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April 16, 2015


Joe Parker is in his second week on the job as athletic director at Colorado State, where many in the fan constituency hope the Rams eventually land in the Big 12, one of the five “power” conferences. While Parker’s résumé includes stops at Big 12 schools Texas, Oklahoma and most recently Texas Tech, and at two other power conference programs, including his alma mater, Michigan, he said he hasn’t been given a mandate to get the Rams into the Big 12 and isn’t planning to lobby. – Terry Frei, The Denver Post. Read More.

April 15, 2015


Southern Illinois University will hold the first of four public forums with the finalists for the athletic director spot on Friday at Morris Library. Tommy Bell-scheduled to run from 3-3:45 p.m. in the John C. Guyon Auditorium. Rick Hartzell-scheduled to be on campus on Monday from 3-3:45 p.m. at the SIU Student Center auditorium. Rick Darnell-scheduled on Thursday, April 23, from 3-3:45 p.m. at the same auditorium. Leon Costello-scheduled to be on campus on April 24. His public forum is scheduled to run 3-3:45 p.m. at the student center auditorium that day. – The SouthernRead More.


University of Pittsburgh has reportedly narrowed its candidates for Director of Athletics to five. Vince Nicastro, Villanova Athletic Director, Mark Coyle Boise State Athletic Director, Sean Frazier, Northern Illinois Athletic Director, and Scott Barnes, Utah State Athletic Director. KDKA’s Richie Walsh first reported. Walsh purports that the committee has identified 5 candidates in total.

April 14, 2015


Marshall football coach Doc Holliday, athletic director Mike Hamrick sign contract extensions. Marshall announced Wednesday the extensions through June 2021. Hamrick will receive a $30,000 raise to $300,000 annually. Holliday will earn a base salary of $755,500, a raise from $600,000, and can earn more through various incentives. The school had said in December that it had agreed in principle to the extensions.  – The Republic. Read More.

April 13, 2015


Fayetteville State University seeks an Athletic Director. Responsible in Developing, implementing, and continuously updating the Strategic Plan for the department and assuring that it overlaps with the university Strategic Plan; Overseeing the department’s fiscal resources and providing quarterly updates to the Chancellor on all expenditures and Actively raising funds for the department and working closely with the University’s Advancement Office to identify prospective donors. Apply here.


It was announced today by the George Washington University that Patrick Nero has signed a contract extension to remain at GW as Director of Athletics and Recreation through the 2020-21 academic year. Nero has seen the GW Colonials achieve unprecedented success across GW’s 27 intercollegiate athletic programs during his tenure, with nine teams winning championships in their respective sports and eight total conference Coaches of the Year honors over the last four years.


Luther College, seeks applications for Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. The Athletic Director administers the NCAA Division III athletics program at Luther, ensuring compliance with federal, Iowa, and NCAA policies, and provides strategic leadership, direction, and oversight for all aspects of the Luther College athletics program. He/she is responsible for hiring coaches and other staff, fiscal affairs, strategic planning, facilities, and general operations. Apply here.


Riverside City College Athletic Director Derrick Johnson has been named the new Director of Athletics at Elizabeth City State University. The announcement by ECSU, comes over a month removed from the Riverside Community College District’s decision to not renew the contract of Johnson, which expires June 30, 2015. He started at RCC in 2012. Johnson will begin his duties on May 18, 2015, according to the CIAA. The renovation of the Wheelock Gym was also taking place during the tenure of Johnson. –  James H. Williams, View Points Online. Read More.

April 9, 2015


Sources tell College AD that the field of candidates for Athletic Director will narrow within the next few days, with interviews set to begin at the end of next week. College AD will keep you updated as we hear more.


Lawrence University will hire a full-time athletic director, the school announced Thursday. Current men’s hockey coach and athletic director Mike Szkodzinski will remain with the Vikings as the hockey coach. The university will conduct a national search for a new director of athletics, said President Mark Burstein. Szkodzinski will remain at the head of the department of athletics until a successor is named.



University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart published a letter Thursday reflecting on the Wildcats’ 38-1 basketball season. “Unquestionably, Kentucky was the biggest story in college basketball this season. The spotlight is always bright here, but I have never seen anything quite like what this team faced. They were dissected and analyzed from every possible angle, with experts breaking down how they could be beaten and wondering whether they would be able to stay together. I refuse to let a single bad night take away from everything this team accomplished both on and off the floor this season. These players have given a great deal not only to the fans that followed them, but to the game of basketball. I believe history will reflect that.” Full unabridged letter


New York real estate mogul Stephen Ross may be a $300 million donor to the University of Michigan, but that guaranteed nothing in his effort to save Athletic Director Dave Brandon’s job. Ross continues to urge his Alma mater to find a replacement for Brandon.  “Michigan now needs to hire the next athletic director because Jim (Jim Hackett) is the interim one.” -Daniel Howes and Angelique S. Chengelis, The Detroit News-


A transition is underway in athletics leadership at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Long-time Athletic Director Mark Fohl will retire at the end of June 2015. Fohl has served as athletic director since 1987. He oversaw Cougar Athletics successful return to NCAA Division III athletics, affiliation with the Upper Midwest Athletics Conference and expansion to 19 sports for men and women. – Brooke Kern, Morris Sun TribuneRead More.


Piedmont College head baseball coach Jim Peeples has been named the new athletic director at the college, taking over from John Dzik, who announced in January that he would retire June 30 after 10 years in the AD position. Peeples has been responsible for a large part of that success, posting a 316-262 record for a .547 winning percentage during his first 13 years as head baseball coach. As the new AD, he will be responsible for all Piedmont sports teams, which compete in the USA South Conference of NCAA Division III. – Read More.

