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April 18, 2019

TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Texas State extended head men’s basketball coach Danny Kaspar’s contract through the 2022-23 season, the University announced Thursday. Kaspar helped lead the Bobcats to their best season in two decades during the 2018-19 campaign. Texas State finished the year with a 24-10 record. “We are thrilled to extend coach Kaspar as our head men’s basketball coach,” athletic director Larry Teis said. “He has put together a couple of historic seasons on the court, while cultivating a successful academic culture off the court. We are extremely excited to move forward under his leadership.” Kaspar sits at No. 3 in all-time wins at Texas State with 98 victories. He’s recorded two 20-win seasons in the last three years. Alongside the 24-10 record during the 18-19 season.  -Nick Castillo, sanmarcosrecord – Read More

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY
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UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY

Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation seeks Development Officer. The Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation seeks a Development Officer to assist with the Falcon Pride Club Annual Giving program in support of Air Force Athletics. This position will work in coordination with his/her assigned supervisor on the strategic execution and management of a comprehensive annual giving program for Air Force Athletics.  It will serve as the department owner for family giving strategy as well as donor research.  – Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

University of Miami seeks Associate Director, Ticket Operations. The Associate Director, Ticket Operations will assist with the day-to-day operations of the Ticket Office ensuring that financial settlements, ticket software maintenance, and event management are completed consistently and efficiently.  – Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Multimillion dollar renovations to Allen Fieldhouse and David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium could be coming for KU Athletics, but details on what the projects would entail are not clear. During its April meeting on Wednesday, the Kansas Board of Regents gave initial approval to a five-year capital improvement plan at Kansas universities, which included setting a series of dates for the $300 million worth of renovations to KU’s stadium and a one-time $20 million renovation to the fieldhouse. The Regents will consider giving final approval to the five-year plan, which would begin in July 2020, during their May meeting. Kansas Athletics officials did not respond to a Journal-World request for information on the projects. Dennis Mullin, chair of the Kansas Board of Regents, said on Thursday that he did not know the specifics of the projects, but Regents documents show the projects would be funded through private donations. The first phase of the football stadium renovations, a total of $170 million, would begin during the 2021 fiscal year, or the 2020-21 academic year, with a $6.2 million project. The Allen Fieldhouse renovation is also slated for the 2021 fiscal year. – Dylan Lysen, kusports – Read More

HIGHER EDUCATION
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HIGHER EDUCATION

Federal prosecutors from Boston have interviewed people in Los Angeles this week, asking about additional students whose parents have not been charged in the college admissions scandal, people familiar with the matter told The Times. The prosecutors, led by Assistant U.S. Atty. Eric Rosen, are interviewing potential witnesses in Los Angeles to bolster their existing cases and build new ones against people who have not yet been charged, according to two sources, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the talks publicly. In a court filing earlier this month, Rosen said his team of prosecutors would be traveling “for business” the week of April 15-19. Fifty people, including 33 parents, have been charged in the investigation so far. While many of the defendants hail from California, the investigation was handled by the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office, which learned of the scheme while probing an unrelated securities fraud case. – RICHARD WINTON and MATTHEW ORMSETH, latimes – Read More

UC SAN DIEGO
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UC SAN DIEGO

The UC San Diego women’s basketball program made history with an incredibly successful season in 2019. Today, Tritons’ Athletic Director Earl Edwards took a significant step toward the long-term success of the program with the announcement that head coach Heidi VanDerveer has earned the first multi-year head coach’s contract in the institution’s athletics history. VanDerveer, who has won 77 percent of her games in seven seasons as the Tritons’ head coach while taking the program to the NCAA Tournament five times, signed a five-year agreement to remain as UC San Diego’s head women’s basketball coach. “Heidi has done an exceptional job as the head coach of the UC San Diego women’s basketball program,” said UC San Diego Director of Athletics Earl Edwards. VanDerveer has compiled a 163-50 overall record during her seven seasons at UC San Diego for a .765 winning percentage. She has won 124 of 150 games against California College Athletic Association (CCAA) competition, a .827 winning percentage, and has earned league Coach of the Year honors in each of the last four seasons. – Read More

