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June 16, 2019

NCAA
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The NCAA is exploring allowing its athletes to be compensated for their name, image and likeness. Ray Tanner is worried about that.“This is personal opinion but when I see name, image, likeness it makes me feel like it is pay for play,” South Carolina’s athletics director said. “I’m like, ‘This gives me angst.’ ” Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey feels the same way. “There are so many forces pushing each and every way,” USC president Harris Pastides said. “At some point, the courts and the lawyers took over. We’ll see where it goes.” In May, the NCAA announced a working group to explore the issues surrounding name, image and likeness compensation, which could allow active college athletes to serves as paid sponsor for businesses and/or receive money for their autograph. Still, it worries Tanner and some of his colleagues. “We pay for all kinds of things we never did before,” Tanner said. “I think we’re in a good place, and I don’t know that there would be a way to make that work personally.” -Josh Kendall, The State. Read More.

WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Last month, after Western Kentucky University announced it was weighing more than $10 million in budget cuts over the coming fiscal year, faculty members again asked a familiar question as to how much would WKU’s athletics unit be expected to cut. During the meeting, while Stevens explained the roughly $3.4 million in cuts that would come from WKU’s academic colleges, Crowder asked why the university was facing a $10 million budget shortfall and allocating $16 million to its athletics unit in its budget model. She was joined by other faculty members venting their frustrations. Since then, the university’s budget reduction target for fiscal year 2020, beginning July 1, has been revised down to $8,644,000. Specific reduction targets for WKU’s non-academic units, called auxiliary and support units, have also been revealed. According to the revised budget reduction plan disclosed in Board of Regents meeting materials Friday, the university’s athletics unit is being asked to cut $365,915 over the next fiscal year. -Aaron Mudd, bgdailynews. Read More.

FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY

Andrew Danna has been selected as the next head coach of the FGCU men’s golf program. “We are excited to have Andrew and his bride Carey joining our Eagles Athletics Family,” FGCU director of athletics Ken Kavanagh said. Danna, who spent the past year as an assistant coach at LSU, previously led the Lynn University men’s golf program to its first NCAA Division-II national championship in the spring of 2018. In fact, in his six-year tenure there, he also produced three runner-up campaigns along with a third and eighth-place finish at the national tournament. This past year, Danna played a key role in the development of a team at LSU that advanced all the way to the third round of stroke play at the NCAA Championships. Read More.

PAC 12
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PAC 12

In the ensuing eight years, Pac-12 Networks has underperformed financially, distributing an average of $2.8 million last year to its members, per reports. The football product, which earns the most viewership by far, has struggled, missing out on the College Football Playoff in three of the past five years. Scott himself has received a mountain of criticism from fans, with college administrators also lobbying barbs. Former Washington State athletic director Bill Moos last year went as far as to publicly question Scott’s spending habits. Scott believes a passive private equity investment could ease the financial pressure. In January, the conference announced it had hired The Raine Group, an investment bank specializing in large-scale sports media transactions, to sell a 10% equity stake in the conference and its TV network through a holding company for $500 million. -Adam Lewis, pitchbook. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

With small stadiums and sparse national TV for regular-season games, little about elite-level college baseball seems comparable to Major League Baseball. The compensation paid to top coaches says otherwise. At least nine college baseball coaches are making $1 million or more, while at least 11 MLB managers are making $1 million or less, USA TODAY Sports surveys have found. Five of the big-money college skippers have guided their teams to this season’s NCAA College World Series, an eight-team event that begins Saturday in Omaha. Among that quintet, Vanderbilt’s Tim Corbin leads the list, having been credited with just over $1.3 million in total compensation for the 2017 calendar, according to the university’s most recent federal tax return. That document, released a month ago, listed Corbin’s base pay for the year at nearly $1.1 million. -Steve Berkowitz and Bob Nightengale, USA Today. Read More.

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
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WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

WDTV was invited on a tour Friday morning to take a look at all of the progress being made on WVU’s new Aquatic and Track Center. The athletic facilities, which are located on 55 acres of land at Mylan Park, will include a diving tower, fitness center, an outdoor splash pad and even spectator seating around the pool. The $40 million project is expected to benefit both students and the surrounding community. Keith Hernstrom, the General Manager/Executive Director at Mylan Park says “a component of this facility is that it’s truly open to the entire Greater-Morgantown community and those wanting to travel from out of state.” The Aquatic and Track Center is expected to open in November of 2019. -Vanessa Bassi, wdtv. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
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UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

The University of Colorado system Board of Regents approved the contract for athletic director Rick George Friday morning, 6-2, but some criticized the large amount of funds that go toward athletics. The approved five-year contract for George — which begins July 1 and runs through June 30, 2024 — includes an $850,000 base salary, as well as several supplemental benefits. He will receive $3,500 in sponsorship support, $8,400 for a country club membership, a $7,200 courtesy car stipend and eight season tickets for football games, as well as eight season tickets for all other University of Colorado Boulder home games. He can also receive incentive funds of up to $995,000 for meeting academic, fundraising and attendance goals. George became athletic director in 2013, and was the highest paid administrator in the history of the school at the time with a base salary of $700,000. -Madeline St. Amour, denverpost. Read More.

