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August 26, 2015

CLARION UNIVERSITY

Clarion University seeks applicants for the position of Sports Information Director (SID). The individual selected will be responsible for working with the coaches and staff in Intercollegiate Athletics to support, promote and communicate the achievements of University Athletes and Athletic Programs. Apply Here

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Playing an impactful role in the community is a responsibility Penn State’s athletic programs do not take lightly.
Through a wide-range of activities with organizations and groups of all ages, Penn State’s approximately 800 student-athletes performed more than 5,300 hours of community service in 2014-15. The total number of hours created an average of nearly seven hours of service for each student-athlete this past year. The theme across Intercollegiate Athletics is that while none of the community service activities are mandatory, the student-athletes, coaches and staff members never bypass the chance to help out. Creating a bond between the athletic department’s 800 student-athletes and different sectors of the community is a significant piece to creating a world-class experience on the University Park campus.

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

Kent State University Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen has announced that Dr. Janet Kittell, senior associate athletic director/senior woman administrator, has been promoted to Deputy Athletic Director for Internal Operations/Senior Woman Administrator. Kittell has served as Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator since November of 2012. She will retain many of her duties, which include the oversight of 15 varsity sports and strength and conditioning. Kittell has decades of intercollegiate athletic experience, starting as a sophomore at the University of Michigan tutoring student-athletes. Read More

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE

Kelly Cray has been named the Acting Director of Sports Medicine following the retirement of Dave Matthews at the end of last spring. Cray, a 24-year veteran, has served as the Associate Director of Sports Medicine since 2013 and was named an Associate Athletic Trainer in 2001. Cray is a licensed Athletic Trainer in the State of Vermont and is also a CATZ coach. Cray joined the staff in 1992 after doing an internship at Middlebury with the football program in the fall of 1991. The New Jersey native majored in athletic training at Castleton University, earning his degree in May of 1992.

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

East Carolina University is looking for an Assistant Director of Development. The Assistant Director for Development will work independently to develop, manage and execute a comprehensive relationship building and fundraising plan for the assigned areas and portfolio associated with the ECU Educational Foundation, better known as the Pirate Club. Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

About an hour before a Tennessee football player’s scheduled bedtime, he gets a reminder via an app on his phone or a text message. That’s when he puts on orange glasses that block out the glow of smartphones or computer screens, making it easier to fall asleep. All the players have been given sleeping masks as well. Some have sensors above their mattresses and under their sheets to monitor heart rate, movement and respiration rate to detect their quality and quantity of sleep. The idea is that if they sleep better each night, they’ll work better the following day. Tennessee coach Butch Jones’ staff is working in conjunction with Rise Science, a Chicago-based company hoping more teams follow the 25th-ranked Volunteers’ lead. The result is a carefully orchestrated sleep monitoring program for the team. – Steve Megargee, Ledger-Enquirer, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO

Toledo athletics has announced that the department will be making a move from Pepsi to Coke.  You can now expect to see plenty of Powerade cups and coolers on the sidelines of University of Toledo games for many seasons to come.  UT will receive $4,525,000 in sponsorship fees over 10 years in exchange for making Coca-Cola its exclusive beverage provider, according to terms of a recently released final contract that went into effect this month. The annual pop sum is a sizable increase from UT’s expired deal with Pepsi, which paid the university $135,000 for pouring rights and athletic sponsorship money in the former contract’s final year. – Vanessa McCray, Toledo Blade Read More

 

ROSE-HULMAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has authorized Wabash Valley Sports as a new provider of live in-game video coverage for every home game of the upcoming football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball seasons, beginning with the football home opener on Sept. 5. Rose-Hulman will also continue to video broadcast home volleyball matches, baseball games and softball games through its existing partnership with Stretch Internet. Live stat links for available broadcasts have already been added to the respective team webpage. In addition, plans are underway to video broadcast live soccer home games when the necessary campus bandwidth becomes available to the Intramural Fields in the summer of 2016.

