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August 14, 2015


The Ragin’ Cajuns Athletic Foundation (RCAF), the official fundraising arm for the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, announced on Friday the hiring of Jim Harris as the first Executive Director of the organization. Harris, who has over 12 years of experience working in external development that has included stops at South Florida, Ohio University and Indiana University, will serve as Executive Director for an organization that has seen significant growth in both donations and total donors since its founding in 2009.


The University of Missouri Department of Athletics announced Brian White has joined its leadership team to serve in the role of Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development on Friday. White comes to Mizzou as the department’s chief development officer, having most recently served as Associate Athletic Director for Development at the United States Military Academy. In his role at Mizzou, White will establish and lead a comprehensive development plan for all giving areas. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, White earned a Bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2006.


A new, vibrant and contemporary family of logos, two word marks, alphabet and two customized fonts for Northeastern Junior College’s eight-sport intercollegiate athletics programs will be introduced to fans this fall. This rebrand is the culmination of a year-long process that builds on the foundations and well-established spirit and traditions of Northeastern Athletics while also providing a new visual identity that is contemporary, inclusive and exciting. The main goal of the rebrand was to better position Northeastern Athletics with consistent logos, colors and lettering. This process was a collaboration between several Northeastern Junior College Departments, the community, current and former Northeastern Athletes, students and alumni. -Denise Dennington, Journal Advocate Sports, Read More


The University of Michigan Athletic Department has announced several updates to its ticketing policy aimed at broadly serving its diverse fan base. Current Preferred Seat Donations (PSD) and season ticket prices will remain unchanged for the 2016 season. For the fifth consecutive year, football season tickets will be $65 per game. With eight home games on the 2016 schedule, the total season ticket cost will be $520. In response to season ticket holder feedback, Michigan Athletics will now provide football season ticket holders the opportunity to transfer their season tickets annually. Beginning in 2015, season ticket holders will be able to transfer their tickets during the months of November and December.


Mortenson Construction completes Phase 3 of the Bill Snyder Stadium Master Plan on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, Kan., ahead of schedule and under budget. This important milestone was reached a mere seven months after the project began, and a full month before the Wildcats take on the University of South Dakota Coyotes Friday, Sept. 5, 2015 in the first game of the season. The structure that housed Wildcat football operations since 1972 was demolished in three weeks to make way for the new $65 million Vanier Football Complex, a facility that’s twice the size of it’s predecessor, with a new locker room, weight room, video room, and a new academic center for student-athletes. – PRWeb, Read More


The Georgia Gwinnett College Office of Athletics announced the launch of BE GREAT on Thursday, a new student-athlete development program, in an effort to further fulfill the mission of Grizzly Athletics, which is to develop lifelong leaders of character through academic and athletic excellence. BE GREAT, which will be administered by Assistant Athletics Director for Internal Operations Dr. Ian Potter, strives to support the growth of a well-balanced lifestyle for GGC’s student-athletes. The five core tenets of the program are growth, respect, exploration, accountability and transformation, and the program is designed to help student-athletes in the areas of academics, athletics, personal and career development and community service. – Gwinnett Daily Post, Read More


The Ragin’ Cajuns Athletic Foundation will name a new executive director for that key fundraising arm of University of Louisiana at Lafayette sports programs on Friday morning. Announcement of a 10 a.m. press conference was made late Thursday afternoon in a news release from Matt Sullivan, sports information director. The announcement will be made in the Atchafalaya Ballroom B at the Student Union. An RCAF search committee Tuesday discussed five finalists from among 69 applicants. Finalists’ names were not revealed. The new executive director will take on the task of fund raising for a Sun Belt program with a $115 million athletic facilities master plan. -Ken Stickney, The Advertiser, Read More


University of Rhode Island is currently looking for a Head Equipment Manager/Athletics. The Head Equipment Manager/Athletics is responsible for developing, planning, and organizing programs for maintaining and purchasing athletic equipment for all the university athletic department teams. Apply Here


CSU athletics program significantly understates the true deficit run by the university in pursuit of its dreams of football glory. According to the NCAA, CSU subsidized its athletic programs with an astonishing $20 million in 2014. That figure includes $14.8 million in funds that otherwise could have been spent on academics. Year after year CSU jacks up tuition and provides pathetically small salary increases for faculty and staff, all justified with the claim that its financial circumstances give it no choice. But it does have a choice: it could stop subsidizing football and use the savings to keep tuition low and to otherwise support its core academic mission. -Steven Shulman, Coloradoan, Read More


In the current climate of rising costs in college athletics the Ohio athletic department has seen a record breaking year in revenue generation and which has helped the Bobcats maximize their efforts to keep up with the changing times.The Ohio Bobcat Club enjoyed the most profitable year in the club’s history by raising $773,203.79 for the 2014-15 fiscal year. June 2015 also proved to be the largest single month of annual giving in the club’s history raising $180,503.03 during that month. Fund raising for the Perry and Sandy Sook Academic Center has been going strong with the Bobcat Club having raised $5.17 million of its $6 million goal with hopes to complete fund raising at the end of the 2015 calendar year. Ohio saw a record combined revenue in their Olympic sports outings and led the MAC in volleyball and baseball attendance.