USC
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USC

The Trojans have hired longtime Loyola Marymount head coach Jason Gill to be their new skipper, USC athletic director Lynn Swann announced in a statement Friday. In the announcement, Swann made clear he expects Gill to return the most decorated program in college baseball history back to its place of historical relevance. “Our desire was to get someone who can elevate USC baseball back into the postseason and help the team once again compete for a College World Series title,” Swann stated. Gill spent 11 years at LMU, leading the Lions to a 322-286-1 record. This past year, LMU went 34-25 and reached the finals of the College World Series’ Los Angeles regional bracket before losing to top-ranked UCLA. -Adam Grosbard, sgvtribune. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO
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UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO

University of Idaho men’s basketball head coach Don Verlin has been terminated for cause, Interim Director of Athletics Pete Isakson announced Friday. The decision was reached after consultation with university administration, including current university president Chuck Staben and incoming president C. Scott Green. Assistant coach Zac Claus has been named interim head coach of the Vandal men’s basketball program and will serve in that role through the 2019-20 season. Assistant coaches Kirk Earlywine and Tim Murphy will remain in their current roles. A search will begin for a permanent men’s basketball coach next spring. “As with all personnel matters, we weigh many factors before we make a decision,” Isakson said. Read More.

June 14, 2019

MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY
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MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY

After guiding the Mississippi State men’s team to its third-highest point total in school history at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships earlier this month, Chris Woods has been named head coach of the Bulldog men’s and women’s track and field teams, Director of Athletics John Cohen announced on Friday. “We conducted a national search, and the best fit for our next head coach was right here in Starkville,” Cohen said. “I am excited for Chris and the future of Mississippi State track and field. Chris knows exactly what it means to be a Bulldog having lettered and served as assistant coach and interim head coach at Mississippi State. Our program continues to produce many of the world’s best, All-Americans and champions at a record pace. Chris understands what it takes for our program to continue the path to championships and develop our student-athletes to the fullest. My sincere congratulations goes out to Chris, Wanda, Trace and Cade.”  “This is one of the happiest days of my life,” Woods said. “It’s an honor to serve my alma mater and a dream come true. I would like to thank my family who stuck with me through the process. – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

After guiding the Arizona Wildcats to their biggest turnaround in program history, women’s basketball head coach Adia Barnes has signed an extension through the 2023-24 season, the UA announced Friday. The Daily Star reported last week that Barnes will earn $400,000 in 2019-20 and a $25,000 retention bonus after each season. That is a sharp pay raise from the $235,000 Barnes earned in 2018-19, but it is well deserved. The UA alumna led the Wildcats to a 24-13 record that saw them claim the WNIT championship and break program and Pac-12 attendance records by selling out McKale Center for the WNIT championship game. It was UA’s most wins since 2003 and represented an 18-win improvement from the year prior, the largest increase in school history. Arizona returns its entire starting five in 2019-20 plus adds some interesting newcomers, setting them up for another successful season. – Ryan Kelapire, azdesertswarm – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

One of the catalysts in Nebraska baseball’s rise to national prominence in his playing days, Will Bolt returns to his alma mater as head coach. Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos named Bolt the 24th head coach of the Husker baseball program on Friday. Bolt brings 16 years of coaching experience to the Nebraska program, including five seasons on the Husker baseball staff and four years as a head coach at Texarkana College. Bolt served as Nebraska’s Associate Head Coach under Darin Erstad from 2012 to 2014 and also was a volunteer assistant on the 2005 Husker team that reached the College World Series. As a player or coach, Bolt has been a part of all three of Nebraska’s College World Series teams and all four Super Regional squads.  Bolt returns to Lincoln after spending the past five seasons on the Texas A&M staff where he helped the Aggies to five straight NCAA regional appearances and a trip to the 2017 College World Series. – Read More

TROY UNIVERSITY
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TROY UNIVERSITY

