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February 11, 2019

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE
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PROVIDENCE COLLEGE

Fr. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. president of Providence College (PC), announced today that Robert G. (Bob) Driscoll, Jr., associate vice president for athletics and athletics director, has been promoted to vice president. “In his 18 seasons as Providence College’s athletics director, Bob Driscoll has reinvigorated and transformed Providence College’s athletics program, and led us to unprecedented success, all while maintaining a very clear focus on student-athlete success and wellbeing in competition as well as in the classroom,” said Providence College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. From 2013 to the present, Driscoll has been the architect of one of the most successful eras in the history of PC athletics. During this period, both the PC Men’s Basketball team and the PC Men’s Hockey team made their fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The basketball Friars, under the leadership of head Coach Ed Cooley, enjoyed a run to the BIG EAST Tournament title game in 2018 that included three-consecutive overtime contests – a 72-68 win over No. 4 Creighton, a 75-72 triumph over top-seeded Xavier, and a 76-66 setback to eventual national champion Villanova.  – Read More

DUKE UNIVERSITY
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DUKE UNIVERSITY

One of the three sets of ongoing controversies involving Virginia’s highest-ranked elected officials—Governor Ralph Northam, who wore blackface in the 1980s to impersonate Michael Jackson, had a medical school yearbook page that featured a photo of a man in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan hood, and who on Sunday referred to slaves as “indentured servants”; Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, who has been accused by two women, Dr. Vanessa Tyson and Fairfax’s former Duke University classmate, Meredith Watson, of sexual assault in 2004 and 2000, respectively; and Attorney General Mark Herring, who wore blackface as an undergrad at UVA in 1980 as part of a rap artist impersonation—could lead to a sports legal controversy involving the nation’s top college basketball program. Sexual assault allegations brought by Watson against Lt. Governor Fairfax connect to the Duke University men’s basketball program. Watson’s statement, as drafted by her attorney, Nancy Erika Smith, contains two rape allegations. The first accuses Fairfax and the second refers to an unnamed Duke basketball player, who Watson says assaulted her in 1999. – MICHAEL MCCANN, si  – Read More

TROY UNIVERSITY
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TROY UNIVERSITY

Troy University’s Deputy Athletics Director for Internal Affairs and Senior Woman Administrator Sandy Atkins begins her first year of a four-year term on the NCAA Division I Softball Selection Committee. Atkins, a Troy University Sports Hall of Fame member as both a softball player and administrator, is part of a 10-member committee tasked with selecting and seeding the 64-team field for the NCAA Division I Softball Tournament, executing the Women’s College World Series and other initiatives to advance the sport. “This is an awesome honor to be appointed to the NCAA Softball Committee,” Atkins said. “I am deeply humbled to serve alongside individuals who have the passion, dedication and responsibility to select the best possible teams to compete for national championships.  After graduation at Troy, Atkins began her professional career as a graduate assistant at the University of Kentucky where she earned her master’s degree. From there, Atkins served as the Assistant Director of Compliance at the Southeastern Conference before returning to Troy as the Director of Compliance in 2001. – Read More

UNC CHARLOTTE
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UNC CHARLOTTE

The Charlotte 49ers, in partnership with the University of Florida and CSE, announced today the launch of Next Chair, a professional development gathering for elite college basketball coaches and athletic administrators. The event will be hosted May 14-16 on the campus of UNC Charlotte. The event will draw its inspiration from the work that was started with the former Villa 7 event. “The idea behind Villa 7 was to build relationships between basketball coaches and administrators,” said Mike Ellis, of CSE. “It really exceeded our expectations – over 200 men’s and women’s coaches went on to be Division 1 head coaches. Next Chair will be basketball coach-centric but will still provide a platform for these key relationships to develop with administrators.” ESPN College Basketball Analyst Jay Bilas will be the keynote speaker for Next Chair. – Read More

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
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VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

The funeral for former Vanderbilt athletics director David Williams will be Friday in Nashville. Services will be open to the public and held at Temple Church, located at 3810 Kings Lane. Visitation is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by funeral services at 1:15 p.m. Williams, the SEC’s first black athletics director, died Friday at age 71 after collapsing at a local restaurant and suffering an aneurysm, according to family friend and author Andrew Maraniss in a tribute he wrote for TheUndefeated.com.  Through a statement released by DVL Seigenthaler public relations firm, the family of Williams said, “(We) would like to thank everyone for the words of support and love during this tough time. We are heartbroken by the passing of our beloved husband, father and friend. Yet our hearts have been warmed by the many expressions of love.” In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Perry E. Wallace Jr. Basketball Scholarship at Vanderbilt. – Adam Sparks, tennessean – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

