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November 23, 2015

WILLIAM CAREY UNIVERSITY
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WILLIAM CAREY UNIVERSITY

William Carey University is growing fast. A new, 3,000-seat gymnasium adjacent to the main campus, originally planned to open for use by the school’s athletic teams this year, would have helped alleviate some of William Carey’s growing pains. But two years of delays in getting approval for the construction project from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Environmental Quality have derailed those plans. “Had we not had the issue with wetlands where we were going to put the new gym, the plans were to have it ready for this year,” said William Carey athletic director Steve Knight. In light of the delays – as well as increasing enrollment and the academic needs that accompany that growth – the university’s administration has opted instead to build an expansion to the current gymnasium on campus, north of the present gym and connected by a covered walkway. -Ben Sutton, Hattiesburg AmericanRead More

November 22, 2015

OAKLAND UNIVERSITY
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OAKLAND UNIVERSITY

Oakland University has a $5 million commitment from alumni Craig and Ann Stinson as lead gifts toward enhancing its business school and athletics programs, the university plans to announce Nov. 23. Craig Stinson, a former CEO of Breeze Industrial Products and adviser to Chicago private equity firm Wind Point Partners, and his wife expect to allocate about $3 million to the business school and $2 million to the the athletic department. The gifts will go toward improving the Stinson Student Advancement Center in the business school, and to naming a new Stinson Family Student-Athlete Development Center. – Cahd Halcom, Crains Detroit BusinessRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

Construction for the University of New Mexico baseball team’s new $2.3 million R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard Clubhouse was approved Friday by UNM’s Board of Regents, and groundbreaking for the project is expected to take place Dec. 16. The Hubbards donated $500,000 in 2013 to help make the clubhouse possible. The R.D. and Joan Dale Hubbard Clubhouse will be located down the right-field line next to Lobo Field and will include locker rooms, restrooms, showers, a training room, storage and a player’s lounge. It is the latest in the renovations that have taken place at Lobo Field over the last few seasons. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

After 10 years of failing to get the proper bang for its buck, the University of Southern Mississippi has finally put to rest a point of contention for many around the institution.  Following more than a year’s worth of preparation and work to secure the best possible deal for the university, Southern Miss entered into a new agreement in July with The Coca-Cola Bottling Company United – Gulf Coast, LLC. The university, which received a one-time initial signing bonus of $750,000, will be paid $390,000 annually over the next 10 years, according to a copy of the new contract obtained by theHattiesburg American through an open records request. The signing bonus was applied to the athletic department’s budget for fiscal year 2015. -Jason Munz, Hattiesburg AmericanRead More

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

The Tigers haven’t led for a second of their three straight defeats against Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss. Each defeat has been more and more frightful.  With little argument, Saturday’s loss to the Rebels was the lowest point for LSU football since its loss to Alabama in the 2012 BCS Championship Game. Miles said afterward that his offense needs to be adapted, needs to be fixed. It did gain more than 500 yards Saturday, but it appears to be too late for a meaningful remodel. There may not be time. Athletic director Joe Alleva declined comment about Miles after the game, saying there would be no comment until after the regular season is completed. Black Friday has come early for the LSU football program. And soon, very soon, the school may be shopping for a new coach. -Scott Rabalais, The Advocate- Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina would move its football operations from Williams-Brice Stadium to a new $50 million building adjacent to its practice facility under a plan outlined Friday to the Buildings and Grounds Committee of the USC Board of Trustees. The committee gave initial approval for the 105,000-square-foot facility, which would house USC’s football offices, locker rooms, meeting rooms, weight room and training rooms. USC’s new head football coach would also have a hand in the building’s design. The project now goes before the full board in December and still needs to pass the second phase of approval. -David Caraviello, The Post and CourierRead More

UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA
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UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA

The University of Montana athletic department could be facing budget and personnel cuts after being mentioned, along with several academic departments, in a speech made by UM president Royce Engstrom in a budget forum last Tuesday. The university plans to cut 201 full-time positions, said Engstrom, who cited declining enrollment numbers as the reason for the cuts. UM enrollment fell 6.5 percent to 10,915 this year, a decrease that outpaced the university’s projections of a 5 percent drop and left them with a budget deficit. -AndrewHoughton, Montana KaiminRead More

OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
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OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

A momentous step in a transformational project occurred Saturday prior to Oregon State Football’s final home game of the 2015 season. An intimate groundbreaking ceremony was held in the north end zone for the Valley Football Center Expansion Project. Those in attendance, which included leadership captains to the Victory through Valley fundraising campaign, senior University, Foundation and Athletics leaders, and current student-athletes, witnessed the next phase of this project. Originally built in 1990, the Valley Football Center was the first football dedicated building in the Pac-12 (then Pac-10) Conference. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO

The University of New Mexico’s Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs has announced that Stu Starner will step down from his position of Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development, and Kole McKamey, who has served as Assistant A.D. for Major Gifts, will take over. Both Starner and McKamey joined The University of New Mexico athletic department on April 6 of this year. Starner came to UNM after a long and distinguished career in athletics, most recently with Texas A&M, where he served with the 12th Man Foundation at Texas A&M from 2005-2013. –Albuquerque JournalRead More

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
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IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

The Iowa State Cyclones have fired coach Paul Rhoads, effective after the season, athletic director Jamie Pollard announced Sunday. Rhoads, who was informed of the decision by Pollard on Sunday morning, will be on the sideline as the Cyclones finish the season Saturday at West Virginia. Iowa State signed Rhoads to a 10-year, $20 million contract before the 2012 season. He is due a buyout of roughly $4.5 million under the terms of that deal.  -Adam Rittenberg, ESPNRead More

November 20, 2015

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Following up on the bombshells The Advocate’s, Scott Rabalais unloaded Tuesday and Thursday on Les Miles’ coaching future, the College AD staff wanted to independently confirm with its sources in Baton Rouge as to the validity of the reports. Our Sources confirm the importance of the next two games for Les Miles. College AD independently confirms an abundance of reports which many times doesn’t warrant a regurgitation of news; however, we stumbled upon an important addition, the coach Athletic Director Joe Alleva would target first. Sources close to the situation tell College AD that Alleva would make a significant push for Florida State Head Coach, Jimbo Fisher.

Fisher joined Nick Saban’s new staff at LSU in 2000. When Saban left for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins Fisher remained at LSU to continue his role with Les Miles until the conclusion of the 2006 season. Fisher interviewed for the head coaching position at the University of Alabama at Birmingham after the 2006 season but the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees vetoed the contract offer, sparking some controversy since the same board oversees the flagship campus in Tuscaloosa. He turned down an invitation from Nick Saban to join the coaching staff at the University of Alabama to sign a contract as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Florida State University and of course then went on to replace Bobby Bowden.

Taking it further, our first reaction was to address the sheer dollar amount it would take to pull Fisher out of Tallahassee. We we’re simply told, “that wont be an issue.” We’ll let the prognosticators take it from there.

 

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
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UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

Before Memphis defeated Ole Miss in October at the Liberty Bowl, Justin Fuente received what athletic director Tom Bowen on Friday called an “extraordinary offer” to continue as Tigers football coach. Bowen would not discuss specifics of the contract offer, but a source familiar with negotiations said it would have made Fuente the highest-paid football coach outside the Power 5 conferences at the time. Fuente — whose 8-2 Tigers play at Temple Saturday — also declined to discuss the specific financial terms, but said he was gratified by the offer, to which he has yet to formally respond. -Geoffrey Calkins, The Commercial AppealRead More

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

Sources tell College AD that newly appointed UCF Athletic Director, Danny White is in Atlanta today visiting Daniel Parker of Parker Executive Search. We are told while White is finalizing his contract, he and Parker are narrowing data/interest for the Knights next football coach. If you remember we detailed earlier this month that Parker would be conducting that search as well. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

