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August 28, 2016

WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

At a time when the Western Illinois University athletic department needed direction, Matt Tanney gave it stability. Since officially becoming WIU’s AD in January — Tanney previously spent eight months as the interim AD — Tanney has engineered upgrades to the seating inside Western Hall, hired a new head football coach and helped the Leathernecks find avenues for growth and success despite the financial concerns brought on by the state of Illinois’ budget woes. -Matt Schuckman, Herald-Whig, Read More

August 26, 2016

WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY
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WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY

Wichita State University has named Darron Boatright as the Director of Athletics. He has served as the interim director since April 2015. Boatright served as the university’s deputy athletic director and took care of athletic director duties while former AD Eric Sexton served concurrently as the university’s Vice President of Student Affairs. Prior to coming to WSU in 2010, Boatright held athletic administration roles at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and Murray State University. He was a member of the University of Alabama basketball coaching staff from 1998-2005 and was part of four NCAA Tournament teams and two NIT teams while serving as Director of Basketball Operations.- KWCH. Read More.

August 25, 2016

BATES COLLEGE
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BATES COLLEGE

Director of Athletics Kevin McHugh announced that he will step down on June 30, 2017, after a decade of service to Bates athletics marked by competitive success, a growing national reputation for inclusivity and community engagement, and significant improvements to Bates’ athletics facilities. After the academic year opens in September, the college will begin the process of organizing a search, which will include broad consultation with the college community. –Read More

August 24, 2016

PENN COLLEGE
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PENN COLLEGE

Following a national search, John D. Vandevere has been named director of athletics at Pennsylvania College of Technology, President Davie Jane Gilmour announced. Vandevere, who takes over the athletics leadership role following the departure of Scott Kennell, will be responsible for the management and development of Penn College’s 15 intercollegiate programs, club sports, intramurals and the Fitness Center, effective August 30. Vandevere spent the previous five years as the associate athletic director at Division III State University of New York Canton, where he was responsible for managing a $45 million athletic facility. -Todd Bartley, ESPN Williamsport, Read More

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
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PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke plans to spend his final months on campus doing the same old things. He’ll continue rooting for his alma mater, promises to lend a helping hand if asked and seems content taking a backseat to everything and everyone else around campus. Yes, after spending almost 25 years as the front man for Boilermaker sports, Burke is ready to step down and revel in becoming just another fan. “I’m going back in the stands,” he said during Wednesday’s farewell news conference. “I’ve been a John Purdue Club member since ’76. I’ve had football tickets forever. I have a lot of friends in the community, and I feel like Mike (Bobinski) knows the former AD won’t be looking down over him. So I’m just going back into the stands.” Burke announced his retirement plan in February. After a six-month search, school administrators announced Aug. 9 that they had hired Bobinski, who plans to finish his own AD duties next week at Georgia Tech. -MICHAEL MAROT, bigstory.ap.orgRead More

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
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PURDUE UNIVERSITY

Morgan Burke likely gave his final press conference as Purdue’s athletic director on Wednesday.  Incoming athletic director Mike Bobinski takes over on Sept. 1, but Burke will remain involved during the transition. “I’m not sure how long that will take to transition,” Burke said. “My future down the road is still to be determined a bit. The one thing I will assure you is when he comes he’s the athletic director, I’m not. That’s the way it should be. My staff understands that and I’ll do anything I can to help him.” He said he has only spoken with his successor by phone. -Nathan Baird, Lafayette Journal & Courier, Read More

August 22, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN FOX VALLEY
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN FOX VALLEY

Glen Orsburn has been named the athletic director at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. Orsburn will be responsible for directing an athletics program that includes volleyball, basketball, baseball and tennis teams competing in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference. He will also coordinate the Cyclone Athletic Association which supports student athletes and the athletic program at UW-Fox Valley. –Read More

August 21, 2016

GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY
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GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY

