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August 9, 2019

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder plans to make a big investment in the university’s track and field and wrestling programs. Holder told Seth Duckworth of Pistols Firing Blog that he “envisions” a new indoor track and wrestling facilities will cost about $80 million, with probably $40 million for each one. He also scoffed at the idea of crowdfunding and instead said OSU will continue to use fundraising campaigns for new facilities. He did not give a fundraising timeline goal for either project. Holder made sure to note wrestling duals will remain at the historic Gallagher-Iba Arena. He envisions the facility being east of GIA by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. In the past few years, OSU has used $60 million into O’Brate Stadium for baseball and $20 million into Neal Patterson Stadium for the women’s soccer program. Both were welcomed additions, and the Cowgirls move opened up new locker room space for wrestlers at GIA. –  Brandon M. Cain, cowboysrideforfree – Read More

PENN
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PENN

University of Pennsylvania is seeking an assistant director of compliance. This position, along with all DRIA coaches and staff is responsible for the integrity of Penn’s intercollegiate athletics program and for protecting the reputation of the University through compliance with all relevant rules. –NCAA. Apply Here.

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Mizzou Athletics will partner with its concessionaire, Levy, to sell beer and wine within Memorial Stadium’s public areas during the 2019 football season in accordance with the Southeastern Conference’s newly adopted regulations, school officials announced today. “Since the SEC staff established its working group to study this issue in 2018, our staff has been working with campus leadership, including MU Chief of Police Doug Schwandt, and our Wellness Center team, to develop a detailed and thoughtful alcoholic beverage sales plan for Mizzou in the event that the SEC position on this issue were to change,” said Mizzou Director of Athletics Jim Sterk. Beginning with the Tigers’ Sept. 7 home-opener against West Virginia, beer and wine will be available for purchase by fans 21 and over in several locations around Faurot Field. Read More.

TEXAS A&M-SAN ANTONIO
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TEXAS A&M-SAN ANTONIO

Texas A&M University-San Antonio will bring intercollegiate sports to south San Antonio in fall 2020, with the intent to launch an athletics program. The A&M System Board of Regents approved of a student fee Thursdy that will directly support the athletics program, making an important step in the comprehensive process. The Board of Regents’ approval triggers the remaining phases in the development of the athletics programming, that will include men’s and women’s soccer, women’s softball, and men’s golf. The men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball program will start upon the completion of the on-campus recreation center, expected to open in summer 2022. –Spectrum News. Read More.

SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
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SOUTHWESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

The Southwestern Athletic Conference has announced the addition of Adeanah Pooler to the league office staff as Associate Commissioner for Internal Operations/Senior Woman Administrator. Pooler arrives to the SWAC after previously serving the past 10 years as Assistant Athletic Director for Academics at Texas Southern University. “We’re truly elated to add a high caliber senior level athletic administrator with the abilities of Mrs. Pooler,” said SWAC Commissioner Dr. Charles McClelland. “Mrs. Pooler’s expertise and knowledge in the areas of NCAA legislation, Academics, and Athletic Administration will significantly enhance many of our core objectives here at the conference office.” Read More.

UTRGV
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UTRGV

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced on Thursday that West Nott, who spent 10 years (2007-17) as the associate head coach at the University of Southern California (USC), is the new women’s tennis head coach. Throughout his tenure at USC, Nott guided the Trojans to four Pac-12 Team Championships (2009, 2012, 2013, and 2015) while reaching the Final Four in the NCAA Team Championships in 2012 and 2015. “On behalf of the department of intercollegiate of athletics, I want to welcome West to the UTRGV family,” UTRGV Interim Director of Athletics Rick Anderson said. Read More.

PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY
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PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY

Mike Prince of The Mike Prince Show reports that Prairie View A&M University AD Fred Washington will step down.

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
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UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

Laird Veatch has been named University of Memphis athletic director, school President Dr. M. David Rudd announced in a tweet Friday morning. Veatch, a 2016 NEXT UP honoree, comes to Memphis from the University of Florida where he served as the Gators Executive Associate Athletics Director for Internal Affairs.

