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August 12, 2015


University of Georgia is looking for an Associate Director of Development. This position supports all annual giving functions and the marketing and communication of The Georgia Bulldog Club. Apply Here

August 11, 2015


TTexas A&M University-Kingsville Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics and Campus Recreation D. Scott Gines and Executive Director and CEO of the Texas A&M-Kingsville Foundation Brad Walker announced the hiring of Anthony Giacometti as the Javelina’s new Assistant Director of Athletic Development on Monday. Giacometti joins the Blue and Gold staff after spending the past two years as the Assistant Director of Athletic Development at La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2011, Giacometti graduated from La Salle with his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Communication with a focus in Mass Communication, Journalism and Communication Management. – Alice Echo News Journal, Read More


Texas Tech University officials announced a $1 million gift from Happy State Bank to fund facilities priorities of The Campaign for Fearless Champions. The gift will be allocated to the new Sports Performance Center, which includes indoor training facilities for football and track and field. In recognition of the gift, the northwest entrance to Jones AT&T Stadium has been named the Happy State Bank Entrance. The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents approved the naming in keeping with the system’s policies on major gifts. Gifts to The Campaign for Fearless Champions have already funded 10 of 25 planned campaign facilities projects. –Lubbock Avalanche Journal, Read More


Grassroots communication. Feedback from customers. Input. Participation. Ideas. Involvement. Although these are some of the many buzzwords familiar to successful businesses, Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics is attempting to take them one step further and engage Penn State supporters in a way and at a level heretofore unheard. They want to know what we think, in person, from our own mouths. Perhaps you’ve read about the creation of the Nittany Lion Fan Council? Twenty-five Penn State fans have four opportunities over the next year to personally meet with athletic department staff and express opinions on their experiences with Penn State athletics. The five specific areas the Council members were summoned to provide feedback on are: Game Day Experience; Communications; Facilities; Sales and Ticketing; Redemption and Retention. – John Hook, State College, Read More


Grand Canyon University is currently seeking a Sr. Associate Athletics Director, Sports Information and Strategic Communication to serve as the chief communications executive for the Department of Athletics, providing strategic oversight of all external and internal communications. This position will coordinate all strategic communications, media relations, publications, digital and social media, branding and creative special projects for the department and provide proactive leadership with messaging, branding and crisis communication. –Apply Here


Arkansas Tech University is seeking candidates for an Assistant Director of Athletic Communications. Reporting to the Director of Athletic Communications, the Assistant Director will be responsible for assisting in the promotion and comprehensive public relations for Arkansas Tech Athletics and the department’s 10 varsity sports programs. Send all applications to Paul Smith, Director of Athletic Communications. Email ([email protected])


Grand Canyon University is currently seeking a full-time Assistant Director of Compliance. Reporting to the Sr. Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Administration, the Assistant Director will manage all aspects associated with Bylaw(s) 11, 13, 16, and 17. Apply Here


University of Oregon Athletic Department is looking for a Senior Associate Director of Development, Eugene & Northern California. The Senior Associate Director of Development serves as representative of UO Athletics and the Duck Athletic Fund in Eugene and Northern California. Responsible for development activities as a member of the Duck Athletic Fund for both annual gifts to the Duck Athletic Fund and major gifts to endowments and capital projects. Submit letter of interest, resume and the names and phone numbers of three references via email to Mark Ruckwardt, at [email protected]


West Virginia University invites applications for the position of Assistant Director, Football. The position will report to the Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development and provide academic support and guidance to football student-athletes. Submit letter of application with current resume and three references to: [email protected]


The University of Hawaii is expected to announce the cost of attendance stipends for scholarship athletes Tuesday.
Athletic Director David Matlin said last week that if fully funded, the maximum stipend would be just under $4,000 per athlete, though they may not be fully funded or available to all athletes. Matlin declined to say how many of the approximately 250 scholarship athletes will be covered. –The Bellingham Herarld, Read More


On Monday, August 10, Molloy College Director of Athletics Susan Cassidy-Lyke announced that Jon Hochberg has been named the Assistant Director of Athletics for Operations. Hochberg joins Molloy after a three-year stint at Lehman College as the Associate Director of Athletics/Associate Head Men’s Basketball Coach. In his new role with the Lions, Hochberg will assist with the daily operations of game-day management, facility and venue management, apparel and equipment ordering and maintenance, and transportation scheduling. Originally from Woodstock, N.Y., he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Public Management (1997) from SUNY IT, in Utica, where he served as the team captain his senior year.


