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December 9, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

 The University of Maryland is seeking qualified applications for the position of Marketing Assistant. The position will work as a member of the ICA marketing staff, assisting the Director of Marketing with developing creative marketing programs and activities which cultivate interest and support from University groups, the community, and local businesses for the University’s athletic department. This individual will oversee marketing initiatives, ticket sales and game production for the Terps’ national championship women’s lacrosse program with a key focus on maximizing ticket revenue, increasing fan attendance and enhancing the Maryland brand. –Apply Here

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt on Thursday plans to ask the university’s Board of Regents for final approval of Jones AT&T Stadium’s north end zone redevelopment, including one significant modification. Instead of outdoor club seats extending off the north end zone building, Hocutt said the athletic department will ask for loge seating instead. “There would be four to eight seats per section that would have some type of limited privacy through some type of wall and counter space,” Hocutt said, “and each of these outdoor loge boxes or suite areas would have one or two television monitors that would have the scoreboard feed from the scoreboard above you or the abilty to watch other games throughout the country.” -Don Williams, Lubbock Advanced-Journal, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

In an exclusive meeting with The Michigan Daily Monday afternoon, University President Mark Schlissel discussed the search for a new athletic director. Schlissel noted that campus outreach and input will be a large factor of the search process. He said he intends to meet with a number of governing bodies — including Central Student Government, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs, as well as individual coaches and members of the Athletic Department’s staff, to evaluate what University constituents want most out of the new director. While gauging campus needs, Schlissel has also begun to independently develop a broad set of criteria. He is looking for “someone who gets the cultural aspects” — “a person of unquestioned integrity” who is capable of both upholding the University’s athletic excellence while also placing an emphasis on the “student” portion of “student-athlete.” “I’m looking for an athletic director that sort of gets it, that understands that athletics is a part of the University,” he said. “It’s not separate from the University; it exists to help build the community here, and to represent us, and to keep our alumni attached to the University, to develop student spirit, to give folks who care about athletics an outlet to either participate or, more often, to watch and cheer. -Michael Sugerman, The Michigan Daily, Read More

SETON HALL UNIVERSITY
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SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

Continuing its facility transformation at a rapid pace, Seton Hall Athletics has unveiled a new indoor golf lab situated on the fourth floor of the Richie Regan Athletic Center. Part of the Pride & Excellence Campaign, the golf lab was built through the generosity of the Torcivia Family Foundation. In addition, the lab’s hitting stalls and portable simulator were generously donated by James ’68/MBA ’78 and Kathleen Leber. “The golf lab is the latest facility upgrade we are proud to deliver to our student-athletes, who will greatly benefit from being able to practice indoors year around, especially in inclement weather,” Seton Hall Vice President and Director of Athletics & Recreation Pat Lyons said. “I’d like to thank the Torcivia Family Foundation for providing the lead gift that made this project possible, and I’d like to thank the Leber family for helping us outfit the room to give our men’s and women’s golfers the best equipment possible. “Our men’s and women’s golf programs have developed into annual contenders for the BIG EAST Championship, and the addition of a golf lab will help our student-athletes compete for those titles and help bring future Pirates golfers here to compete for championships for years to come.” The 2,760-square-foot golf lab features the hitting stalls donated by the Leber Family that includes a state-of-the-art Trackman portable simulator with projection screen. The lab simulates the full golf experience with multiple chipping areas, including fringe/chipping areas with different rough lengths, uphill chipping area, a putting lab and a simulated sand trap. Seton Hall Athletics and Golf branding will be installed in the coming weeks. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE

Sources tell College AD that TCU Running Backs coach, Curtis Luper and Auburn Offensive Coordinator, Rhett Lashlee are interviewing to become ULM’s next head football coach. Yesterday, sources told College AD five finalists were interviewing with the ULM search committee. Curtis Luper joined the TCU football staff in January 2013 after four years as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Auburn. He was on staff for the Tigers’ 2010 national championship. Third-year Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, 32, who helped the Tigers to a 2013 SEC Championship and a BCS Championship berth, helped spearhead one of the most prolific offenses in Auburn history in 2013. In 2012 and 2013, he has been a finalist for the Broyles Award, presented to the nation’s top assistant coach.