LITTLE ROCK
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LITTLE ROCK

Bob Denman, who previously served as Little Rock’s interim athletics director from September 2014 until January 2015 when Chasse Conque was hired, will assume the same role. Denman is UALR’s current vice chancellor emeritus of university advancement. “While a national search is underway for a new athletic director, I am appointing Bob Denman to serve as interim athletic director. Bob, vice chancellor emeritus of University Advancement, previously served as interim AD from September 2014 until January 2015 when Chasse was hired as the new athletic director.” UALR chancellor Andrew Rogerson said in a statement released. -Kyle Deckelbaum, katv. Read More.

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
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ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Arizona State’s five-year renovation of Sun Devil Stadium is finally coming to end. The east side was reconstructed in 2018, but finishing work remained on club space and other areas that are essential in realizing ASU’s plans for the stadium’s year-round use as a 365 Community Union. When fans return for the season opener Aug. 29 against Kent State, they will find a 12,000-square-foot club area on the east side 300 level now is fully enclosed and air conditioned; a 5,000-square-foot beer garden area above that; and at the top, office space that by the end of the year will be the new home of the Pat Tillman Veterans Center, Global Sports Institute and Public Service Academy. -Jeff Metcalfe, Arizona Republic. Read More.

YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY
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YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY

Youngstown State football coach Bo Pelini is set to make more money in his second contract with the Penguins. Pelini’s contract runs through the 2021 season, expires on Feb. 28, 2022 and has a base salary of $200,538. It’s a drop from his previous deal’s mark of $213,894, but he can make more money through bonuses. Pelini will receive an additional $50,000 in marketing compensation after not receiving marketing compensation in the last four years. His bonuses in nearly every category have increased. His reward for winning the Missouri Valley football Conference increased from $3,000 to $15,000. If the Penguins reach the postseason, he’ll receive a bonus that starts at $7,500 and ends with $25,000 if the team wins a national title. Barnes will earn a base salary of $164,327 during his four-year deal with a university option for an extra year that extends his deal through the 2023-24 season. For bonuses, his reward for being among the top four teams in the Horizon League start at $5,000 for fourth place going up to $20,000 for first place. The reward for winning a conference title is $10,000 and Barnes will earn an additional $5,000 for every NCAA tournament game the team participates in and $2,500 per game in a non-NCAA tourney postseason game. -Brian Dzenis, The Vindicator. Read More.

TOWSON UNIVERSITY
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TOWSON UNIVERSITY

The Towson University athletics department welcomes in Davon Robb as the new assistant director for athletics facilities management. In this role, Robb will provide leadership to the athletics facilities management group under the direction of TU Facilities Management and serve as a member of the athletics senior staff on the Athletic Director’s Council. Robb comes to Towson after serving as the associate director of football and basketball operations for the Big Ten Conference in Chicago since 2015. Read More.

August 8, 2019

LA SALLE UNIVERSITY
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LA SALLE UNIVERSITY

Fans of the La Salle University field hockey and baseball programs will see a noticeable change at home games this season, as Hank DeVincent Field has received a full facelift. Sprinturf (www.sprinturf.com), the leading developer of synthetic turf systems, installed an all-new surface at the on-campus venue just in time for the 2019-20 academic year. “The resurfacing of Hank DeVincent Field will greatly benefit the experience of our student-athletes in baseball and field hockey, as well as the students who participate in intramurals and club sports,” Director of Athletics and Recreation Brian Baptiste said. “This is an important step in enhancing the support of the La Salle University community and our sport programs, as they compete for Atlantic 10 championships.” DeVincent Field underwent a full removal of the old artificial turf this summer, and replaced it with Sprinturf’s DFE Extreme Field. The field features a 330 micron plus monofilament and a 120 micron plus slit film. It is exclusively made in-house and in the United States of America.  – Brian Foley , collegebaseballdaily – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

