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August 21, 2015


University of Evansville is looking for a Director of Business Operations, Athletics. The Director of Business Operations, Athletics responsibilities include but are not limited to: Maintaining a real-time budgetary tool, which is reflective of what has processed in the University accounting system as well as any requests / payments submitted for payment, but not yet reflected in the University system. Apply Here


University of Evansville is looking for a Director of Revenue Development, Athletics. The Director of Revenue Development would work directly under the Senior Associate AD for Development & External Operations (also indirectly reporting to the Athletic Director) to increase revenue from sponsorships and ticket sales. Apply Here


The Wolf Pack athletic department will build a new multi-million dollar outdoor tennis facility that is expected to be completed for this season. The new tennis facility, which will be funded by private donations, has been a long-desired upgrade. The project is estimated at $2.3 million, according to a university release on new construction on campus. The new facility will go on the old Bishop Manogue property, which currently houses the softball complex as well as the Wolf Pack’s track and field practice facility. Construction will begin later this month and it should be completed by the end of the year in time for spring competitions, giving the Wolf Pack the opportunity to host matches on campus for the first time since the early 1990s.-Chris Murray, RGJ, Read More


The University of Louisville on Friday announced three-year series with Indiana in men’s basketball and football after what Athletic Director Tom Jurich called “an 18-year process.” The men’s hoops series will begin in 2016, with a Dec. 31 game in Indianapolis at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where the seats will be “equally divided” between fan bases, the announcement said. The teams will play in Louisville in 2017 and Bloomington in 2018, with both games set for early December. In football, the series between the two schools will start in 2023 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. In 2024, Louisville will host Indiana on Sept. 7. U of L will play at Indiana on Sept. 6, 2025. -Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, Read More


The University at Albany, is searching for a qualified individual to fill the role of Assistant Athletic Director of Marketing. Reporting to the Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs, the responsibilities include but are not limited to: assist with corporate sponsorship sales; promotion of athletic facility usage sales including stadium/arena/track & field venue/and other revenue generating ideas; brainstorming and implementation of promotions and game theme nights; assist in designing flyers, brochures, e-blasts and video board content; distribute printed material (posters, schedule cards, flyers); create group sales and sponsorship opportunity within in-game promotions inventory; promote single-game and season ticket sales campaigns. Apply Here


The University of Memphis has teamed with participating area Kroger stores to sell $5 football tickets for the Tigers’ season opener in support of the “Million Meals Challenge.” Memphis opens the 2015 season against Missouri State on Sept. 5. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. in Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. The University’s athletic department will donate $1 from each ticket sold at the Guest Services desks of area Kroger stores for this special charitable event. If all 10,000 tickets that have been allocated to Kroger are sold, proceeds will result in 80,000 meals for needy families. Tickets for the Missouri State game will be on sale at Kroger stores throughout the Memphis area beginning Saturday, Aug. 22 through Sept. 5 while they last. – My Fox Memphis, Read More


The race is on, and the University of Nebraska at Kearney is off and running. More than $1.5 million in improvements to the athletic department’s facilities have wrapped up or are going full swing, and more are on the drawing board. This summer’s big-ticket items include the installation of the chair-back seats at the Health and Sports Center and the reconstruction of the retaining wall at Cope Stadium. Removal of the bleachers on the lower bowl of the Health and Sports Center took place in June with the new seats scheduled for installation before the opening of volleyball season. New television screens in the concourse and an expanded concession area will add to the fans’ experience. -Buck Mahoney, Kearney Hub, Read More


As West Virginia continues work on the initial stages of a $45 million upgrade to Milan Puskar Stadium, there will be several changes to the fan experience this season, Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations April Messerly said. The east side of the stadium is currently undergoing construction to relocate utilities to gain a jumpstart on the offseason construction taking pace in the concourse. The restroom count will double, with 50 percent more concession points of sale. Once the renovations are completed on both sides, again by the start of the 2017 season, the walkways around the stadium will not be clogged with busses or vehicular traffic taking those with disabilities into the west side access points, as there will be access points toward the south ends.