New Troy athletic director Brent Jones expects the Trojans to continue growing the program, past the record revenue they have already posted. Troy received more than $32 million in revenue in 2017-18, the most-recent available year from the U.S. Department of Education, and is set to exceed that, Jones said. By how much? “I’m not going to put a cap on it because I think it’s endless if we continue to put our minds together and be as creative as possible,” Jones said after being formally introduced Wednesday. Jones has been a part of that as Troy’s deputy athletic director for external operations the last two years under Jeremy McClain, who was Troy’s athletic director from August 2015 until being hired by Southern Miss this spring. In that time, Troy’s athletic revenue blossomed from $21.6 million in 2015-16 to $32.6 million in 2017-18, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The 2018-19 numbers aren’t yet final. Jones, 38, has been heavily involved with Troy’s coaches, too. He aided McClain in hiring football coach Chip Lindsey and men’s basketball coach Scott Cross, both in the last six months. He was the athletic department administrator for baseball. – A. Stacy Long, montgomeryadvertiser – Read More

SAMFORD UNIVERSITY
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SAMFORD UNIVERSITY

Samford University Director of Athletics Martin Newton will begin a four-year appointment to the NCAA Division I Council and the Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee on July 1, 2019.  Nominated for the posts by the Southern Conference league office, Newton was confirmed by the NCAA and will represent the entire SoCon in both roles. The Division I Council is the division’s primary policy-making body and a high-level group responsible for the day-to-day decision-making for Division I. Athletics directors, athletics administrators, senior woman administrators, faculty athletics representatives and student-athletes serve on the council; every conference is represented within the group. “Initially, my goals will be to listen and learn. The NCAA has a lot of important issues to address related to student-athlete mental health and well-being, and I’m looking forward to being a part of the solution rather than just discussing the problems,” said Newton.  The Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee ensures that appropriate oversight of men’s basketball is maintained, and makes recommendations related to regular-season and postseason men’s basketball.  – Joey Mullins, samford – Read More

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Auburn University Director of Athletics Allen Greene announced Friday that Caroline Lilley has been selected as the new women’s tennis head coach. Lilley spent the last four seasons at the University of Kansas where she served as an assistant coach until she was named assistant head coach in December 2018. During Lilley’s time at Kansas, she helped the Jayhawks to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including the program’s first-ever Big 12 Conference Championship in 2019. “We are thrilled to welcome Caroline to the Auburn Family,” Director of Athletics Allen Greene said.  “During the search to find our next coach, Caroline’s work ethic, driven personality and intellectual depth was captivating.  More importantly, her commitment to the holistic care and development of the student-athlete aligns with our purpose to educate, support and develop our young men and women at every opportunity.  Caroline has excelled as both a student-athlete and a coach, and we can’t wait for her to get to the Plains.” –  Charlotte Bedsole, eagleeyeauburn – Read More

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Syracuse football continues to cash in on its most successful season in 17 years. SU Athletics has sold 6,800 new season tickets this offseason, athletic director John Wildhack said during a press conference on Friday. That’s already roughly 4,500 more than Syracuse sold last offseason, and the figure is inching toward SU’s single-year record of just over 8,000. Wildhack also reiterated that Syracuse has seen a season-ticket renewal rate of over 90 percent — a figure that was achieved when the school crossed the 4,000 new-season-ticket threshold on April 1. The Orange will look to build on last year’s 10-3 campaign during Year 4 of the Dino Babers era this fall. SU faces its most manageable schedule since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013 and returns experience and talent at the majority of its position groups. Replacing three starters on the offensive line and both of its starting linebackers are viewed as the most significant overhauls. – Stephen Bailey, syracuse – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

The city of Knoxville’s beer board will be considering applications for beer permits for Thompson-Boling Arena and Neyland Stadium on June 18, according to next week’s agenda. The applications were submitted by Aramark.  On May 31, the Southeastern Conference announced a revision to its existing limitations on the availability of alcoholic beverages at its athletic events. The policy is effective August 1. – Micca Terrell, wsmv – Read More

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor Vice President and Director of Athletics Mack B. Rhoades, IV, announced Friday, the completion of a comprehensive assessment and realignment process for its external affairs unit in advance of the 2019-20 academic year. This roughly six-month process, led by Assistant Vice President of Athletics, Jeramiah Dickey, was intended to simplify external efforts and identify the necessary elements required to operate at an elite level across external teams. “Our goal was to focus on the fundamentals and streamline operations in a way that would allow for strategic, data-based decision making, while recognizing existing talent within the department,” said Dickey. “With an emphasis on data tracking and analysis, we’re now positioned to reenergize our marketing efforts – which will bring greater strategy and synergy to all other areas of external.” In alignment with these efforts, Jovan Overshown has been promoted to the position of Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs. – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