Grambling State University has reopened its search for an athletics director with the goal of identifying a choice as soon as possible. The university will repost the job. “This is one of the most important jobs on campus at any university, and that’s especially true at Grambling State University where we have such a rich and well-recognized legacy in several sports,” said GSU President Rick Gallot. “Our coaches, athletics staff and student-athletes deserve a permanent leader, and we will make that happen.” Grambling State is a part of the Southwestern Athletics Conference, which includes Jackson State University, Alcorn State University and Prairie View A&M. The AD supervises all team sports and is responsible for the administration, management and marketing of athletics as well as the academic success of student-athletes. Interim AD Obadiah Simmons has filled the role since late spring 2015. –knoe.comRead More

FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
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FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY

Following a nationwide search, Fort Valley State University President Paul Jones announces the appointment of Dr. Darryl A. Pope as the university’s director of athletics. Pope will join FVSU from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where he has served as athletics director since March 2014. In announcing Pope’s hiring, President Jones expressed confidence that FVSU’s athletics teams will reach new heights in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and National Collegiate Athletics Association competitions. With more than 20 years’ experience, Pope has extensive knowledge in leadership and management in intercollegiate sports. His accomplishments include: developing compliance and fundraising programs, writing and managing strategic plans for a progressive and growing athletic program, oversight of facilities and athletic budgets, external relations and game-day management. He also served on the NCAA Peer Review Program, from 2000 to 2011, evaluating Division I institutions for compliance with NCAA guiding principles. Read More

August 18, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

University of Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart announced Thursday that he will step down next summer. His retirement is effective June 30, 2017. UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek accepted Hart’s decision to retire. -MJ Slaby, Knoxville News Sentinel, Read More

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August 17, 2016

AUBURN UNIVERSITY MONTGOMERY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY MONTGOMERY

Jim Herlihy, AUM’s athletic director for less than a year, is leaving the school. The Warhawks announced Herlihy’s resignation Wednesday “to pursue new opportunities.” Herlihy helped the Warhawks through their first year of NCAA Division II transitional membership and helped the school land membership in the Gulf South Conference. -A. Stacy Long, Montgomery AdvertiserRead More

August 16, 2016

ALBANY STATE UNIVERSITY
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ALBANY STATE UNIVERSITY

Albany State University President Art Dunning announced today the appointment of a new athletic director for the university. Sherie Cornish Gordon, who has more than 12 years of leadership and supervisory experience in athletic administration, will serve as the athletic director for the new Albany State University. She begins Sept. 1. “We have conducted a national search for the brightest talent to join our team as athletic director,” Dunning said. “I am grateful to Parker Executive Search and our search committee members who did an extraordinary job of identifying the best candidate for this role.” Gordon currently serves as the senior associate commissioner for external business administration for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). Her responsibilities include oversight of the CIAA’s budgeting and contracts, risk management, information technology, marketing, media relations, merchandising, sponsorship and media rights for the conference’s 16 championship sports. –Read More

August 14, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

With Gophers football season ticket sales slumping, athletic director Mark Coyle has pulled the plug on a scheduled “scholarship seating” price increase for 2017. Former AD Norwood Teague authorized the three-year price increase in December 2014, when the Gophers were headed to the Citrus Bowl. But after selling 27,885 non-student season tickets last season, the Gophers had sold just 22,706 as of Friday. -Joe Christensen, Star TribuneRead More

August 11, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

The Tiger Club of Kansas City is proud of its tradition of welcoming the Missouri athletic director for its first meeting of the fall. That’s no small feat, getting a six-figure executive to take what amounts to a full day to meet with a few dozen proud fans, but here they are, well into the second decade of this annual routine. Mack Rhoades, through his assistant, confirmed for the meeting the day before news broke he was leaving for Baylor. No problem. The club confirmed interim Wren Baker, and when he left after a week, confirmed the next interim, Hank Foley. And when he gave up the job for Sarah Reesman, they confirmed with her, too. So, on Thursday, when Jim Sterk was introduced as Mizzou’s AD — we are resisting the urge to say “permanent” — he was also next in line to meet with the guys at Westport Flea Market in a few weeks. -SAM MELLINGER, kansascity.comRead More

