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August 13, 2019

GEORGIA TECH
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GEORGIA TECH

Georgia Tech is seeking an assistant director – ticket operations. The assistant director – ticket operations will provide service to customers for tickets to Georgia Tech athletic events to include operation of automated ticketing systems, responding to customer inquiries and maintaining associated records. Coordinates ticketed admissions to sporting events. -NCAA. Apply Here.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE

University of Louisville Athletics has announced a partnership with Catapult in its ongoing effort to look after the well-being of its student-athletes while providing them with the latest in technology optimized to reach peak performance. Louisville is implementing the company’s Athlete Management System (AMS) for its 23 teams, which is designed to maximize performance while minimizing risk by consolidating key performance, health and wellness data in one place. “We are excited about our partnership with Catapult,” Associate Athletic Director for Student Athlete Health and Performance Pat Ivey said. Read More.

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY
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UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY

Utah Valley University Director of Athletics Dr. Jared Sumsion has announced the hiring of Chad Foote as Deputy Athletic Director. “Chad is going to be a great asset to our team,” said Sumsion. Foote comes to UVU from the University of Alabama where he worked as the director of major gifts since 2015. While Foote was at Alabama, the major gifts team implemented a plan to launch a $600 million campaign for athletics and increased donations each year, which culminated in more than $70 million being raised during the 2018-19 academic year. Read More.

PENN
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PENN

Joy De Jesús, an experienced professional in finance and administration in Philadelphia, has been named the Senior Associate Athletic Director/Chief Financial Officer for Penn Athletics, the T. Gibbs Kane, Jr. W’69 Director of Athletics and Recreation Dr. M. Grace Calhoun announced today. De Jesús, who earned a MBA from The Wharton School, arrives at Penn from Temple University, where she served as an Associate Vice President since 2013. As Chief Financial Officer, De Jesús will oversee and direct the fiscal and internal operations for DRIA including financial planning, financial analysis, budgeting and accounting, human resources, information technology, facilities management, capital planning, and equipment operations. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON
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UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON

University of Scranton director of athletics Dave Martin announced on Tuesday that Chris Brown has been named head men’s and women’s swimming & diving coach and aquatics director. Brown comes to Scranton from Hartwick College, where he served as a full-time assistant coach for the men’s and women’s swimming & diving programs since July 2018. Brown brings over five years of coaching experience to the Royals program, as he has served as both an assistant and head coach at the high school, collegiate and club levels in his short career to date. “We’re excited to bring Chris on board here at the University,” Martin said. Read More.

AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
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AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY

A new pregame entertainment experience will join the growing entertainment options surrounding the lead up to Austin Peay State University football games in 2019. The athletics department has announced the development of Stache Street to launch prior to the Govs Thursday, August 29 contest against North Carolina Central. The new Stache Street will take over Marion Street in front of Fortera Stadium and the Foy Fitness Center, which will be closed prior to each home game during the 2019 season. Governors fans will be able to walk Stache Street and enjoy an array of food truck options and inflatable games. Prior to the 7 p.m., August 29 kickoff against North Carolina Central, Austin Peay athletics will work with the Austin Peay Police to close parking along Marion Street beginning at 3 p.m. with Stache Street to open at 4 p.m. and will remain open until 30 minutes before kickoff. Read More. 

SPORTS MEDIA
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SPORTS MEDIA

Today the free OTA & Streaming service Stadium announced plans to stream 31 college football games. These games will include teams from the ACC, C-USA, Mountain West, MAC, Patriot League, and the Southern Conference. “After two tremendous seasons of college football on Stadium, we really feel like we’re offering our strongest schedule yet with our 2019 slate of games,” said Stadium CEO Jason Coyle. -Luke Bouma, Cord Cutters. Read More.

COLLEGE OF ST. SCHOLASTICA
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COLLEGE OF ST. SCHOLASTICA

The College of St. Scholastica announced that Franco Bari will take over as the new Director of Athletics, effective August 19. Bari replaces Brian Jamros, who announced his resignation back in April after spending the last two years at the school. Bari has been at his alma mater of St. Lawrence University (N.Y.) since 2008 where he was the Assistant Director of Athletics since 2012. “Franco (Bari) is an experienced administrator and leader who brings to CSS a true alignment with our Benedictine Tradition, our Athletic Tradition, and our deep commitment to student-athlete success in and out of the classroom and their sport,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Steve Lyons. Read More.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

“In looking back at these past few months, I have found that this role has given me a chance to gain a broader perspective of the reach and impact of CMU on this great state.” “Since April, I’ve traveled from downtown Detroit to Beaver Island often accompanied by our president or a development officer from outside of athletics. I’ve spoken to donors who have never attended a sporting event, but still proudly proclaim “Fire up Chips!” On many occasions, even if the individual has never given to athletics, it is still one of the first things that comes up in conversation. This simply reinforces the notion of intercollegiate athletics serving as the “front porch” to a university. Our sporting events and student-athletes provide a gateway for prospective students, employees and alumni to discover what CMU has to offer.” -AD Michael Alford.  Read More.

BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY
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BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY

After a successful five-year stint at Valparaiso, Tammy Cecchini has been named head women’s tennis coach at Bucknell, director of athletics and recreation Jermaine Truax announced on Monday. Cecchini spent the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach at Valpraiso, and then she took over as head coach the following season. Cecchini guided the Crusaders through a period of progress during her four seasons as head coach. “I am very excited that Tammy Cecchini will be taking over as head coach of the Bison women’s tennis program,” said Truax. Read More.

ASUN CONFERENCE
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ASUN CONFERENCE

The ASUN Conference has entered into a multi-year agreement with Collegiate Sports Management Group (CSMG). CSMG will represent the ASUN for media and sponsorship and will sell across all of the ASUN’s assets to generate revenue. Assets include Championship events, media, signage, digital/social and IP. “Partnering with CSMG brings a new group of sponsorship professionals onto the ASUN team. We will build new relationships that will keep the ASUN on the rise,” said ASUN Commissioner Ted Gumbart. Read More.

CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
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CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE

CSUN Athletics has announced the hiring of Julieanne Manning as Director of Finance and Operations. Manning will be the primary financial officer and human resources liaison for the athletics department, in addition to managing the day-to-day Athletics Business Office operations and staff. “We are thrilled to have Julieanne join our Matador Athletics team,” said Executive Associate Athletics Director Valerie Richardson. Manning most recently served as the manager of the Finance Team for the Los Angeles County Risk Management Branch. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

A federal judge has approved an amended settlement in a class-action concussion lawsuit against the NCAA that will establish a 50-year medical-monitoring program for college athletes. The settlement was announced Monday by Hagens Berman, the law firm representing the plaintiffs. The case originated with a claim against the NCAA in 2011 by former Eastern Illinois football player Adrian Arrington. The case was later consolidated with other claims. Initially, a settlement was reached in 2016. It created $70-million fund for monitoring of current and former college athletes for brain trauma. –usatoday. Read More.

August 12, 2019

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Central Michigan AD Michael Alford released the Chippewas 2018-19 annual report on Monday. The report highlight’s CMU’s success both on and off the field. In 2018-19 CMU exceeded the $3 million mark in fundraising in back-to-back years,  for only the second time in school history. In addition, the athletic department secured seven first-time major gifts of $25,000 plus and secured nine leadership
commitments ($100,000 plus), highlighted by $1,000,000 and 500,000 commitments to the Chippewa Champions Center. CMU also signed an agreement with IMG Ticket Solutions to lead outbound ticket sales effort and increase customer engagement. The department is currently negotiating a new Learfield IMG College agreement which will aim to guarantee revenues and aid with financial projects. –Read More

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

USA Today on Monday published its annual listing of athletic department revenues and expenses for the fiscal year 2017-18. Texas tops the list as the Longhorns generated $219,402,579 in revenue while its expenses topped out at $206,554,432. Rival Texas A&M is second on this year’s list, generating $212,399,426 but the Aggies expenses only totaled $165,782,418. Ohio State was the third and final program to generate more than $200 million in revenue as the Buckeyes closed FY 17-18 with $205,556,663 in revenue, Michigan was fourth generating $195,769,104 and Alabama closed out the top five with $177,481,937 in revenue. UConn was the top revenue-producing Group of Five program generating $79,308,421 in revenue.

UNIVERSITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD
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UNIVERSITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD

UIW Director of Athletics Brian Wickstrom is leaving his post immediately the university announced late Monday afternoon. Richard Duran will serve as UIW’s interim AD.

