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August 5, 2015


Penn State today announced the appointment of Andrea Wickerham as Assistant Athletic Director -Human Resources. She brings nearly 30 years of higher education and private sector experience to Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. Wickerham will oversee all human resources operations for the Nittany Lions’ athletic staff of more than 325 and work closely with the University’s Office of Human Resources. From Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Wickerham comes to Penn State after serving 14 years, the last seven as Vice President, at the National Center for Drug Free Sport, Inc. Wickerham earned her juris doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and was a Labor and Employment Law attorney at Husch & Eppenberger, LLC in Kansas City before joining The National Center for Drug Free Sport, Inc.


Wheaton College Assistant Director of Athletics Randi Carine ’97 has resigned from her position, effective July 31. The announcement was made by Wheaton College Director of Athletics and Recreation John Sutyak ’00. As part of the Wheaton athletic administration team, Carine was instrumental in several operational matters for the athletics department.  Before coming to Wheaton in 1999, Carine spent the 1998 softball season at Bridgewater State College as a graduate assistant, coaching the Bears to an appearance in the NCAA Division III College World Series. Carine, who graduated from Wheaton in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, was also one of the school’s top student-athletes to have gone through the softball program prior to her administrative career in the athletics department.


The University of Tennessee Athletics Department is now accepting applications for an Assistant Director in Media Relations. This position reports directly to the Assistant Athletics Director for Media Relations and is responsible for all public relations activities for assigned Division-I sport programs (soccer and softball) while enhancing the overall image of the University of Tennessee Athletics Department. Apply Here


The Pirate Blue Athletic Fund held its annual Pirate Blue Golf Outing at Navesink Country Club in Middletown, N.J. on Monday. The outing is a fundraising vehicle for Pirate Blue to generate support for Seton Hall’s 14 athletic programs and its student-athletes. This year’s event received overwhelming support as the golf portion of the day was sold out and the department received many generous sponsorships. Associate Athletic Director Bryan Felt welcomed all of the attendees and thanked them for their contributions to Pirate Blue.


When Oklahoma’s players report Wednesday, they won’t be going to their normal locker room and meeting rooms in the south end zone at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Instead, they’ll head to temporary facilities across the street — at the re-worked Bud Wilkinson House and in temporary building set up to house the football team for the next year-plus. The move happened to facilitate the first phase of a major renovation of the stadium, which will include increased team space in the south end zone, a greatly expanded training facility for not only football but other sports and the bowling in of the south end zone of the stadium. The current renovations are expected to cost $160 million, which is being raised through private funds — both in donations and ticket costs.
– Ryan Aber, The Oklahoman, Read More

August 4, 2015


University of Northern Iowa is currently looking for an Assistant Director of Athletic Marketing. AD of Athletics Marketing develops and oversees the marketing plans and fan experience for at least two sports; coordinates two or more activities of the athletic marketing department including but not limited to Panther Kids Club program, licensing program, student initiatives, pep crew and summer prowl; designs promotional materials for web, video, social media and print applications; and assists with press releases and game-day media coverage as needed. Apply Here


UW-River Falls Athletic Director Roger Ternes has announced the appointment of Matthew Ebner as the new Associate Athletic Director. His new duties will include overseeing athlete compliance, game day promotions and marketing, Falcon Success Series and the annual Falcon Awards ceremony. Ebner, who is also the defensive coordinator for the Falcon football team, brings experience in managing eligibility for a variety of student athletes including traditional, non-traditional and transfer students. Ebner is a 2010 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Math Education with a minor in economics.


Loyola University New Orleans Director of Athletics Brett Simpson announced the hiring of Robert Christe as the Director of Athletic Communications today. Most recently serving as the assistant sports information director and the multimedia coordinator for NCAA Division III Alma College, Christe was responsible for designing, shooting, editing and producing videos for their department website. Christe graduated from University of Pittsburgh in 2011 with a B.A. in Media and Professional Communications then went on to receive his M.S. in Sports Management from California University of Pennsylvania.