 

GLENVILLE STATE COLLEGE
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GLENVILLE STATE COLLEGE

Marcal Lazenby, who has been serving as Interim Athletic Director at Glenville State College for the past year, will now be handling the job on a permanent basis. The title change came as the 2008 GSC graduate began his role as GSC’s Athletic Director on August 1. Before his interim stint at the helm of the athletic department, he served as Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance where he assured college, conference, and NCAA Division II athletic and academic compliance and played a significant role in expanding athletic fundraising. After graduation, he also worked as an Assistant to the President at GSC. He is a member of the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. – Read More

August 10, 2016

OHIO UNIVERSITY
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OHIO UNIVERSITY

Ohio University announced today a five-year contract extension for Athletics Director Jim Schaus. Schaus’ contract extension runs through June 30, 2021. Schaus, who began his eighth year in Athens this past spring, was named Athletic Director on April 7, 2008 by President Roderick J. McDavis. –Read More

August 9, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Jim Sterk will become Mizzou’s new Athletic Director, University of Missouri Interim Chancellor Hank Foley announced today. Sterk, who joined San Diego State University in 2010, has overseen the most successful five seasons in SDSU’s athletic history with 32 team conference championships for the Aztecs since the beginning of the 2011-2012 academic year and the fourth-highest combined winning percentage in the country in football and men’s basketball. In addition, SDSU is one of only four schools nationally to have appeared in six consecutive NCAA tournaments and have its football team play in five straight bowl games. Read More

WASHINGTON COLLEGE
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WASHINGTON COLLEGE

Washington College President Sheila Bair today announced that following a national search, Thad Moore has been promoted to director of athletics. Moore, whose calm and friendly presence is well known to anyone who has spent time in the College’s sports complex or athletic training rooms, has been head athletic trainer since 2000, and associate athletic director since 2010. He succeeds Bryan Matthews, who retired in July. Moore’s commitment to and expertise in his work have not gone unnoticed. He received the Maryland Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2012 and a Service Award from the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association a year later. Read More.

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
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[Update] 7:37 Dan Wolken of USA Today confirms the move of Bobinski toPurdue

 

Indications are that Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski will be named to the same position at Purdue. An announcement from Purdue is expected Tuesday morning. Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke is stepping down from his position in June 2017. Bobinski was hired as Tech’s athletic director in Jan. 2013, replacing Dan Radakovich. Perhaps the most notable event of his tenure was his decision to fire basketball coach Brian Gregory and hire coach Josh Pastner in April and May of this year. -Ken Sugiura, AJC, Read More

August 8, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Missouri intends to hire Jim Sterk as its new athletic director, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Star on Monday. Sterk, 60, who has been at San Diego State since February 2010, succeeds Mack Rhoades, who resigned July 13 to become the athletic director at Baylor. With the Aztecs, Sterk has proven to be an adept fundraiser. He is one of the reigning National Association of College Directors of Athletics’ Athletic Directors of the year and is a member of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee. -Tod Palmer, Kansas City Star, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

University of Maryland Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson was honored with the Washington Nationals Spirit Award in a pre-game ceremony prior to the Nationals’ game vs. the San Francisco Giants on August 5. The award recognizes accomplishments that reflect the Nationals’ spirit of giving and community. Anderson oversaw Maryland’s exciting transition to the Big Ten Conference, as the Terps have tied for a conference-best 16 regular season and conference championships since 2014. Anderson’s influence in competitive excellence has guided Maryland to four national championships, seven national championship final appearances and 11 trips to the Final Four. Read More.