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Colorado State University’s Department of Athletics revealed a robust financial report for the 2018-19 fiscal year in its annual report to the CSU System Board of Governors, delivered Aug. 8. The department announced that the various revenue streams allowed for reinvestment in its programs, as well as making its annual $8 million payment on Canvas Stadium and providing $200,000 to support academic programs at CSU. CSU’s landmark partnership with Canvas Credit Union was the primary driver behind the positive news. The $37.7 million partnership is the third-largest collegiate stadium naming rights agreement in the country and will help pay for a significant portion of the $220 million on-campus stadium, which opened in 2017. “We’re very pleased with our financial position following the 2018-19 fiscal year,” said Joe Parker, CSU’s director of athletics. “Our partnership with Canvas Credit Union not only benefits the Department of Athletics and all of our student-athletes, it has had a positive impact across our campus.” – Read More

UTA
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UTA

Charged with helping bolster UT Arlington’s athletic development efforts, Kyle Callender has been named UTA’s new Assistant Director for Maverick Club. In his role, Callender will have a specific focus on donor relations and stewardship, athletic alumni engagement and Maverick Club events. “I’m really happy to have Kyle joining our staff,” said Assistant AD for Maverick Club Alex Ware. “He has great experience that I believe will help us continue to grow the Maverick Club. We had a deep pool of quality applicants, but Kyle separated himself during the interview process and is an excellent fit for our department.” Callender joins the Mavs from Eastern Illinois University, where he served for two years as the Assistant Director of EIU’s Panther Athletic Support Services Staff. Throughout his tenure, the team advisement for nine of their Division-I programs, Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and EPIC Life Skills Program were all under his guidance. – Read More

UCF
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UCF

For the first time in school history, UCF has sold out its entire allotment of season tickets for the 2019 football season. The school made if official on Monday, stating fans interested in attending any of the six home games will have to check on the availability of single-game tickets as well as any tickets returned from the visiting team allotments. “The fact that our season-ticket allotment is gone before the start of a season is a first for UCF, and it absolutely speaks to both the success of the football program and how our alumni and community have embraced Orlando’s Hometown Team,” UCF athletics director Danny White said in a statement. UCF is coming off a stretch in which the football program won 25 of its last 26 games including back-to-back American Athletic Conference championships and consecutive appearances in the College Football Playoff New Year’s Six Access Bowl games. – MATT MURSCHEL, orlandosentinel – Read More

MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE
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MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE

During the 2019 college football season, through a partnership with Stadium, the Mountain West will have seven games air exclusively on Facebook. This is the third consecutive year the Conference and Stadium have partnered with Facebook. The seven-game package features four nonconference contests and three Conference showdowns. San Diego State and Utah State will be featured on Facebook twice. Fresno State, which was predicted to win the MW West Division for the second consecutive year, will have one nonconference game broadcast by the social media platform (vs. Sacramento State on Sept. 21). San Diego State will open the 2019 Facebook MW package on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 6 p.m. PT when the Aztecs host Weber State. – Read More

UTEP
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UTEP

Following the tragedy in the Sun City on Aug. 3, UTEP Athletic Department officials have announced the #ElPasoStrong campaign, to be spread over two months and encompassing home events for football, men’s basketball, soccer and volleyball. “Anyone who has spent even the slightest bit of time in our great community has been touched by the warm, loving and welcoming nature of El Pasoans,” Director of Athletics Jim Senter said.  “The events of Aug. 3rd left us shaken, but it hasn’t deterred our spirit.  Our objective is to not only pay tribute to the victims of this senseless violence, but to celebrate all things that make El Paso so wonderful – including the efforts of the first responders and other heroes in the face of this unspeakable tragedy.”  The #ElPasoStrong campaign will kick off at the soccer team’s season opener versus Wyoming on Aug. 22 at University Field (7 p.m.), and continue at the football season opener against Houston Baptist on Aug. 31 in the Sun Bowl (6 p.m.), and the volleyball season opener versus Coppin State on Sept. 6 at Memorial Gym (10 a.m.).   – Read More

LOUISIANA
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LOUISIANA

Louisiana Athletics’ Director of Equipment Operations Kerry Conner has assumed oversight of equipment needs for all 16 sport programs for the Department of Athletics, it was announced Monday. Entering his sixth season with the Ragin’ Cajuns, Conner was named National Equipment Manager of the Year by the Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA) in June. A native of New Iberia, Louisiana, Conner began working for the late Lynn Williams as assistant equipment manager for the Ragin’ Cajuns in 2014, eventually earning the responsibility of managing football equipment operations. Prior to working at Louisiana, Conner spent two seasons at Louisiana Tech, where he served as equipment manager for the Bulldogs’ football team and supervised interns and student managers. Prior to his arrival in Ruston, Conner served as the head equipment manager at Nicholls State in Thibodaux from 2006-12, where he handled the equipment responsibilities for the Colonels’ 14 sport programs. Conner additionally worked in the same capacity for Northwestern State from 2004-06. – Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

