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April 15, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

University of Southern Mississippi seeks Athletics Compliance Graduate Assistant. The Athletics Compliance Graduate Assistant will support the Office of Athletic Compliance and the University of Southern Mississippi Athletic Department as a whole. This position will assist with a variety of daily compliance related operational tasks. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to rules education, overseeing recruiting software, initial eligibility, ticket procedures, playing and practice seasons. – Apply Here

AUGUSTANA UNIVERSITY
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AUGUSTANA UNIVERSITY

Augustana University seeks Graduate Assistant – Marketing and Fan Experience. Augustana University (SD) is seeking qualified applicants for a graduate assistant in athletic marketing and fan experience for the 2019-2020 athletic year. The graduate assistant position is combined with a two-year graduate program in Sports Administration and Leadership, with a 12-month contract that will begin June 1, 2019.  – Apply Here

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Nebraska will pay its basketball assistants a total of $1 million for the 2019-20 season, the second-most of any school in the Big Ten. The school announced on Monday it will pay former NU head coach and Fred Hoiberg assistant Doc Sadler $320,000 a year. Armon Gates, originally hired by Tim Miles but retained by Hoiberg, will make $300,000. That’s a raise from his previous salary of $256,000. Assistant Matt Abdelmassih will make the most with $380,000. He’ll be the second-highest paid assistant in the Big Ten, trailing only Ryan Pedon at Ohio State, who makes $395,000 a year. According to published salaries of 11 Big Ten schools, Salder will rank fifth in the conference in pay and Gates will be tied for seventh. Last year, Nebraska’s assistants ranked 15th, 16th and 17th in assistant salary pay. Minnesota, Northwestern and Penn State keep coaching salaries private. The $1 million salary pool for the three NU assistant coaches ranks second only to Ohio State, which pays its three assistants a total of $1,020,000. Indiana ranks third with a pool of $890,000. – Chris Heady, omaha – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

After recently unveiling a new climate “action plan” guided by a campuswide survey revealing — among other things — that minority students still feel less welcome and experience more discrimination than white students, the University of Iowa on Monday announced its pick to head its rebranded Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. TaJuan Wilson, assistant professor and executive director of Student Programs and Diversity at the Medical University of South Carolina, will start as UI associate vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion June 28. The 32-year-old is the product of an extensive national search, as he’ll succeed UI chief diversity officer, associate vice president, and Title IX coordinator Georgina Dodge, who left UI in July 2017 for a similar job at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. The University of Maryland in March named Dodge vice president of diversity and inclusion. UI administrators filled Dodge’s void by splitting her duties and reshuffling staffers — appointing professor and senior associate to the president Lena Hill as interim chief diversity officer and sexual misconduct response coordinator Monique DiCarlo as Title IX coordinator. – thegazette – Read More

BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY
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BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY

With plans for its own baseball facility slowing to a crawl, Boise State is taking another look at the multi-use ballpark that could be built in Downtown Boise. The announcement comes after the ballpark developer asked City of Boise officials if they should again approach the school. “Boise State’s priority all along has been to build a first-class facility for our newly-launched baseball program,” Boise State Director of Athletics Curt Apsey said in a news release. “We want to make sure we thoroughly explore all of our options and make the best long-term decision for the university and our program.” The school announced in November of 2017 it would pull out of the project at a previous site at Americana and Shoreline. The university’s then-president said the multi-use stadium was not in the interest of the school. The school said in a news release it has “outlined a series of requirements that university leaders say could provide the financial and logistical incentive to consider joining the City of Boise and Greenstone Properties in pursuit of a proposed Boise Sports Park. – Don Day, boisedev – Read More

MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY
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MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY

Mercyhurst University has hired its next women’s basketball coach, Lake Erie College head coach Brooklyn Kohlheim. Kohlheim joins the Laker program after a stint as head coach at Lake Erie College. She has more than 14 years of playing and coaching experience in either NCAA Division I or Division II. Kohlheim will be introduced to the Mercyhurst University community Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at a press conference in the Waterford Room in Ryan Hall. More per Mercyhurst University press release: “I am grateful for the opportunity that President Victor, Brad Davis and the Mercyhurst community has given me to lead this program,” Kohlheim said.  Kohlheim was head coach at Lake Erie College for one season. Her team, which competed in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, defeated conference regular-season-champion Walsh and held the department’s highest team grade-point-average. “Brook is a winner on and off the court,” said Director of Athletics Brad Davis. “She is a learner, communicator and competitor and embraces the student-athlete experience.  –  Michael Fenner, yourerie – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI–KANSAS CITY
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI–KANSAS CITY

The mission of UMKC Athletics’ Student-Athlete Support Services Office (SASSO) is to not only provide support for student-athletes during their time at UMKC, but also to prepare them for life after graduation. On Wednesday, April 10th, that support was on full display as professionals from all over the Kansas City Metro area engaged with UMKC female student-athletes for “Ladies Networking Night”. Over 25 successful female professionals from diverse fields including medicine, engineering, communications, social work and business attended the event to share their valuable perspective with over 140 of UMKC female student-athletes. The goal of the event was not to pair student-athletes up with a professional that has the job they are seeking to obtain one day, but instead for them to learn as much as they can from the successful female individuals that attended.  The professionals shared their experiences, advice, hardships, successes, and realities of being a female in the workplace. – Read More

UNC CHARLOTTE
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UNC CHARLOTTE

Charlotte baseball Head Coach Loren Hibbs, in his 27th season with the 49ers, was recently selected to the NCAA Selection Committee representing the south region. Hibbs was nominated by Conference USA and approved by the NCAA. “What a great honor it is to be chosen for the South Region NCAA Selection Committee,” remarked Hibbs. “We play in a very good league and our non-conference schedule is always one of the best in the country. I look forward to working with Chris Del Conte and the other members of the committee.” Hibbs participated in the first conference call of the season on Monday, April 15th with Del Conte, Athletic Director at Texas, as the chair. – Read More

SETON HALL UNIVERSITY
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SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

Last week’s eighth annual Donor Matching Day, which rallies Seton Hall alumni, fans, faculty and staff together in support of Pirates student-athletes and in conjunction with Seton Hall Giving Day, enjoyed record fundraising as the Pirate Blue Athletic fund received just over $236,000 from 747 donors. This year’s Donor Matching Day fundraising represents a 35 percent increase over last year and surpasses the previous record of $207,000 set in 2016. “Last week’s record Donor Matching Day was another incredible effort by Pirate Blue Nation, who once again have united alongside Seton Hall Athletics in support of our student-athletes,” said Seton Hall Vice President & Director of Athletics Pat Lyons. Donor Matching Day’s 50-state challenge once again brought #PirateBlueNation together as Seton Hall supporters across the country gave in support of the Pirates. Once Pirate Blue secured the final state, Minnesota, in the 2 p.m., hour, the successful challenge triggered a $50,000 gift from an anonymous donor.  – Read More

IOWA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
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IOWA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

Iowa Wesleyan women’s basketball has found their new head coach. IW Athletic Director Derek Zander announced the hiring of Temaine Wright last week, filling the hole left by the departure of Jack Bruns. “It is truly a privilege to be a part of the Iowa Wesleyan family,” Wright said in a press release. “I am very grateful to the Iowa Wesleyan community for this opportunity (and) I’m very excited to start collaborating with the team and help this program build upon its storied history.” Wright is coming off a major turnaround at Millsaps College. He was the assistant coach for a team that went from last place to first place in one season.  – mpnews – Read More