BIG EAST CONFERENCE
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BIG EAST CONFERENCE

The BIG EAST Conference has announced the addition of two new affiliate members in the sport of field hockey, Liberty University and Quinnipiac University, for the 2016 season.  The Flames and Bobcats will be eligible for the conference championship immediately. The new conference field hockey alignment for the BIG EAST will consist of eight teams: Connecticut, Georgetown, Liberty, Old Dominion, Providence, Quinnipiac, Temple and Villanova. “We’re very pleased to be able to add Liberty and Quinnipiac to our field hockey lineup for 2016,” said BIG EAST Associate Commissioner for Olympic Sports Chris Schneider.  “These additions will be make BIG EAST field hockey stronger.  Both schools have proven records of success and are committed to excellence in the sport.” –Read More

AIR FORCE ACADEMY
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AIR FORCE ACADEMY

The Air Force Academy is once again looking at whether God has a place on the football field after an advocacy group complained about the Falcons holding hands and praying in the end zone before games. The academy is looking into the matter, but not everyone is opposed to the football team praying in public, said academy spokesman Meade Warthen. “The Air Force Academy Inspector General opened a third-party complaint and referred the issue to the athletic department for an informal inquiry,” Warthen said in an email to Air Force Times. “Friday morning we received an opposing viewpoint requesting cadets continue to be afforded the right to pray. Thus, we are being prudent and deliberate in our review of this issue.” The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a group that opposes proselytizing in the military, complained about the Air Force Academy football team praying after its Nov. 28 game against the University of New Mexico, but that did not stop the Falcons from praying in the end zone before their Dec. 5 game against San Diego State University. -Jeffrey Schogol, Air Force Times, Read More

BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY
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BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY

Bowling Green State University Director of Athletics D. Christopher Kingston announced on Wednesday morning that he has tabbed Texas Tech Associate Head Coach Mike Jinks to lead the defending Mid-American Conference Champion football program. Jinks, who also coaches running backs for the Red Raiders, will become the 19th head coach in program history. “I would like to welcome Mike to the Falcon family and the Bowling Green community,” President Mary Ellen Mazey commented. “Mike understands the important leadership role he will play in developing our student athletes for their futures. He is a great role model and will take us onward and upward.” “We are so pleased that Mike Jinks and his family have accepted the offer to be here at Bowling Green State University to lead the football program,” Kingston said. “Mike is a man of impeccable character and integrity. He places a high value on education and he is a winner. I am excited to see him guide this program to continued success in the pursuit of greatness.” –Read More

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
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WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

No decision has been made regarding Dana Holgorsen’s status as West Virginia’s football coach, but Holgorsen and first-year athletic director Shane Lyons have talked about the situation multiple times and will have more conversations in the coming days, according to a report from the Charleston Gazette-Mail. In his fifth season at West Virginia, Holgorsen has gone 35-28, but his teams have not surpassed seven wins since his first season in 2011 and he has recorded a 15-21 record in Big 12 Conference games. Since it joined the Big 12 in 2012, West Virginia has finished with a winning record in conference play once. Firing Holgorsen without cause would mean the $5.8 million left on his contract would be owed to him. Several of his staff members also would be owed money if their contracts were terminated early. Lyons, former deputy director of athletics at Alabama, was named Mountaineers athletic director in January, replacing Oliver Luck, who hired Holgorsen in 2010. -Craig Meyer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Minnesota is cutting ties with Villa Seven, the basketball coaches recruiting network co-sponsored by Nike and inherited by the U when the Gophers hired former athletics director Norwood Teague in 2012. Run by Teague and its founder, former U senior associate AD Mike Ellis, Villa Seven was touted as a bonus when Teague was hired away from Virginia Commonwealth University to replace Joel Maturi, who announced his retirement in February 2012. But its benefits to the university were never clear, and an audit conducted by the school in the wake of Teague’s sudden retirement in August after a sexual harassment incident raised new questions. According to the audit conducted by U senior vice president Gail Klatt, the athletics department spent $147,259 on Villa Seven from 2012-15, despite the fact there was “no evidence of formal contracts or other supporting documentation to define the relationships” between Minnesota, Villa Seven and Nike. Still, the athletics department spent $63,372 on travel and $48,167 on “professional services” related to Villa Seven. In her response to the audit, interim athletics director Beth Goetz said, “Minnesota will not be involved in the Villa Seven program moving forward.” -John Shipley, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

