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February 12, 2017

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY
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CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

Wednesday afternoon Cleveland State University announced Michael Thomas as their new athletic director. Thomas will assume the position March 1, and will work in conjunction with John Parry until his retirement in June. Thomas’ first stint as an athletic director was with the University of Akron in 2000, and has since held the position at Cincinnati and the University of Illinois. The Cauldron sat down with Thomas as well as CSU’s Chief Marketing Officer Rob Spademan to discuss Thomas’ view of the university and his plans going forward.
The Cauldron: As you come to Cleveland State as our athletic director, what do you see as our best asset going forward?

February 9, 2017

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY

Gene Bleymaier is stepping aside after five years as San Jose State’s athletic director, according to sources. Bleymaier will serve as a special advisor to president Mary Papazian and focus on the South Campus development plan for athletic facilities. Deputy Marie Tuite will serve as interim athletic director, a role she has held previously. The news was delivered to department personnel Thursday morning. No timetable was given for the search for a permanent athletic director. Bleymaier’s contract expires in June. -Jon Wilner, Mercury News, Read More

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February 8, 2017

CORNELL COLLEGE
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CORNELL COLLEGE

Cornell College seeks a Director of Athletics. This is a full-time position providing institutional leadership, in collaboration with the faculty, staff, and students to ensure a vibrant Athletics program in which Cornell student-athletes achieve their educational goals within a liberal arts college setting. Apply here.

February 7, 2017

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY
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CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

Sources tell College AD that Mike Thomas will be the next athletic director at Cleveland State. Thomas will replace current athletic direct John Parry who is set to retire in June. Cleveland State is expected to make the announcement Wednesday afternoon. Thomas was previously the athletic director at Illinois from 2011-2015. He has also served as AD at Cincinnati and Akron.

February 1, 2017

LOUISIANA
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LOUISIANA

Louisiana will reportedly name Dr. Bryan Maggard as the Ragin’ Cajuns next athletic director according to Zack Barnett. Dr. Maggard comes to Louisiana from Missouri where he currently serves as the Tigers Executive Associate AD. During his 21 year tenure at Mizzou. Dr. Maggard has worked in numerous areas of the department including academic services, athletic performance, student-athlete development, and revenue development. Dr. Maggard played a crucial role in helping Missouri transition into the Southeastern Conference and assisting with multi-million dollar facility projects. The hiring of Dr. Maggard as Louisiana’s new athletic director wraps up a nearly four-month-long national search.

January 30, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

The University of Tennessee is paying Turnkey Sports & Entertainment $75,000, plus expenses, to conduct its search for a new athletic director. The financial agreement was disclosed Monday in a public records request made by the News Sentinel. Turnkey was selected over three other bidders – Collegiate Sports Associates, DHR International and Parker Executive Search. UT paid Parker $75,000, plus expenses, to help in its nationwide search for a new chancellor for the Knoxville campus. The contract locked in terms that can be used by the Tennessee Board of Regents and any of the UT campuses for searches, but neither are required to use Parker. – Rhiannon Potkey , USA Today. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA

In the spirit of verbal commitment season, USF athletic director Mark Harlan appeared to make one Monday morning via Twitter. Amid reports he’s in contention for the same job at Arizona (his alma mater), Harlan indicated he’s staying put, tweeting his family remains “100% USF BULLS.” Harlan earned his bachelor’s (political science) and master’s (education) degrees from Arizona, where he met his wife, Carolyn. The school is seeking a replacement for Greg Byrne, who took the same job at Alabama. UA’s search continues, though the school has hired senior associate AD Erika Hanson Barnes on an interim basis. – Joey Knight, Tampa Bay. Read More.

WESTERN STATE COLORADO UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN STATE COLORADO UNIVERSITY

After 20 years at the helm of Western State Colorado University wrestling, Miles Van Hee was named the next Director of Athletics for Mountaineer Athletics. Western Executive Vice President Brad Baca made the announcement on Friday. Van Hee will officially begin his duties as Athletics Director on Feb. 1. He will also continue coaching Western wrestling until the end of the 2016-17 season in March. A Mountaineer through and through, Van Hee has been a part of Western Athletics for 27 years. First as a student-athlete, then as an assistant coach and finally as a nationally decorated head coach. Read More.