Students all over the UW-Madison campus already use the photo-sharing service Snapchat — now two university institutions are joining them on the popular smartphone app. The UW Athletic Department and the UW-Madison Police Department both announced on Thursday they had joined the service, with the usernames officialbadgers and uwmadisonpolice, respectively. The athletics account has featured behind-the-scenes looks at Badger football fall camp and media day. -Nico Savidge, Wisconsin State Journal, Read More


The University of Iowa on Monday instructed its fans and boosters to stop tweeting at prospective student athletes. “Hawkeye fans and boosters, please do not tweet at Hawkeye recruits,” the athletic department’s compliance office posted on its Twitter account. “Leave the recruiting to Iowa coaches! It is against National Collegiate Athletic Association rules for athletic boosters to communicate with recruits over social media. Colleges also discourage fans from using social media to persuade prospective players to join a program, as the interaction can cause confusion or be seen as having received approval from an institution. – Inside Higher Ed, Read More


Lubbock Christian University is proud to announce plans to expand the Athletic Department to 13 programs with the addition of men’s and women’s track and field programs beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year. Track and field will consist of indoor and outdoor programs for both men and women. LCU cross country head coach Nick Cordes will oversee the track and field teams and will begin recruiting efforts to field a men’s and women’s program to begin competition in the 2016-2017 academic term. The efforts will start by competing in running events consisting of 400 meters and longer. Leigh Cordes, who is LCU’s assistant cross country coach, will also assist Nick with the programs.

August 10, 2015


State Sen. Tom Whatley of Auburn proposed a resolution today urging Auburn University to claim nine national championships in football. Auburn won the national title in 1957 and 2010. Whatley’s resolution, which has six Senate co-sponsors, urged Auburn to claim championships in 1910, 1913, 1914, 1958, 1983, 1993 and 2004. Senators talked briefly about the resolution before sending it to a committee without a vote. The idea of retroactively claiming championships is not new. The Auburn athletic department had a committee study whether to claim national championships in six seasons — all of those in Whatley’s resolution except for 1958. Athletic Director Jay Jacobs announced in May that the school had decided to claim only the 1957 and 2010 championships. -Mike Cason, AL.Com, Read More


Courtney Vinson, who has served as an assistant athletic director at UCF the past four years, has been named the Associate Athletic Director for Sport Services and Senior Woman Administrator at the University of Memphis. UofM Athletic Director Tom Bowen made the announcement Monday. At Memphis, Vinson will oversee the operations of the Athletics Office of Compliance, including certification, scholarships and the scholarship book process. A member of the UCF Athletic Association’s senior staff, Vinson created, developed and implemented policies and procedures to ensure institutional rules which aligned with the NCAA and American Athletic Conference regulations. Vinson earned her master’s degree in athletic administration from Marshall University in 2006 where she was a compliance graduate assistant.


Athletics at Colorado State University had a $3.2 million deficit for fiscal year 2015 and are projected to have a $2.9 million deficit for 2016, campus president Tony Frank told the CSU System Board of Governors on Friday. Frank cautioned against looking too far ahead with too much certainty in making budget projections, but he also presented projections in which the program faces deficits of $2.6 million in 2017, $1.8 million in 2018 and $667,000 in 2019. Frank noted that membership in one of the power five football conferences would likely lead to more than $20 million annually from the television rights package alone, though expenses would also grow. – Rob White, Coloradoan, Read More


University of New Hampshire Director of Athletics Marty Scarano announced Monday that Jon Danos has been hired as the Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs. The position oversees UNH athletics revenue generation, including ticket sales and third party multi-media rights sales, marketing and promotions, communications, television and radio contracts, licensing, merchandising and Wildcat Sport Properties. Danos, who graduated from UNH with a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration in 1990, returns to Durham following 25 years in minor league baseball, and the last 12 years with Opening Day Partners, LLC (ODP)and Maryland Baseball, LLC as partner, President and COO.


Shorter University is looking for an Associate Athletics Director for Compliance. The Associate Athletics Director for Compliance is responsible for the overall development, implementation, and oversight of the institution’s compliance program. Apply Here


Campus leaders at the University of Nebraska at Omaha say they made the move to NCAA Division I in athletics because the school was financially failing at Division II. So how has the change worked out financially so far? The World-Herald requested detailed budget data covering UNO’s last years at Division II and first three of its four-year transition to Division I. An analysis of those numbers and other data sources shows that while athletic finances appear more stable than in the past, Division I has brought its own financial challenges. – Henry J. Cordes, Omaha, Read More


William Nowadly has been hired as assistant director of Pirate Club communications at East Carolina University, according to an announcement by the department of athletics on Monday. Nowadly previously worked at Gannon University as assistant director of athletics media relations where he was the primary media contact and event manager for 11 teams. Nowadly was an athletic communications graduate assistant at Canisius College from 2011-13, where he was the primary media contact and statistician for seven teams, while handling secondary men’s basketball responsibilities. A 2007 graduate of Houghton College with a degree in communication and physical education, Nowadly earned a master’s degree in sport administration from Canisius in 2013.