Southern Miss Director of Athletics Jeremy McClain announced Friday afternoon the hiring of Brian Levin (pronounced Leh-VANN) as the school’s ninth head softball coach. ‘During the search process it became very clear that Brian Levin was the right person at the right time to lead our softball program,” said McClain. “His experience and record of success speak for themselves, and his student-athlete centered focus aligns perfectly with the culture we are striving for at Southern Miss. I am excited for the future of our softball program and for the young ladies who will benefit from Brian’s leadership.” Levin comes to Southern Miss after spending the previous three seasons as the head softball coach at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. In just his first season there, the program advanced to its first postseason tournament in the Division I era, earning a berth at the Ohio Valley Conference tourney.  In three seasons, he advanced to two OVC tournaments and posted a 91-70 record which is the most wins in the history of the program over a three-year span. – Read More

SAINT PETER’S UNIVERSITY
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SAINT PETER’S UNIVERSITY

Saint Peter’s University Director of Athletics Bryan Felt announced the hiring of Alicia Jefferson as the Athletics Academic Coordinator. “We are excited to announce the addition of Alicia Jefferson to our Saint Peter’s Athletic Department staff,” said Felt. “Our number one goal is to graduate student-athletes. Alicia brings a commitment of academic excellence and she will help strengthen our mission in academic success for our program and our student-athletes.” “I am blessed and thankful for this opportunity to help support the student-athletes at Saint Peter’s University,” Jefferson said. “I most look forward to, and enjoy interacting with student-athletes and I hope to make the best of our student-athletes experience while they attend Saint Peter’s. Jefferson joins the Peacocks’ staff after most recently serving as the Assistant Academic Coordinator at Syracuse University. While at the ACC university, she served as the primary academic coordinator for men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, and football and additionally served as the secondary academic coordinator for select student-athletes from softball and women’s lacrosse. – Read More

COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY
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COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY

The College of William and Mary Athletics Department will hold its first Town Hall Discussion Tuesday with Samantha Huge, director of athletics, as she approaches two years in the role. The forum will be the first of a series of engagement opportunities for Tribe fans and alumni to ask questions and learn about William and Mary Athletics, according to the department. “Both President Rowe and I share a commitment to transparency and making sure that we are accessible to the community and that we all understand where William and Mary is and what the university is doing,” Huge said. The program will be followed by a question and answer session. The event is open and free to the public, but space is limited, so registration is requested. – SaraRose Martin, vagazette – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
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UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Virginia’s Carla Williams passed on this month’s national athletic directors’ convention, an event she usually attends. “I’ve got a lot going on,” she said. No doubt. Most pressing is raising money for the department’s $180-million “master plan,” an ambitious, broad-based campaign to upgrade obsolete facilities and enhance athletes’ experiences through leadership and career development and community engagement. More fleeting and enjoyable is celebrating 2018-19, the most accomplished sports year in U.Va.’s history. The Cavaliers didn’t approach the seven ACC championships they won in 2009-10 and 2007-08. Nor did they didn’t match their three national titles from 2014-15 (men’s soccer, men’s tennis and baseball). “Virginia has been here before,” Williams said, “and I always give credit to Craig Littlepage, because he hired some phenomenal coaches. … This has historically been a broad-based, successful athletic program. The longest-tenured AD in school history, Littlepage retired in 2017 after 16 years and 13 NCAA titles. Fittingly, Littlepage and his wife, Margaret, were in Minneapolis as Bennett’s program authored a redemption tale for the ages. – David Teel, dailypress – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Thirsty sports fans, raise a glass: Your options for getting a beer or glass of vino just grew exponentially on the University of Minnesota (U of M)  campus. The U of M Board of Regents voted unanimously to approve the sale of beer and wine at multiple on-campus sports venues for Gopher home games. Starting with the upcoming 2019-20 athletic seasons fans will be able to purchase beer and wine from all seating areas at both 3M Arena at Mariucci for hockey games and Williams Arena for basketball games. Alcohol sales will stop just before the start of the third period in hockey, and just before the start of the second half in hoops. Fans with access to the Maturi Pavilion clubroom for volleyball and wrestling will also be able to buy beer and wine. “We are appreciative of the Board in approving this measure,” said Athletics Director Mark Coyle. ” The Athletic Department estimates that selling beer and wine at these venues will bring in an additional $250,000 per year after an initial investment of $70,000. – Dana Thiede, kare11 – Read More