The salary pool for the Ole Miss assistant coaches ranks among the worst in the Southeastern Conference, but athletic director Ross Bjork hopes to change that. The Rebels’ nine assistants made $2,596,000 in 2014, according to the most recent data available from USA TODAY’s database of football coaches’ salaries. The figure ranks last among the 13 public SEC schools and 34th among public Power 5 programs. “Basically, my position was, ‘Hey, let’s do what we have to do to maintain the continuity and the consistency,’” Bjork said. “I know with our assistant pool we’ve been toward the bottom of the SEC, and we need to step up. We’re in the process of doing that.” -Daniel Paulling, The Clarion-Ledger, Read More

WICHITA STATE UNIVERSTIY
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WICHITA STATE UNIVERSTIY

A Wichita State University football program, last seriously discussed in 1998, is an official topic once again, its potential and pitfalls under investigation by president John Bardo. So are all aspects of his athletic department, which underlines the preliminary and all-encompassing nature of WSU’s look into football, conference affiliation, other sports and facilities. Bardo and deputy athletic director Darron Boatright are in the early stages of a fact-finding mission that may dramatically alter the course of Shocker athletics as part of a wider plan to shape the university and community. Or, the information gathered may dictate that the current path — one of tremendous success over the past 15 years — is proper for athletics. So, Shocker fans who dream about soccer teams, membership in a higher-profile conference, a boathouse for NCAA crew on the Arkansas River, luxury boxes in Koch Arena or football, this is your time. Bardo is dreaming with you — while gathering information — and wants to know what people want, what they will pay to support and what makes sense for the future. “Everything is on the table,” Bardo said Tuesday. “The sports we offer, facilities, conferences. This is about the university, and its ability to support the community and support our students.” -Paul Suellentrop, The Wichita Eagle, Read More

SIENA COLLEGE
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SIENA COLLEGE

Siena College vice president and director of athletics John D’Argenio announced a restructuring of the departments’ administrative staff. The reorganization coincides with the return of Dennis Bates to the department after spending the past two years with Siena’s office of finance and administration.“We are fortunate to have a strong administrative team in place to facilitate a positive environment in which our student athletes can live, learn and compete,” D’Argenio said. “Each brings a different skill set, yet they all have worked extremely well together to advance Siena and its athletic programs. Personally, I am very fortunate to have such a caring and compassionate group lead the way.” Jason Rich has been promoted to associate athletic director/communications and marketing. In his new role, he will assume oversight of Siena’s Fan Relations Management Center and all associated tickets sales, marketing and promotions for Siena’s ticketed athletic events. Associate athletic director/senior woman administrator Lori Anctil will take on additional duties as well. Along with her current responsibilities of overseeing student services (academic advising, compliance, enrollment management, scholarship allocation, life skills programming), Anctil will now oversee Siena’s sports medicine and strength and conditioning departments, consolidating student welfare and services into one area. Ken Grant will now serve as assistant athletic director/facilities. Grant served as assistant athletic director for business affairs since his hiring in December of 2008. –Read More

ASSUMPTION COLLEGE
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ASSUMPTION COLLEGE

Assumption College seeks Head Men’s/Women’s Tennis Coach.  This position is responsible for all aspects of instruction along with the development and management of a comprehensive NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Tennis program as a component of the college experience, which enhances and supports the students’ liberal arts education. Apply here

TENNESSEE TECH UNIVERSITY
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TENNESSEE TECH UNIVERSITY

Tennessee Tech University is seeking a football head coach. The said position is responsible for all aspects of the football program including practices and conditioning, recruiting, administration and budget management, player and public relations, fundraising, and supporting the academic development and graduation of student-athletes. Supervises assistant/volunteer coaches, student assistants, and managers. Schedules and makes arrangements necessary to fulfill requirements of football games. Apply here

December 8, 2015

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Northern Illinois University’s athletics department has earned the NCAA and Minority Opportunities Athletic Association’s 2016 Award for Diversity and Inclusion. The department will receive the honor at the NCAA Convention in January in San Antonio.  The award is a partnership between the NCAA and Minority Opportunities Athletic Association to recognize and celebrate the initiatives, policies and practices of colleges, universities and/or athletic conference offices that embrace diversity and inclusion. Past honorees have been recognized for efforts which include community service, professional development, hiring practices and programming activities that enhance opportunities for people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences.  – mac-sports.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA

The University of North Florida Athletic Department announced the addition of Amanda Murphy as the Assistant Director of Athletic Communications. She will serve as the contact for women’s basketball, volleyball, beach volleyball and the tennis programs.  Prior to UNF, Murphy spent just over two years with the University of Illinois Springfield as the Assistant Athletic Director for Media & Communications. Murphy was responsible for the publicity of Illinois Springfield’s 15 Division II sports, the official UIS website, the department’s social media efforts and overseeing the strategic communications of the athletic department. Murphy planned several of the department’s annual events and oversaw the implementation of a new brand identity system and the development of a new mascot to represent the Prairie Stars. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST
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UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST

So what now for the University of Massachusetts football team? When the clock hit triple zeros on a 31-26 win at Buffalo the day after Thanksgiving, it ended not only UMass’ 2015 season, but also the team’s four-year tenure in the Mid-American Conference. We know UMass won’t be joining a new football conference any time soon. As athletic director Ryan Bamford described it, the university is in a kind of holding pattern as it waits to see how the rest of the college football landscape shakes out – it’s typically thought that another shift in conference re-alignment will start if/when the Big 12 decides its own future or expansion – in the coming months and years. As far as what happens for UMass as it transitions into conference independence, Bamford called it a “natural progression” set to play out over the next eight months or so, beginning with a wrap up of financial requirements. -Daniel Malone, MassLive, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

College football would be better off if the Big 12 stages a conference championship game, said Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, whose league missed the College Football Playoff this season. “I’d like to see more consistency (between conferences) rather than less,” Scott said. “I’d like to see the Big 12 go to a championship game. I don’t think it’s good or fair to see a conference not have to win that extra game and have that extra opportunity both for a win and a loss. I don’t like the idea that a champion can be in the clubhouse and not put it on the line when, in this case, there are strong teams in other conferences that if they lose can be out of the playoff.” -Jon Solomon, CBS Sports, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

College coaches are pushing the N.C.A.A. to end a largely hidden practice that has become increasingly common: the recruitment of young high school and occasionally even middle school students. Women’s lacrosse and softball coaches separately sought approval from the N.C.A.A. this fall for proposals that would limit recruiting of younger students. Men’s lacrosse coaches are set to discuss doing something similar at their annual meeting this month. Ivy League universities have recently started sending letters of caution to young students involved in so-called early recruiting. The athletics director at Harvard, Bob Scalise, wrote a letter to the Harvard community this fall pointing to the problems created by early recruiting — both for students and universities — arguing that the “N.C.A.A. needs to acknowledge the elephant in the room and engage in meaningful dialogue with its member institutions in order to find a workable solution to this alarming trend.” -Nathaniel Popper, New York Times, Read More

 

NCAA
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NCAA

As much as college football needs an eight-team playoff, there are more pressing concerns right now. Like fixing the rest of the bowl system. With a whopping 40 of them this year, bowl games have become college football’s equivalent of the participation trophy. Seriously. There are 127 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision, which means only about a third will miss out on the headphones, sunglasses, watches, gift cards and whatever else is stuffed into those goodie bags. There are so many bowl games the NCAA had to amend its rules — again — just so there’d be enough teams to fill all of them. Long gone are the days when teams had to have seven wins to earn a trip to a bowl game. Now you don’t even need a winning record. It’s so bad, in fact, that more than a dozen teams with records of .500 or below “earned” the privilege of playing in the postseason. -Nancy Armour, USA Today, Read More

AMERICA EAST CONFERENCE
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AMERICA EAST CONFERENCE

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the America East Women’s Basketball Championship is heading to the state of Maine. The 2017 and 2018 tournaments will be played at the Cross Insurance Arena in downtown Portland, marking the first time in conference history that the championship will be played at a neutral site.  America East, in conjunction with Shamrock Sports & Entertainment and the Maine Sports Commission, will make the official announcement at a press conference at the Cross Insurance Arena on Thursday. The decision was supported unanimously by the conference’s Athletic Directors. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE

Sources tell College AD that the pool of candidates to replace Todd Berry at Louisiana Monroe has dwindled. We are told the field was narrowed to five on Monday, and interviews are expected to begin this week. ULM is using Atlanta based College Sports Solutions to assist an eight member search committee. College AD will keep you updated as we hear more.