A federal judge on Thursday denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that former University of Kansas football coach David Beaty filed against Kansas Athletics Inc. Mike Lyons, an attorney representing Beaty, told the Journal-World that he would let Judge Kathryn Vratil’s order speak for itself. KU Athletic Director Jeff Long fired Beaty with three games remaining in the 2018 season, Beaty’s fourth year in charge of the program. Per the contract extension Beaty signed in 2016, if KAI fired him without cause, he would be owed $3 million. When Beaty sued for that money in March, KAI claimed that through exit interviews with football coaches and staff, it learned of “possible NCAA violations allegedly committed by Beaty.” If proven true, such violations would be deemed just cause for the termination of the contract. According to attorneys representing Beaty, the former KU football coach was informed on Dec. 13, 2018, that KAI had initiated an investigation into allegations “involving a member of the football staff and that Kansas Athletics would not make the guaranteed payments until its self-initiated investigation was completed.” – ljworld – Read More

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY EDWARDSVILLE
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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY EDWARDSVILLE

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Randy Pembrook today introduced Tim Hall as the eighth director of athletics in University history in the Lukas Annex Cougar Pavilion. Hall arrives on campus after serving as director of athletics at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC). “We are so excited that Tim Hall and his family have joined SIUE,” Pembrook said. “He is an experienced, proven athletic director who has had tremendous success at UMKC and UMBC. We anticipate great achievement in the future for SIUE Athletics, as Cougar student-athletes compete in the Ohio Valley and Mid-American Conferences.” Hall served UMBC since July 2013. During his tenure, the Retrievers posted nine conference championships that encompassed men’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s cross country, swimming and diving, and baseball. After reaching the 2017 College Insider Tournament, the Retrievers men’s basketball program made history by becoming the first 16-seed to upset a No. 1 seed when UMBC stunned Virginia in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. – Read More

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY
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WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

During his first year on the job, new Wake Forest athletic director John Currie wants to keep the momentum going with the Demon Deacons on a roll. Wake Forest is coming off its best finish in the Director’s Cup in more than a decade. New buildings have opened up across campus. “The first responsibility,” Currie quipped, “is don’t mess it up.” Currie was hired in March and took over for the retired Ron Wellman on May 1, inheriting a department that’s on relatively solid footing overall following a 36th place finish in the Director’s Cup, awarded to the nation’s top overall athletic department overall. That’s the highest the school has finished since 2007 and a 12-spot improvement from 2018, buoyed by national runner-up finishes in men’s tennis and women’s golf. The school also opened its sports performance center and its new men’s basketball practice facility earlier this summer, a $50 million project that complements the football program’s 3-year-old indoor practice facility. – JOEDY McCREARY , tucson – Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CROOKSTON
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CROOKSTON

The University of Minnesota Crookston athletic department announced the addition of Bridget Steffes as compliance coordinator. Steffes will officially start her role Sept. 16. She is no stranger to Minnesota Crookston, having spent the past seven years at the university. Steffes was most recently the human resources generalist at Minnesota Crookston for the last four years. She was previously the principal accounts specialist from 2012-15. “We are very excited to add Bridget as compliance coordinator,” said Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson. “Bridget is very familiar with the University of Minnesota Crookston and is already known by most of our staff. We believe she will be a great fit in the compliance coordinator role due to her professionalism, and experience in her previous roles in promoting compliance, reporting and record keeping, as well as working with information systems.” In her most recent role as human resources generalist, Steffes was responsible for helping new employees through the on-boarding process, and new employment orientation.  – Shawn Smith, crookstontimes – Read More

UNC GREENSBORO
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UNC GREENSBORO