ULM
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ULM

Scott McDonald never lost confidence he was the right person to lead the Louisiana-Monroe athletic department on a permanent basis. Now the former banking executive has the chance to prove it. After holding the interim title since September, McDonald was introduced as ULM’s full-time athletic director during a Friday press conference on the seventh floor of the university library. “Confidence is a demonstrated ability and I’ve had the opportunity over 34 years in the financial services industry to lead different groups and be involved with different projects,” McDonald said. “I know with this staff, both administratively and with the coaches we have, we’ll continue to build off that and compete for championships.” ULM President Bruno told the News-Star he wanted to interview all the candidates prior to June 18. He made his decision on Tuesday, expediting the search so McDonald’s hire could be approved at the next University of Louisiana System Board meeting. – Adam Hunsucker, thenewsstar – Read More

UNC CHARLOTTE
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UNC CHARLOTTE

Loren Hibbs, who has been with the Charlotte 49ers for 27 years, has retired from his position as head baseball coach, Director of Athletics Mike Hill announced on Friday. Hibbs will move back to his alma mater, Wichita State, as Assistant A.D. for Baseball Operations and Player Development. He will rejoin one of his former players and former major leaguer Eric Wedge, who was recently named head coach of the Shockers. “Loren Hibbs has given his heart and soul to this program,” Hill said. “We are sad to see him go, but understand and respect his desire to return to his alma mater.” Hibbs led the 49ers to the NCAA Tournament five times and posted 15 seasons of 30 or more wins in his 27-year career as head coach. Read More.

MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY
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MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY

Former Marquette and Yale assistant coach Andrew Stimmel is the second head coach in Marquette University men’s lacrosse history, it was announced on Friday morning. “Andrew is one of the rising stars in the lacrosse world and we are thrilled to know that he will be leading the Marquette men’s lacrosse program,” said Marquette Vice President and Director of Athletics Bill Scholl. Stimmel, who was an assistant at Marquette in 2016, has spent each of the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator at Yale, which he helped lead to the 2018 NCAA National Championship and a runner-up finish in 2019. The national title was Yale’s first in 135 years and the squad has posted historic offensive production with Stimmel guiding the attack. Read More.

BROWN UNIVERSITY
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BROWN UNIVERSITY

Brown University is seeking a director of sports medicine. The Director of Sports Medicine manages the Sports Medicine Program, providing supervision and direction to the athletic training staff. The Sports Medicine personnel provide medical care and health education to ensure the safety of, reduce the risk of injury to, and assist with the rehabilitation of injured student-athletes. This position also has a dual reporting structure to both Athletics and to University Health Services and coordinates with both internal and external health care providers. –NCAA. Apply Here.

WOFFORD COLLEGE
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WOFFORD COLLEGE

Wofford College is seeking a director of compliance who will be responsible for adhering to all Department and College policies and procedures, as well as the rules, regulations, bylaws and interpretations of the Southern Conference and the NCAA. It includes, among others, assisting student-athletes, coaches and staff who visit the Athletics Compliance Office, complete necessary NCAA and Southern Conference forms, provide NCAA rule interpretations and provide approval for activities where applicable; assisting with educational efforts for student-athletes, coaches, staff and boosters as needed; present at rules education meetings. –NCAA. Apply Here.

LITTLE ROCK
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LITTLE ROCK

Little Rock Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Chasse Conque today announced the hiring of Jenna Wylie as the Trojans’ head women’s golf coach. Wylie becomes the third head coach in program history, taking over following the retirement of Bridgett Norwood after 26 years with the program. “I am thrilled to welcome Jenna Wylie as the new head coach of our Trojan women’s golf program,” said Conque. Wylie comes to Little Rock after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Sun Belt foe Georgia Southern. During her time in Statesboro, Wylie helped lead the Eagles to back-to-back third-place finishes at the conference meet, the best showings in program history. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

University of Miami Director of Athletics Blake James announced Friday a contract extension for head women’s basketball coach Katie Meier. The new contract for Meier, who recently concluded her 14th campaign leading the Hurricanes, will run through the 2024-25 season. “The University of Miami has been so fortunate to have Katie as our women’s basketball coach and her record of success on the court and off is nearly unrivaled,” James said. An 18-year head coaching veteran who owns a career record of 353-217, Meier has guided Miami to a 277-172 record during her stellar tenure. She was inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame in April 2017. The Hurricanes have reached the postseason in each of the last 10 years, earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament in eight of the past nine campaigns. Read More.


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