It happens every August, and it’s always an exciting way to kick off a new academic and athletic school year for Louisiana Tech University. The Happening XXXIV, presented by Argent Financial, will take place at 6 p.m., August 27 at the Monroe Civic Center and will again feature a relaxed and casual tailgate-style atmosphere with remarks by Louisiana Tech President Les Guice and Athletics Director Tommy McClelland, who will also hold a question and answer session with football coach Skip Holtz and new Bulldogs basketball coach Eric Konkol. Argent CEO and Louisiana Tech alumnus Kyle McDonald said his company is always proud to sponsor the annual Happening. -KTBS, Read More


With experience in all areas of athletics development and revenue generation, Franklin Alegria has been hired as Fresno State’s senior associate athletics director for external development, Director of Athletics Jim Bartko announced Friday. Alegria’s first official day at Fresno State will be August 3, 2015. Alegria comes to Fresno State from the University of Oregon for the past six years, where he most recently served in the Portland Office for the Duck Athletic Fund. Alegria was a key member of Oregon’s team that helped to raise $17 million in annual fund donations along with an $8 million increase in season ticket revenue. Alegria graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics in 2009.


Saint Leo Athletics will begin the 2015-16 year with several new faces and some current staff members in new roles under a reorganization announced today by Saint Leo Director of Athletics Francis X. Reidy. Joining the Saint Leo Athletics staff will be Erin Mykleby in the newly-created position of Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing, Fundraising, and Community Engagement. Conner Kilpatrick has been appointed to the new role of Assistant Director of Intramurals and Recreation. Reidy also announced a series of promotions on the staff: Mike Madagan has been promoted to Associate Athletics Director, while Pete Lefresne is promoted to Assistant Athletics Director for Communications, and Erin Bean is promoted to Director of Athletics Communications.


Stanford Athletics has announced the hiring of Lorne Robertson as the department’s Associate Athletics Director, Compliance Services. Robertson will be a member of the Stanford Athletics senior administrative team and will oversee the daily activity of the Compliance Services department. Robertson arrives on The Farm following two years at Tulane University, where he served as Asst. Provost for NCAA Compliance. A native of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Robertson’s tenure at Tulane was preceded by a three-year stop at Eastern Michigan, serving as the Assistant Director of Compliance Monitoring. Robertson received his undergraduate degree, with honors, in Public Law & Government from Eastern Michigan in 2004.


UMass Lowell Associate Director for Facilities and Events Alan Zebrak has announced the addition of Michael Letzeisen as the Assistant Athletic Director for Events and Operations, on Tuesday afternoon. The Nichols College graduate comes to Lowell after spending the previous three years as the Assistant Director of Athletics and Murray Athletic Center Facility Manager at Elmira College. In addition to assisting with compliance and eligibility, he served as the on-site game administrator for baseball, men’s and women’s ice hockey.


The court at Georgia State’s basketball and volleyball practice facility will be named the Cathy Henson – Patty Ferrer Court, after they made a gift of at least $100,000, the athletics department announced on Tuesday. The practice facility will be located next to the Sports Arena, where the teams play and practice, and is scheduled to open in 2016. Construction of the practice facility will be done in phases. The gift is from Patty Ferrer and her husband, Brad, and Cathy Henson and her husband, Chris Carpenter. The Ferrers are alumni of Georgia State. -Doug Robinson, AJC, Read More


The familiar boom of cannon fire after a Huskies touchdown will disappear from Northern Illinois football games this season, instead replaced with fireworks and a new fan seating section, NIU officials said Monday. The addition of the Endzone Club in the south end zone with room for about 300 spectators means the cannon, most recently an M119 A2 Howitzer from the Illinois National Guard Armory in Sycamore, no longer has a place at the games. He said the new seating was the main reason for discontinuing the cannon. In addition to making room for the Endzone Club, White added fans on the south side of the stadium had complained about the cannon noise. – Eddie Carifio, Daily-Chronicle, Read More


The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USG Corporation have announced The University of Washington as the winner of the inaugural USG NACDA Sustainability Award. UW was chosen from a pool of four finalists and received the award for its work on Husky Stadium. The Sustainability Award will be officially presented to Washington on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the award-winning facility Husky Stadium, during the Huskies homecoming football game against Oregon. The USG NACDA Sustainability Award was designed to recognize NCAA Division I institutions, honoring athletics directors and their universities for incorporating sustainable practices and materials into their athletics facilities.