This fall, several changes are in store at Memorial Stadium that will have a direct positive impact on Tiger fans. The most eye-catching feature will naturally be the sparkling new $98-million South End Zone complex, which will house the football program on a daily basis. Just as importantly for fans, the complex will provide new seating opportunities, including enhanced amenities and premium areas. The complex will also feature a new video board that will add to the in game experience for the entire stadium. Mizzou Athletics is pleased to announce that the vast majority of Tiger fans will be paying less or the same for their season tickets as they did a year ago. Some 85 percent of Mizzou’s season tickets in 2019 will see either a decrease or no change from 2018, despite the fact that Mizzou is coming off of consecutive bowl seasons, and returns a team which is ranked in the pre-season top-25 by many national outlets. The average price decrease in 2019 equals an average savings of $132 per seat, and of the small percentage which did increase, the largest increase for season tickets was only $20/ticket for the year.  – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI KANSAS CITY
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI KANSAS CITY

UMKC’s Director of Athletics Dr. Brandon Martin has announced the creation of the Student-Athlete Athletics Director, a position which will have oversight of the newly renamed Student-Athlete Leadership Cabinet. Previously known as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), the Leadership Cabinet will provide Dr. Martin guidance from the voice of the student-athlete. This new position and Leadership Cabinet is designed to advance student-athlete well-being, promote engagement opportunities within the campus and Kansas City community, and foster a positive image of the student-athlete demographic. The initiative to revamp the department’s leadership structure to include the student-athletes is one of the many facets of Dr. Martin’s 100-day vision. The first Student-Athlete Leadership Cabinet meeting was held on February 10th. Read More.

MCMURRY UNIVERSITY
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MCMURRY UNIVERSITY

McMurry University Director of Athletics Sam Ferguson has announced the hiring of Mike Lambeck as the new head coach of McMurry University Men’s Soccer. Lambeck brings a wealth of NCAA Division III soccer knowledge with him, as he most recently spent three seasons as an assistant for the University of the Ozarks men’s soccer program. During his time with the Eagles, Lambeck helped lead the team to three consecutive playoff appearances, including an 8-8-3, 6-4-1 ASC mark last season. “We couldn’t be happier about adding Coach Lambeck to our staff,” Ferguson said. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

The Division I Committee on Academics continued its comprehensive review of the Academic Performance Program, focusing discussions this quarter on four different aspects of the Academic Progress Rate. At its meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in Indianapolis, the committee studied which student-athletes are included in the rate, how both graduates and students who leave for pro sports opportunities are counted, and points earned when former students come back and earn a degree. The review, approved last year by the Division I Board of Directors, is intended to evaluate how well the APR continues to align with its purpose: demonstrating academic performance and progress toward graduation. “The committee continued its work examining the Academic Performance Program to be sure it is fulfilling its goal of highlighting a team’s true academic performance,” said committee chair John J. DeGioia, president at Georgetown. -Michelle Brutlag Hosick, NCAA. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

All nine Nebraska football assistants, plus strength and conditioning coach Zach Duval, received one-year contract extensions, the Huskers announced Monday. The new deal would not apply to defensive line coach Mike Dawson. On Monday, Nebraska announced Dawson had accepted a coaching position with the New York Giants. The extensions — signed at various times over the last 30 days — put all 10 contracts at two years. The deals expire Dec. 31, 2020. Based on the extension letter written and signed by Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos, none of the 10 received salary increases in the extensions themselves. -Sam McKewon, omaha. Read More.

SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

The Southern University athletics program finished the year with a $1.2 million deficit, state Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said in a report released Monday morning. Athletic department revenue totaled $13.4 million compared to expenses of $14.7 million. Football accounted for $3.6 million, Men’s basketball generated $307,865; women’s basketball $76,265 and other sports $135,513, the report said. Coaching salaries, benefits and bonuses totaled $2.4 million, including $892,906 for football. -Will Sentell, the advocate. Read More.