As some teams are fawning over their new uniforms for the upcoming football season, Fresno State is excited for a bigger piece of equipment: A new blimp. Fresno State believes it is the only school to have its own blimp.  “We were looking for a unique visual splash to kick off the 2015 athletic season,” Fresno State Senior Associate AD Paul Ladwig said in statement. “The blimp Bulldog1 will make that splash. By partnering with the best aerial marketing firm, we are able to use this iconic platform to engage our Bulldog community.” The athletic department has a five year lease for the 150-foot blimp. -FTW, Read More


It was a night to raise money for the Corsairs’ athletic department, but also one to honor the work of. Dr. Marian Perry. More than 440 people attended the 12th Annual College of the Redwoods Athletics Dinner and Sports Auction on Thursday night at the CR Gymnasium, with Dr. Perry as the honoree and featured speaker. A true pioneer in women’s sports in the 1960’s, Dr. Perry was one of the first faculty members hired at College of the Redwoods in 1965. She brought a wealth of teaching and coaching experience to the college at a time when opportunities for women in competitive sports were almost nonexistent except in a few pockets throughout the country. –The Times-Standard, Read More


Pac-12 Conference is looking for Vice President, Ticketing. Working in the newly formed Pac-12 Sales organization, the Vice President, Ticketing will play a central role to develop and execute a long range plan for all ticketing initiatives both within the Conference Championship events; currently the Men’s Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas, NV, the Women’s Basketball Tournament in Seattle, WA and the Conference Championship Football game and Pac-12 Conference member institutions, their ticket sales departments and key personnel within the Athletic Department. Apply Here


The National Fastpitch Coaches Association issued a public reprimand of Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine in its August newsletter. According to an article published in the NFCA’s “Fastpitch Delivery,” Earleywine has repeatedly violated the organization’s code of ethics with “questionable comments and actions over the last three years.” The article cited several violations, including comments Earleywine made about Murray State’s softball program and one of its players in a May 2012 Columbia Tribune article. The final straw was an report that detailed a vitriolic exchange between Earleywine and Missouri State coach Holly Hesse about the Bears’ decision to drop the Tigers from future schedules. – Tod Palmer,The Kansas City Star, Read More


Lake Forest College is accepting applications for an Athletic Department Program Assistant and Special Events Coordinator. This position will provide opportunities and responsibilities in the area of athletic administration and athletic related special event planning that include, but are not limited to: Assisting the Director of Athletics and other coaches and administrative staff members with a variety of projects, reports, programs, etc. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, and at least three references to Athletic Searches [email protected]


University of Massachusetts Lowell is looking for an Associate Athletic Director for Marketing and Promotions. The Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Promotions will develop and implement comprehensive marketing strategies designed to promote athletic teams and increase attendance and ticket sales at athletic events. Apply Here

August 13, 2015


On Thursday, Maritime Director of Athletics Heather MacCulloch announced the hiring of Denise Brown, who will serve as the Manager of Athletic Operations at Maritime College effective immediately. In her role as Manager of Athletic Operations, Brown will be in charge of multiple facets of the day-to-day and overall operations of the Maritime Athletics Department. Brown comes to Maritime from Wayne, New Jersey, where she served as the Director of Basketball Operations for the IYB Basketball/Blaze Basketball Club. Brown graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor’s in Sport & Recreation Management in 2010, she later went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Sport Studies from California University in California, Pennsylvania in 2012. –Read More


The University of Findlay is currently looking for an Assistant/ Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Welfare. his position assists in the leadership, administration and oversight of the department and oversees the primary areas of student-athlete welfare while reporting to the Director of Athletics. Apply Here


UC Davis Athletics is looking for a Director of Development – Annual Giving. Under the direction of the Senior Associate Athletics Director of Development, the Director of Development assumes overall management responsibility for strategically creating and implementing plans to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward annual gift donors and prospects. Apply Here


The UCLA Athletic Department is pleased to announce a major personal financial commitment from head football coach Jim Mora and his wife Shannon that will be put toward the Wasserman Football Center project. In honor of Jim and Shannon’s generosity, UCLA will name the Coaches’ Outdoor Terrace of the Wasserman Football Center in their honor. The Mora family’s unprecedented commitment stands as the largest donation by a sitting head coach in UCLA history, further bolstering the Athletic Department’s ongoing campaign to raise sizeable funds for the construction of the state-of-the-art on-campus football training and performance center. Mora hopes his family’s contribution will inspire others to help make meeting this goal a reality.