ACC
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ACC

Atlantic Coast Conference Supervisor of Women’s Basketball Officials Charlene Curtis has announced her retirement following 11 years of service to the league and more than 24 years of affiliation with the conference as either a coach or administrator. “Charlene Curtis has served the Atlantic Coast Conference with dedication and integrity,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “We appreciate her outstanding service to the league, our women’s basketball programs and officials. I greatly admire her strength and faith, and I wish her nothing but health and happiness as she begins this next chapter.” “The last 11 years spent with the Atlantic Coast Conference family have truly been a blessing,” said Curtis. “I am forever grateful and humbled to have been given the opportunity to serve in the best Conference with the best administrators in athletics.  As the ACC Supervisor of Women’s Basketball Officials, Curtis has overseen the expansion of the women’s basketball officiating staff, the management of all evaluations and ratings, and numerous training and educational opportunities to promote the recruitment and development of ACC Women’s Basketball Officials. –  Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
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UNIVERSITY OF MAINE

University of Maine athletic director Ken Ralph wants to put more fans in the seats for University of Maine men’s hockey games and a survey conducted by the firm IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions supplied him with a strategy for doing so: reducing ticket prices. In the wake of dwindling attendance due to the program’s on-ice struggles and more competition for the entertainment dollar in the Bangor area, Ralph has decided to slash ticket prices. Season memberships for the 2019-20 season will start as low as $215, an average decrease of $75, and single-game tickets will start at $16 which represents an average savings of $8. The Black Bears averaged 3,763 in attendance per game this past season which was 207 fewer per game than the 2017-18 season and 599 fewer than the 2016-17 campaign. However, the Black Bears were hurt, attendance-wise, by a rare Wednesday night non-conference game against Colorado College and an even more rare Monday afternoon game against arch-rival New Hampshire on Martin Luther King day. – Larry Mahoney, bangordailynews – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

After 16 years of dedicated and loyal commitment as the public and unwavering voice of Kansas Athletics, and more than 40 years in collegiate athletics, Jim Marchiony has chosen to retire and prepare for his next chapter, closer to his grandchildren, Athletics Director Jeff Longannounced Thursday. As Associate Athletics Director of Public Affairs, Marchiony is Kansas Athletics’ liaison with local and national media across the country – relationships he fostered and maintained his entire career. Outside of those duties, he also serves as the sport administrator for KU’s volleyball and tennis programs, and has worked closely with the coaches and student-athletes in those programs, as well as others. “I’ve known Jim since his NCAA days and was very pleased to work with him since my arrival,” Long said. “Jim is respected throughout college athletics because of his friendliness, sense of service, dedication and commitment. Marchiony joined the University of Kansas in August, 2003, from the University of Connecticut, where he was Associate Athletics Director for External Relations. Before UConn, he worked for 18 years at the NCAA, the last five years as media coordinator for the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament.  – Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Every spring, not long after the NCAA gymnastics season finishes, head coaches gather for a weekend of recruiting at Junior Olympic nationals, a meet that features many of the nation’s top gymnasts. Before their focus shifts to recruiting, coaches spend long days discussing ways to improve their sport. Judging is always a major topic, but for years, another issue has been just as debated: the postseason format. Under the previous structure, six teams qualified for the national championship final — and all other rounds of the postseason — so with just four events in women’s gymnastics, two teams had bye rotations at any given time. The problem with that? Casual fans never knew who was winning because teams were always in different stages of completing the competition. The solution — a four-team championship that has teams constantly in action — seems so obvious that Michigan Coach Bev Plocki said it has been proposed for decades. So why has it finally happened? –  Emily Giambalvo, washingtonpost – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA HUNTSVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA HUNTSVILLE

The University of Alabama in Huntsville Department of Athletics announces that the Director of Athletics Office inside Spragins Hall will now be named The Lloyd Garrison Director of Athletics Office following generous support from Chan Garrison and David Richardson to honor the late Mr. Garrison. “Mr. Garrison would definitely be on the Mount Rushmore of UAH Basketball fans,” said UAH Director of Athletics Dr. E. J. Brophy. “His passion for athletics, education, and young people was off the charts. To walk into an office each day that is adorned with his name will be an honor and a privilege for me, and we are so very grateful to his son Chan Garrison and close friend David Richardson for contributing the funds to honor Lloyd in this way.” Mr. Garrison was a Tuscaloosa native who graduated from the University of Alabama before becoming a longtime resident of Huntsville where he became a successful businessman in apparel and real estate. – Read More

