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July 1, 2015


The East Carolinian will be profiling former Pirate athletes who now work for the school, starting with former women’s soccer player Amanda Broz. Broz was a midfielder and defender for the team from 2007-2010. She scored seven goals, 15 points and four game winning goals total for her career. Broz earned a degree in business and marketing, and now does fundraising for ECU athletics, where she said she’s still inspired by the fans’ passion.


After 134 years as an Independent in football, the Naval Academy officially became a member of the American Athletic Conference this morning. By joining the American Athletic Conference, Navy will have the opportunity to reach the most prestigious bowl games nationally under the postseason structure that began last season. Obviously the top four teams in the nation, regardless of conference affiliation, are selected for the College Football Playoff. But if Navy wins The American championship and is ranked higher than four other conference champions, it would play in a New Year’s Bowl.


The College of New Jersey invites applications for the position of Athletics Intern Apprentice – Level 2: Baseball. This 20.5 hour per week position is designed for recent college graduates who have a sincere interest and desire to pursue a career in athletic coaching. Responsibilities include assisting the respective coach in all areas of a competitive sport program to learn valuable coaching skills, administrative duties within the Department of Athletics in the areas of game management, marketing, facilities, etc. and assisting in the area of Residential Education including preseason and break housing coverage. [email protected]


Wrestling coach Tom Minkel will step down following the 2015-16 season, which will be his 25th with the Spartans. MSU athletic director Mark Hollis announced the impending change in a release Tuesday morning. Minkel, a state champion in 1967 for Williamston High, was a three-time All-American at Central Michigan from 1969-71 (73-13-1 overall record) and won every dual meet match he wrestled (35-0-1). At MSU, Minkel has produced two NCAA champions, 38 All-Americans and 13 Big Ten champs. The Spartans have placed in the top 25 as a team at the NCAAs 13 times, a third-place finish in 1995 behind national champ Kelvin Jackson their highest finish since 1972. MSU also took seventh place at nationals in 1996. – Chris Solari, Lansing State Journal. Read more.


Matt Malone, a Valdosta State graduate and the school’s assistant sports information director, is having to update his resume. Malone spent two years working as an assistant under nine-year SID Shawn Reed. Now with Reed’s departure at the end of May, Malone was promoted to the lead position a couple of weeks ago and officially assumes that role July 1. Malone was hired on as VSU’s assistant SID in April 2013 and was tasked to Blazer women’s sports. His previous roles as assistant included setting up coach and player interviews, assisting with media relations and logging stats for players and teams. He was also responsible for writing game recaps, updating the VSU sports website and serving as an announcer for Valdosta State women’s games, among other duties. – Glendon Poe, Valdosta Daily Times. Read more.


Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne announced on Tuesday the appointment of Marlin Ikenberry as head coach of the James Madison baseball program, naming Ikenberry the sixth skipper in program history. Ikenberry previously served as head coach at Virginia Military Institute from 2004-14, racking up 282 wins, the most in program history, and leading the Keydets to numerous school records. He departed VMI in 2014 as the Institute’s longest-serving head coach and was instrumental in turning around a program that had won more than 20 games just twice in the nine seasons prior to his tenure. In 11 seasons with Ikenberry at the helm, the Keydets dipped below the 20-win mark just twice and posted the first three 30-win seasons in program history. – WHSV. Read more.


The University of Hartford, a Division I institution and a member of the America East Conference, invites applications for the position of Assistant Athletics Director for Athletic Communications, a 12-month position. The Assistant Athletics Director for Athletic Communications is responsible for developing strategies to create media awareness and publicity on behalf of the University’s Division I intercollegiate athletics programs. [email protected]


Wartburg College seeks an Assistant Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Jumps Coach. The Assistant Coach will assist the Head Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Coach in all phases of a Division III program. This includes, but is not limited to recruitment and retention of academically and athletically qualified student-athletes, overall program administrative duties as assigned, and practice/meet coaching specifically for the horizontal and vertical jumps. This position will also coordinate all home track meets and perform other duties in the Athletic Department as assigned. [email protected]


The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee seeks an Assistant Athletic Academic Advisor UWM. Athletics currently has 300 student-athletes participating in fifteen NCAA Division I sports as part of the Horizon League Conference and has moved itself into a prominent position both regionally and nationally. Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to: provide individual or group student advising on academic, career-related issues, programs and curriculum. [email protected]

June 30, 2015


The University of Denver Athletics Department has claimed the Learfield Sports DI-AAA Directors’ Cup for the seventh time in eight years, finishing ahead of all non-football schools in the 2014-15 standings. Denver finished 49th in the overall standings with 508.75 points, marking the second-straight year in which the Pioneers have finished in the Top 50. In the DI-AAA standings, DU finished 58.25 points ahead of second-place Providence. Denver captured its 30th national team title last month when the Pioneers defeated Maryland in the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship Game to earn 100 Directors’ Cup points for the program.