POINT PARK UNIVERSITY

For the second time in three years, Point Park earned the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) Commissioner’s Cup as the top athletic department in the conference. The Cup is awarded annually using a points system based on regular season standings. The 2014-15 school year saw Point Park claim regular season championships in men’s soccer, men’s golf and baseball. The Pioneers also had second place finishes with men’s and women’s track and field, women’s soccer, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, softball and volleyball. Point Park won the cup in its first year in the KIAC in 2012-13. They finished second in the conference the following year before claiming the cup once again this past school year. Director of Athletics Dan Swalga said earning the cup for the second time in three years shows the strength of Point Park’s athletic department. -Josh Croup, The Globe, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

The University of Cincinnati department of athletics announced Tuesday a multi-million dollar fundraising campaign for the renovation of Fifth Third Arena, home to Bearcats men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball. Proposed improvements to the 26-year old facility, built in 1989 and originally named the Myrl H. Shoemaker Center, include the creation of a 360-degree seating bowl, new restroom and concession facilities, a new upper-level concourse with its own fan amenities, expanded food and beverage options and a new main entrance and plaza with centralized ticketing and guest services. Earlier Tuesday, the UC Board of Trustees approved an interim $2.2-million funding request to allow for completion of documents in the design development phase. A total funding request for the anticipated $85-million, privately-funded project will be submitted to the board for review and approval in the next 90 days.

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

Princeton University is looking for Athletics Administrator for External Relations. The Athletics Administrator for External Relations responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to the following: Community Service programs under the auspices of the Princeton Varsity Club, and in collaboration with the Assistant Director of the Princeton Varsity Club, management of the Student-Athlete Service Council (SASC), and the initiatives noted below: Community & Staff Day, National Girls & Women in Sport Day, Communiversity. –Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

Maryland is trying to emulate the University of Oregon, riding the largest of a multibillion-dollar apparel company to athletic prominence. As the Terrapins begin their second year in the Big Ten Conference next week, the university is striving to establish a nationally relevant program in football. Central to that goal is Kevin Plank, a 43-year-old Maryland graduate and former Terrapins football player. Mr. Plank is the founder and chief executive of Under Armour. Under Armour and Maryland signed a 10-year contract extension last year that will pay the university nearly $33 million in cash and gear. Under Armour already tests new products on campus, including a new so-called ungrabbable fabric, using athletes as part of its research-and-design process. -Marc Tracy, The NY Times, Read More

MANHATTAN COLLEGE

Manhattan College Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Noah D. LeFevre has named Jonathan Larson as the Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Performance. The newly created position will supervise all strength & conditioning elements of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics’ 19 sport offerings. Larson arrives in Riverdale after working this season as an assistant for the St. Louis Cardinals at their spring training facility in Jupiter, FL. A 2013 graduate from the Hofstra University with a degree in exercise science and political science, he is currently pursuing his master’s degree in sports sciences & kinesiology and is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association having obtained his CSCS as well as a USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach Certification.

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY NORTHRIDGE

Teiana Jones has joined CSUN as the Senior Associate Athletic Director, Academic Services, the department has announced. Jones will have a dual role at CSUN, also reporting to Academic Affairs as the Senior Director of Academic Services for Student Athletes. She will report jointly to Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Brandon Martin and Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Studies Dr. Elizabeth Adams. Jones will oversee Academic Advising and the Matador Achievement Center at CSUN. In her four years at Georgia Tech, Jones oversaw coordinators and tutors and also worked with the women’s basketball and women’s tennis teams. The Hoffman Estates, IL native received her Bachelor of Arts in Health and Sport Studies with a minor in Leisure Studies from the University of Iowa.

GANNON UNIVERSITY

Gannon Director of Athletics Lisa Goddard McGuirk has named Alexis Quinn as the University’s Assistant Director of Athletics Media Relations. Quinn replaces Will Nowadly, who resigned last month to become the Assistant Director of Pirate Club Communications at NCAA Division I East Carolina University. Quinn comes to Gannon after spending time as the Sports Information Director at NCAA Division III Sweet Briar (Va.) College. Quinn graduated from Indiana (Pa.) in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in English.

BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

In the latest news regarding the Sam Ukwuachu drama, Boise State issued a statement denying that violence against women was a factor in Ukwuachu’s dismissal from the football team in 2013.  After being dismissed from the Bronco program, Ukwuachu transferred to Baylor but never played for the Bears. He was convicted of sexual assault in Texas last week. The incident occurred less than six months after then-coach Chris Petersen dismissed the defensive end from his team. – Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman Read More

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND

The University of Richmond will provide cost of attendance in men’s and women’s basketball, which the Atlantic 10 Conference mandated months ago in a league-wide decision. Spiders’ student-athletes in other sports could receive cost of attendance based on a model that UR athletic director Keith Gill explained in a Monday interview. Coaches in Richmond sports other than basketball will be allowed to offer cost of attendance with funds from their existing scholarship budgets. Richmond’s annual cost of attendance figure is $1,300, as determined by the school’s financial aid department. Gill said Richmond would continue to evaluate cost of attendance, and the school’s policy could change. -John O’Connor, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

Notre Dame Stadium’s renovation project will include the addition of a video board atop the south end of the stadium, the school announced Tuesday. The complete renovation project, known as “Campus Crossroads,” was announced in January 2014 and launched in November after the 2014 football season. It is on target for completion in August 2017. There will be no advertising or commercials associated with the video board, whose addition will allow for the removal of the north scoreboard to enhance the view of the Word of Life mural on the Hesburgh Library — better known as “Touchdown Jesus.” The school also announced Tuesday that the project will include improvements to seating, Wi-Fi and the stadium’s sound system. -Matt Fortuna, ESPN, Read More

GREAT BAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

For the first time, Great Bay Community College is entering an academic year with sports among its offerings. The Herons will compete in the Yankee Small College Conference in volleyball, golf, and men’s and women’s basketball. A deal is in the works to have the majority of basketball games broadcast on local radio. Three of the sports will play their home games in a brand-new, 400-seat gym, part the new Student Success Center, and an athletics website — gogreatbay.com — is expected to go live later this week. – Mike Zhe, Fosters, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents’ approval vote needed to break ground on the Gophers’ $190 million athletics village will be delayed again — at least until October — Regents Chair Dean Johnson told the Star Tribune on Tuesday. An informational meeting for the university facilities committee will be held Sept. 10, and on Oct. 9 the regents “hope to take a vote on the athletics village, which would include a plan for the track [complex],” Johnson said. – Jason Gonzalez, Star Tribune, Read More

CALDWELL UNIVERSITY

Caldwell University Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics Mark Corino has announced the hiring of John Tagliaferri as the Director of Athletic Media Relations effective immediately. Tagliaferri comes to Caldwell from Pace University where he was the full-time Director of Athletic Media Relations/Communications since January 2007. In his eight years, Tagliaferri coordinated three web redesigns of the Pace Athletics Website including the transition to a new URL, PaceUAthletics.com in 2014. Tagliaferri graduated from Pace in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a minor in Education.

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

The Clemson Tigers will wear the swoosh until 2022. Nike Inc. has extended the university’s athletic apparel deal for eight years. The university and the sportswear company signed the extension in December. The Business Journal obtained a copy of the deal this week through its annual requests for the contracts of top athletic programs. The new deal more than doubles the terms of the previous deal, mostly in increased equipment and apparel. The eight-year deal will net the university $23 million in cash and equipment and put it on par with similar athletic departments in the ACC. Clemson will get $2.5 million in equipment and cash from Nike this year, up from the $1 million it received in the last year of the previous deal. – Matthew Kish, Portland Business Journal, Read More

HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY

Last Fall former Humboldt State Athletic Department Information Director Dan Pambianco filed a lawsuit against some of his coworkers. On Monday, Aug. 24 a settlement conference closed to the public was held at a courthouse in Eureka, California where Pambianco and his attorney Peter Martin met with HSU’s official representatives. A trial date was set for May 16. At the time Pambianco said he was a victim of retaliatory action from Athletic Director Dan Collen and Associate Athletic Director of External Affairs Tom Trepiak due to several claims last fall. One claim was the of scholarship funds towards personal expenses involving former president Rollin Richmond. President Rossbacher commissioned a private auditing company last spring where they conducted a partial audit in the department. No illegal activity was discovered although recommendations for improvements were made.

BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

Boise State University is looking for a Sr. Associate Athletic Director, External Operations. This position will be responsible to provide external department leadership and to the assist Executive Director of Athletics with daily management of the athletic program. Apply Here

BLOOMSBURG UNIVERSITY

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is seeking a Director of Athletic Operations who possesses the athletic operations expertise and organizational skills needed to work with all aspects of a successful NCAA Division II athletic department. The role of Director of Athletic Operations is a full-time, 12-month position which requires nontraditional hours coordinating operational matters for all 19 NCAA Division II programs, the Division I Wrestling program, and summer athletic camps. This individual must be able to relate to coaches, student-athletes, and fellow administrative staff. Apply Here

August 25, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

CLC today announced a multi-year extension of its partnership with the University of Arizona to manage the school’s trademark licensing program. Since partnering with CLC in 1984, Arizona has generated nearly $24 million in licensing revenues. School licensing royalties are up +60% in the past five years. Arizona is in the midst of its sixth consecutive year of record royalties. “Arizona is among the nation’s fastest-growing collegiate licensing programs,” said Cory Moss, SVP and managing director, CLC. “The university has thoughtfully managed its licensee base and was one of the first to adopt a Product Category Management (PCM) centered brand philosophy in 2003. There’s now more Arizona licensed merchandise in the retail market than at any other time in the program’s history, and sales growth has followed.” Officially licensed product for the Wildcats is now sold at 1,500 retail locations.

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Joe Rexrode, of the Detroit Free Press, has recently completed a compelling series on Michigan State AD Mark Hollis. Some of the notable takeaways from the series include an update on Spartan season ticket sales, fundraising numbers and Hollis’ personal struggles. MSU football season tickets have surpassed 62,000 and still have a shot at the all-time record of 63,381, set in 2012. As far as fundraising goes, Hollis provided a detailed breakdown of MSU’s fundraising  from 2014: Grand total raised, $46,614,467; for facilities, $17,492,840.03; for expendable/operating, $14,515,976.45; for endowment, $14,605,650.44. -Joe Rexrode, Detroit Free Press Read more here and here

NCAA FOOTBALL

Flat ticket prices for home games? Not anymore! The evolution of ticket pricing in college athletics across the country has changed. Variable pricing has become commonplace and some schools have even started using dynamic pricing, adjusting ticket prices almost daily based on market conditions. “Gone are the days where every ticket is priced the same,” said Rob Sine, president of IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions, a sales and marketing business that works with more than 30 colleges. “Schools are understanding that every opponent and every sight line is not the same, and they’re pricing their tickets accordingly.” Take for example Rutgers; the Scarlet Knights will have the most expensive single game ticket in the country. Rutgers, will be selling a limited number of midfield seats — fewer than 100 — to the Ohio State game for $550, according to a SportsBusiness Journal survey of ticket prices in the power five conferences. -Michael Smith, Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal, Read More

BIG 12

The Big 12 is close to becoming the second major conference to ban transfers with a history of sexual or violent misconduct. The league’s athletic directors voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend adoption of a rule similar to what the SEC passed in May. The Southeastern Conference will not take transfers who are dismissed at their previous school for “serious misconduct.” That term is defined as sexual assault, domestic assault and other forms of sexual violence. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby confirmed the AD’s vote, saying it was a draft proposal that will have to be “advanced for refinement and consideration” by the Big 12 Joint Council (presidents, ADs, faculty-athletic representatives). Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman first reported the news. -Dennis Dodd, CBS Sports Read More

UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD

Kay Lennon has been named Associate Athletics Director for Compliance at the University of Hartford. In this capacity, she will be responsible for all compliance administration related to the Hawks’ 18 Division I intercollegiate sports. Lennon joins the Hartford Hawks after serving as the Assistant Director for Compliance at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. Prior to Mercer, Lennon worked in compliance at the University of Florida and before working in college athletics she practiced law for five years with a focus in estate planning, taxation, bankruptcy and litigation. At Mercer University, Lennon’s responsibilities included directing sports specific compliance administration related to men’s soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s cross country and women’s track and field. She was also responsible for the rental contracts for Mercer’s athletics facilities and game contracts for all sports.

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