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August 14, 2015


As some teams are fawning over their new uniforms for the upcoming football season, Fresno State is excited for a bigger piece of equipment: A new blimp. Fresno State believes it is the only school to have its own blimp.  “We were looking for a unique visual splash to kick off the 2015 athletic season,” Fresno State Senior Associate AD Paul Ladwig said in statement. “The blimp Bulldog1 will make that splash. By partnering with the best aerial marketing firm, we are able to use this iconic platform to engage our Bulldog community.” The athletic department has a five year lease for the 150-foot blimp. -FTW, Read More


It was a night to raise money for the Corsairs’ athletic department, but also one to honor the work of. Dr. Marian Perry. More than 440 people attended the 12th Annual College of the Redwoods Athletics Dinner and Sports Auction on Thursday night at the CR Gymnasium, with Dr. Perry as the honoree and featured speaker. A true pioneer in women’s sports in the 1960’s, Dr. Perry was one of the first faculty members hired at College of the Redwoods in 1965. She brought a wealth of teaching and coaching experience to the college at a time when opportunities for women in competitive sports were almost nonexistent except in a few pockets throughout the country. –The Times-Standard, Read More


Pac-12 Conference is looking for Vice President, Ticketing. Working in the newly formed Pac-12 Sales organization, the Vice President, Ticketing will play a central role to develop and execute a long range plan for all ticketing initiatives both within the Conference Championship events; currently the Men’s Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas, NV, the Women’s Basketball Tournament in Seattle, WA and the Conference Championship Football game and Pac-12 Conference member institutions, their ticket sales departments and key personnel within the Athletic Department. Apply Here


The National Fastpitch Coaches Association issued a public reprimand of Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine in its August newsletter. According to an article published in the NFCA’s “Fastpitch Delivery,” Earleywine has repeatedly violated the organization’s code of ethics with “questionable comments and actions over the last three years.” The article cited several violations, including comments Earleywine made about Murray State’s softball program and one of its players in a May 2012 Columbia Tribune article. The final straw was an report that detailed a vitriolic exchange between Earleywine and Missouri State coach Holly Hesse about the Bears’ decision to drop the Tigers from future schedules. – Tod Palmer,The Kansas City Star, Read More


Lake Forest College is accepting applications for an Athletic Department Program Assistant and Special Events Coordinator. This position will provide opportunities and responsibilities in the area of athletic administration and athletic related special event planning that include, but are not limited to: Assisting the Director of Athletics and other coaches and administrative staff members with a variety of projects, reports, programs, etc. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, and at least three references to Athletic Searches [email protected]


University of Massachusetts Lowell is looking for an Associate Athletic Director for Marketing and Promotions. The Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Promotions will develop and implement comprehensive marketing strategies designed to promote athletic teams and increase attendance and ticket sales at athletic events. Apply Here

August 13, 2015


On Thursday, Maritime Director of Athletics Heather MacCulloch announced the hiring of Denise Brown, who will serve as the Manager of Athletic Operations at Maritime College effective immediately. In her role as Manager of Athletic Operations, Brown will be in charge of multiple facets of the day-to-day and overall operations of the Maritime Athletics Department. Brown comes to Maritime from Wayne, New Jersey, where she served as the Director of Basketball Operations for the IYB Basketball/Blaze Basketball Club. Brown graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor’s in Sport & Recreation Management in 2010, she later went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Sport Studies from California University in California, Pennsylvania in 2012. –Read More


The University of Findlay is currently looking for an Assistant/ Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Welfare. his position assists in the leadership, administration and oversight of the department and oversees the primary areas of student-athlete welfare while reporting to the Director of Athletics. Apply Here


UC Davis Athletics is looking for a Director of Development – Annual Giving. Under the direction of the Senior Associate Athletics Director of Development, the Director of Development assumes overall management responsibility for strategically creating and implementing plans to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward annual gift donors and prospects. Apply Here


The UCLA Athletic Department is pleased to announce a major personal financial commitment from head football coach Jim Mora and his wife Shannon that will be put toward the Wasserman Football Center project. In honor of Jim and Shannon’s generosity, UCLA will name the Coaches’ Outdoor Terrace of the Wasserman Football Center in their honor. The Mora family’s unprecedented commitment stands as the largest donation by a sitting head coach in UCLA history, further bolstering the Athletic Department’s ongoing campaign to raise sizeable funds for the construction of the state-of-the-art on-campus football training and performance center. Mora hopes his family’s contribution will inspire others to help make meeting this goal a reality.