Widener University’s Office of Athletics is currently seeking highly qualified applicants for the position of Sports Information Director. This is a full-time, 12-month appointment with the responsibilities to oversee and direct athletic communications for 20 varsity intercollegiate sports, and manage a graduate assistant position. Apply Here


Lori Friel, ODU’s Director of Academic Advising is leaving to become an Assistant Athletic Director at the University of Albany in New York. She was wooed away by former ODU fundraiser Mark Benson, now the Athletic Director there. She came to ODU in 2011 after spending three years at Nevada, six at Ohio and then 11 at UNLV. The new position at Albany will provide with her a promotion and a raise. Athletic director Wood Selig said that ODU hopes to hire her replacement soon, and as a part of the process, he is considering how to restructure academic advising for all sports. Friel will delay her move to Albany until late September in order to give ODU a chance to replace her before she departs. – Hampton Roads, Read More


Student athletes from Northern Arizona University and Louie the Lumberjack led cheers helped announce the university’s partnership with Flagstaff Unified School District’s Fit Kids program. Fit Kids began in 2012 as a partnership between Flagstaff Medical Center and FUSD, and has since grown to include schools throughout northern Arizona. Each school has a Fit Kids coordinator who organizes physical activities throughout the day and before school, as well as a class period during the day for physical activity. Todd Wyard, the Associate Athletics Director at NAU, said the goal of the new partnership was to inspire students and be a positive influence for the kids. Wyard said NAU is focusing on being a better community member, and officials decided to work with elementary schools on a more consistent basis. The partnership focuses on fitness, academics and good citizenship, Wyard said. -Corina Vanek, AZ Daily Sun, Read More


Stephanie Ingalls was named an Academic Coordinator within the Utah State Athletics Department, it was announced Wednesday by Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student Athlete Services Dr. Brian Evans. Ingalls officially began her duties at USU on Monday, Aug. 10. In her position, Ingalls, who replaced Bill Irwin, will serve as the academic coordinator for USU’s football team. Ingalls comes to Utah State after spending the past five years at Wyoming. She served as the learning specialist/academic coordinator for the football team and spirit squad for one year. Ingalls earned her bachelor’s degree in speech pathology from Wyoming in 2010. – Wade Denniston, Deseret News, Read More


The costs of making sure its athletes are treated right are piling up at the University of Illinois. After hiring two Chicago law firms to conduct summer investigations of alleged mistreatment by women’s basketball and football coaches — and one of the world’s largest PR firms to assist with crisis management — the UI’s athletic department has struck a deal with a fourth agency to help it deal with the aftermath. The latest outside firm to sign a contract — for $50,000 worth of “risk management services” — is the Kansas City-based Dan Beebe Group, led by Beebe, the former commissioner of the Big 12 Conference. – Johnathan Hettinger, The News-Gazette, Read More


The University of Houston in Houston, TX is currently seeking a Director of Video Production for  Athletics department to be responsible for the direction and production of multimedia content that connects University of Houston student-athletes, coaches and administrators to its external constituents. Apply Here


Dr. Merritt Spear, Director of Sports Medicine and member of the Cardinal Sports Hall of Fame, received the New York State Athletic Trainers Association Kent Scribner Recognition Award at the July NYSATA annual meeting in New York City. The Kent Scribner Recognition Award is an executive counsel-nominated award to those individuals or groups deserving of recognition for acts, promotion, support of and/or service that positively reflects the goals and mission of the association and athletic training within New York state. Spear, who has been with the college since 1976 when he was director of student health services, is also the recipient of the 2006 David G. Moyer Award from the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association.


Rutgers Athletics is set to move forward on the construction of the Fred Hill Training Complex, Director of Athletics Julie Hermann announced late Thursday. Named after Hall of Fame coach Fred Hill, the indoor facility will serve the needs of the RU baseball and softball programs. An official groundbreaking ceremony will be held at the site Oct. 24, the morning of the Rutgers football game versus Ohio State. The $3.3 million project – all privately raised – is expected to be located in the parking lot currently situated between Bainton Field and the RU Softball Complex.