NCAA
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NCAA

A piece of Michigan will be part of the Ohio State-Michigan State game Saturday. Chad Carr, the 5-year-old grandson of former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, has entered hospice care with an inoperable brain tumor.According to the Detroit News, both the Buckeyes and Spartans will wear #ChadTough decals on their helmets for their matchup Saturday. The Michigan players wrote #ChadTough on the back of their helmets last week, and the gameball from the win over Indiana was delivered to Chad Carr the next day. According to the Detroit News, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith and Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis told Michigan athletic director Jim Hackett they wanted to wear the decals for Chad and to show their respect for Lloyd Carr, who coached the Wolverines from 1995 to 2007. –  Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland.comRead More

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

Texas Tech Senior Associate Athletics Director Bobby Gleason announced his retirement from the university Thursday. His retirement will be effective on June 30, 2016. For the past 22 years, Gleason has served as the athletics department’s chief financial officer where he works closely with university and athletic administrators as well as coaches in managing all of the financial affairs of the department. “Debbie and I and our family have been truly blessed,” Gleason said. “It has been an amazing ride and a special time to be at Texas Tech Athletics. We are looking forward to the next chapter of our lives. At this time, we do not know what this new chapter will bring but we are looking forward to spending more time with family and achieving the next purpose and opportunity that God will provide. Every day I will be a Red Raider!” –Read More

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

The Advocate’s Scott Rabalais reported on Tuesday that there were “strong indications” Les Miles was coaching for his job and then last evening Rabalais reported that there are three major scenarios in play:

1. LSU wins out to go 9-2: If this happens Miles is clearly safe until 2016, though a staff change or two could be in the offing along with a mandate to win more next season. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, whose offense has ground to a crawl the past two weeks, and special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto, whose units have been riddled by kick coverage breakdowns all season, will still be under fire.

2. LSU loses out to go 7-4. There is little chance Miles would be allowed to return if a four-game losing streak drops his team to 4-4 in Southeastern Conference play for the second straight year. That would make LSU 13-11 in SEC play the past three years and a combined 2-7 against Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss.

3. LSU splits to go 8-3. This is your classic gray area. Miles’ fate would depend on how these next two games go. If the Tigers lose big at Ole Miss, something resembling their 31-14 loss Saturday to Arkansas, and squeak by Texas A&M, it will be tough for Miles, though not impossible. If LSU loses Saturday because Ole Miss drives for a late field goal, like in the 2013 game in Oxford, then hammers Texas A&M by a couple of touchdowns, Miles’ outlook improves considerably. If LSU beats Ole Miss and loses to A&M, it’s also hard to say, but last impressions are big ones.  -Scott Rabalais, The Advocate, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

Interim Texas athletic director Mike Perrin said he’s spoken with Charlie Strong and has no doubt the UT football coach wants to stay, despite reports indicating he’s a leading candidate for the Miami job. Speaking on 104.9 The Horn in Austin, the school’s flagship radio station, Perrin said Strong has worked too hard to get the Texas job and wants to see it through. “You can go to the bank on that,” Perrin said. Strong laughed off the Miami rumors in late October. But the stories persist. The Palm Beach Post reported late Wednesday that a well-connected Miami source said Strong was the leading candidate.“It’s all a rumor. We’re here to build a program,” Strong said after Wednesday’s practice. -Brian Davis, HookEm.comRead More

 

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

For the fourth time since it moved into its South Side football complex in 2000 and second time in the past three years, Pitt is considering changing the surface of one of the two practice fields the university maintains, a potentially costly side effect of the numerous leadership changes the athletic department and, specifically, football program have undergone in that time frame. If Pitt decides to swap one of its natural grass fields in favor of synthetic turf, that could push the costs of switching back and forth just one practice field to more than $1.5 million over the 15-year lifespan of the facility. -Sam Werner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Read More

DICKINSON COLLEGE
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DICKINSON COLLEGE

