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May 4, 2015


Kansas State and athletic director John Currie have agreed to a restructured contract that will boost his salary to $775,000 per year and run through 2019-2020, the school announced Friday. The agreement adds one year to Currie’s current contract and raises his annual pay by $200,000, while removing all performance-related bonuses. The previous agreement allowed Currie to earn up to 55 percent of his $575,000 salary in performance-related incentives, with a maximum set at $316,250. – Kellis Robinett, Kansas City. Read More.

May 2, 2015


UAB announced Mark Ingram as its next athletic director in a late-night Friday email release. Ingram arrives in Birmingham after serving as the executive senior associate athletics director at Temple. He has deep roots in the south, having played football and worked at Tennessee. He’s also spent time at Georgia and Missouri. Ingram was one of the three finalists identified by the 19-person search committee and Parker Executive Search. UAB picked Ingram over Iowa State’s David Harris and Arkansas’ Jon Fagg. -John Talty,


Grambling has tabbed Obadiah Simmons as the new interim athletic director, the school announced Friday. Simmons has spent 35 years at Grambling and most recently served as the interim head and director of the Department of Kinesiology, Sport and Leisure Studies since 2008. Simmons, who will oversee Grambling’s 17 athletic programs, has served as the chair of Grambling’s Athletic Council since 2008. – Sean Isabella, The News Star. Read More.

May 1, 2015


With WIU athletic director Tommy Bell leaving to assume the same position at SIU, sources tell College AD that Matt Tanney will serve as interim athletic director. Tanney joined Leatherneck Athletics as Associate Athletics Director in July 2012. He was named Deputy Director of Athletics in July 2014. Tanney oversees the department’s budget operations, along with support services in academics, athletic training, business services, compliance, equipment, financial aid and strength and conditioning.


Prairie State College seeks Director of Athletics. The Director is responsible for planning, administering and directing the College’s intercollegiate athletics, intramural and recreation programs and for coordinating practice and game schedules with the Field House Complex management team. The Director provides overall leadership and guidance to the athletic department, as well as generates private/corporate support for the Prairie State College (PSC) intercollegiate teams and the Foundation. Apply here.


Syracuse University seeks outstanding candidates for the position of Athletic Director. The Athletic Director will have integrity, a focus on strong academic values and student-athlete welfare, a history of fiscal responsibility, respect for diversity and seek competitive success across all sports. The position reports directly to the Chancellor. [email protected]


Western Illinois University athletic director, Tommy Bell, will become the next director of athletics at Southern Illinois University. A press conference is scheduled for 3:30 PM today. The Southern Illinoisan first reported. Tommy Bell was hired in July 2013 to oversee the Western Illinois University Athletic Department. Bell served as Director of Athletics at Fort Wayne (IPFW) for six years prior to joining Western.

April 30, 2015


The Anderson Observer reports that former Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director for IPTAY External Affairs Bill D’Andrea will be named the new Athletic Director for Anderson University. In more than 25 years at Clemson, D’Andrea was part of the team that helped make Clemson one of the top all-around programs in the nation through his work as a football coach, director of student-athlete academic services in Vickery Hall and as the Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director supervising the athletic department’s scholarship fund-raising instrument, IPTAY.


Baseball coach Rich Benjamin named new Judson athletic director. On Sunday Benjamin recorded his 300th career coaching victory, and Tuesday he added the job of school athletic director alongside his baseball coaching duties. Judson basketball coach Joel Cotton decided to step down from the AD post and Cotton is being replaced by Benjamin on June 1. Both will retain their coaching jobs. – Chicago Tribune. Read More.

April 29, 2015


More than his wife, Rockie, or executive assistant, Sandy Matthew, or his Tiger-logo lapel pin, Missouri athletic director Mike Alden’s most constant companion over the last 17 years has been an ever-growing three-ring binder. Alden, and his binder, will officially retire Sunday as Missouri’s athletic director, ending the second-longest tenure in school history. Former Houston athletic director Mack Rhoades takes over the post Monday. – Tod Palmer, Read More.


Matt Brennie of Highland was named Director of Athletics at Ulster County Community College. Brennie replaces Jim Delmar, who stepped down last December. Brennie, who interviewed for the job in 2011, has been involved with Ulster for six years. He was assistant softball coach to Frank Alfonso with the Senators in 2009-11. For the last four years, Brennie has been a counselor in the College’s Student Support Services and also an adjunct faculty member, teaching a freshman seminar. He served as interim director and then director of the Student Support Services since last year. – Daily Freeman, Read More.

April 28, 2015


Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) is pleased to announce Jamaal Mayo as its new Director of Athletics effective today. Mayo was previously the assistant athletic director for development at Western Carolina University (WCU) in Cullowhee, N.C. Since 2013, Mayo led the fundraising arm of WCU’s Department of Athletics where he managed a sizeable portfolio of donors. His responsibilities also included capital campaign planning, directing former athlete initiatives and supervising the men’s and women’s track and field programs. – Press Release Point. Read More.


BTW boys basketball coach Donnita Rogers, who previously served as Grambling State’s women’s basketball coach, has accepted the athletic director’s position at Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma. Rogers, 47, will replace former USC athletic director and Heisman Trophy winner Mike Garrett in leading Langston’s nine sports, including football, along with men’s and women’s basketball. Langston competes in the NAIA’s Red River Athletic Conference along with LSUS. – Jimmy Watson, The Times, Read More.

April 27, 2015


Georgetown University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Lee Reed will be named the 3rd Vice President for the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) after the 2015 convention, NACDA announced, along with its officers, executive committee and past presidents, nominating committee chair and NACDA President Jim Phillips, vice president for athletics and recreation at Northwestern University.


