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August 13, 2015


The University of Alabama at Birmingham is seeking an Assistant Director of Athletics Media Relations. This position assists the Associate Athletic Director in promotion, publicity and strategies of UAB’s intercollegiate sports programs, designs, writes and produces media guides, news releases and other printed material as assigned by Associate Athletic Director, and coordinates media operations for various sports, including serving as primary communications contact for Blazers’ men’s basketball program. Apply Here


The University of Wisconsin Athletic Department has launched a campaign to renovate the volleyball locker room located in the UW Field House. In addition to locker room space, the team lounge, study space, video room, athletic training room, and coaches’ locker rooms will be enhanced. The 3,600-square-foot renovation is a $1.5 million project to be funded entirely by private gifts.


To help Temple Athletics continue to tell its stories in new and exciting ways, a three-person video crew, headed up by Assistant Athletic Director for Video Services Kevin Copp, has joined the athletics department. In his role at Temple, Copp will oversee the newly-launched video services department, which will provide on-demand video content on OwlsTV as well as in-venue video boards at Lincoln Financial Field, the Liacouras Center, and Pearson-McGonigle Hall. Copp came to Temple after six months as the Director of New Media for Towson University Athletics where he produced and/or supervised the production of all video content for and the Towson Athletics YouTube channel. Copp earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Georgia in 2010.

August 12, 2015


Augustana director of athletics Slade Larscheid today announced the addition of one new staff member and two updates within the department. Alyson Vander Steen has been named the Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Tickets. Ann Traphagen has been promoted to Associate Athletic Director from her previous role as assistant athletic director. Traphagen will continue her role as Augustana’s Senior Woman Administrator. Tim Evans has been named the Director of Athletic Communications from his previous title as Sports Information Director. –Read More


Oakland University’s Athletic Department has experienced some significant changes within the past few years. Oakland fans can anticipate even more changes for the 2015-16 season, as aside from a new blacktop court in the Athletics Center O’rena, other additions slated to be included are LED lights and HD sound. According to Oakland’s athletic website, the lights and sound will be ready for the opening volleyball tournament, which is scheduled for Sept. 17-19. -Mark Vest, C&G Sports, Read More


Fans who regularly attend University of Rio Grande home athletic contests now have the convenience of purchasing tickets online in advance of gameday. Through a partnership between the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and AudienceView, a world leader in e-commerce software for events and entertainment organizations, NAIA member schools can now sell tickets, take donations and manage registrations for events, camps and clinics in a single shopping cart. AV Community, AudienceView’s subscription-based product suite designed to serve and amplify brands and their communities, allows NAIA members to better engage fans, find new donors and season ticket holders, and drive incremental revenue through merchandise sales and more, all within a single, NAIA-branded events portal known as the NAIA Event Hub. –News Watchman, Read More


Longtime MTSU golf coach Whit Turnbow has stepped down from his head coaching position to accept a promotion within the athletics department as announced by MTSU President Sidney McPhee and Director of Athletics Chris Massaro. Turnbow is being elevated to senior associate athletic director for strategic initiatives and resource enhancement and will oversee revenue generating arms of the athletic department, including the Blue Raider Athletic Association, Blue Raider Sports Properties, marketing and licensing. Turnbow impacted the Blue Raider golf program as a player, assistant coach and, most recently, head coach for the past eight years. – Daily News Journal, Read More


MU announced Wednesday that Ryan Bradley had been hired as senior associate athletic director of strategic communications. He joins Barry Odom, who was hired in December as Missouri’s new defensive coordinator, and Wren Baker, who was hired in May as MU’s new deputy athletic director, as high-profile additions from Memphis in the last eight months. Bradley will coordinate all strategic communications at Missouri, including media relations and publications, as well as digital and social media. He also will serve as the athletic department’s spokesman. Bradley, who earned a degree in broadcast journalism at Arkansas in 2005 and master’s in sports management at East Central University in 2011, succeeded Baker as the athletic director Rogers State in Oklahoma from 2011-13 before joining Memphis. -Tod Palmer, The Kansas City Star, Read More


In an effort to keep pace with the growing might of the NCAA’s “Power 5” conferences, University of Massachusetts athletic director Ryan Bamford said Tuesday that the school will cover proportional cost of attendance figures up to approximately $1,600 for each and every student-athlete on scholarship beginning this fall. The decision follows in the footsteps made by many of the nation’s larger athletic departments in that it strives to better offset what’s known as the “true” cost of attending college, while also helping to keep UMass ahead of the curve as a smaller-conference school willing to go the extra mile to attract recruits and improve the day-to-day lives of its athletes. – Daniel Malone, Mass Live, Read More


ULM is looking for a full-time Ticket Manager. The position is the #2 within the ticket office and will handle all ticket operations, premium seating sales, and will be the ticket office liaison to the ULM Athletic Foundation. All interested and qualified applicants should email resume and cover letters to Director of Ticketing and Sales, Cody Carraway at [email protected]


Improvements to Vanderbilt University’s baseball facilities that could begin as early as summer 2016 will enhance the “family culture” for which the program under head baseball coach Tim Corbin has become nationally known. The Vanderbilt University Board of Trust has approved a $10 million project to provide enhanced space in Memorial Gym for instruction, team building, coaching and settings that can foster interactions with returning professional players. Head baseball coach Tim Corbin said the new facilities “will add to the developmental and cultural side of our program. Athletics Director David Williams emphasized the need to continue raising the funds to bring the project to fruition and allow the continued success of the program.