A former linebacker for the University of Southern California wasn’t an employee of the National Collegiate Athletic Association or the PAC-12 Conference and isn’t owed payment for his work on the football field, a federal appeals court panel ruled Monday. Lamar Dawson sued the NCAA and the PAC-12 (formerly the Pacific Coast Conference) in 2016, claiming they owed Division I football players payment as employees. Monday’s opinion, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, affirmed a San Francisco district court’s 2017 dismissal of the case. “Dawson cannot demonstrate that the NCAA or the PAC-12 had the power to fire or hire him,” Chief Judge Sidney Thomas wrote in the opinion. –Union Leader. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
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UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

Memphis interim athletic director Allie Prescott said the Tigers have sold “at or over” 20,000 football season tickets for 2019. In a radio interview with “Giannotto and Jeffrey” on 92.9 ESPN, Prescott offered the update Friday after a staff meeting where he addressed the hiring of Laird Veatch as the school’s next athletic director. Prescott also expects a large crowd for the season opener against visiting Ole Miss on Aug. 31. The 2015 game drew 60,241 fans to the Liberty Bowl. -Evan Barnes, Memphis Commercial Appeal. Read More.

CHATTANOOGA
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CHATTANOOGA

In July of 2019, the Mocs Club announced an incentive based C Club campaign that aims to engage a larger network of former varsity letterwinners. Vice Chancellor & Director of Athletics, Mark Wharton is challenging letterwinners to step up and get involved. The sport that has the most active C Club members by percentage of active alumni at the end of the fiscal year will receive an additional $5,000 to their annual budget from the athletic director discretionary fund, established to assess the most critical needs of the department. “We’re excited about the membership challenge!,” stated head football coach Rusty Wright. “Any time you can give former athletes a chance to compete, it goes a long way.” Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND

University of Portland Vice President for Athletics Scott Leykam has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Committee. Leykam will serve a four-year term on the committee beginning on September 1, 2019. The 10-person women’s soccer committee is responsible for the organization and implementation of the NCAA Championships tournament, including selection of the participants and creation of the bracket. The committee also establishes playing rules and procedures for competition. “I am humbled to be selected to serve on the NCAA Women’s Soccer Committee as a representative of both the University of Portland and the West Coast Conference,” Leykam said. Read More.

BRADLEY UNIVERSITY
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BRADLEY UNIVERSITY

Karen M. Carty, who sports 15 years of experience in collegiate marketing and communications, has been named Bradley University Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Fan Engagement, according to an announcement Monday by Dr. Chris Reynolds, Bradley Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics. “Karen Carty is an established professional in the world of collegiate sports marketing and we are excited to have her join the Bradley Athletics family,” said Reynolds. Carty comes to Bradley from Grambling State University, where she served as the assistant athletics director for media, marketing and promotions since April 2017. Read More.

SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY
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SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY

Shenandoah University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Bridget Lyons announced Monday that Jason Cole has accepted the position of head men’s and women’s tennis coach. Cole, a former standout at Ferris (Mich.) State, comes to Shenandoah after serving as the head tennis professional at Winchester (Va.) Country Club for the past 18 months. Cole brings a wealth of coaching experience to the position as he has served an assistant professional, head professional or director of tennis at country clubs in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Michigan following a two-year stint as an assistant men’s tennis coach at the University of Virginia. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

NCAA member schools developed the new agent certification process to accomplish that goal and reflect our higher education mission. However, we have been made aware of several current agents who have appropriately represented former student-athletes in their professional quest and whom the National Basketball Players Association has granted waivers of its bachelor’s degree requirement. While specific individuals were not considered when developing our process, we respect the NBPA’s determination of qualification and have amended our certification criteria. Student-athletes now can be represented by agents who meet the following requirements: Have a bachelor’s degree and/or are currently certified and in good standing with the NBPA.; have NBPA certification for a minimum of three consecutive years; maintain professional liability insurance; complete the NCAA qualification exam; and pay the required fees. –NCAA. Read More.

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY
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UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY

Jen Block has been named executive director of athletics, according to announcement today from Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria and Director of Athletics Nathan Pine. Block will begin her duties, which include serving as the senior government official in athletics, immediately. Block is returning to the Air Force athletics after serving as the director of athletics from April 2018 to Feb. 2019, becoming the first female athletics director at a Division I service academy. She later served as the interim executive director of athletics from Jan 2019 until her retirement from active duty as a colonel in April 2019. Read More.


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