Craig Angelos, who has served on the athletics senior staff at five different Division I institutions, has been named Temple University’s Deputy Director of Athletics. Angelos comes to Temple from Florida International University where he served as the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Revenue Enhancement since June 2014. While at FIU, he was responsible for finding new revenue sources for the athletic department and engaging in all aspects of development activities, while helping overall fundraising to a 20% increase. Prior to USF, Angelos served nine years as the Director of Athletics at Florida Atlantic University from 2003-2012. At FAU, he led the effort to build a $70 million, 30,000 seat football facility, which opened on campus in 2011.


Illinois State Director of Athletics Larry Lyons announced the hiring of Dwight Merilatt as Executive Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs Tuesday. Merilatt will officially join the department’s athletic leadership team on July 29. Merilatt is very familiar with Illinois State and the Missouri Valley Conference, after spending the last seven years working in the athletics department at the University of Evansville. He spent time as the Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs from 2007-10, before being promoted to the role of Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs in July of 2010. – WJBC. Read more.


The progress Maryland made on the field the past two seasons and the promise of a strong recruiting class in 2016 has led the university to give football coach Randy Edsall a contract extension. Edsall, who has two years remaining on a six-year contract that pays him $2.1 million annually, has agreed to a three-year extension, athletic director Kevin Anderson announced Tuesday. The extension was signed after several months of negotiations between the university and the 56-year-old coach. The contract amendment, a copy of which was obtained by The Baltimore Sun through a Maryland Public Information Act request, includes a raise of nearly $400,000 annually beginning in 2017 plus on-field performance bonuses. – Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun. Read more.


The Virginia Tech Athletics Department and the Virginia Tech Athletic Fund – better known to Tech fans as the “Hokie Club” – announced today that the Hokie Club website will have a new look beginning July 1 with the launch of its recent redesign. The site will be more user-friendly, with a preview to the new Hokie Club store as well as an updated Student Hokie Club section. The new site also will integrate social media elements, pulling from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. It will really be a one-stop spot for all current and future Hokie Club members with links to season tickets and


Ferris State University seeks an assistant Softball Coach who will assist the head coach with all aspects of planning, organizing, and supervising a NCAA Division II softball program. A successful candidate will demonstrate a strong work ethic and a high level of integrity and honesty. They must be committed to the Ferris State University Athletic Department’s vision and core values of collaboration, diversity, ethical community, excellence, learning, and opportunity. This is a 10 month position. Apply here.


Longwood University invites qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Director of Athletic Communications for New Media in Athletics. This position will be responsible for the editorial oversight and coordination of Longwood Athletics’ digital media and broadcast platforms, including, social media, the Big South Network, and radio broadcasts.  [email protected]



Sports Information Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, an NCAA Division III institution and a member of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, is accepting applications for one two-year sports information graduate assistantship. The graduate assistant will be responsible for helping the department with game coverage, publicity and game management for the 20-sport varsity program, featuring a PrestoSports website. [email protected]


Indiana State Director of Athletics Ron Prettyman announced on Monday (June 29) that Matt Leach has been named the inaugural head coach for the Women’s Swimming & Diving program, effective July 1. With a proven track record in the state of Indiana and the swimming community, Leach comes to Indiana State from the University of Wyoming where he spent six seasons, including the last four seasons as associate head coach. He’s no stranger to the state of Indiana, as the Portland, Ore., native competed collegiately at Indiana University from 2000-04. He will take over a program in its first ever seasonin 2016-17, and will spend the upcoming season to build and recruit the program. – Terre Haute, College Swimming. Read more.


After three seasons at the helm of the of Austin Peay State University’s softball program, Stephanie Paris announced her resignation. Paris informed interim APSU athletics director Cheryl Holt and her players about her decision on Sunday. She will be leaving the university for private industry. In her three-year tenure, Austin Peay had a 47-95 record, including the 9-37 campaign this past season. The team returns almost its entire starting lineup, except second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference second baseman Laurel Burroughs, and adds four recruits. – Autumn Allison, The Leaf-Chronicle. Read more.


The College of the Holy Cross has named 2014 Bucknell graduate Peter Burke as an assistant men’s lacrosse coach, as announced by head coach Judd Lattimore and director of athletics Nathan Pine. Burke will also serve as the midfielders coach. Burke spent last season as an assistant coach at Emmanuel College in Boston as the team won the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship and earned an appearance in the NCAA Tournament recording a 13-5 overall record (8-0 GNAC). Burke was responsible for the design and implementation of offensive systems, strategy and personnel while also focusing on individual player development. He also assisted in the process of scouting and recruiting of potential student-athletes. – Lax Power. Read more.


The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) baseball team announced Monday the hiring of Brian Nelson, who spent the last two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Lamar, as an assistant coach. Nelson’s responsibilities at UTPA, and soon, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, will include working with the pitchers and catchers in addition to recruiting. In his two seasons, Nelson worked with three Major League Baseball draft picks in J.T. Autrey, David Carver, and Collin Chapman. Autrey , who was 1-0 with a 7.24 ERA in 20 appearances in 2013, improved to 6-2 with a 3.59 ERA in the same number of appearances while working with Nelson in 2014. Carver saw his ERA drop from 5.74 to 4.14 as well. – Browns Villeherald. Read more.