August 7, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

Utah’s Athletic Director: “No we are not adding lacrosse.” -Eri_Barrister, collegecrosse.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

The Ole Miss Spirit caught up with athletics director Ross Bjork Friday morning to discuss the NCAA investigation, facilities and more.  The NCAA recently accepted Missouri’s self-imposed penalties in a separate case, while North Carolina took a somewhat defiant approach in its NCAA response. Ole Miss has taken a position that it’s not speaking publicly at all about the investigation and that it’s cooperating fully. Do you believe that that’s been an effective approach, and do you think such an approach will ultimately benefit Ole Miss once a final decision is made? -BEN GARRETT, scout.comRead More

August 5, 2016

SEMINOLE STATE COLLEGE
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SEMINOLE STATE COLLEGE

Following a nationwide search, Kurt Esser has been named Director of Athletics for Seminole State College of Florida. Esser joins Raiders Athletics from the University of New Mexico (UNM). During his nine years with the NCAA Division I Lobos, he oversaw the school’s volleyball, beach volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s golf and women’s golf, and swimming and diving programs. He also had oversight of communications including monitoring and administrating UNM’s social media strategies.

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY ALEXANDRIA
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY ALEXANDRIA

LSU Alexandria athletics director and head baseball coach Brent Porche has announced his resignation from the Generals program to accept the head baseball coach job at the University of Texas-Tyler. –The Town Talk, Read More

NEWBERRY COLLEGE
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NEWBERRY COLLEGE

Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens has announced Ralph Patterson has accepted the position of Interim Director of Athletics. Patterson replaces Matthew Finley, who resigned to accept a position in athletic administration at Anderson University.  Patterson comes to Newberry after serving nearly seven years as Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the Lander Foundation at Lander University in Greenwood. Read More.

August 4, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

New North Texas athletic director Wren Baker has signed a five-year contract with the school that will pay him a base salary of $375,000. The Denton Record-Chronicle obtained a copy of the contract on Wednesday morning. The contract includes several incentives tied to the success of UNT’s teams and the academic achievement of its student-athletes. Baker will receive retention bonuses on an escalating scale, beginning in 2019 when he will receive a $20,000 bonus. The bonus jumps to $30,000 in 2020 and $50,000 in 2021.- Brett Vito. Mean Green Sports. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD
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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD

The University of Illinois Springfield introduced its new athletic director to the public Wednesday afternoon during a press conference in the atrium of The Recreation and Athletic Center, and Jim Sarra mapped out his vision for the university in front of a crowd of 200 or so that included Sarra’s family as well as UIS coaches, athletes, boosters and media members. Sarra was named June 22 to succeed Kim Pate, who left UIS to become athletic director at Lenoir-Rhyne in Hickory, North Carolina. His first day on the job was Monday. His parents were on hand along with his wife, Heather, son J.T., and daughter Jordin. – Jim Ruppert. The State Journal Register. Read More.

August 3, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Don’t expect to find beer for sale at Michigan Stadium anytime soon. That’s despite a nearly incident-free day at the Big House on Saturday, where 105,826 fans took in an International Champions Cup soccer match between Real Madrid and Chelsea. In keeping with the practice at ICC matches around the country, alcohol was sold at Michigan Stadium for the event. Alcohol is prohibited inside the stadium during U-M events — namely, football games.  The University has made three notable exceptions recently: for soccer games this year and in 2014, and for a 2013 NHL game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. -Lev Facher, freep.comRead More

August 2, 2016

ROGERS STATE UNIVERSITY
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ROGERS STATE UNIVERSITY

fter serving as Rogers State’s Director of Athletics for nearly three years, Ryan Erwin announced Monday he will step down Aug. 12 to become the Vice President for Athletics and Director of Athletics at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas. RSU President Dr. Larry Rice praised Erwin’s accomplishments during his time at RSU, which included guiding the Hillcats through all three years of the NCAA Division II membership process. RSU was named as a full, active Division II member in July. - SCOTT SLARKS, claremoreprogress.com Read More