YALE UNIVERSITY
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YALE UNIVERSITY

Yale University athletics is seeking a deputy athletic director who has strategic leadership position reporting to the Director of Athletics and a member of the executive staff and effective communication of departmental strategies and goals to coaches, administrators, student-athletes, and other internal campus constituents. The deputy athletic director will, among others, represent the Division in the absence of the Athletic Director and COO, provide vision and leadership in the formulation and implementation of policy and strategic direction. –NCAA. Apply Here.

LSU
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LSU

All LSU baseball fans over the age of 21 will have access to two new areas at Alex Box Stadium featuring beer and wine sales. Named “The Yard,” the new tented areas will be located at the left and right outfield corners. The Yard at Alex Box Stadium will operate in much the same way as The Chute at Tiger Stadium. Fans ages 21 and over can purchase a wristband at either location or near the grandstand entrance gates. The wristband is $20 and includes two beverages. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Matthew Jakobsze has been named Mizzou Athletics new Associate Athletics Director for Compliance, MU Executive Associate Athletics Director for Compliance & Administration Andy Humes announced today. Jakobsze joins the Mizzou staff from Eastern Michigan University, where he has spent the previous six years in a similar role. “We are thrilled to have an individual with Matt’s experience in so many areas joining our team,” Humes said. As Associate Athletics Director for Compliance at Eastern Michigan, Jakobsze oversaw all athletics compliance operations, with responsibility for legislation, governance, policy, waivers and investigations. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

Following a tumultuous week for Southern Miss football coach Jay Hopson, USM president Rodney Bennett released a statement on Monday that expressed support for the fourth-year head coach. This comes after Bennett and Hopson appeared to be at odds last week after the president decided to rule against the hiring of Art Briles as the team’s offensive coordinator. Briles was fired as head coach at Baylor in 2016 as the result of an investigation into sexual assaults committed by some of his football players. Hopson released a statement Wednesday that said he disagreed with Bennett’s decision and described Briles “as a man who does love the Lord and deserves a second chance.” Bennett said in his Monday statement that he and Hopson spoke on multiple occasions last week and that the two had a meeting over the weekend to discuss the future of the football program. -Patrick Magee, sunherald. Read More.

CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY
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CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY

Cumberland Director of Athletics Ron Pavan announced the appointment of Levi Steinhauer as Interim Director of Sports Performance effective this week. Steinhauer replaces Ryan Cotton, who took a position at SMU at the end of January. Steinhauer joined the Sports Performance staff as a graduate assistant during Fall 2018, working with Phoenix football team. He came to Cumberland after serving eight months as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Men’s Chinese Table Tennis A and B-Teams, working individually with the fifth and seventh-ranked table tennis athletes in the world. Read More.

NCAA
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NCAA

Justin Fields is college football’s next catalyst, helping the sport become either more progressive and player-friendly or dragging it toward the perils of free agency, depending on whom you ask. Fields on Friday became the latest high-profile transfer quarterback to gain immediate eligibility at his new school, Ohio State, after the NCAA approved his waiver request. The top-rated recruit in the 2018 class left Georgia after a frustrating freshman season and now likely will be Ohio State’s QB1 as the Ryan Day era begins this fall. Like Fields, Patterson bounced from the SEC (Ole Miss) to the Big Ten without having to sit out a season, which the NCAA requires for undergraduate transfers. Players are excited about the NCAA transfer portal and the new freedom it provides. Many coaches are critical, using terms such as “free agency” and “epidemic” and saying the new transfer paradigm creates roster-management problems and empowers third-party influencers. Administrators are quietly monitoring the trends. And Mars’ phone doesn’t stop ringing. -Adam Rittenberg and Tom VanHaaren, ESPN. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI KANSAS CITY
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI KANSAS CITY