Associate AD of External Relations Jason Martin is wearing a Red Wolves football helmet to help promote ticket sales. “With our new First and 10K campaign, it’s really our goal for the first time in A-State football history to get over 10,000 season tickets,” said Martin. “I’m pretty much going to wear it as much as I can,” he said, “Obviously, I’m not going to be sleeping in it, some of the basic hygiene, showering, driving, outside of that I’ll be wearing it everywhere.” The helmet challenge will go on until the team reaches the goal of selling 10,000 season tickets or the end of August, whichever comes first. Video Clip


Ohio State plans to study the possible sale of beer at football games more seriously than ever, athletic director Gene Smith told the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Smith said Ohio State’s Athletic Council would study the issue this year in conjunction with Dr. John Clapp, a professor and the director of Ohio State’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Recovery. Smith said that could include surveys of OSU fans at games. He expects the athletic department to be ready to make a decision about the future after this season. Smith estimated that beer sales at Ohio State would generate at least $1 million, but Ohio State would receive only a portion of that as part of its concessions contract. -Doug Lesmerises, Northeast Ohio Media Group, Read More


University of Massachusetts Amherst is currently seeking an Associate Director of Development. The AD of Development manages various components of a comprehensive annual giving program for the Athletics Department and assists the Assistant Athletic Director for Annual Giving in various aspects of campaign fundraising. Send a letter of application, resume and names and telephone numbers of three references no later than August 22, 2015. Apply Here


USF was the top-finishing American Athletic Conference program in the final Learfield Sports Director’s Cup standings. Coaches and athletes are energized, Athletic Director Mark Harlan said, filled with possibilities about what USF athletics can become. Now the real work begins. USF must fix its football program — which has four consecutive losing seasons and a 6-18 mark in coach Willie Taggart’s two years — and Harlan knows it. The Bulls will shift to an offense with spread principles, while employing a 4-2-5 defense. The bottom line? “We have to get better on the field,” Harlan said. “We have to win more games. To deny that is somewhat foolish. Winning matters. Winning is important. It’s not intramurals.” -Joey Johnston, The Tampa Tribune, Read More


The University of Memphis athletic department has announced the continuation of a free football season tickets promotion for first-year graduates and has added a new discount ticket program for anyone who graduated from the university in the last four years. Under the promotion, any person who graduated from the University of Memphis in December 2014, May 2015 or August 2015 with an undergraduate, graduate, doctoral or professional degree is eligible to receive two free football season tickets. -Don Wade, Memphis Daily News, Read More


LSU managed to take in $193 million from private donors during the budget year that wrapped up June 30 — more than double its previous fundraising record, set just a year before. In the year since, the LSU Foundation — one of the university’s three key fundraising arms — saw its largest fundraising haul, as did the Tiger Athletic Foundation, which provides financial support to the university’s athletic programs. LSU got several large-scale gifts from its supporters, including the university’s largest-ever in-kind contribution in the form of geoscience and engineering software valued at $62 million. Other major donations coming into the school included a $40 million anonymous gift split between the academic endowment and the endowment that supports athletic programs. – Elizabeth Crisp, The Advocate, Read More

August 3, 2015

BIG 10

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany announced at Media Days that his conference will mandate its schools stop playing FCS teams and schedule at least one non-Big Ten power-conference team per year. Even though a few FCS teams are better than some FBS teams and most Big Ten teams already play power non-conference opponents, those changes simply mean more Big Ten games that matter. Delany described those two rules and the conference’s move to nine-game schedules as being good for fans, good for players and good for College Football Playoff résumés. The Big Ten’s changes might seem small, but they could impact the value of media rights deals, especially if the idea catches on. -Kevin Trahan, SB Nation, Read More


Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith recently told the Northeast Ohio Media Group there are three major athletic facilities projects in the works at a total cost of more than $67 million, and the Buckeyes’ recent athletic success has helped fuel the fundraising for the buildings. One of those projects is expected to be fast-tracked and hasn’t been previously detailed, but it’s a key to bringing most of Ohio State’s 1,000 varsity athletes into the same area by attaching a new $30 million home for Olympic sports to the football headquarters at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The other two new buildings to be part of that area include the $30 million Covelli Arena, announced in 2012, that will host events for several sports, including wrestling, volleyball and gymnastics. -Doug Lesmerises, Northeast Ohio Media Group Read More

BIG 12

OU president David Boren and Castiglione have nothing but a bare-bones, from-a-distance, professional relationship with Texas athletic director Steve Patterson and UT school president Gregory Fenves, who took office June 3, multiple sources told HornsDigest. Sources told HD because the relationship among Texas and OU administrators isn’t as close as it used to be, it’s becoming easier for Boren to possibly sell a vision to those in his camp that one day may or may not include Texas when it comes to realignment. That vision could be spearheading the drive to add two schools to the Big 12 or possibly bolting (with Oklahoma State) to another conference (most likely the SEC), sources tell HD. Boren has long advocated for 12 in the Big 12 and wanted Louisville and Pitt added when TCU and West Virginia were added in 2011. – Chip Brown, Horns Digest, Read More


In 1865, Michigan appropriated $50 for the maintenance of a playing field. By spring, the Michigan baseball team played its first season as a varsity sport. Fifty-six NCAA titles and 373 Big Ten titles later, Michigan athletics will enter its 150th year of operation this fall. To celebrate, the Michigan Athletic Department is planning a year-long initiative using events, content and social media to highlight the past and present of Michigan athletics. By far the largest event during the celebration will be the All Student-Athlete Reunion, set to take place in conjunction with Michigan football’s Sept. 12 home opener against Oregon State. The website for Michigan Athletics,, plans to highlight the school’s history with special coverage. -Zach Shaw, Michigan Daily, Read More


Penn State today announced the appointment of Dr. Michael Cross as Assistant Athletic Director — New Business Development. Cross brings nearly 25 years of coaching and athletic administrative experience to Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. In his role at Penn State, Cross will serve as the sport administrator for the men’s and women’s hockey teams and oversee the men’s and women’s rugby club programs. From Buffalo, New York, Cross comes to Penn State after serving the past five years as the Director of Athletics at Bradley University. He will begin his duties at Penn State in late August. Cross graduated from SUNY-Buffalo with a degree in economics (1991) and a master’s in education in 1993. He earned a doctoral degree in higher education from Michigan in 1999.


An independent investigation launched by the university into claims of racial discrimination on the Illinois women’s basketball team showed no wrongdoing. The university released findings on Monday morning of the investigation, which was conducted by the Chicago law firm Pugh, Jones and Johnson and included more than 18,000 documents, 33 interviews, statements from eight players accusing coaches of mistreatment and review of game and practice video. The report recommended the university clarify expectations for coaches’ conduct and more clearly define the relationship between coaches and parents, while also “enhancing resources for student-athletes to report concerns or complaints about their experience at Illinois.” – Shannon Ryan, Chicago Tribune, Read More


Back in 2010, Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta extended head coach Kirk Ferentz for 10 years, locking him up through the entire decade. Since getting that extension that pays him an average of $3.65 million per season, Ferentz has guided the Hawkeyes to a 34-30 record overall, is under.500 against FBS opponents, and 19-21 in league play. Still despite this mediocrity, Athletic Director Gary Barta does not regret the deal. With the school’s lagging ticket sales and excitement around the program dipping, Ferentz needs a bounceback season in the worst way as the large buyout for his contract continues to get smaller. – Fox Sports, Read More


Quincy University, a Franciscan Catholic liberal arts university invites applications for the position of Assistant Athletic Director for External Operations. Responsibilities include administrating all facets of the athletic department with particular emphasis on facilitating of all game/event operations. Send letter of application, resume, and three professional references to: [email protected]

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