his four-year contract. Gilbert’s contract runs from March 1, 2017, until February 28, 2021. If Gilbert terminates his contract without cause in his first 18 months on the job, he will owe the university 75 percent of one of year of his base salary. If he leaves between his 19th and 36th month on the job, he will owe USM 50 percent of his base salary. If he departs in the final six months of his contract, USM will be owed 25 percent of his base salary. Gilbert has performance-based incentives that includes $25,000 if the football program reaches a bowl game in the New Year’s Six and $50,000 if USM participates in the College Football Playoff. If the men’s basketball program reaches the NCAA Tournament, Gilbert will receive $10,000. Gilbert will be given one courtesy mobile at annual cost not exceeding $10,000 a year. Gilbert will receive up to $15,000 reimbursement for moving expenses. – Patrick Magee, Sun Herald. Read More.

March 2, 2017

FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY OF STEUBENVILLE
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FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY OF STEUBENVILLE

Vice President of Student Life David Schmiesing today announced Mike Holmes as the new director of Athletics at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Holmes will be the second director of Athletics at Franciscan since the University brought back varsity athletics in 2007. Holmes, a Des Moines, Iowa, native, comes to Franciscan University after three years at the University of Maine at Presque Isle where he served as the athletic director and head men’s basketball coach since 2014. Prior to joining the Owls, Holmes was the instructor of health and human performance and the head men’s basketball coach at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa, for six years. At SWCC, Holmes instructed classes in sport management, care and prevention of athletic injuries, first aid and CPR, personal wellness, and introduction to coaching. Read More.

March 1, 2017

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
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OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Calling an ongoing five-win season “a blip in the radar screen” Tuesday, Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes affirmed his confidence in men’s basketball coach Wayne Tinkle. “He’s a wonderful coach and I love how he connects with the student athlete,” Barnes told The Oregonian/OregonLive. “You look at the anomaly that is this year and why. There are all sorts of pieces to that. But I have great confidence in Wayne. I think he’s going to have a superb tenure here and already has.” The 54-year-old Barnes, who played college basketball at Fresno State and has served as the chairman of the NCAA men’s basketball committee, viewed player response in the wake of a difficult season as a positive despite the win-loss record. – Danny Moran, The Oregon Live. Read More.

February 28, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

The search for a new athletic director is apparently over at Tennessee. According to a report from Jimmy Hyams, the Vols are set to hire Kansas State’s John Currie as Tennessee’s next athletic director. Currie leads one of the most productive and efficient programs in the country, and his seven-year tenure has included team Big 12 Championships in football (2012), men’s basketball (2013) and baseball (2013), 16 team NCAA tournament appearances in men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and baseball, and 50 individual Big 12 and nine individual NCAA Championships. – SEC Country. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

Tennessee apparently is aiming as high as an AD at a Power 5 conference school. That’s fine as long as you understand the challenges of such pursuit. UT’s next prime target is Danny Morrison, who recently resigned as president of the Carolina Panthers but has been a college athletic director at TCU and Wofford, his alma mater. He also was the commissioner of the Southern Conference. Morrison is obviously well-qualified. And his experience with the Panthers is a bonus. He can engage in pro football chitchat with Tennessee super booster Jimmy Haslam, owner of the quasi-NFL Cleveland Browns. – John Adams , USA Today. Read More.

February 25, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

Dave Heeke, an athletics department leader with a strong background nationally and in the Pac-12, has been named University of Arizona Vice President for Athletics pending Arizona Board of Regents approval of the contract, UA President Ann Weaver Hart announced on Saturday. A 28-year veteran in college athletics, Heeke (Hee-key) has extensive experience in all aspects of the field, having served for the last 11 years as Athletics Director at Central Michigan University and the previous 18 years in the Oregon athletics department, finishing his tenure there as senior associate athletics director/chief of staff. Former Arizona Athletics Directors Cedric Dempsey and Kathleen ‘Rocky’ LaRose assisted Dr. Hart during an extensive national search that included communication with some 65 nominees and candidates. –Read More

February 23, 2017

AUBURN UNIVERSITY MONTGOMERY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY MONTGOMERY

Auburn University at Montgomery Chancellor Carl A. Stockton has named Jessie Rosa as Director of Athletics, effective March 1, 2017. Rosa previously served as the department’s Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator (SWA). She has served as interim AD since the departure of Jim Herlihy. Rosa, an AUM alumna and former student-athlete, has spent 10 years working within AUM Athletics. Following her career in women’s soccer, Rosa spent two years as a graduate assistant before beginning her steady ascent through the ranks, including time as Senior Program Associate and Assistant Athletics Director for Finance. – River Region Sports. Read More.

February 22, 2017

WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY
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WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY

Long-time West Chester University athletics director, Dr. Edward M. Matejkovic, announced his retirement this morning effective at the end of June 2017. Dr. Matejkovic, the longest tenured AD in West Chester University history, is in his 22nd year as the director of athletics at the NCAA Division II institution having built the Golden Rams’ program into one of the most successful in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), as well as the NCAA Atlantic Region. He is in his 47th year overall as an educator. Matejkovic, who earned his bachelor’s degree from West Chester University in 1969, his master’s degree from WCU in 1975 and doctoral degree from Temple University in 1983, leaves as one of the most decorated athletic directors in PSAC history as well as one of the most involved, both on the conference and national levels. Read More.

February 20, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
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UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

The University of Virginia announced today (Feb. 20) Craig Littlepage has resumed his full-time duties as Virginia’s director of athletics. Littlepage had been on a temporary adjusted schedule since Oct. 24. Jon Oliver, UVA’s executive associate athletics director, served as the acting director of athletics during Littlepage’s absence. “I would like to thank the University administration, our student-athletes, coaches, staff and especially Jon Oliver for their support and hard work while I was away,” Littlepage said. “It’s great to be back and I look forward to a successful and productive spring semester for Virginia Athletics.” Read More.

BOSTON COLLEGE
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BOSTON COLLEGE

Director of Athletics Brad Bates has announced that he will step down at the end of the academic year to join Collegiate Sports Associates (CSA) of Chapel Hill, N.C., one of the nation’s leaders in executive search and consulting for intercollegiate athletics. He will serve as vice president at CSA, where he will lead the agency’s consulting division. Bates has served as director of athletics at Boston College since 2012. The University will embark on a national search for a successor and will engage the services of an executive search firm to assist in the process. –Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

There is newfound stability in the ACC head-coaching ranks, a nod to not only the high-quality hires who have come into the league, but also the idea that these programs are no longer viewed as “stepping stone” jobs. Where the turnover has come is on the athletic director level. During the past year, three athletic directors have departed for other jobs. All three spent three years or less in the ACC. Two spent less than two years in the ACC. But in these specific cases, it’s completely understandable why so many of these programs opted for somebody with long-standing ties. Especially since an athletic director’s job increasingly relies on fundraising and tapping into the community and alums for more and more support. – Andrea Adelson, ESPN. Read More.

February 15, 2017

WEBBER INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
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WEBBER INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

BABSON PARK, Fla. – Mr. Darren Richie has joined Webber International University as its Director of Athletics. Richie last served at Colorado Christian University. During his nearly ten-year tenure there as Director of Athletics, Mr. Richie raised over 3 million dollars for the athletics department, and led CCU to four RMAC Sportsmanship Cup wins, appearances in 12 NCAA National Tournaments, and appearances in over 30 National Christian College (NCCAA) National Tournaments with four National Championship wins. CCU athletes have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.2, a bit higher than the school’s non-athletes. Read More.