In his first move as the new athletic director, Joe Giunta has just inked a deal with Under Armour that will provide new uniforms and gear for all of Dickinson’s athletic teams. Officially beginning Jan. 1, 2016 and running through June 30, 2021, the deal will provide a “pretty considerable discount on all Under Armour products. Both gear, wearing apparel and also sneakers,” for “all the intercollegiate athletic sports teams,” Giunta said in an interview. Also included in the deal are incentives for success. If a “team wins a conference championship, Under Armour will give t-shirts to the whole team,” Giunta said. Although the deal is through the athletic department, “the discount that we have in the contract can be used by other groups on campus. So if a club or rec team…, would like to purchase at our discounted rate, we’d be able to work that out,” he stated. Giunta said that Dickinson has “three years to phase out all of our non-Under Armour gear.” This way the teams that “are up for their uniforms and would’ve gotten their uniforms next” will be the first to sport Under Armour on their uniforms. “I hope to have some equitable process on who’s up for uniforms based on the age and the upkeep or the lack thereof of those uniforms,” Giunta said. -Kienan Dixon, The Dickinsonian, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
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UNIVERSITY OF MAINE

The University of Maine has hired Patrick Golden as the Black Bears new Assistant Director of Compliance. In his role at Maine, Golden will be overseeing student-athlete financial aid processes, financial aid packages, and scholarships. He will also assist with housing, dining plan accommodations and supervising the Student Assistance Fund. In addition to those responsibilities, Golden will also oversee camps, clinics, brochure materials, and assist with rules education seminars, rule interpretations, policy adherence, NCAA reports, violation investigations, and EADA report initiatives while upholding and fostering all conference, NCAA, and institution-wide regulations.

 

JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
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JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY

A longtime supporter in passion and spirit for his alma mater, former James Madison football student-athlete Arthur Moats (’12), now a member of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, and his wife Shonda this week made an unprecedented $300,000 financial gift to the university. “This donation will have a huge impact on not just JMU but the city of Harrisonburg as well,” Moats said. “With that being said, we take great pride in knowing we’re truly making a difference in the valley area and ultimately improving it. The fact that we get to support JMU Athletics in the process is icing on the cake.” The Moats Family gift sets a new standard in university giving as it directly impacts three distinct areas of support. Among the $300,000 gift, part will provide for an endowed scholarship for the university’s studio art program as well as a full scholarship level annual fund gift to the JMU Duke Club. In addition, a significant part of the gift will support JMU’s fundraising efforts for a new Convocation Center. In recognition of the Convocation Center gift, the strength and conditioning area in the Plecker Athletics Performance Center will be named in honor of the Moats Family. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

As he stood beneath the towering, angled ceiling, South Carolina athletics director Ray Tanner seemed to bounce between excitement and pride. He spoke Thursday night in the football team’s new indoor practice facility, a $14.3 million project years in the making. The team has used it in spots since the summer, but Thursday was the first time media viewed it, and Friday it will host a grand opening invite-only event. Tanner made a point to say what it means for the program. “It’s very important, but I think it’s important on two fronts,” Tanner said. “It’s important from a practical standpoint for your teams to have an opportunity for us now, with two practice fields right out that door here, if there’s an inclement weather issue, they can come in. “And certainly from a recruiting standpoint, it shows the kind of commitment and dedication you have for your football program.” Indoor facilities are fairly common across college football, though a smattering of schools still don’t have them. Georgia has plans for one, while North Carolina approved one days ago. The project was scheduled to be completed Aug. 1, and Tanner said the timing of the events this week had to do with getting a certificate of occupancy. -Ben Breiner, The StateRead More

UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
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UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO

Silicon Valley philanthropist and real estate developer John A. Sobrato and his wife Susan have made an historic gift of $15 million to the University of San Francisco, the largest gift from individuals in the institution’s history. The gift will support USF’s first-ever master plan for athletic facilities, renovate the 60-year old War Memorial Gymnasium, and help USF uphold its tradition of excellence in Division 1 athletics. The multi-use facility will be named The Sobrato Center and will feature a new club level with preferred seating that also bears  the Sobrato name. “As a real estate developer, I like to build things,” Sobrato said. “When I saw War Memorial Gym, I asked myself: Why don’t we modernize this building, bring in the natural light, and make it a much more inviting place not only for athletics but also for all campus events. It’s going to be a great looking building when we’re done.” –Read More