University of Vermont looks to collegiate multimedia rights leader Learfield Sports to represent the Catamounts through 2025 in an agreement announced today by Athletic Director Dr. Bob Corran and Learfield’s President and CEO Greg Brown. For the first time in school history, Vermont is outsourcing its comprehensive athletic rights, which will commence with the 2015-16 season. Learfield has begun assembling staff for the establishment of its local “Vermont Sports Properties” entity to work alongside Dr. Corran and the entire athletic administration. Vermont becomes the fifth university competing in the Hockey East Association for Learfield Sports to represent – joined by Maine, New Hampshire, UMass and Providence – and the third America East Conference member school, along with Maine and New Hampshire.


University of Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson has named Tyler Mariucci associate athletics director for sports administration and development relations Wednesday. Mariucci, 30, will be a member of Anderson’s senior leadership staff and will also serve as the sport supervisor for the following intercollegiate teams at Maryland: women’s basketball, baseball, field hockey, wrestling, women’s golf, women’s lacrosse, men’s outdoor track & field, women’s cross country, women’s indoor track & field, women’s outdoor track & field and women’s tennis. Prior to Maryland, he served as the Assistant Athletics Director for Development at the University of Memphis. A graduate of California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo, Mariucci received his B.S. degree in Kinesiology in 2007 and M.A. in Kinesiology/Sports Management from San Jose State in 2010.


The University of Hawaii Athletics Department and Nā Koa Football Club, a booster club for the football program, announced a multi-year gift of over $1,000,000 from the Waterhouse Charitable Trust. The gift is one of the largest in department history, and will most notably support the football program in the areas of: summer school, nutritional supplements, and cost of attendance stipends. The gift was announced Tuesday at a press conference, with several university officials and UH football head coach Norm Chow in attendance. – Chris L Turner, SB Nation, Read More


Houston Vice President for Athletics Hunter Yurachek announced Brendan Hoffer as Houston’s Associate Athletics Director for Development Monday. Hoffer comes to Houston after spending the past five years at University of Louisiana-Monroe, including the last two as Associate AD for External Relations and Executive Director of the ULM Athletic Foundation. While at ULM, Hoffer oversaw all external departments in addition to leading the ULM Athletic Foundation. Hoffer played a part in eight of the largest gift in ULM Athletics history and raised over $3.2 million in major gifts, growing the ULM donor base by over 50 percent. With Hoffer’s leadership, the department raised $7.8 million over a 20-month period, totaling more donations than the previous six years combined. – YourHoustonNews  Read More.


The University of Michigan’s Facebook pages for the football team, basketball team and athletics pages are back under control after being hacked early Wednesday morning with posts about risqué stories involving Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus and other celebrities. The pages were restored by 9 a.m. Confused Facebook followers posted comments asking why the Michigan Football team would be posting such stories. The university addressed the issue on its Twitter feed shortly before 8 a.m. “Fans of U-M Athletics: We want to acknowledge that our Facebook pages for Michigan Football, Basketball, and Athletics have been hacked,” the school tweeted. “Please be patient with us as we work diligently to get this resolved.” – Lauren Abdel-Razzaq and Angelique S. Chengelis, The Detroit News, Read More


Missouri is on pace to top last year for football season ticket sales. So far, the Tigers have sold approximately 41,400 season tickets, which includes sales to faculty, staff, students and the public. In an email to The Star, MU spokesman Chad Moller wrote that the athletic department is “feeling good that we’ll get to 45,000” season tickets sold. That would top last season, when Missouri sold 44,347 season tickets. It was the second-most in program history. The Tigers’ record is 46,786 season tickets sold for the 2012 season, which was Missouri’s first in the Southeastern Conference. – Tod Palmer, The Kansas City Star, Read More


The Texan Club had its annual kick-off luncheon Tuesday afternoon which featured several speakers and a couple of big announcements for the Tarleton Athletic Department. The first was announced by university president Dr. Dominic Dottavio who said the renovation plan for Memorial Stadium will be on the September agenda for the Texas A&M University System board of regents. The board will either approve or deny the plan at that time. The second announcement, which was made by Assistant Athletics Director for Development and Major Gifts Casey Hogan, confirmed a rumor that had been whispered around town for several weeks now that the Texans would open their season against the University of Texas. – Caleb Mccaig, Stephenville Empire-Tribune, Read More


Western Michigan University is looking for an Associate Director, Media Relations and Marketing. The Associate Director develops and executes marketing and publicity efforts that yield results toward the goal of growing Western Michigan University Athletics brand awareness, increasing fan loyalty/activation and increasing revenues. Apply Here


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.

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