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August 12, 2015


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.


Students all over the UW-Madison campus already use the photo-sharing service Snapchat — now two university institutions are joining them on the popular smartphone app. The UW Athletic Department and the UW-Madison Police Department both announced on Thursday they had joined the service, with the usernames officialbadgers and uwmadisonpolice, respectively. The athletics account has featured behind-the-scenes looks at Badger football fall camp and media day. -Nico Savidge, Wisconsin State Journal, Read More


The University of Iowa on Monday instructed its fans and boosters to stop tweeting at prospective student athletes. “Hawkeye fans and boosters, please do not tweet at Hawkeye recruits,” the athletic department’s compliance office posted on its Twitter account. “Leave the recruiting to Iowa coaches! It is against National Collegiate Athletic Association rules for athletic boosters to communicate with recruits over social media. Colleges also discourage fans from using social media to persuade prospective players to join a program, as the interaction can cause confusion or be seen as having received approval from an institution. – Inside Higher Ed, Read More


Lubbock Christian University is proud to announce plans to expand the Athletic Department to 13 programs with the addition of men’s and women’s track and field programs beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year. Track and field will consist of indoor and outdoor programs for both men and women. LCU cross country head coach Nick Cordes will oversee the track and field teams and will begin recruiting efforts to field a men’s and women’s program to begin competition in the 2016-2017 academic term. The efforts will start by competing in running events consisting of 400 meters and longer. Leigh Cordes, who is LCU’s assistant cross country coach, will also assist Nick with the programs.

August 10, 2015


State Sen. Tom Whatley of Auburn proposed a resolution today urging Auburn University to claim nine national championships in football. Auburn won the national title in 1957 and 2010. Whatley’s resolution, which has six Senate co-sponsors, urged Auburn to claim championships in 1910, 1913, 1914, 1958, 1983, 1993 and 2004. Senators talked briefly about the resolution before sending it to a committee without a vote. The idea of retroactively claiming championships is not new. The Auburn athletic department had a committee study whether to claim national championships in six seasons — all of those in Whatley’s resolution except for 1958. Athletic Director Jay Jacobs announced in May that the school had decided to claim only the 1957 and 2010 championships. -Mike Cason, AL.Com, Read More


Courtney Vinson, who has served as an assistant athletic director at UCF the past four years, has been named the Associate Athletic Director for Sport Services and Senior Woman Administrator at the University of Memphis. UofM Athletic Director Tom Bowen made the announcement Monday. At Memphis, Vinson will oversee the operations of the Athletics Office of Compliance, including certification, scholarships and the scholarship book process. A member of the UCF Athletic Association’s senior staff, Vinson created, developed and implemented policies and procedures to ensure institutional rules which aligned with the NCAA and American Athletic Conference regulations. Vinson earned her master’s degree in athletic administration from Marshall University in 2006 where she was a compliance graduate assistant.


Athletics at Colorado State University had a $3.2 million deficit for fiscal year 2015 and are projected to have a $2.9 million deficit for 2016, campus president Tony Frank told the CSU System Board of Governors on Friday. Frank cautioned against looking too far ahead with too much certainty in making budget projections, but he also presented projections in which the program faces deficits of $2.6 million in 2017, $1.8 million in 2018 and $667,000 in 2019. Frank noted that membership in one of the power five football conferences would likely lead to more than $20 million annually from the television rights package alone, though expenses would also grow. – Rob White, Coloradoan, Read More

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