January 24, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

Southern Miss has enlisted a deputy athletic director with over two decades of experience in the SEC to help guide its athletic department on the tough road ahead. USM introduced Tennessee deputy athletic director Jon Gilbert as its new athletic director on Tuesday. He replaces Bill McGillis, who recently stepped down at Southern Miss to take over as athletic director at the University of San Diego. Gilbert has worked under some of the biggest names in SEC administration, including former Alabama AD Mal Moore and Tennessee AD Dave Hart, who is retiring at the end of June. – PATRICK MAGEE, sunherald.comRead More

 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

Tennessee executive senior associate athletic director Jon Gilbert has accepted the job as Southern Miss’ athletic director, sources told ESPN on Tuesday. Gilbert will be officially introduced at a news conference today. He’s been Dave Hart’s No. 2 man at Tennessee since coming to Knoxville with Hart in 2011. Gilbert served in a number of different roles during his time at Tennessee, including the supervision of the men’s basketball team. At Alabama, Gilbert was a member of the executive leadership team. He was responsible for external operations, athletics development, facilities, event management, the ticket office and oversight of several sports programs. – Chris Low, ESPNRead More.

January 18, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
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UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

For Grace Calhoun, sport has always been a way of life. She grew up a gymnast and did track and field throughout college. But she never thought her interest in athletics would evolve into a full-fledged career. Before joining Penn as its director of athletics and recreation in 2014, Calhoun worked at a slew of institutions big and small, learning all that has positioned her to be a “star” hire for the Quakers, as President Amy Gutmann has said. The Current sat down with Calhoun after winter break in her office in Weightman Hall to discuss her background, some of her biggest lessons learned, her plans for the years ahead, and much, much more. – Penn Current. Read More.

January 16, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA

Greg Byrne, the University of Arizona’s current athletic director, is taking over at Alabama effective March 1, according to UA news release. Byrne will be formerly introduced later this week. UA President Stuart Bell said Byrne is uniquely qualified to lead the Crimson Tide. “We knew Bill was considering a change, and we wanted to hire someone who can assume that mantle of leadership and continue the tradition of success that Bill and so many others before him have established,” Bell said in a statement. “We believe Greg Byrne is uniquely qualified for this role, and we are pleased to announce he has accepted the position of athletic director here at The University of Alabama.” -Keli Stiglich, WVUA23, Read More

January 12, 2017

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, SAN BERNARDINO
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CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, SAN BERNARDINO

California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) seeks a director of athletics. The position directs and administers intercollegiate athletics on behalf of CSUSB and provides quality educational and student athletic experiences as part of a comprehensive effort to foster student-athletes’ success. Nominations for this position may be e-mailed to Phil Goldstein, goldstein.sjathletics@gmail.com.

January 11, 2017

PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE
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PHILANDER SMITH COLLEGE

Philander Smith College has named Nathan Cochran to the post of Athletic Director.  Cochran, who started work on Jan. 3, will oversee the institution’s sports programs which currently include, Men’s and Women’s basketball, Women’s volleyball, and Men’s and Women’s track and field. A native of Boulder, Colo., Cochran comes to Philander Smith from Paine College in Augusta, Ga., where he was the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Sports Information Director. Prior to entering athletics administration, he spent  fourteen years in collegiate coaching, including stints as the Head Men’s and Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country Coach at Paine; Assistant Football Coach/Offensive Coordinator in Paine’s inaugural NCAA Division II football season; and two years as the Head Football Coach at Lincoln University in Missouri. Additionally, he is a USA Track and Field (USATF) Level 1 certified coach specializing in sprints and jumps. Read More

LANDER UNIVERSITY
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LANDER UNIVERSITY

Brian Reese, Executive Director of Athletics at Presbyterian College, has been named the next Director of Athletics at Lander University, it was announced today by Lander President Richard Cosentino. Reese, who has more than 25 years of experience in athletics management and leadership at Division I universities in South Carolina and Tennessee, will begin his duties at Lander on January 17. He takes the reins from interim Athletic Director Les Robinson, who led the Lander Bearcats during the nationwide search for a permanent director. –Read More