Quinnipiac Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald and Director of Tennis/Women’s Tennis Head Coach Paula Miller have announced that Interim Men’s Tennis Head Coach Chris Pappas has been promoted to Men’s Tennis Head Coach. As the Interim Head Coach this past season, Pappas led the Bobcats to their first winning season since the 2009-10 campaign. Quinnipiac finished 11-10 overall and 5-2 in conference play – claiming third place in the regular season to advance to the MAAC Championships in April. Pappas’ men’s tennis coach of the year selection was the first for Quinnipiac since 2009-10. The Bobcats were in the NEC and former head coach Mike Quitko was named the 2010 NEC Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year.


Former WSSU coach Dwaine Jackson died, over the weekend struggling to recover from a stroke he suffered in May. He was 50 years old. Jackson also worked as a program director at the Monarch/Stokes Opportunity Center in Walnut Cove. The center helps adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse problems.Since Jackson died Williams has been in contact with several teammates and the conversations have been about Jackson. – Journal Now. Read more.


For the first time in over two decades, Stetson will be looking for a new face to lead its tennis program. Stetson Director of Tennis Pierre Pilote resigned Monday after 22 years with the school. According to a release issued by the school, Pilote, the 2015 Atlantic Sun Conference Coach of the Year in women’s tennis, left to take a position as the Executive Director of Tennis at the Shanghai-based American College Development Services. During his 22 years with the Hatters, Pilote coached a total of 47 Atlantic Sun all-conference performers, 26 all-freshman selections, and six A-Sun Players of the Year. – Journal Online. Read more.


Zach Eisendrath, who previously served as an assistant athletic communications director at U-M, has been named director of internal communications and operations for the head coach. The newly created position, posted two weeks ago on U-M’s careers website, is most summarily to “assist the football coach in all areas, including day-to-day operations, communications, office management and administration.” Eisendrath has worked in media relations at U-M since July 2012. He came to Ann Arbor after stints as assistant director of communications for the Mountain West Conference, a team internship with the Denver Broncos and as a student assistant at the University of Minnesota. Brendan F. Quinn, Mlive. Read more.


The G-MAC announced on Monday that ODU, Findlay, Walsh, Lake Erie and Hillsdale would be leaving the GLIAC to become members starting with the 2017-18 season. Malone is joining in 2016. Blair and university president Peter Cimbolic said the G-MAC would be a perfect fit for Ohio Dominican because the conference is made up of private schools. Ohio Dominican joined the GLIAC when it went from NAIA to NCAA Division II five years ago. The move has been a positive, particularly in football where the Panthers won the conference title in 2013 and made the playoffs the past two seasons. Transporting 16 athletic teams to faraway places such as Grand Valley State and Saginaw Valley State in Michigan, though, has been wearing down players and eating into the budget. – Mark Znidar, Dispatch. Read more.


The University of Houston invites applications for the full-time position of Assistant Coach, Women’s Tennis with exceptional leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills possessing a commitment to student-athlete academic success. The position reports to the Head Coach of the Women’s Tennis Program and acts within the rules and regulations of the University, the American Athletic Conference, and NCAA. [email protected]


Preparations for the 2015-16 athletic year continued in the Butler Athletic Department with the addition of another new staff member and the promotion of two current staff members. The newest member of the staff is Carly Dressler, who has been named Assistant Director of Compliance and Academics. She’ll begin her duties in mid-July. Butler also announced that Tom Crowley has been promoted to Deputy Director of Athletics and Alex Perry has been elevated to Assistant Athletic Director for Business Operations. Earlier this month, the Bulldogs announced the hiring of John Dedman as Associate Athletic Director for Communication.


Newbury College invites applications and nominations for a full-time 12 month position as Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach/Admissions Counselor beginning in August 2015. Coaching Responsibilities: The first year of this position will recruit for the College’s newest NCAA program with the first contest scheduled for 2017. Managing all aspects of a Division III women’s lacrosse program, including but not limited to coaching, practice organization, recruiting, player skill/leadership development, and supervision of assistant coach(es). The successful candidate will also encourage academic and athletics excellence and adhere to all rules and regulations set forth by the College, NCAA and New England Collegiate Conference.  [email protected]


The Missouri State University Board of Governors formally approved an extension of the partnership between MSU Athletics and Learfield Sports in an agreement that will extend through the 2025-26 academic year. Missouri State Sports Properties, which was developed out of the acquisition of Nelligan Sports Marketing by Learfield in February 2014, manages all aspects of the Bears’ multimedia rights including venue signage, event sponsorships/marketing, corporate hospitality, radio and television game broadcasts and coaches’ shows. The dedicated unit is designed to support MSU Athletics’ initiatives to enhance revenue and the services provided to local and regional businesses while promoting the Bears’ brand to the corporate community.

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