When Dr. Brandon Martin became the new UMKC athletic director, he laid out his 100-day vision for the department in terms of attendance and fundraising to help the program leap into the future. “The 100-day vision starts with looking, listening and learning,” said Martin. “It’s doing a full assessment of our staff and coaches and making sure everything we do is in line with Chancellor Agrawal’s mission for the university.” Martin hopes to get all 16 UMKC sports into the top-100 nationally, with men’s basketball breaking into the top 25 and becoming the best mid-major program. He looks to Wichita State basketball for ideas. Part of the plan is boosting attendance, and that started with moving games back to Swinney. There are incentives for students to attend games—the “pouch card” can earn students incentives ranging from an Adidas polo to a road trip with one of the teams. Martin is also focused on boosting alumni involvement with the department. -Robert Zimmerman, info.umkc.edu. Read More.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Peak Events and the Round Rock Express are proud to announce a multi-year partnership to host the Round Rock Classic at Dell Diamond beginning February 21-23, 2020. The Round Rock Classic will take place on the second weekend of the season and will replicate the already established Frisco College Baseball Classic, which takes place in Frisco, Texas on the third weekend. The event will host four Division I teams competing in a round robin format over three days. Each team will play a single game each day for a weekend total of three games. The inaugural Round Rock Classic will feature four of the country’s top teams in 2020, including the Houston Cougars, Stanford Cardinal, Tennessee Volunteers and Texas Tech Red Raiders. Tickets For the 2020 Round Rock Classic will go on sale in early June. –milb. Read More.

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Evelyn Hoeven, a city tennis icon and passionate supporter of CSU, and family friend Tim Sanford have donated $200,000 to the women’s tennis program — the largest gift in the program’s history. The gift was announced by Rams coach Jarod Camerota and Joe Parker, director of athletics. “We are grateful to Evelyn Hoeven and Tim Sanford for their generosity to our tennis program,” Parker said. The gift allows CSU to install six electronic scoreboards at the University Tennis Center, its home facility, and establishes the Hoeven Family Tennis Scholarship to provide scholarship funds to tennis student-athletes. The remainder of the gift will be put to use to address areas of greatest needs within the women’s tennis program. The pavilion at the south campus tennis facility will be renamed in honor of Evelyn Hoeven and her late husband, Jim. -Tony Phifer, source.colostate.edu. Read More.

BOSTON COLLEGE
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BOSTON COLLEGE

William V. Campbell Director of Athletics Martin Jarmond announced on Monday that Schiller Family Head Coach Jerry York has been signed to a multi-year extension as the head coach of the Boston College men’s hockey program through the 2021-22 season. “Jerry embodies everything we look for in a coach,” said Jarmond. York has led the Eagles to at least a share of three straight Hockey East Regular Season titles in addition to nine straight 20-win seasons, the second-longest active streak in Division I behind Denver. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
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UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

The University of Miami announced Monday the largest gift commitment in the history of the women’s basketball program. BJ Abolt has pledged a seven-figure estate gift to establish a women’s basketball scholarship endowment. Named after head coach Katie Meier at Abolt’s request, it will be the first fully-endowed women’s athletics scholarship at Miami. “Katie Meier is the most dynamic person I have ever met,” Abolt said. “It is a privilege to be a part of a young woman’s scholastic and athletic dreams, and an honor to be associated with Coach Meier’s program.” A member of the Golden Cane Society for over two decades, Abolt is a leadership donor to the Building Women’s Champions Campaign. Read More.

MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY
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MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY

When Montana State University Bobcat fans returned to Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman, Montana, they were greeted by a new LED video board configuration designed, manufactured and installed by Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) of Brookings, South Dakota. The installation took place this fall to bring new visual elements to Bobcats basketball games and other events. ‘We are committed to delivering a first-class experience for all fans that enter our facilities,’ said Leon Costello, Montana State University’s director of athletics. This installation brings a great new view to every event held at inside Brick Breeden Fieldhouse,’ said Brady Jacobsen, Daktronics regional manager. ‘It allows for greater detail and many ways to brand the university’s events.” –marketscreener. Read More.

SPORTS MEDIA
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SPORTS MEDIA

Among the most prominent forms of media, Juniper Research has found that subscription-based video on demand (SVOD) will be a key force behind online growth, indicated by the entry of social and digital content platforms into the sports over-the-top (OTT) space. Market analysis suggests that the global reach and subscriber base of Facebook, Twitter and Amazon Prime, will prove to be ideal suitors for sports leagues and competitions aiming to boost their digital growth. The new report, Digital Content Business Models: OTT and Operator Strategies 2019-2023, cites Amazon’s acquisition of broadcast rights from England’s Premier League as a barometer for ‘larger, potentially exclusive’ rights deal bids in both Europe and the US. Facebook acquired exclusive rights to stream 25 Major League Baseball (MLB) games last season, and also secured soccer rights in Latin America and India. Twitter is also making moves in the rights market, having acquired rights to stream the PGA Tour. While Amazon, in addition to its Premier League deal, already has rights to stream the National Football League’s (NFL) Thursday night games. Other sectors leading growth in net incremental revenues include gaming (36 percent), which is expected to generate the highest digital content revenues of all categories to reach $99 billion in 2019. -Steven Impey, Sports Pro, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

