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March 19, 2015

ROBERTS WESLEYAN COLLEGE

Last week sources told College AD, Bob Segave would become the next athletic director, and today, Bob Segave has been named Roberts Wesleyan’s next athletic director, effective July 1, 2015. He succeeds Mike Faro, who will be retiring at the end of June, after serving as the College’s athletic director since 1992 and with Roberts Wesleyan since 1983.

ANDERSON UNIVERSITY

Anderson University athletics experience rapid growth and tremendous success under her watch, director of athletics Nancy Simpson is leaving her post effective May 15. Simpson cites “family and personal reasons” for her decision. “Anderson University is indeed a special place, and I look forward to continuing to support the university in any way that I can.” “I would like to thank (AU President Dr. Evans Whitaker) for entrusting Trojan athletics to me eight years ago,” Simpson said. – by: Scott Adamson, Independent Mail. Read More.

SHORTER UNIVERSITY

Bill Peterson is stepping down as Shorter University Director of Athletics, the university announced today. He will retire at the end of the spring 2015 semester. Championships and measurable accomplishments are only a fraction of Peterson’s legacy. His true impact is evident in the coaches and staff members that he has mentored. – Rome News-TribuneRead More.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced today, during an informal media session, that newly hired athletic director Mack Rhoades will officially start no later than April 27th.  Mike Alden will remain inside the athletic department until the end of August.

March 18, 2015

UW-LA CROSSE

Kim Blum has been named director of athletics at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Blum had served as the university’s interim director of athletics since July 2014. “I will never take for granted what an incredible honor has been bestowed upon me,” added Blum. “I recognize what a truly extraordinary privilege it is to become the next UW-La Crosse Director of Athletics.” Last week, College AD heard from two separate sources that Blum was the heavy favorite for the position.

MSU DENVER

MSU Denver will interview four candidates for the position of athletics director beginning this week, including one internal candidate. On March 19, Debbie Hendricks (PDF 822 KB), MSU Denver’s head women’s volleyball coach since 2000, Kurt Esser (PDF 158 KB), senior associate athletics director at the University of New Mexico,Dena Freeman-Patton (PDF 190 KB) will interview on campus on March 23. Also interviewing on March 23 is Anthony Grant (PDF 965 KB), who was recently promoted to interim athletic director at Millersville University in Pennsylvania having served as associate athletic director at the university since 2008.

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Daryl Gross is out as Syracuse athletic director, sources said. The school announced his resignation just 12 days after a harsh NCAA public report that led to the vacation of 108 wins, a fine of more than $1 million and significant questions about whether the school prioritizes its athletic department over its academic integrity. Gross’ methods of improving SU’s bottom line frequently frustrated fans of the program, with branding and marketing becoming buzzwords alongside scoring and winning. – By Dave Tobin, The Post-Standard. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING

Director of Athletics, Tom Burman will earn a total of $37,500 in bonuses from this basketball season. He will take home an additional $10,000 for Wyoming making the NCAA Tournament, plus a bonus of $2,500 for the men’s basketball team finishing in the top four of the Mountain West. Burman also made an additional $25,000 after Wyoming was ranked in the Top 25 of the Associated Press poll earlier this season. -Star Tribune-

UMASS

UMass is expected to bring four athletic director candidates to campus beginning Friday, former Stony Brook athletic director Jim Fiore. Georgia Tech senior associate athletic director Ryan Bamford and Buffalo associate athletic director Allan Greene. The fourth remains unknown. -Matt Vautour, Gazettenet-

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

Sources told College AD last night that the search advisory committee recommended Dave Matlin as the next athletic director of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Matlin, is the executive director of the Hawaii Bowl and the Diamond Head Classic, We were also told that Keith Amemiya has found his way into the mix, through what our sources say has been a “back door” method. Amemiya, is an insurance executive and was seen on campus with Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman last week. He was not interviewed by the committee. We are told the committee never considered Amemiya because he did not meet their qualifications.

March 17, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

Sources tell College AD, University of Houston has hired College Sports Solutions to conduct the program’s athletic director search. Founder and President Jeff Schemmel, directs all business development and intercollegiate industry relations for CSS, while managing an internal and external team of industry-leading consultants.

YUBA COLLEGE

Yuba Community College District seeks a Director, Athletics, Health and Physical Education. Application materials may be sent via regular mail, dropped off at one of our various locations, faxed to 530 741-1017 or emailed to: mgaytan@yccd.edu

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

A dissatisfied Texas booster has created a website, FireStevePatterson, presumably in hopes of rallying fellow Longhorns to the cause of ousting the athletics director for whom the site is named. Among the site’s grievances are ticket price increases, more expensive gameday parking, Patterson’s occasionally flamboyant manner of dress, and – in the opinion of the site – his ham-handed attempts to inject some excitement into the gameday atmosphere. -Connor Tapp, Horns247-

SKAGIT VALLEY COLLEGE

Skagit Valley College (SVC) is accepting applications for Director of Athletics. This position serves as a member of the Student Services Directors Leadership Team and works closely with Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, International Programs, Student Life, and Student Development.  Apply here. 

HSSU

Harris-Stowe State University has an opening for a Director of Athletics. Submit a letter of application summarizing their qualifications and experiences, current vitae, official transcripts, application for employment form and at least three letters of reference to: Harris-Stowe State University,Office of Human Resources. hr@hssu.edu.