Mansfield High School and 2015 Mansfield University graduate Colleen Dempsey has accepted a position as the new assistant director of athletic communications at Sage Colleges’ in Albany, N.Y. She was the recipient of an NCAA Women and Minority grant and was selected after a national search and began her first day on Wednesday, Aug. 5. Dempsey received a bachelor’s degree in political science and organizational communications at Mansfield University, minoring in public relations. -Robin E. Palmer, The Wellsboro Gazette, Read More


UVA director of athletics Craig Littlepage announced Wednesday (Aug. 12) the elevation of six staff members. Valerie Richardson, Steve Pritzker, and Todd Goodale, and have been promoted to senior associate athletics directors. Eric Baumgartner and Adrien Harraway, who has been promoted to associate athletics director for student services, will join the current senior administrative team of Littlepage, Jon Oliver, Jane Miller, Dirk Katstra, Richardson, Pritzker, and Goodale. Kelli Pugh is now assistant athletics director for sports medicine. – Augusta Free Press, Read More


The world of communications and media is ever changing, and the Eastern Michigan University Department of Athletics has taken measures to ensure it stays on the leading edge with the launch of its redesigned athletics website, EMU again partnered with SIDEARM Sports to create the refreshed look that includes strong mobile-friendly platforms, YouTube integration and a clean look for fans to enjoy. Eastern Michigan will also roll out a new application for all smart devices, powered by YinzCam, later this fall to further help bring Eagles sports content to all desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones. –Read More


Tony Hermane has been named VMI’s Coordinator of Athletic Multimedia, according to information released by the VMI Athletic Department recently. Hermane is the first person to hold the newly created position, and will be responsible for directing video streams, compiling highlights and other video-related tasks throughout the department. Hermane came to VMI from Storied Rivals Sports Media in Zanesville, Ohio, where he spent just under a year filming and compiling highlight clips from high school football and basketball games in the Zanesville and Columbus areas. Hermane graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications, with a video production emphasis, in 2012.



A recent Bleacher Report article that looked into the most popular majors for college football players at the big five athletic conferences carried a curious response from an N.C. State University official: “According to North Carolina State director of athletics digital communications Brian Reinhardt, the university’s legal department requested an end to the release of student-athlete majors several years ago.” NCSU officials say some athletic department staff mistakenly thought the information was private because of a decision a few years ago to not include it on the university’s website. “It’s public record and readily accessible,” said Fred Hartman, the director of NCSU’s news services. “There certainly is no mandate from our Office of General Counsel to withhold that information. -Dan Kane, The News & Observer, Read More


The Athletics Department at Marist College invites applications for a part-time, 12-month, Athletic Communications Assistant. The Athletic Communications Assistant will be the primary media contact for several of the college’s 23 Division I sports, as assigned by the Director of Athletic Communications. –Apply Here


Brown University invites applications for the position of Athletic Communications Assistant. This position will assist the Director and Assistant Director of Athletic Communications in all public relations, communications and media efforts for Brown’s 38 varsity sports. Apply Here


The MCLA Athletics department will begin the 2015-16 academic year using current staff members in new roles and the addition of two assistant coaches for the cross country and women’s lacrosse programs under a reorganization announced Wednesday by Director of Athletics, Laura Mooney. Dot Houston and Jeff Puleri, members of the administrative team, will have new titles and duties within the department, while Monica Conlin and Leah Sullivan join the department as assistant coaches of the cross country and Lacrosse programs respectively. Houston, who has served previously as the assistant athletics director, has been promoted to the associate athletics director for administration and compliance. Puleri, who previously served as an assistant athletics director, sports information director and head baseball coach, will now assume the title of assistant athletics director for development and communications. – iBerkshires, Read More


Loyal season ticket-holders and donors will have the first choice of seats in the new on-campus football stadium at CSU, school officials said Wednesday while unveiling their “reseating” plan for the $238.5 million facility. Ram Points will be used to determine the order in which fans who purchase season tickets for Colorado State University football games in 2016 will be able to select their seats in the new stadium, set to open in 2017 with 36,000 seats and total capacity of 41,000. The point system, in place since 2009, rewards those who purchase tickets for each of CSU’s sports program or donate money to the athletic department or the university’s academic programs. – Kelly Lyell, The Coloradoan, Read More


The University of Arizona’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is seeking an experienced sports marketing professional for the position of Assistant Director of Marketing. The Assistant Director of Marketing serves as the marketing lead for the following UA Athletics sport programs, women’s soccer, women’s basketball and baseball. Apply Here

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