The difference between what the University of Cincinnati could cover under an athletic scholarship and what it reported as the actual cost of attending the school used to be a problem for Bearcats coaches. Now, it’s a problem for Bearcats athletics administrators. According to data the school provided to the NCAA over five recent years, even as their tuition, room, board and books were being paid for, Cincinnati’s athletes faced an average of nearly $5,000 a year in costs such as transportation and miscellaneous personal expenses — well above the amounts faced by athletes at other schools. Cincinnati is providing a group of its athletes amounts ranging from $5,504 to $7,018, depending on factors including their academic programs and whether they are living on campus or off, senior Associate Athletics Director Maggie McKinley said. -Steve Berkowitz and Andrew Kreighbaum, USA TODAY, Read More


Charleston Southern University is seeking a Chief Compliance Officer for the department of athletics. The position could be Associate or Assistant AD depending on experience and other duties could possibly be added. Apply Here


Montana State University Foundation is looking for a Director of Development, Athletics. The Director of Development at the Montana State University Alumni Foundation (“Alumni Foundation”) is responsible for securing financial gifts from individuals, private foundations, and other philanthropic entities to benefit Montana State University (“MSU”). Apply Here

August 20, 2015


The University of North Florida Ospreys will swoop into the spotlight with their new state of the art Nevco four-sided, center-hung, video display at UNF Arena. The new Nevco video scoring solution will replace a Fair Play four-sided scoreboard and will feature four sides of 6mm LED Video with over 345,000 pixels per side and two mesmerizing 10mm LED video rings, adding another 300,000 pixels. Another addition to UNF Arena for the upcoming season will be the Courtside Cool Zone presented by Waychoff’s Air Conditioning, a row of 44 courtside seats located alongside and behind the new digital scorer’s table. Seat holders will enjoy custom designer seats by Spec Seats, along with in-game hospitality service. Construction and installation for the new video scoreboard and scorer’s table is expected to be completed and ready for use at an interactive basketball fan day and “Select Your Seat” season ticket holder event scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 25.


Parker Executive Search, has come under fire after more harassment complaints against former Minnesota AD  Norwood Teague have surfaced. Minnesota hired Atlanta-based Parker Executive Search  in February 2012, roughly two weeks after longtime AD Joel Maturi announced his resignation. But the company, which received $112,000 from the university failed to uncover a prior sexual harassment complaint against Teague during his tenure as the athletic director at VCU. Now some are questioning why after such a large sum of money was spent, was there no mention of Teague’s history and is there any legal action that can be taken? – Marcus R. Fuller and John Shipley Pioneer Press read more here and here



Ithaca College has hired John Boccacino as the College’s Associate Director of Athletic Communications, Ithaca College Director of Athletics and Recreational Sports Susan Bassett ’79 announced Thursday. He is responsible for promoting the Bombers’ 27 intercollegiate sports teams through IC’s athletics website, as well as on campus, in the local and national media, and through social media and engaging video stories. A former sports and news reporter with the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, N.Y., Boccacino comes to Ithaca with five years of athletic communications experience. Boccacino, a 2003 graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, also co-hosted a weekly high school sports radio show on Section V athletics in Rochester from 2003-2015. Read More


Wisconsin details full cost of attendance for its student-athletes. This year’s athletic department budget includes an additional $2 million that can be distributed to athletes to pay for expenses such as transportation, school supplies and cellphones — costs universities had previously been barred from funding. The changes mean full-scholarship athletes will receive between $3,800 and $5,200 more per year from the university. The $2 million in additional funding for Wisconsin athletes is tied for the second-largest budgeted increase of any school in the country, according to USA Today. Auburn is making $2.1 million available to cover cost of attendance, while Florida State has also increased its budget by $2 million. Read more.