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Northern Illinois University Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier was honored by NIU’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Minorities (PCSM) Thursday as one of the recipients of the 2019 Deacon Davis Diversity Award at the PCSM’s Annual Diversity and Inclusion Luncheon at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center on the NIU campus. Created in 2004, the award recognizes significant contributions made to the improvement of the status of minorities on the NIU campus by current NIU undergraduate, graduate, professional students, faculty, supportive professional staff, civil service, academic units, offices, programs or organizations. “Anyone who knows me knows that diversity and inclusion, and promoting diversity across all aspects of the university, is a cause that I am passionate about and have championed throughout my career,” Frazier said. The award honors McKinley “Deacon” Davis, a Freeport, Illinois native and college basketball star at the University of Iowa who went on to play for the Harlem Globetrotters.  – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
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UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH

Following the recent announcement of a new visual identity in collaboration with Nike Global Identity Group to rebrand Pitt Athletics, the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department is partnering with Dimensional Innovations for the cohesive branding and graphic design of their athletic facilities. The partnership will develop consistency in branding, signage, and specialty graphics in all of its athletics facilities and student-athlete spaces, impacting the overall experience for athletes and coaches, as well as enhancing recruiting efforts. “With the official reveal of Pitt Athletics’ new colors and marks, the next phase will be to do a full-scale rebrand of our facilities to tell the Pitt Athletics story,” said Heather Lyke, Director of Athletics. “We are thrilled to sign on with Dimensional Innovations. Their ability to create an experiential environment that is uniquely tailored to their client is exceptional and we look forward to working together bringing the Pitt colors and marks to life.” “Dimensional Innovations is ecstatic to be partnering with Pitt Athletics on this historic effort. The new visual identity established, in collaboration with Nike Global Identity Group, is a great tribute to the past, yet focuses on the future,” said Drew Berst, Director of Collegiate Sports for Dimensional Innovations. “We can’t wait to bring that story and the colors and brand marks into the built environment.”  –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Some contracts extensions for head coaches and athletic directors at Kansas universities will now need approval from Kansas Board of Regents officials before they can be offered. The Regents approved the amended policy on athletic department contracts during its April meeting on Wednesday in Lawrence. The amended policy requires a chancellor or president of an NCAA Division I university — which includes the University of Kansas, Kansas State University and Wichita State University — to request approval from the Regents chair or Regents president before a head coach or athletic director contract worth more than $500,000 can be offered. However, the contract extension requests would not need to receive approval from the full Board of Regents, which consists of nine members and meets on a monthly basis. Dennis Mullin, the Regents chair, told the Journal-World on Thursday that the purpose of the amended policy was to bring more transparency to the contract extension process. – Dylan Lysen, kusports – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

The University of Minnesota athletic department announced today new season ticket pricing for men’s basketball and men’s hockey. Starting with the 2019-20 seasons, season tickets for basketball will start at $340 and hockey will start at $500. Basketball season ticket prices are the lowest they have been since the 1995-96 season, while hockey prices are the lowest they have been since the 1999-00 season. Fans can view seating maps for the 2019-20 seasons here. “I think it’s important to listen, collect information and then make the best decisions for our programs,” said Athletics Director Mark Coyle.  Seventeen sections at Williams Arena will be available to fans for $340, which reflects a $190 price decrease from last season. The number of home games can vary each year, but over the last four seasons, the Gophers have averaged 17 games at The Barn, which would translate to an average ticket price of $20 for those seasons.  Minnesota has also reduced six additional sections at Williams that directly overlook the court from $640 to $490 for the upcoming season.  – Read More

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY

Gensler has been selected as the architect for San Diego State University’s proposed new multi-use stadium. The leading global design firm will work alongside Clark Construction, which was selected earlier this year as the design-build contractor for the expandable 35,000-capacity stadium. As proposed, the new multi-use stadium will support collegiate football, professional and collegiate soccer, NCAA championships, concerts and other events. In keeping with the current timeline, if approved, construction is slated to begin in early 2020 with a completion date in time for the start of the 2022 NCAA football season. –newscenter.sdsu.edu. Read More.