UNC CHAPEL HILL
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UNC CHAPEL HILL

North Carolina Football is going to get its own indoor practice facility. Athletic director Bubba Cunningham presented the plan to the Finance and Infrastructure Committee of the school’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday and received approval for the project. The Board of Governors has already granted funding authority. “We’re one of the very few (football programs) in the conference that does not have an indoor facility,” Cunningham told the Board, noting comparable facility projects at Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Duke, Louisville, Florida State, Clemson and NC State. The football program has used the John Pope Practice Field, located within the Eddie Smith Field House and shared with the track program, since it opened in 2001. That indoor field is 70 yards long, so Cunningham said the entire team isn’t able to sufficiently practice simultaneously. “It’s a very good multi-functional facility,” Cunningham said of the Field House. “It’s just not adequate for an indoor practice facility for a Division I program.” -Ben Sherman, Inside CarolinaRead More

PAC-12
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PAC-12

Seven men’s teams, a Pac-12 record, and five women’s teams are heading to the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, Nov. 21. The Colorado men headline the teams headed to the championship, as the two-time defending champion. A Conference-record seven men’s teams will be participating at the NCAA Championships. The No. 1 Buffs are the overwhelming favorite with plenty of veteran experience. Colorado is expected to field four runners with championship experience. The Buffs are coming off a win at the NCAA Mountain Regional which came after they claimed a fifth-consecutive Pac-12 title. CU has never lost the men’s Conference meet since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. Read More

NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
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NEW JERSEY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

NJIT officially broke ground last week on a $102 million, 200,000 square foot Wellness and Events Center – a project that, when completed, school officials say will be the center of its renovated campus. The new building, which played a role in securing the formerly-independent Division I school basketball team a spot in the Atlantic Sun Conference, is just one in a series of projects that school officials say will total about $300 million, and overhaul the Newark campus. “In its design and function, WEC is a game changer — an iconic building that will serve the university and the community well for many years,” NJIT President Joel Bloom said in a statement to NJ Advance Media. -Jessica Mazzola, NJ.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

Officials with the University of Iowa are getting a plan in place to handle an early snowstorm headed for Iowa City. The storm could drop as much as 10 inches of snow on the field just before kickoff against Purdue Saturday, according to the latest estimates from the National Weather Service.  Officials with the UI athletic department said clearing the playfield of snow is the top priority for snow removal before the game. Crews plan to use a plow to move snow to the corner of the field, then will transport it out of a stadium tunnel where it will be dumped outside of Kinnick Stadium, according to an email response from UI athletics officials. – Mark Carlson, KCRG-TV9- Read More

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY
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VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

Villanova University is seeking an Assistant Director of Athletics Development. The Assistant Director of Athletics Development reports directly to the Executive Director, Athletics Development. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Assistant Director is responsible for providing day-to-day support of the athletics development operation. This includes taking a lead role in managing, planning, and execution of events as well as athletics annual giving by working closely with the Senior Director of Special Events and the Director of Annual Giving. Additionally, the Assistant Director will serve as the liaison to several sports to identify, cultivate and successfully solicit major gift prospects and drive targeted annual giving initiatives for specific sports. Apply here

NCAA
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NCAA

The NCAA will recognize six former student-athletes with the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award for their collegiate and professional achievements. The Silver Anniversary Award annually recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college athletics careers. Representatives of NCAA member schools and conferences, along with a panel of former student-athletes, select each year’s recipients. Read More

YALE UNIVERSITY
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YALE UNIVERSITY

Yale University is seeking an External Operations Assistant Athletic Director. The External Operations Assistant Athletic Director will direct the annual fundraising efforts for five sports association including all solicitations, board meetings and special events and direct the goal setting process for these five sports. Furthermore, the position will direct and supervise the Yale Athletics Community Outreach Program. All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. Apply here


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