WVU athletic director Shane Lyons, will receive $550,000 plus incentives annually. Under his five-year contract, he has a limit of $150,000 for any incentives earned. It will eventually make him the second million dollar athletic director in the university’s history, as Oliver Luck was the first million dollar athletic director.


Today, former University of Houston athletic director, Mack Rhoades takes the reigns from outgoing Mizzou AD, Mike Alden and Houston still has not named its next director of athletics. Sources told College AD last week that Hunter Yurachek and one other unnamed person were the two finalists for the position. Sources did provide College AD with a name for the other alleged finalist; however, we could not confirm this person’s involvement with secondary sources over the weekend. We are told this person is a sitting NCAA division I athletic director. Lastly, College AD is working to learn why a decision has not been made, as originally a final decision was scheduled for last week.

April 23, 2015


Scott Barnes of Utah State University named Pitt’s Athletic Director. Barnes was chosen through a hiring firm combined with a board made up of Pitt coaches, athletes, and administrators. Barnes has worked at several west coast schools, including a very successful stint at Eastern Washington, University of San DIego, University of the Pacific, and then Iowa State. – Cardiac Hill. Read More.

April 22, 2015


UAB’s search for its next athletic director has entered the interview phase. Birmingham-Southern athletic director Joe Dean Jr. is one candidate to interview for the permanent athletic director position, a source confirmed to Dean Jr. has been the athletic director at BSC since 1999. A 19-person search committee, aided by Parker Executive Search, is conducting the search for the next athletic director.


Kristin Hughes SM ’93, the director of athletics for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, has been appointed as Smith College’s new director of athletics effective July 21. College AD had learned April 20th that a finalist had been selected. An experienced administrator and coach, Hughes is a graduate of Smith College’s master of science in exercise and sports studies (ESS) program.

April 21, 2015


Multiple sources close to the Houston athletic director search tell College AD that reports from HOUSTON FOX 26 are inaccurate regarding the 3 finalists for athletic director, as interviews are still being conducted. However, we are told that Hunter Yurachek, UH associate vice president and chief operating officer is very much in the mix. Finally, sources tell College AD, that a decision will be made by the “end of the day tomorrow”. We will keep you updated as we hear more.


Wichita State athletic director Eric Sexton has been promoted to vice president of student affair and executive director of athletics, university president John Bardo announced on Tuesday. The moves hands daily responsibility for the athletic department to Darron Boatright, promoted to deputy director of athletics and chief operating officer. Sexton became WSU’s athletic director in 2008 after serving as executive director for Government Relations and Board of Trustees. Boatright, formerly senior associate athletic director, was named deputy director of athletics and chief operating officer. He will report to Sexton.


Miami University Athletics Director David Sayler said on Tuesday he is not a finalist for the same job at the University of Houston. Houston television station Fox 26 reported Monday night that Sayler, an assistant athletics director at Houston from 1999 to 2001 before spending four years as senior executive athletics director at Rice, was among the finalists, but Sayler is not going to interview for the job, according to Dave Meyer, Miami’s assistant athletics director for communication.

April 20, 2015


Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports the three finalists to become the next athletics director at the University of Houston are Hunter Yurachek, UH associate vice president and chief operating officer of Cougars athletics, David Sayler, athletics director at Miami of Ohio and Lynden Rose Sr., former Cougars guard from 1980-1982, during the Phi Slama Jama era.


Rich Walsh of KDKA reports that Pitt will name its athletic director this week. Three of the finalists are expected to meet with the search committee this week, including Utah State athletic director Scott Barnes and Mark Coyle, athletic director at Boise State University.


Sources tell College AD that NCAA III school, Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts has notified all applicants for Director of Athletics that the college has selected a final candidate for the position. Expect an official announcement in the coming days. The incoming AD will replace Lynn Oberbillig, who served in the position for the past 17 years.


Ole Miss and Athletics Director Ross Bjork have agreed in principle to a contract extension that will keep him at the school through 2019 at a base salary of $650,000 with $100,000 in academic and on-the-field performance incentives. This extension, announced Friday by Chancellor Dan Jones, adds a year to Bjork’s contract, reaching the four-year maximum allowed by the state of Mississippi. – Mississippi TV. Read More.


Debbie Yow will remain N.C. State’s Athletic Director through at least 2019. NCSU’s Board of Trustees signed off on a two-year extension to her contract on Friday. reported her annual salary will increase from $516,000 to $690,000 annually. A $35 million renovation project is moving full-steam ahead at Reynolds Coliseum. – ABC Inc. Read More.


Pomona College President David Oxtoby and Pitzer College President Laura Skandera Trombley today announced that Lesley Irvine has been named Director of Pomona-Pitzer Athletics following a national search. She will also serve as Chair of the Department of Physical Education at Pomona College. Irvine will join the colleges on June 1. Her position represents a strategic shift by the colleges to move forward with a stand-alone position of chair and director, focusing on expanded management duties associated with college sports.


Grove City College announces an opening for a senior position as Director of Athletics. The Director, reporting to the President of the College, will lead a successful and complex NCAA Division III athletic program with 21 varsity sports. The Director also oversees a growing exercise science program and a freshman fitness and wellness program. [email protected]


University of Jamestown seeks an Athletic Director to serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet and to provide leadership and oversight for all intercollegiate athletic programs, staff, facilities, and activities. Please send letter of application, resumé, and references to Linda Patch, 6082 College Lane, Jamestown, ND 58405 or [email protected]