January 10, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

The University of Pittsburgh named Randy Juhl as its acting athletic director. It will be the second time as acting athletic director in two years for Juhl, who filled the same role in 2015. Juhl replaces Scott Barnes, who is leaving to become athletic director at Oregon State University on Feb. 12. Juhl will be acting athletic director beginning Jan. 20. Juhl is retired vice chancellor and dean emeritus of pharmacy. He’ll also chair the committee that will recommend his replacement as athletic director. – Paul J. Gough, Biz Journals. Read More.

 

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January 3, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

University of Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle has released a statement regarding his decision to fire head football coach Tracy Claeys. “I made a difficult decision today on behalf of the University of Minnesota. With the support of Board of Regents’ leadership and President Eric Kaler, I have decided to take the Gophers football team in a different direction with new coaching leadership. I determined that the football program must move in a new direction to address challenges in recruiting, ticket sales and the culture of the program. We need strong leadership to take Gopher football to the next level and address these challenges. –KARE 11 Staff , KARERead More

MANSFIELD UNIVERSITY
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MANSFIELD UNIVERSITY

Ryan Ehrie was introduced as the Director of Athletics for Mansfield University by President Fran Hendricks at a press conference in the Traditional Reading Room of North Hall on Tuesday afternoon. Ehrie comes to Mansfield after serving as the Director of Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation at Penn State Hazleton since September of 2014. While at Penn State Hazleton, Ehrie oversaw the addition of the women’s soccer program and acquired funding for a $1.2 million soccer field renovation. He also served on several PSUAC leadership roles including chair of the men’s and women’s basketball, golf, and eligibility committees. Ehrie also oversaw the addition of a full-time Sports Information Director along with an Assistant Athletic Director to his department. – espnwilliamsport.comRead More

PENN STATE BRANDYWINE
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PENN STATE BRANDYWINE

Penn State Brandywine named Sarah Kurpel as its director of athletics on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Kurpel, who will oversee the campus’ 13 varsity sports as well as its club sport and intramural programs, is the sixth full-time director of athletics in Brandywine’s 48-year history of varsity athletics. Kurpel brings more than a decade of NCAA Division III athletic and administrative experience to Brandywine after serving as assistant athletic director for student services and compliance, senior woman administrator, and head field hockey coach at nearby Neumann University since 2006. “Sarah comes to us with a wealth of experience not only as an athletic administrator, recruiter and teacher, but also as a coach herself. She shares Brandywine’s focus on scholar-athletes and will continue the tradition of excellence in our athletic program,” said Penn State Brandywine Chancellor Kristin Woolever. Read More

December 22, 2016

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, EAST BAY
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CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, EAST BAY

Following an extensive national search, Mr. Jason Carmichael has been appointed as Director of Athletics at California State University, East Bay. Carmichael begins his appointment January 30, 2017. Serving as Director of Athletics at Western State Colorado University for the past two years, Carmichael revitalized the Athletics program by enhancing communication and relationships across the institution, and elevating the status of the Athletics department. Prior to taking over as Director of Athletics, Carmichael served for one year at Western State as Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Internal Operations. Before that, he spent four years as Athletics Director at Mid-South Community College in West Memphis, Ark. Read More.

SAINT PETER’S UNIVERSITY
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SAINT PETER’S UNIVERSITY

Belinda “Boe” Pearman is out as Saint Peter’s University athletic director after only 15 months. Saint Peter’s President Eugene J. Cornacchia sent a text to the school’s trustees that simply read: “I write to inform you that Boe Pearman is no longer employed at St. Peter’s University. I’m grateful for Boe’s contributions to our institution and I wish her the very best.” Pearman was the second female athletic director in the history of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and was one of only three female athletic directors at the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country. –espn.comRead More

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December 21, 2016

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
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OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Has Oregon State found its new athletic director? John Canzano of The Oregonian, citing sources, reports the Beavers have offered Pittsburgh AD Scott Barnes the job. Last week Barnes denied a report that he was likely to leave Pittsburgh for Oregon State.

