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August 6, 2015


The 25th Annual UMC Teambackers Golf Classic raised over $6,800 toward athletic scholarships with over $4,400 raised by the event and $2,450 with the raffle of the 2015 Yamaha Fleet Gas Golf Cart out with maroon paint and gold and white seats and the University of Minnesota Crookston logo. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Teambacker Golf Classic, all proceeds from the tournament will go toward the Marv and Diane Bachmeier Athletic Scholarship. UMC thanks everyone who participated in the event and is looking forward to another strong showing of support toward the athletic program in 2016. – Crookston Times, Read More


The University of Memphis is seeking a Senior Associate Athletic Director, External Relations. The Senior Associate Athletic Director, External Relations is responsible for developing and managing a strategic branding plan for the department that is consistent with University brand standards. Apply Here


Maryland men’s lacrosse coach John Tillman has announced the hiring of Todd MacFarlane as director of lacrosse operations. A native of Crofton, Md., MacFarlane has more than 15 years of coaching experience. MacFarlane spent the last three years at Malvern Preparatory School in Malvern, Pa., serving as the coordinator of external programs and assistant coach of the varsity lacrosse team. MacFarlane attended Arundel High School and played lacrosse for Bud Beardmore at Anne Arundel Community College before finishing his career at Pfeifer University in North Carolina.


The Administration and Athletics Department at the University of Arizona is accepting applications for the position of Associate Director, Communication Services. The purpose of this position is to assist in the operation of the University’s athletics communication services operations, both internally and externally. Apply Here


Del Malloy of Attleboro, a familiar face as a sports commentator on North Attleboro’s cable television network as well as the former athletic department administrator and women’s basketball coach at Wheaton College, will be inducted into Wheaton College’s athletic hall of fame. The Yowell Hall of Fame is intended to honor and give lasting recognition to those individuals who, either through participation, support or interest, have made outstanding contributions in the athletics arena, and specifically to the Wheaton College athletics program. – Peter Gobis, Sun Chronicle, Read More

August 5, 2015


The Rice University Athletic Department is now accepting applications for the position of Director of Branding. The Director of Branding will be a part of the marketing team and will play an integral role in building and promoting the brand of Rice Athletics to drive attendance and revenue for the Department of Athletics. Apply Here


The Catholic University of America Associate Vice President & Director of Athletics Sean Sullivan announced the addition Mike Gambardella as CUA’s Assistant Athletic Director for Communications. In this role, Gambardella will oversee all communications efforts for Catholic’s 21 varsity sports. Gambardella has spent the past 12 years in collegiate athletics, working the previous nine in athletics communications. A Warwick, R.I., native and graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School, Gambardella is also a 2007 graduate of St. John’s with a bachelor’s degree in sports management with a minor in business.


Seton Hall University is looking for an Assistant Athletics Director/Ticket Operations. The Assistant Athletics Director/Ticket Operations is responsible for all operations within the Seton Hall Athletics Ticket Office of all fourteen (14) sponsored sports with specific emphasis on Men’s basketball and Women’s basketball. Apply Here


Georgetown University is in need of an Associate Director of The Annual Fund for Georgetown Athletics for Special Events and Alumni Relations-Office of Advancement. The Associate Director for Special Events and Alumni Relations is responsible for the planning and execution of all Signature Athletic department events. Apply Here


There will be notable changes in Coleman Coliseum beginning in the 2015-16 season. Following months of extensive research and analysis, The University of Alabama athletics department is announcing a seating reconfiguration plan, with the primary focus aimed at creating a more exciting environment and to help get the student-body more involved at the men’s basketball games. The plan calls for the current student section (located on the baseline toward the visiting team bench in sections V, W and X) to be moved to the first two sections across from the visiting bench (sections R and S) and wrap around the Northeast corner (sections T, U and V). With that, students will be relocated so they are closer to the floor in order to have more impact and help create an exciting home court environment. – Fox 6 WBRC, Read More


Rhonda McFarland is joining the Syracuse University Athletics Department to fill the position of associate athletics director for finance. McFarland has worked at Boise State University for the past nine years, most recently in the athletics department as a senior business manager and then associate athletics director for finance. McFarland earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University.


Duquesne University is looking or an Assistant Athletic Director, Marketing & Promotions. The AD for Marketing & Promotions coordinates all marketing and promotional activities for Duquesne University Athletics with a primary focus on increasing attendance and ticket revenue at athletic events, including student attendance, through creative marketing strategies and building brand equity through ensuring high-quality experiences; coordinates the design and production of marketing print materials; coordinates activities with the ticket office for group sales and all game-day activities; develops sport specific marketing plan for all respective programs; oversees Athletic Marketing department. Please submit resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Natalie Hozak at [email protected]


The Board of Regents is expected to approve the athletic department budgets for the three state schools at its meeting today. The University of Iowa’s athletic budget is increasing by $1.6 million to $93.6 million. The U-I’s budget is self-sustaining and officials say an expected decline in football season ticket revenue will be offset by increased support from the U-I Foundation. The budget for Iowa State University is increasing by around one million dollars to $70 million. The University of Northern Iowa’s budget is $13.1 million — about the same as last year. The school expects to increase revenue through higher basketball ticket prices, but will see a drop in football revenue from fewer guaranteed revenue games. The UNI athletic department does cover the majority of its budget with its own revenue, receiving 2.4 percent of its budget from state money. – Dar Danielson, Radio Iowa, Read More


The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) is accepting applications for the position of Director of Sport Administration. The Director of Sport Administration will provide management, oversight, guidance and support to the various ECAC Leagues, Affiliates, and Championships. –Apply Here


Louisiana Tech University is seeking candidates for an Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing. Full-time, 12-month position with benefits. Position reports to the Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs and is responsible for coordinating all marketing and promotional activities for 16 intercollegiate athletic sports programs. Submit cover letter, resume with three references, and unofficial transcript by email only to Search Committee, Louisiana Tech University [email protected] and [email protected]


The University of Wyoming (UW) is accepting applications for an Assistant Director of Compliance. The primary responsibility of this position is to assist the Director of Compliance in running the day-to-day operations of the compliance unit. The projected start date for this position is September 1, 2015. Email your formal application to: [email protected] Review of resumes and applications will begin immediately.


Eyes widened as the Nebraska women’s soccer team toured its new stadium Tuesday. “Permanent goose bumps,” senior Katie Kraeutner said of Hibner Stadium.The lack of lights used to force games to start in the late afternoon, but now the Huskers can kick off at 7 p.m. “We’ve been missing night games. We’re going to have a bigger fan base and it will be a more fun environment,” said junior Jaycie Johnson, who led the team in goals each of the past two seasons. The stadium is north of the Devaney Center at 2400 N. Antelope Valley Parkway. There are chair-back bleachers — red, of course — that can seat 1,800. The Huskers will put the new stadium to use Aug. 12 in an exhibition against South Dakota State. – Mike Malloy,, Read More


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.

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