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June 26, 2016

WEST VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY
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WEST VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Nate Burton now owns a more streamlined job title — and Burton couldn’t be happier. Outgoing West Virginia State President Brian Hemphill, who becomes the new president at Radford University in July, removed the “interim” tag from Burton’s role as the Yellow Jackets’ athletic director. The Charleston Catholic graduate is now WVSU’s full-fledged AD. –Read More

LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY
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LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY

Conference USA member schools are in for at least two years of budget tightening with the latest news of a drastic decrease in television revenue. For Louisiana Tech, which already operates with the lowest budget in C-USA, the recent statewide budget crisis and the additional pricetag of this summer’s implementation of cost of attendance has the athletic department about to set sail on trying times. There’s no positive way to spin a recent Virginian-Pilot report that indicated C-USA member schools will be faced with a decrease from $1.1 million to around $200,000 as part of the new TV deal announced last month with ESPN, CBS Sports, American Sports Network and beIN Sports. -Sean Isabella, thenewsstar.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
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UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

Iowa bench boss Kirk Ferentz shares the longest continuous coaching tenure in NCAA football, and athletic director Gary Barta wants to keep the streak alive. Barta discussed Ferentz’s contract as well as the possibility of an extension with Marc Morehouse of The Gazette. Barta seems to have an exact idea of the outcome he’s hoping for. “I want Kirk to retire at Iowa,” Barta said. “You’d have to ask him, but I’m pretty sure he’d like to retire at Iowa. He’s got a great contract now, but we continue to have discussions about what we can do in addition to that.” Ferentz’s contract was signed in 2010 and pays him $4 million per year until 2019. He appears comfortable with his position and isn’t spending too much energy worrying about an extension just yet. – matchforecaster.com- Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

NEW YORK (AP) Nebraska, Northwestern and Oregon are partnering with an advocacy group on a new program for LGBT inclusion in sports. The schools have joined the LGBT SportSafe Inclusion Program, which educates athletic administrators and coaches about providing healthy environments in sports. The LGBT SportSafe Inclusion co-founder Nevin Caple has worked with Dr. Eric Lueshen, a former Cornhusker football player, to create the program. Caple is also the co-founder of Br(ache the Silence, which aims to shift the focus from homophobia to inclusion in college sports. –foxsports.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

Pat Summitt’s family released a statement late Sunday morning regarding the health of the former University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach, acknowledging “the past few days have been difficult for Pat as her early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s Type, progresses.” The statement from Erin Freeman of Ackermann Public Relations also said, “She is surrounded by those who mean the most to her and during this time, we ask for prayers for Pat and her family and friends, as well as your utmost respect and privacy. Thank you.” Five hours earlier, a source told the News Sentinel that Summitt was “struggling” and those close to her were “preparing for the worst.” -Dan Fleser, Knoxville News SentinelRead More

BIG TEN CONFERENCE

The Big Ten Conference today announced the hiring of Doron Tamari to Assistant Director, Branding. Tamari, who began his duties on June 8, spent the previous two years as an Assistant Director for Marketing in the Iowa State athletic department. He also worked for Tar Heel Sports Properties in Chapel Hill, N.C., as a Sports Marketing graduate assistant at North Carolina, and completed internships at Ohio State, Maryland and for the New Jersey Nets. Tamari graduated with his bachelor’s degree from Maryland in 2011, and completed graduate coursework in Sport Administration at North Carolina. –Read More

CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
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CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

Central Michigan has extended the contract of women’s basketball coach Sue Guevara through the 2020-21 season. Guevara, who will begin her 10th year at CMU this fall, has amassed a 153-134 record in charge of the program, including 22-11 last season, when the Chippewas finished first the Mid-American Conference West Division, reached the MAC Tournament championship game, and earned a berth in the Women’s NIT. Read More

 

GEORGIA TECH
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GEORGIA TECH

As Georgia Tech’s first-year student-athletes conclude their first week of classes this Friday, the Athletics Association’s student-athlete services staff kicks off a five-week series of interactive workshops called “JumpStart Jackets” that will help them ease their transition to college life and help them better balance competition and academics. The program for the 35 incoming freshmen encompasses a five-week series of workshops, one on each of the next five Fridays, that is designed to acclimate them to all things Georgia Tech, covering topics as simple as campus e-mail to complex issues such as academic integrity, and research and citation. –Read More

AUBURN UNIVERSITY
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AUBURN UNIVERSITY