PAC 12
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PAC 12

The annual hiring/firing season of college basketball coaches created a potentially troubling issue in the Pac-12. For the first time since 1972, there are no African-American head men’s basketball coaches in the league. In fact, of the 24 men’s and women’s head coaches in Pac-12 basketball, Arizona’s Adia Barnes — who is biracial — is the only person of color currently employed as a head coach. Not only are there no black men’s head coaches in the Pac-12, there are none in the Big Ten, either. The Big 12 has just two minority head basketball coaches, Mike Boynton of Oklahoma State and Shaka Smart of Texas. -Greg Hansen, Arizona Daily Star. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

UW Athletics will begin installing railings in Camp Randall Stadium in two aisles in an effort to assess the viability of doing so in other parts of the facility. “We are assessing the functional impact of these hand rails with the hope this may lead to a substantial improvement in the stadium,” Senior Associate Athletic Director Jason King said Monday in a news release. The hand rails will be installed in the aisle between both sections B-C and BB-CC and be ready for the 2019 football season. The initial installation is being done on a limited basis so that UW Athletics, UW Police Department and Madison Fire Department personnel can assess fans’ ability to move safely and efficiently up and down the aisles of the stadium during the 2019 season. –wkow. Read More.

STANFORD UNIVERSITY
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STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Ted Knapp has stepped down as the Goldman Family Director of Men’s Swimming, as announced by Jaquish and Kenninger Director of Athletics Bernard Muir. Knapp, a former All-American and 1981 graduate of Stanford with a degree in civil engineering, has spent the past 35 years on the Cardinal coaching staff, beginning in 1984 when he was appointed volunteer assistant coach. Stanford will immediately begin the process of identifying Knapp’s replacement. Read More.

APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY

The Appalachian State athletics director had to hire a football coach in December and a men’s basketball coach in March. Gillin has been at App State for four years, and he made his two most-important coaching hires in the last four months. Gillin was in Winston-Salem last week for the athletics departments spring tour to meet with alums throughout North Carolina. Gillin talked about what he learned from his hiring processes, the functions of using a search firm, and how he goes about picking his coaches. -Ethan Joyce, Winston-Salem Journal. Read More.

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
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ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Arkansas State University Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics Terry Mohajir announced Monday the hiring of Santiago Restrepo as the eighth head volleyball coach in program history. “We’re very excited Coach Restrepo agreed to be our next volleyball coach,” said Mohajir. Restrepo (Reh-Strep-Oh) comes to A-State after one season as head coach at Oklahoma City University and previous head coaching stops at Oklahoma (2004-17) and Southern Miss (2001-04). In his lone season at Oklahoma City University, Restrepo guided the Stars to a 29-6 record and an appearance in the NAIA Championships. Read More.

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
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GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Georgia State University announced a five-year partnership naming Northside Hospital the Official Hospital of the Panthers. Under the partnership, the Northside Sports Medicine Network will oversee care for Division I student-athletes representing 16 Georgia State University varsity sports. “Northside’s commitment to the Atlanta community is unparalleled,” said Charlie Cobb, Georgia State Director of Athletics. “We know our student-athletes will be treated with incredible, all-encompassing care from a team of physicians and medical providers.” The multifaceted agreement was secured by Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment (VWSE), GSU’s longtime sponsorship agency. Read More.

LAMAR UNIVERSITY
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LAMAR UNIVERSITY

From where I was sitting, in a crowd full of university officials and media members on that March morning, it was obvious a change was coming to Lamar athletics for better or worse. After all, Born had a much different background than his predecessor. Coming from Louisiana Tech, Born was touted as something of a fundraising guru, known for his promoting prowess and aggressive tactics in facility renovations. Conversely, Henderson’s experience was in NCAA compliance. He had worked in Lamar’s compliance department for five years before taking over the athletic director job full time in 2012. Has Born awoken Lamar’s sleeping giant? He’d probably tell you not just yet. But a little more than a year into his tenure as the university’s athletic director, Born’s skill set is paying dividends, and Lamar’s athletic department is moving in the right direction. -Matt Faye, beaumontenterprise. Read More.

COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY
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COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY

During the summer of 2018, William & Mary introduced a new logo – a fresh twist on its interlocked “W&M” – with the goal of re-energizing the brand of a school founded in 1693. That represented one of the first noticeable changes made under Samantha Huge, named W&M’s director of athletics in May of 2017. She continued to modify Tribe sports in more consequential ways, with the same theme of rejuvenation, and also dealt with the death of football player Nate Evans, a Lee-Davis High graduate shot in Norfolk on March 21. Coming to a close for W&M’s first woman AD is an eventful school year that will define her tenure in major ways. -John O’Connor, Richmond Times-Dispatch. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Larry Keating, special assistant to the Athletics Director at the University of Kansas, has announced his retirement after a career of five decades in intercollegiate athletics. Keating joined the Kansas Athletics staff in August, 2003. During that span he served as Senior Associate Athletics Director and as Special Assistant to the Athletics Director. For the past 16 years he has overseen the KU’s men’s basketball schedule, which has consistently ranked among the nation’s best. “Larry Keating is known throughout college athletics, and has been serving universities, conferences, athletic departments, student-athletes and coaches for 50 years!” said KU Athletics Director Jeff Long. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF AKRON
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UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

The University of Akron is suing Welty Building Co. and several other companies for faulty concrete railings at InfoCision Stadium that the university says will cost $1 million to repair. UA blames the problems at the decade-old football stadium on “poor design, failed oversight and construction deficiencies.” The university included with the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Summit County Common Pleas Court, photos that show railings missing chunks of concrete and with large cracks. “The way they installed the railing was wrong. It’s not safe,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. -Stephanie Warsmith, ohio. Read More.

SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY

Prior to Saturday’s spring game, San Jose State AD Marie Tuite announced a June 5 groundbreaking date for the $40 million Football Operations Center, a proposed four-story building that would host coaches’ offices, luxury suites for fans, and a team auditorium among other amenities. CEFCU Stadium, formerly Spartan Stadium, was built in the 1930s with little significant changes to its look other than a seating expansion from 18,000 to over 30,000 seats in the 1980s and a video scoreboard installed in the early 2010s. -Andrew Pang, Inside the Spartans, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
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UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

Northern Kentucky Norse head coach John Brannen is the Cincinnati Bearcats’ choice to replace Mick Cronin and fill UC’s head coaching vacancy. UC confirmed the hire a little after 3 p.m. Sunday. Director of Athletics Mike Bohn informed the UC players. About 20 minutes later, NKU announced it was beginning a national search for Brannen’s replacement. The 45-year-old Brannen has been NKU’s head coach since 2015. In just four seasons, Brannen helped the Norse from a 9-21 record in his first year to 26-9 this past season, in addition to two NCAA Tournament appearances and one NIT appearance. The Norse were two-time Horizon League Tournament champs (2017, 2019) and two-time Horizon League regular-season champs (2018, 2019) under Brannen – in a remarkably brief period of time since they transitioned from Div. II to Div. I. -Dave Clark, Cincinnati Enquirer, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

Speaking to reporters after the Wildcats spring game on Saturday, athletic director Dave Heeke confirmed that the school is exploring a massive renovation of Arizona Stadium that would include a rebuild of the entire west side of the stands. Arizona Stadium’s last major work came prior to the 2013 campaign when the school completed work on the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility that caps off the North end of the stadium. -Bryan Fischer, College Football Talk, Read More

WOFFORD COLLEGE
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WOFFORD COLLEGE