LSU
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LSU

LSU athletic director Scott Woodward new home in Texas shows just how sudden and unplanned to the move was for Woodward. LSU has always been his dream job, but he had a good thing going at Texas A&M and was ready to put down roots there. Instead, he’s back home in Baton Rouge, where he went to Catholic High School, graduated from LSU and worked for the university from 2000-2004. Woodward spoke on the phone with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on Thursday to discuss his new job and what he has planned for LSU. He talked Texas A&M, why LSU was so appealing, what’s next for the department and how he’ll handle the Will Wade situation. -Brody Miller, NOLA. Read More.

BELLARMINE UNIVERSITY
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BELLARMINE UNIVERSITY

Bellarmine University is considering moving the remainder of its 22 varsity sports from the NCAA Division II to the Division I level. The school has held internal discussions as well as a series of community town halls to get input about effects of transitioning to the higher level. The news was first reported by WDRB-TV. Bellarmine media relations director Jason Cissell confirmed the news. Cissell declined to discuss a potential transition publicly, including a timeline and whether the school feels it has the athletic facilities capable of competing in Division I. The decision is part of a potential university-wide growth effort, which would not only increase enrollment but also the school’s local footprint. -Justin Sayers and Gentry Estes, Louisville Courier Journal. Read More.

YALE UNIVERSITY
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YALE UNIVERSITY

Teamworks, is pleased to announce a partnership with the Yale University athletic department. The Bulldogs will leverage Teamworks to streamline and simplify operations to build cohesion throughout the department. Yale leads the Ivy League as the first university to adopt Teamworks throughout the department. The 28 Bulldogs teams are among more than 1,900 Division I programs that rely on Teamworks to engage their student-athletes by providing a central platform for communication and collaboration. “We’re proud to welcome the entire Yale athletic department to the Teamworks family,” said Zach Maurides, CEO and Founder of Teamworks. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

Cal Poly did not monitor its book scholarship program to ensure the administration of stipends followed NCAA rules, according to a Division I Committee on Infractions panel. According to the panel’s decision, Cal Poly lacked a fundamental understanding of NCAA rules about book stipends, which the university characterized as “misapplying” the rule. The university mistakenly treated the book stipend in the same manner as room and board stipends, which are used by student-athletes as they see fit to cover off-campus living expenses. Instead, NCAA rules require book stipends equal the exact cost of the books required for coursework. The committee did not believe the university broke the long-standing rule on purpose but said, “There is no ambiguity in the wording of the legislation and thus no room for misinterpretation. Cal Poly simply failed to abide by this rule.” -Emily James, NCAA. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Kansas has filed its appeal to the NCAA regarding the ongoing suspension of forward Silvio De Sousa, the school announced Thursday. In February, De Sousa was ruled ineligible through the 2019-20 season. He had not played for the Jayhawks since October, when former Adidas consultant T.J. Gassnola testified in federal court that he paid $2,500 to De Sousa’s guardian, Fenny Falmagne. The NCAA’s decision drew outrage from coach Bill Self, who called the punishment “mean-spirited and vindictive,” and athletic director Jeff Long, who said his faith in the NCAA was “shaken” by the process. –ESPN. Read More.

KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY
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KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY

Director of Athletics Milton Overton and Kennesaw State University are pleased to announce the hiring of Cobb County’s own Amir Abdur-Rahim (pronounced Uh-mere ab-durr Ra-heem) to a four-year contract as the seventh head coach in KSU men’s basketball history. “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Amir Abdur-Rahim and his family back home to Cobb County and Kennesaw State University,” said Director of Athletics Milton Overton. Abdur-Rahim comes to Kennesaw State after a year-long stint at Georgia under head coach Tom Crean. Throughout his career, he has helped develop two NBA draft picks in Robert Williams III from Texas A&M and Isaiah Canaan out of Murray State. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

In an effort to create more quality games during non-conference play, the Southeastern and The American conferences have joined forces to form a scheduling alliance. As a part of this alliance, four schools from each conference will participate in two-year, home-and-home series that will begin in the 2019-20 season. “Men’s basketball in the SEC has been on the rise and this scheduling alliance will help to continue the growth of the sport,” SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said. Participating teams and matchups will be announced at a later date. –secsports. Read More.