High Point University athletic director Dan Hauser has announced the hiring of Josh Geruso as the department’s Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine. Geruso – a 2003 High Point University graduate – returns to his alma mater after spending the last eight years as a member of the NC State sports medicine department. Geruso began his tenure at NC State in 2008, serving as an assistant athletic trainer with men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming and diving and wrestling. In 2011, he became the athletic trainer for baseball. During his time with the team, he worked extensively on preventative arm care and spoke on arm care and injury prevention at the 2013 Peak Performance for Thrower’s symposium hosted by Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic.


Mizzou Athletics has extended its partnership with leading ticket marketplace provider. Vivid Seats continues as Mizzou’s Official Ticket Marketplace. The multi-year extension covers all Missouri Tiger athletic events. To celebrate the partnership and excitement, Vivid is offering tickets to a Missouri home SEC game for one lucky fan!
As part of the agreement, Mizzou continues its participation in Vivid Seats’ innovative Give Back Program. Vivid donates a percentage of every ticket bought by Missouri students, staff, alumni and fans through the links on back to the Missouri athletics department. The donation is for purchases to any event listed on Vivid Seats’ site, not just Mizzou events, which give Tiger fans exciting new ways to support their team.


Jordy Nelson made a name for himself playing football at Kansas State, and now the former walk-on and current NFL wide receiver will have his name displayed prominently at the Wildcats’ stadium. Nelson, previously announced as one of K-State’s 2015 Ring of Honor inductees, will have his name attached to the Wildcats’ locker room in the new Vanier Football Complex at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Athletics director John Currie announced Thursday the Nelson Family Locker Room will honor Jordy and his wife, Emily, with their financial contribution toward the planned Phase III-B construction at the stadium. The Nelson family gift, along with a previous pledge from the Carl and Mary Ice family, raises the athletic department’s fund-raising total to $8 million toward the $15 million price tag for the Phase III-B project. – The Capital Online, Read More


Year in and year out, Illinois State produces high quality student-athletes. With such a star filled and decorated program, ISU athletics deserves a more dedicated fan base, and, more specifically, a stronger involvement from the student body section. All-American athletes step onto the field at Hancock Stadium and onto Doug Collins Court at Redbird Arena and, for the most part, go unnoticed by their fellow peers and classmates. The average attendance numbers here at ISU is simply pathetic and should be improved dramatically to support the nationally recognized athletes. As a public university with a successful athletics program, they need the full support of its administration and students alike. Fans who have been consistently in attendance at games consist of loyal family members, alumni and a small select amount of students. ISU student attendance needs boosting, now. – Josh Tolentino, Vidette Online, Read More


The Winston-Salem State University Department of Athletics is pleased to announce that Randy Butt has joined the department as Associate Athletics Director for Business & Finance. Butt, who has extensive experience in the financial aspect of college athletics, comes to WSSU from Radford university, where he was responsible for all financial operations, and created a fiscally responsible monitoring and reporting structure for Radford Athletics. A graduate of nearby Eastern Montgomery High School (formerly Shawsville High School), Butt received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the National Business College in Roanoke, Virginia.


Executive Sports Information Director Joe Venniro announced that Nathaniel Smith will join the RIT sports information office as an Assistant Director for the 2015-16 season on Thursday, August 20. Smith will assist Venniro and Director Steve Jaynes in media relations efforts for all of RIT’s 22 Division III programs and Division I men’s and women’s hockey teams. Smith arrives at RIT from Buffalo State College where he was an assistant with the sports information department while receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He assisted in compiling statistics and recording live video and audio for various sports events. Prior to Buffalo State, Smith spent two years at SUNY at Buffalo, where he was the Sports Editor for the independent student-run newspaper The Spectrum. –Read More


Regardless of what recommendations come from a city of Lincoln-commissioned study of Pinnacle Bank Arena operations, the question of whether beer will be sold at Husker basketball games will ultimately be made by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. Consultants Venue Solutions Group of Tennessee will release its findings next week — including whether the sale of beer and liquor could shore up arena finances. Speculation on whether lager and ale could flow from arena taps this fall has launched a many-sided debate that has ramped up this year. The regents have not formally discussed beer sales at Husker hoops games, but several regents said they would be open to studying the possibility. -Chris Dunker, Lincoln Journal Star, Read More

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