Mansfield High School and 2015 Mansfield University graduate Colleen Dempsey has accepted a position as the new assistant director of athletic communications at Sage Colleges’ in Albany, N.Y. She was the recipient of an NCAA Women and Minority grant and was selected after a national search and began her first day on Wednesday, Aug. 5. Dempsey received a bachelor’s degree in political science and organizational communications at Mansfield University, minoring in public relations. -Robin E. Palmer, The Wellsboro Gazette, Read More


UVA director of athletics Craig Littlepage announced Wednesday (Aug. 12) the elevation of six staff members. Valerie Richardson, Steve Pritzker, and Todd Goodale, and have been promoted to senior associate athletics directors. Eric Baumgartner and Adrien Harraway, who has been promoted to associate athletics director for student services, will join the current senior administrative team of Littlepage, Jon Oliver, Jane Miller, Dirk Katstra, Richardson, Pritzker, and Goodale. Kelli Pugh is now assistant athletics director for sports medicine. – Augusta Free Press, Read More


The world of communications and media is ever changing, and the Eastern Michigan University Department of Athletics has taken measures to ensure it stays on the leading edge with the launch of its redesigned athletics website, EMU again partnered with SIDEARM Sports to create the refreshed look that includes strong mobile-friendly platforms, YouTube integration and a clean look for fans to enjoy. Eastern Michigan will also roll out a new application for all smart devices, powered by YinzCam, later this fall to further help bring Eagles sports content to all desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones. –Read More


Tony Hermane has been named VMI’s Coordinator of Athletic Multimedia, according to information released by the VMI Athletic Department recently. Hermane is the first person to hold the newly created position, and will be responsible for directing video streams, compiling highlights and other video-related tasks throughout the department. Hermane came to VMI from Storied Rivals Sports Media in Zanesville, Ohio, where he spent just under a year filming and compiling highlight clips from high school football and basketball games in the Zanesville and Columbus areas. Hermane graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications, with a video production emphasis, in 2012.



A recent Bleacher Report article that looked into the most popular majors for college football players at the big five athletic conferences carried a curious response from an N.C. State University official: “According to North Carolina State director of athletics digital communications Brian Reinhardt, the university’s legal department requested an end to the release of student-athlete majors several years ago.” NCSU officials say some athletic department staff mistakenly thought the information was private because of a decision a few years ago to not include it on the university’s website. “It’s public record and readily accessible,” said Fred Hartman, the director of NCSU’s news services. “There certainly is no mandate from our Office of General Counsel to withhold that information. -Dan Kane, The News & Observer, Read More


The Athletics Department at Marist College invites applications for a part-time, 12-month, Athletic Communications Assistant. The Athletic Communications Assistant will be the primary media contact for several of the college’s 23 Division I sports, as assigned by the Director of Athletic Communications. –Apply Here


Brown University invites applications for the position of Athletic Communications Assistant. This position will assist the Director and Assistant Director of Athletic Communications in all public relations, communications and media efforts for Brown’s 38 varsity sports. Apply Here


The MCLA Athletics department will begin the 2015-16 academic year using current staff members in new roles and the addition of two assistant coaches for the cross country and women’s lacrosse programs under a reorganization announced Wednesday by Director of Athletics, Laura Mooney. Dot Houston and Jeff Puleri, members of the administrative team, will have new titles and duties within the department, while Monica Conlin and Leah Sullivan join the department as assistant coaches of the cross country and Lacrosse programs respectively. Houston, who has served previously as the assistant athletics director, has been promoted to the associate athletics director for administration and compliance. Puleri, who previously served as an assistant athletics director, sports information director and head baseball coach, will now assume the title of assistant athletics director for development and communications. – iBerkshires, Read More


Loyal season ticket-holders and donors will have the first choice of seats in the new on-campus football stadium at CSU, school officials said Wednesday while unveiling their “reseating” plan for the $238.5 million facility. Ram Points will be used to determine the order in which fans who purchase season tickets for Colorado State University football games in 2016 will be able to select their seats in the new stadium, set to open in 2017 with 36,000 seats and total capacity of 41,000. The point system, in place since 2009, rewards those who purchase tickets for each of CSU’s sports program or donate money to the athletic department or the university’s academic programs. – Kelly Lyell, The Coloradoan, Read More


The University of Arizona’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is seeking an experienced sports marketing professional for the position of Assistant Director of Marketing. The Assistant Director of Marketing serves as the marketing lead for the following UA Athletics sport programs, women’s soccer, women’s basketball and baseball. Apply Here


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]

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