December 19, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO
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UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

The University of San Diego will introduce Bill McGillis as its Executive Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President at a press conference to be held tomorrow morning, December 20th, at 10:00 a.m. (PST) in the Jenny Craig Pavilion Warren Hospitality Suite. McGillis, who takes over for Ky Snyder who was promoted to Vice President for Operations and Chief Operating Officer, comes to the University of San Diego from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where he has been Director of Athletics since July of 2013. –Read More

December 16, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING
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UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING

University of Wyoming athletics director Tom Burman said Wednesday he’s confident the university can cover the recent contract extension for football coach Craig Bohl without any additional financial aid from the state. Bohl is getting a pay raise to $1.4 million a year, starting next year. Burman said the university is covering Bohl’s new contract with “self-generated dollars,” which includes anticipated ticket sales, television revenue, concession sales and revenue from future road games against big colleges like Iowa and Clemson. – Billings Gazette. Read More.

NEWBERRY COLLEGE
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NEWBERRY COLLEGE

Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens has named Ralph Patterson the school’s Director of Athletics, removing the interim tag after Patterson’s successful four-month stint leading the Athletic Department this fall. Patterson brings a wide of experience in athletics and higher education administration to his new role at Newberry. A former men’s basketball coach, Patterson made assistant coaching stops at Colorado and Appalachian State before spending seven years leading the Erskine program. He came to Newberry in August from Lander University in Greenwood, where he spent nearly seven years as Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the Lander Foundation. – Read More.

December 14, 2016

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY
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CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

John Parry, athletic director for Cleveland State University, has announced that he will retire following the end of the 2017 spring season. Over a 33-year career as an athletic director, including six at CSU, Parry has built winning programs at three Division I universities and helped thousands of student athletes excel on the playing field and in the classroom. A search committee will be formed to fill the position and CSU plans to have a replacement identified by March 1. Parry’s last day will be June 30. –Read More

December 9, 2016

CAPITAL UNIVERSITY
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CAPITAL UNIVERSITY

Capital University seeks Director of Athletics. This position is responsible for promoting an environment that prioritizes sportsmanship, inclusivity, and civility and is a visible role model for ethics and integrity; build key relationships and take an active role in the local and national community. The Athletic Director organizes, administers, supervises, and evaluates the Athletics Program. Reporting to the Provost, with a dotted line to the President, this position serves as a representative to university committees and coordinates the department’s association across campus. Apply here

December 8, 2016

WESTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY

Barbara Dearing will retire June 30, 2017, as its executive director of intercollegiate athletics at Western Oregon University. President Rex Fuller said the university will finalize plans to launch a national search for a new athletic director in the next few weeks. “Barb has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of Western Oregon athletics and led an effort to ensure that our student-athletes excel in the classroom and in their chosen sport. Under her leadership, student-athletes have higher retention and graduation rates than the general student body and our teams are often recognized in the GNAC for academic and athletic honors. The entire WOU community wishes Barb success in her next life chapter.” –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

University of Minnesota Athletics Director Mark Coyle sat down with the Minnesota Daily on Wednesday for the third edition of a monthly Q&A. Coyle discussed the volleyball team’s NCAA tournament run, his support of football head coach Tracy Claeys and the U.S Bank Stadium controversy, among other topics. Do you have any winter break plans? Winter break plans will be going to the bowl game with football, being out there supporting them and obviously we come back with all of our winter sports in full swing. We’ll be busy back here with plenty to do on campus. -MIKE HENDRICKSON, mndaily.comRead More

December 6, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN
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UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

Not everyone can say they’ve had their dream job, but Basil Hughton believes that for the last nine years, he has. That made the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Huskies athletic director’s decision to retire a lot tougher. “My entire professional life has been working with young people, through the education system and now here with Huskie Athletics, and none of us would be here, we wouldn’t have jobs if it wasn’t for student athletes. They’re the heart and soul of what we do, and for me that’s what makes it difficult,” Hughton said after announcing Monday that he would retire at the end of the current academic year. – Ryan Flaherty, Global News. Read More.