UNC Greensboro announced today that Billy Godwin has been hired as baseball head coach. Godwin has spent the past five years with the New York Yankees, overseeing all amateur scouting in North Carolina and South Carolina. Prior to his time with the Yankees, Godwin was the head baseball coach at East Carolina from 2005-14. “Billy Godwin cares about student-athletes as people and as baseball players.  His North Carolina ties, NCAA success and MLB experience provides our team with the tools to build on an already strong baseball foundation,” said Director of Athletics Kim Record. “Beyond the diamond, he seeks excellence in academic success and service.  We are confident that our baseball team will consistently compete for championships under Billy’s leadership.”During his nine years at the helm for the Pirates, Godwin won 334 games while leading ECU to five NCAA Regional appearances. In 2009, the Pirates won the Conference USA championship before advancing to the NCAA Super Regional. He was named the 2009 C-USA Coach of the Year as well. – Read More

RADFORD UNIVERSITY
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RADFORD UNIVERSITY

Radford University is seeking an assistant AD for compliance. The Assistant Athletics Director of Compliance is responsible for monitoring the activities and providing educational training to all Athletics Department personnel and student-athletes to ensure compliance with NCAA and Conference by-laws, rules, and regulations. –NCAA. Apply Here.

OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY
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OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY

Old Dominion University director of athletics Dr. Wood Selig announced Jessica Livsey as the men’s and women’s swimming head coach on Thursday. Livsey is the 13thhead swimming coach in ODU history. “I look forward to working with Coach Livsey in her new role at Old Dominion University as our head men’s and women’s swimming coach. Jess knows the program as well as anyone given her experiences here as both a student-athlete and an assistant coach for our swimming program,” Selig said. A 2004 Old Dominion graduate and former Monarch swimmer, Livsey was a four-year letterwinner at ODU and was in the CAA finals all four years in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Livsey was an assistant coach for the previous 10 years at ODU, helping the men’s team to a third place finish at the CCSA Championships in 2019 and a second place in 2018. Read More.

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Oklahoma State Athletics and PepsiCo have announced a multi-year partnership to make PepsiCo the official soft drink provider of the Cowboys and Cowgirls. Conversion to PepsiCo beverage products and signage is underway across OSU’s athletic facilities, and fans can look forward to game-day selections that include Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Diet Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Dr. Pepper, Diet Dr. Pepper, Aquafina and Gatorade starting this fall. “We’re excited to begin this new partnership with PepsiCo and bring its great-tasting beverage selection to Oklahoma State fans,” said OSU Deputy Athletic Director Chad Weiberg. The move to PepsiCo beverage products is the latest in a series of enhancements to the game-day experience at Boone Pickens Stadium and other OSU Athletics venues. –stwnewspress. Read More.

IMMACULATA UNIVERSITY
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IMMACULATA UNIVERSITY

Immaculata University Vice President for Student Development and Engagement, Patricia Canterino, has announced the hiring of Amy Badorf as the Director of Athletics and Recreation Wednesday afternoon. Current Director of Athletics and Recreation, Janelle Cronmiller, has been promoted to Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Immaculata University and will assume her new role upon Badorf’s arrival. Badorf joins the Immaculata staff with a wealth of experience at both the NCAA Division I and II levels, beginning with her time as a student-athlete and graduate assistant at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and most recently her return to the Pittsburgh area as the Director of Eligibility Compliance at the University of Pittsburgh. Badorf is scheduled to assume her duties as Director of Athletics and Recreation on August 19. Read More.

GEORGIA TECH
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GEORGIA TECH

Georgia Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner has reached an agreement to dismiss a defamation case against a former friend, whose girlfriend accused Pastner of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room in February 2016. In January 2018, Pastner filed a civil suit against Ron Bell and his girlfriend, Jennifer Pendley, in Superior Court in Pima County, Arizona. Pastner alleged they were trying to extort and blackmail him by threatening to release false allegations about him to the media, Georgia Tech and the NCAA. Bell and Pendley have also agreed to drop their countersuit against Pastner, according to court records. -Mark Schlabach, ESPN. Read More.

MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY
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MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY

Justin Potts has been named the Head Men’s Basketball coach at Montclair State University, effective August 19, 2019. Potts comes to Montclair State University after four seasons as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Moravian College. He succeeds former head coach Marlon Sears and takes over a Red Hawks program that finished 17-10 during the 2018-19 season before losing in the opening round of the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Tournament. “Justin Potts comes to Montclair State University with outstanding integrity and a proven track record of success as a head coach,” says Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Robert Chesney. Read More.

NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY

When the New Mexico State Aggie baseball players start the 2020 season, they will have a new facility to help them hone their skills thanks to long-time donors and loyal Aggie fans, Mike and Judy Johnson, who have pledged $900,000 to build a new training facility for the NM State baseball program. Aggie players will prepare for next season in the new 4,500 square foot facility, located adjacent to the team dugout along the third base line. Housing three designated hitting locations, along with two dual-use hitting and pitching areas, the facility will enable more players to practice specific skills at the same time. Read More.

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
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NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Veteran Chicagoland sports marketer Mike Gordon has been appointed general manager for Northwestern Sports Properties and begins his new role this week. Northwestern Sports Properties is the on-campus Learfield IMG College team dedicated to serving Northwestern University as its athletics multimedia rightsholder. Gordon brings nearly 25 years of experience in the Chicago professional and collegiate sports landscape to the Wildcats. He is the former president of business operations for the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves, a role he held nearly 10 years, after joining the organization as vice president of partnerships in February 2009. Read More.

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY
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WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

In a letter addressed to Demon Deacon Nation, AD John Currie informed the body of the topics discussed in the first all-staff department meeting, including but not limited to, athletics concerns and new department goals. “Earlier this morning we held our first “all-staff” department meeting of the academic year. Since our staff and coaches are plenty busy, we run a tight meeting and pack a ton of content into 45 minutes! Our first speaker of the day was President Hatch who provided a great message about the importance of athletics integrity and success in the overall Wake Forest community.” “We also covered some really important business with comments by Wake Forest University Chief of Police Regina Lawson and Associate Counsel/Senior Athletics Advisor Pete Paukstelis.” “we also discussed new department goals which I am pleased to share with the entire Demon Deacon Nation via this edition of From the Quad.” Read More.

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

Clemson will not move forward with baseball anytime in the near future. The softball stadium, which is expected to be up and ready by next month, is the current project the athletic department is working on, along with the new IPTAY Center, while the men’s and women’s soccer teams are about to get a new players’ and operational facility. “When I got here in 2013 and I took a little time to see the overall facility need, and certainly baseball was there, along with football, tennis and some of the other facilities we have been able to put here…IPTAY, soccer and certainly softball. So, we have kind of hit everybody in this last five-year kind of go around,” Radakovich said. “Now we need to go back and see where some of the areas that can really help us drive revenue. Radakovich says Clemson’s primary focus from a facilities perspective is on Memorial Stadium. The athletic department will continue to have a feasibility study here and there as it relates to some of the other facilities. -Will Vandervort, The Clemson Insider. Read More.

WOFFORD COLLEGE
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WOFFORD COLLEGE

Wofford College Director of Athletics Richard Johnson has announced a reorganization of the athletic department staff in order to make the department more efficient and responsive to the needs of campus as well as our outside constituents, including alumni, fans and the general public. Mark Line continues as deputy director of athletics – internal affairs, overseeing facilities and sports medicine. Elizabeth Rabb has been named deputy director of athletics – external affairs. Luke Feisal, a 2014 Wofford graduate, has been named assistant athletic director for development and revenue optimization. Brent Williamson will take over responsibility in the area of marketing and promotions. Sam Keenan is joining the staff as director of compliance. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

Maryland Athletics Director Damon Evans has announced Julie Wright has stepped down as head coach of the softball program. A national search for a new head coach will be launched immediately. In the interim, sport supervisor Kristen Brown will directly handle softball operations in close cooperation with Assistant Coaches Vicky Galasso and Tori Finucane. “We accept Coach Wright’s resignation and wish her the very best moving forward,” said Director of Athletics Damon Evans. Wright coached the Terrapins for four seasons, beginning in 2016. Read More.


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