BRADLEY UNIVERSITY

Bradley University has hired Chris Reynolds as its 10th Director of Athletics. Reynolds has served as Deputy Director of Athletics and Recreation, Operations at Northwestern University since 2012 with direct responsibility for the planning and management of Recreation, Equipment Operations, and the Facilities and Event Management units. Prior to Northwestern, Reynolds spent nine years at Indiana holding a variety of senior level positions. Reynolds will be formally introduced to the public at noon Wednesday, March 18.

NORTHWEST NAZARENE UNIVERSITY

Kelli Lindley who guided the Crusader women’s basketball team to five NCAA Division II National Tournament berths and compiled a 202-131 record during 12 seasons as head women’s basketball coach, was introduced by NNU president Dr. David Alexander as the new Director of Athletics yesterday. Lindley stepped down from her position as head women’s basketball coach following the 2012-13 season to become the Crusaders’ Associated Athletic Director and NCAA Compliance Officer.

LEHIGH CARBON COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) announced a new Director of Athletics, Andrew Johnson, yesterday. He brings over six years of experience as the Director of Athletics at Delaware County Community College. College AD first broke the news February 27th.

March 16, 2015

INDIANA UNIVERSITY KOKOMO

Indiana University Kokomo seeks qualified candidates for a full-time appointed Athletic Director (AD) and Director of the Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center. Review of applications will begin on March 23, 2015. Submit a resume, cover letter and names and contact information for 3 professional references by midnight, March 22, 2015. Apply here.

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Joe Parker, the deputy athletic director at Texas Tech for the past four years, is expected to be named CSU’s new athletic director.Several sources with knowledge about the search confirmed Monday that Parker would be hired by Colorado State University. All of the sources spoke on the condition of anonymity. A formal announcement is expected as soon as Tuesday. – Kelly Lyell, The Coloradoan. Read More

FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) recognized Fayetteville State University Athletics Director Dr. Edward McLean as the recipient of the 2013-14 Jeanette E. Lee Award during its annual Spring Meeting. The honor is a special recognition of outstanding service within the CIAA. Along with winning on the courts and fields, McLean is most proud of the student-athletes winning in the classroom as indicated by the average graduation rate during his tenure there of 60%.

UNIVERSITY OF THE SCIENCES

University of the Sciences has named Marc Caserio, EdD, athletic director effective immediately USciences Interim President Marvin Samson announced today. Caserio has been filling the role of interim athletic director since August 2014. University of the Sciences has prepared students to be leaders and practitioners in the healthcare and science fields for nearly 200 years.

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

George Mason University Director of Athletics Brad Edwards announced today that men’s basketball coach Paul Hewitt will not return to coach the 2015-16 season. Hewitt recently completed his fourth season as the Patriots men’s basketball coach, the second in the nationally recognized Atlantic 10 conference. The Patriots finished this season with a 4-14 conference mark, 9-22 overall, and lost the opening round game against Fordham in the Atlantic 10 Championship for the second straight year. The team finished with an 11-20 overall mark and 4-12 league mark in their inaugural season, 2013-14.

March 13, 2015

APSU

Derek van der Merwe, who has served as Austin Peay State University Athletics Director for the past 1 ½ years, will step down from that post after being named the University’s Vice President for Advancement, Communication and Strategic Initiatives. That announcement was made Friday morning by University President Alisa White. van Der Merwe replaces Dr. Brian Johnson, who left the University in Spring 2014 to become president at Tuskegee University. – Clarksville Online, Read More.

SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY

Sacred Heart University executive director of athletics emeritus C. Donald Cook has been selected as a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference inaugural class of the ECAC Hall of Fame, presented by Webster Bank. CTPost Read More.

DUKE UNIVERSITY

The United States Olympic Committee board of directors today approved three new members during its meeting in Washington, D.C. Joining the board in place of outgoing members are Daniel Doctoroff, former CEO of Bloomberg LP; Steve Mesler, three-time Olympian and president/CEO of Classroom Champions; and Kevin White, vice president and director of athletics at Duke University.

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM

The University of Alabama at Birmingham seeks Director of Athletics who is responsible for determining policy for the department, managing budgets and staff. UAB invites letters of nomination, applications, or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University. Contact Daniel Parker, jrhoden@parkersearch.com

SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE

Sources tell College AD, three candidates interviewed last Friday with Dr. Mary Kay Rudolph, the Senior VP for Academic Affairs. She will advance 1-2 names to the college president, Dr. Frank Chong, who will interview the finalist(s) in the next two weeks for a mid-June start date.

ROBERT WESLEYAN COLLEGE

Sources tell College AD, after a comprehensive search, Robert Wesleyan will elect to name an internal candidate as its next athletic director. We are told that internal candidate will be Bob Segave, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, but we do not have full confirmation. Coach Segave is in his eighth season guiding the Redhawks.  Segave has led the Redhawks to an 119 – 87 record over the past seven seasons, including a trip to the NCCAA National Championship Game in 2011 and NCCAA Final Four in 2008. Last season, the Redhawks made yet another trip to the NCCAA National Championship tournament after winning the NCCAA East Region title.

March 12, 2015

PLYMOUTH STATE UNIVERSITY

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Julie Bernier announced that PSU Director of Athletics John P. Clark ’71, ’73G will officially step down from his current position this summer and move into the role of founding manager of the Active Living, Learning and Wellness (ALLWell) North facility. Bernier also announced that Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator Kim Bownes ’08G will serve as Interim Director of Athletics for the 2015-16 school year.