BIG XII CONFERENCE
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BIG XII CONFERENCE

The Big 12 has announced it will require Conference football programs to annually play at least one non-conference game against an autonomy conference institution (ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC, plus Notre Dame). “Schedule strength is a key component in CFP Selection Committee deliberations,” commented Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “This move will strengthen the resumes for all Big 12 teams. Coupled with the nine-game full round robin Conference schedule our teams play, it will not only benefit the teams at the top of our standings each season, but will impact the overall strength of the Conference.” Additionally, no Big 12 program shall play more than one game annually against a non-Football Bowl Subdivision opponent. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Investigators found little evidence of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior at the University of Minnesota’s athletics department during Norwood Teague’s three-year tenure as athletic director, according to a report by two outside lawyers. But an internal audit found that the athletics department “needs improvement” in handling its more than $100 million budget. The audit found, among other things, that senior leaders had inappropriately spent several thousand dollars on alcohol, parties, clothing and hair stylists. -Maura Lerner and Emma Nelson, Star Tribune, Read More

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

Dos Equis announced an historic, multi-year agreement with ESPN to become the Official Beer Sponsor of the College Football Playoff (CFP). The sponsorship deal further establishes Dos Equis’ standing in sports, giving the brand a strong platform to drive fan engagement in one of the country’s most exciting and growing franchises. Through the sponsorship, Dos Equis will leverage the CFP on ESPN to bring unparalleled and interesting experiences to help fans “Stay Thirsty” throughout the college football season and Playoff. As part of the College Football Playoff, Dos Equis will have the opportunity to leverage a year-round marketing platform inclusive of rights to CFP marks, the opportunity to execute fan engagements on-site at CFP games, and logo usage rights on-pack for Dos Equis brands, as well as other content for the College Football Playoff Semifinals, College Football Playoff National Championship and the “New Years‘ Six” bowl properties. In addition to extensive integration throughout ESPN’s CFP coverage, Dos Equis will have a significant presence across ESPN’s platforms throughout the regular season. Through the course of the deal, Dos Equis will promote a variety of “Drink Responsibly” communications for fans 21+, alongside promotion of its various products. –Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams (’98) announced on Monday, Dec. 7, that the finalists for the 81st annual Heisman Memorial Trophy are Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. The announcement of the finalists was made on ESPN2’s 6:00 PM EST telecast of SportsCenter. The three finalists will be invited to New York City for the Heisman Trophy announcement on Saturday, December 12, which will broadcast live on ESPN at 8:00 PM EST, presented by Nissan North America. -Chris Hudson, Heisman, Read More

MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY
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MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY

NCAA men’s basketball rules secretary-editor Art Hyland received a request for a rules interpretation regarding Monmouth’s boisterous bench celebrations, NCAA spokesman David Worlock told USA TODAY Sports on Monday. But, because the rules allow for spontaneous reaction as long as bench players are not coming onto the court to interfere with the game itself, Hyland felt there was no harm involved — just fun. Monmouth’s choreographed bench celebrations are among the highlights of college basketball season so far. -Nicole Auerbach, USA Today, Read More

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
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DARTMOUTH COLLEGE

Dartmouth College, a member of NCAA Division I and the Ivy League, seeks candidates for the position of Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations. The Assistant Athletic Director reports to and assists the Associate Athletic Director for External Relations in developing and managing athletic donor communications, events, and other stewardship ventures in support of annual giving programs. Responsibilities include the creation and distribution of annual solicitations, newsletters, and mass emails; and the planning and execution of donor events in assigned sports including but not limited to post-game receptions, alumni games, golf outings, championship team reunions, sport anniversaries, and other stewardship events. Apply here

EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Sources tell LEX18 that Tennessee tight ends and special teams coach Mark Elder is the new football coach at Eastern Kentucky. Tennessee’s football web site says Elder is a  2000 graduate of Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in economics.  He was a three time all-conference selection as a defensive back.  Elder earned his master’s degree in education from Akron in 2001. Elder, who has been on Butch Jones staff since 2007, starting at Central Michigan, then went to Cincinnati for three years, before moving to Tennessee with him. –Lex18.com, Read More


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