The school announced that an average of 13,939 tickets were distributed for each of the Wildcats’ historic home losses to Washington and Washington State, a level of support that UA athletic director Dave Heeke referred to when asked what he hears from fans of coach Sean Miller’s embattled program. “Look, we’re gonna lead this conference for the 35th year in average attendance,” Heeke said during a news conference he called at halftime Saturday to support Miller. “This is an unbelievable fan base that has been very supportive of the program and where we’re headed.” “We hear nothing from our group, our fanbase, other than, ‘Let’s move forward, let’s get back to winning basketball games,’” Heeke said, “and that’s what we’re gonna do.” -Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star, Read More

DUKE UNIVERSITY
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DUKE UNIVERSITY

The sexual assault allegation made recently against a former Duke men’s basketball player is being investigated, the university announced Saturday. In a series of statements released Friday through her attorney, Meredith Watson said a former Duke basketball player raped her in 1999. Watson also has said that Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted her on Duke’s campus in Durham, North Carolina, when they were both students in 2000. The identity of the men’s basketball player facing the allegation is not known. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said both he and the university understand the severity of the matter. Duke distributed a statement after the Virginia game, detailing its intent to investigate the claims. “Duke first learned of the allegations involving a student-athlete last night when they were reported by the media,” the statement said. “Coach Krzyzewski confirms that he had no knowledge of the alleged conduct from 1999. The university is looking into the matter and will have no further comment at this time.” -Myron Metcalf, ESPN, Read More

February 10, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI KANSAS CITY
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI KANSAS CITY

The women’s softball players were getting dressed when the male assistant coach barged into their locker room. He needed to use the microwave oven. Again. Greg Bachkora had made a habit of it. “Some girls would have to cover themselves or duck behind the couch, scrambling to cover themselves,” a player’s father said. Bachkora had also kissed some of the players and once joked in front of them about female genitalia. But last May, when three players told university officials their allegations of sexual harassment — backed by the coach’s later admission that much of it was true — Bachkora didn’t get disciplined. -Mará Rose Williams and Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Nebraska’s spring game has sold out for the second straight season. NU’s athletic department announced Saturday afternoon that all available tickets for the April 13 game have been sold. Kickoff time has not yet been announced. The game sold out more quickly in 2018, as it was Frost’s debut. This year, tickets went on sale to season ticket holders Tuesday, with the general public being able to purchase them Wednesday. Roughly 80,000 tickets were distributed in the first 48 hours. -Sam McKewon, starherald. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND

Glenna Andrews, who has been with the University of Portland Athletic Department since 2015, has been promoted to the role of Assistant Athletic Director for Academic and Student-Athlete Development, announced Vice President for Athletics Scott Leykam. Andrews replaces Alison Knoedler, who recently accepted the position of Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Counselor for UP’s Pamplin School of Business. Andrews previously served as an Assistant Director of Academic and Student-Athlete Development in the department. She began her career at Portland in the fall of 2015 as an intern and has worked in various student support capacities since, including most recently serving as the academic advisor for men’s basketball, the staff liaison to SAAC, and the creator of the PilotsLead leadership development program. Read More.

ECU
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ECU

Before he came to Greenville to become East Carolina’s athletics director, Jon Gilbert oversaw some remarkable growth in women’s sports at two previous stops. He hopes nothing changes with the Pirates, who are set to embark on their second season in women’s lacrosse this spring after a difficult first one as the university’s first new team since the year 2000. Despite a mere two victories in the inaugural lacrosse campaign, no one knows better than Gilbert what can happen when a new sport is given the right opportunities, personnel and coaching. The same lacrosse team opened the season with a home win on Friday. The addition of ECU’s lacrosse team, announced by former AD Jeff Compher in March of 2016, largely was set in Title IX concerns. “If we’re going to have a sports program, it’s important to support that sports program and invest in it,” he said. -Nathan Summers, reflector. Read More.

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