Wofford didn’t look far before hiring associate head coach Jay McAuley to lead the program after longtime coach Mike Young left for Virginia Tech earlier this month. The school announced McAuley’s promotion Sunday, making him just its third head coach since 1985 in a program that prides itself in building from within. That’s how Young , hired by his former basketball boss-turned-athletic director Richard Johnson, got the job in 2002 and made five NCAA Tournament appearances over 17 years. McAuley helped Young lead the Terriers to their most successful Division I season in history by going 30-5, including an 18-0 mark to win the Southern Conference. Wofford was ranked in the AP Top 25 for the first time ever and made more history in the NCAA Tournament when it defeated Seton Hall — the Terriers’ first win in the Big Dance — before falling to Kentucky in the second round. -Pete Iacobelli, AP, Read More

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY
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UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY

Mark Madsen will officially be named the men’s basketball head coach at Utah Valley University on Monday, becoming just the third coach for men’s basketball in UVU’s 16-year Division I history. Madsen replaces Mark Pope, who left on Wednesday to become the head coach at BYU. Madsen will take over the Utah Valley program after serving the past six seasons as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a two-time NBA champion as a player with the Lakers (2001 and 2002), and he played for the Minnesota Timberwolves for six seasons. -Dana Greene, ABC 4, Read More

April 14, 2019

LSU
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LSU

LSU has reinstated basketball coach Will Wade school officials announced in a statement Sunday evening. Wade was suspended by LSU following the release of a conversation that was captured on an FBI wiretap allegedly involving Wade. Wade also released a statement Sunday evening.

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY
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WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

Jamill Jones, accused of fatally punching a tourist last year in New York, has resigned as Wake Forest University’s assistant men’s basketball coach. Wake Forest announced Jones’ resignation in a news release Friday. Jones is facing a charge of third-degree misdemeanor assault in connection with the death of Sandor Szabo on Aug. 5, 2018,in Queens, N.Y. “I believe it is in the best interest of both the team and me personally that I resign from my position,” Jones said through a school-issued press release. Jones was placed on administrative leave after the incident in New York. Steve Shutt, a spokesman for the WFU Athletic Department, declined to comment on whether Jones received his salary while he was on administrative leave, or whether WFU provided Jones with severance pay or a buyout. -By Ethan Joyce and John Hinton, Winston-Salem Journal. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
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UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Virginia men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett’s contract is scheduled to be extended one additional year May 1, per the terms of an amendment agreed upon by Bennett and the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia signed June 6, 2017. Bennett’s most recent employment agreement, agreed upon on in May 2015, stated his employment as lasting through April 30, 2021, with automatic one-year extensions on May 1, 2016, May 1, 2017 and May 1, 2018. The amendment added a one-year extension for May 1, 2019, adding a total of four years to the original terms if Bennett is at Virginia on that date. The amendment also, effective July 1, 2017, bumped Bennett’s annual base salary from $400,000 to $500,000 and his annual supplemental compensation from $1.7 million to $2.5 million. The terms of the amendment also called for Bennett to receive a longevity bonus of $1 million less withholding if he is still head coach of the team on March 15, 2023. His previous extension included longevity bonuses of the same figure for March 15, 2019 and March 15, 2021, both of which were included in the amendment. -Josh Needelman, dailyprogress. Read More.

UCF
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UCF

Legendary veteran of intercollegiate athletics media relations and communications John Heisler will join the UCF Knights as a consultant immediately, UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Danny White announced Friday. Heisler previously spent over 40 years as a member of the University of Notre Dame athletics staff. Heisler will be responsible for assisting the strategic communications department with the continued advancement of the UCF brand on the national stage. “We’re excited to work with someone like John, who has such a strong reputation nationally,” White said. Read More.

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY
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HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY

Hofstra has named Danielle Santos Atkinson its new women’s basketball coach, athletic director Rick Cole Jr. announced Saturday. Santos, who started her coaching career at Hofstra as an assistant from 2006-10, replaces Krista Kilburn-Steveskey, who resigned in late March after 13 seasons as the head coach. Hofstra went 11-22 last season. “It’s definitely full circle for me,” said Santos, who will be formally introduced Monday at Hofstra’s David S. Mack Complex at 11 a.m. -Owen O’Brien, newsday. Read More.

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