April 8, 2015


Terry Tumey, director of athletics at the University of California, Davis, will leave his position to pursue other opportunities, effective June 15. In the interim he will continue to assist the university in its capital improvement efforts. The chancellor also announced the appointment of Teresa Gould as the interim athletics director, effective immediately.

April 7, 2015


Austin Peay State University seeks an Athletic Director. The Athletic Director reports directly to the President and oversees the university’s intercollegiate athletic programs, being responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, staffing, fundraising and promotion oversight, and regulatory compliance with respect to these programs. Austin Peay State University is a member of NCAA Division I Ohio Valley Conference. Apply here.


University Of Minnesota seeks  Athletic Director (Morris Campus). The Athletic Director (AD) leads and manages a competitive intercollegiate athletic program that advances the University of Minnesota Morris mission and vision; recruits and retains talented students; builds diverse, inclusive teams committed to high levels of athletic performance; and enriches the Morris student experience. Apply here.


After 33 years of dedicated service and passionate leadership that have left an indelible mark on the countless student-athletes, colleagues and friends in which his path has crossed, Lincoln Memorial University Athletic Director Roger Vannoy has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. Vannoy earned the President’s Award for Staff Excellence in Performance in both 1996 and 2007. He was selected as a Madison Who’s Who Affiliated Member in 2010.

April 6, 2015


It wasn’t just opening day for Major League Baseball. New Rams, Director of Athletics, Joe Parker officially began his tenure today as well. Parker served as the deputy athletic director at Texas Tech for the past four years.


The university announced Monday it will present at least two final candidates to Chancellor Kent Syverud for review. The university expects to hire a new athletic director by the start of the upcoming school year. Syracuse has retained Glenn Sugiyama and Pat Richter, of DHR International’s Sports Practice Group, to consult on profile development, recruitment and selection of an experienced candidate.


Deb Duren, vice president for student services and athletics director at Stephens College, announced her retirement Wednesday after 31 years of service. Duren’s time at Stephens began when she became the head coach of the volleyball team in 1984. Four years later, the athletics department was shut down, but Duren remained as a faculty member and chair of the Physical Education Department. – Michael Tish, Missourian. Read more.

April 2, 2015


Alabama athletic director Bill Battle is moving on to other men’s basketball coaching candidates after courting Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall. Battle released a statement saying he learned Wednesday night that Marshall had opted to remain at Wichita State. The Crimson Tide is seeking a replacement for Anthony Grant, who was fired on March 15 after making just one NCAA Tournament in six seasons.


Adrianne Swinney has been named Deputy Athletic Director at UNCW, Director of Athletics Jimmy Bass announced Wednesday. Swinney joined the Seahawk program in April of 2014. She serves as the Senior Woman Administrator for the department and is the primary sport administrator for women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s cross country and track and field, and volleyball.

April 1, 2015


Mike Alden is expected to officially hand the reins of Missouri’s athletic department to new Athletic Director Mack Rhoades on April 27. The athletic department will continue to pay Alden his salary through Aug. 31 and allow him to collect incentives totaling more than $430,000 that he would have received had he stayed in his post until that date. He will draw an annual salary of $125,000 in his new post and his appointment will extend through April 26, 2018, with the possibility it can be extended by mutual agreement through June 30, 2019. – Steve Walentik, Columbia Daily Tribune. Read More.


Lynn Dorn bids adieu as longtime women’s AD at NDSU. It was the last day in her women’s athletic director career at North Dakota State, and there were some basic tasks that had to be done, such as an administrative meeting that she knew wasn’t going to be easy. – By Jeff Kolpack, Inforum. Read More.

March 31, 2015


The athletic director at the University of Southern California, Pat Haden, said on Tuesday that he would not attend the NCAA’s College Football Playoff committee meeting in Indianapolis this week, due to the new Indiana religious freedom law that may allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. “I am the proud father of a gay son. In his honor, I will not be attending the CFP committee meeting in Indy this week. #EmbraceDiversity” Pat Haden, tweeted. – TPM MediaRead More.


The University of Kentucky’s Mitch Barnhart was nominated for Athletics Director of the Year by SportsBusiness as part of their Sports Business Awards. Barnhart is among four nominees, including Jeff Long of the University of Arkansas, Ian McCaw of Baylor University and Dan Radakovich of Clemson University. The winner will be announced at the Sports Business Awards ceremony at the New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square on May 20, 2015.


Clemson Athletic Director, Dan Radakovich discussed a number of topics yesterday including full cost of attendance. “We are moving forward with that on our campus. Whenever we do our number for what it’s going to cost Clemson Athletics it’s about $925,000 that we’ll be paying given the student athlete enrollment that we have. We’re planning for that and going through our budgetary process now and that will be something that will begin in August of 2015.” Radakovich went on to discuss the future of head baseball coach, Jack Leggett. “We’ll see how the season plays out.” The baseball team is currently .500. -Nikki Hood. Read More

March 30, 2015


Following Monday’s announcement that Jimmy Lallathin was no longer coaching the men’s basketball team, athletic director Vaughn Williams disclosed Saturday that the program is undergoing an internal review. He refused to disclose any aspects of the review. The evaluation is supposed to be completed in two weeks, according to a statement given to the media. -Doug Roberson, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution-


University of Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart said he shares responsibility for the turmoil on Rocky Top – and that brings up questions about his future. From sports writers to Vol fans on social media, many are calling for his head. UT has had three men’s basketball coaches since 2011, when Bruce Pearl was fired, and now Hart must find a fourth. -Mary Scott, WBIR-

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