The premium seating area on the east side of Bright House Networks Stadium has a title sponsor and a new name. UCF Athletics has announced a partnership with Carl Black of Orlando Monday, christening the space the Carl Black and Gold Cabana. Omar Rodriguez, Carl Black of Orlando general manager, was the driving force on the partnership. Carl Black of Orlando, an authorized dealer of Chevrolet, Buick and GMC brands, has been a major partner of UCF Athletics since 2006. Both Rodriguez and UCF officials mentioned the importance of that long-standing relationship. A limited number of Carl Black and Gold Cabana memberships are still available.


NAIA is looking for a Director of Championships who is positive, smart, fast paced, business professional who desires to be innovative and demands an array of job responsibilities. The Director of Championships organizes and supervises a staff of eight or more championship department members and oversees the managers of our 23 national championships and 4 emerging sports events. Apply Here


Ever since the Sun Belt Conference and the media got together back on July 20th, the speculation about the league adding a twelfth member has (once again) become a main topic of conversation. After the meetings, Commissioner Karl Benson told The Advertiser‘s Tim Buckley the league had had preliminary discussions with Coastal Carolina out of the Big South Conference and Eastern Kentucky of the Ohio Valley Conference. Last week, an eight-person group representing the Sun Belt visited CCU after visiting EKU previously.  This week the committee will make a formal visit to New Mexico State in Las Cruces.  CCU President David DeCenzo has publicly stated his school will accept a bid to join the league if an offer is extended. – Jay Walker, ESPN1420, Read More


Louisiana Tech University is seeking candidates for Director of Football Operations. Candidate must have advanced computer skills; good communication, organization and time management skills; and have experience in arranging team travel, preseason training camp, directing summer football camps and in compliance and scholarship documents. Candidate must serve as a liaison for fields and officials and have sound written and verbal communication skills, a commitment to athletic and academic success, and a knowledge and understanding of NCAA rules and bylaws. Email: Search Committee, Louisiana Tech University [email protected]


Penn State has announced the appointment of Cory Chapman as assistant athletic director and general manager of Beaver Stadium and Pegula Ice Arena. Chapman will work closely with Associate Athletic Director Mark Bodenschatz in overseeing all aspects of Beaver Stadium and Pegula Ice Arena. His primary duties will include programming, maintenance, budgets, customer service and managing staff for the two facilities. From LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Chapman comes to Penn State after serving the past six years in facility operations and event management at the University of Minnesota. He begins his duties at Penn State today. Chapman brings nearly 15 years of facility management and programming experience to Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. Chapman graduated from Viterbo University with a degree in liberal studies and he earned a master’s degree in health and human studies from Fort Hays State University.


In partnership with Smart Tour Media, Creighton is pleased to unveil an athletic department wide facility virtual tour showcasing the department’s venues. Smart Tour Media, based out of Omaha offers smart tours that are mobile friendly providing dynamic and interactive 360° viewpoints, auto/manual navigation, among many other features. When viewed on a mobile device, the Creighton Smart Tour offers the user a first person point-of-view as they navigate the venues. The Creighton Smart Tour will continue to be developed into the fall as certain elements within are updated. At this time the tour features the Championship Center, The Ryan Athletic Center & D.J. Sokol Arena, The Rasmussen Fitness & Sports Center, Morrison Stadium, Kitty Gaughan Pavilion, The Golf Learning Facility at Omaha Country Club, TD Ameritrade Park Omaha & CenturyLink Center Omaha.


The University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is soliciting applications from qualified individuals for the position of Director of Outbound Ticket Sales. The Director of Outbound Ticket Sales (OTS) is responsible for the training and oversight of full-time, part-time and volunteer sales staff. Apply Here


With preseason practices already underway and the start of the fall season close at hand, staff changes continue within the University of Maine athletics department. Laura Reed, who served as the assistant athletic director for public relations, recently announced her departure. She had been a member of UMaine’s sports information staff for 15 years. Reed is the third athletics administrator to leave UMaine since the end of the 2014-2015 school year. – Pete Warner, BDN, Read More


As Virginia Tech’s football team opened preseason camp Friday on fields below, athletic director Whit Babcock spent more than an hour discussing the program’s direction, coach Frank Beamer’s future and how national issues affect the Hokies. The conversation is split into two parts, the second of which should post Tuesday morning and will include Babcock’s thoughts on upgrading Tech’s basketball arena and baseball and softball complexes, the prospects for an ACC channel in this era of unbundling, and an overview as he enters his second full academic year in Blacksburg. -David Teel, Daily Press, Read More

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