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

After 35 years as the head coach of the Ohio State men’s volleyball team, Pete Hanson announced his retirement on Thursday. In his storied coaching career, Hanson has led three Ohio State teams to an NCAA Championship — in 2011, 2016 and 2017 — has been named the National Coach of the Year three times and has recorded 712 career wins, the third-most in NCAA history. “I will certainly miss Ohio State and the volleyball program, but I will never forget it,” Hanson said in a release. -Colin Gay, thelantern. Read More.

SAMFORD UNIVERSITY
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SAMFORD UNIVERSITY

Samford University has announced a series of planned improvements to Seibert Stadium to enhance the fan experience and create an even greater home-field advantage. The stadium project is part of Forever Samford, the largest capital campaign in the university’s history. The planned improvements are aimed at enhancing all aspects of the game day experience for fans attending Samford University football games at Seibert Stadium. Located in the center of Samford’s campus, Seibert Stadium was constructed in 1958 and has not undergone major renovations since the construction of the Sullivan-Cooney Field House prior to the start 2009 season. –samford.edu. Read More.

PAC 12
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PAC 12

Few topics generate as much angst across the Pac-12 as the so-called revenue gap — the growing disparity in conference distributions received by member schools compared to their peers in other Power Fives. This year, for example, the Big Ten will send approximately $20 million more to each member than the Pac-12; the SEC will send about $10 million more to each campus. The best description of the situation the Hotline has heard came from Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens, who told the Bald Faced Truth radio show in Portland recently that the conference was “drifting out of range.” -Jon Wilner, marinij. Read More.

IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY
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IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY

An external Title IX gender equity review identified “a number of substantial issues” at Idaho State University, according to the agenda for Thursday’s State Board of Education meeting in Moscow. The State Board said to remedy the problems, ISU “must immediately begin to demonstrate progress toward expansion, with the goal of adding a women’s sport in the near future.” The board’s agenda states that the proportion of male and female student-athletes at ISU is “below the exact proportion of equity by 3.9 percent.”. –IdahoStateJournal. Read More.

LSU
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LSU

Baton Rouge native and LSU alumnus Scott Woodward was named athletics director at his alma mater today after serving in the same position for the last four years at Texas A&M University. During Woodward’s tenure at Texas A&M, every sports program participated in postseason play and the Aggies won nine SEC titles Woodward will be formally welcomed back home on Tuesday at a time and location to be announced later. The community is invited to attend along with members of the media. “We are happy to welcome a fellow Tiger back home,” said LSU President F. King Alexander. Read More.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Central Michigan University has terminated the employment of gymnastics coach Jerry Reighard, following an investigation that confirmed repeated disregard for the independent role of medical staff in addressing student-athlete injuries. The latest incident, in February, involved Reighard attempting to influence a student to lie about or cover up concussion symptoms. A 121-page investigation report from CMU Faculty Personnel Services cites “egregious misconduct” by Reighard in attempting to undermine the university’s concussion management plan. Reighard received the investigation report on April 3 and had two weeks to respond. His response has been received and reviewed. It did not change the termination decision. Alford said he will conduct a national search for a new coach. Read More.

CLARK UNIVERSITY
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CLARK UNIVERSITY

Clark University Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Tyler Simms as the next Head Coach of the men’s basketball program. Director of Athletics and Recreation Trish Cronin confirmed the appointment of Simms as he will join the department in June of 2019. Simms brings over 10 years of coaching experience to Clark, including his most recent four seasons as the assistant coach of the Division I, Ivy League, Brown University basketball program. Prior to Brown Simms served as an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for the Trinity College basketball team for two years. Read More.

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