Gus Malzahn hasn’t been shy about his feelings regarding Auburn’s athletics facilities. The Tigers’ fourth-year head coach has praised them multiple times this offseason, touting them as among the best in the nation — and he has emphasized their importance in the Tigers’ recruiting pitch to prospects. It’s a sentiment shared by athletics director Jay Jacobs, especially when it comes to the program’s football facilities, which include an indoor practice facility and weight room at the school’s athletics complex. Jacobs doesn’t have any plans to let Auburn’s standing slide, either. -Tom Green, al.comRead More

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

South Dakota State’s plans to renovate Frost Arena — its basketball, wrestling and volleyball facility — took a step toward being reality last month when the Board of Regents gave the university approval to assemble a building committee to begin making official plans for the 43-year-old building’s proposed facelift. Athletic director Justin Sell says SDSU will now look to hire an architect, finalize the drawings and identify funding sources, hopefully in time to send the project back to the Board of Regents in time for their October meeting. With approval there, the plans would be sent to the state legislature next winter. “This was a significant part of the process,” Sell said. “The timing was the crucial part — if you miss that window (of getting the plans to the Board and then the legislature) you have to wait a year. So once we get an architect hired we can start looking at what (the renovations) will look like and what some of the pieces might cost. That’s when you can start tying it in with the fundraising and trying to get donors excited about it.” -Matt Zimmer, argusleader.comRead More

EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

Colonel fans coming to watch baseball and softball games next season at EKU will find fresh new looks and a much nicer fan experience at both Turkey Hughes and Gertrude Hood fields. EKU announced Thursday that major new renovations to both facilities began in earnest this week. The renovations will include new team locker rooms, indoor hitting facilities to provide teams an area to practice in any weather condition and office spaces for coaches. In addition, new team dugouts and climate controlled press boxes, which will accommodate enhanced radio and video broadcasts will be added. -Bob Flynn, richmondregister.comRead More

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY
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CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

Here’s the good news-bad news concerning Clemson football tickets:The good: Clemson University has sold all available football season tickets for the upcoming 2016 season, with 57,059 tickets sold. The bad: Clemson’s Athletic Ticket Office is no longer taking orders for full seven-game packages. More good: The athletic department will make available a non-renewable, six-game package in mid-July. That package will include all home games except the South Carolina game. Any available single-game tickets will go on sale in late July. -Scott Keepfer, greenvilleonline.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL

North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham is hopeful the school is finally near the end of its long-running academic fraud scandal. The school is a month away from its 90-day deadline to respond to the NCAA’s latest Notice of Allegations (NOA), which outlined five serious charges that include lack of institutional control. In an interview with The Associated Press, Cunningham said UNC will meet that deadline — there had previously been an eight-month hiccup in the process — in a case that hung over a strong 2015-16 sports season. “I think we have positive momentum going,” Cunningham said. “I think we have more confidence. I think our campus community has healed and is continuing to heal. . I think there’s also some anxiety about what the future holds, but I don’t think it’s nearly as acute as it was 24 or 48 months ago.” -AARON BEARD, thenewstribune.comRead More

 

June 24, 2016

UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER
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UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER

The University of Rochester is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Men’s & Women’s Swimming Coach. This is a part-time position including salary, tuition and health benefits. Baccalaureate degree or equivalent and previous experience as a swimming coach and/or collegiate athlete required. email: [email protected]

MCKENDREE UNIVERSITY
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MCKENDREE UNIVERSITY

Mikal Guffey, who guided the McKendree University women’s golf team this past spring, has been installed as the head coach of the program moving forward. On Thursday, McKendree director of athletics Chuck Brueggemann announced that the interim tag has been removed from Guffey’s title. In addition to his duties with the McKendree women’s golf program, Guffey will continue to serve as the director of golf operations for The Hills at McKendree University in Lebanon. Read More.

POST UNIVERSITY
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POST UNIVERSITY

Post University athletic director Ronnie Palmer has announced the hiring of Rick Hammer as the Eagles’ new head cross country/track and field coach. Hammer joins Post after spending the previous three years as the head cross country and assistant track and field coach at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. At Edinboro, Hammer coached five national qualifiers on the track, five Cross Country All-Americans, 58 All-Atlantic Region, and 34 All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) runners. Read More.

QUEENS UNIVERSITY OF CHARLOTTE
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QUEENS UNIVERSITY OF CHARLOTTE

Queens University of Charlotte Director of Athletics Cherie Swarthout is pleased to announce the addition of Denise Brolly to the Royals staff as the head women’s soccer coach. Brolly joins the Royals after serving as the head women’s soccer coach at Barry University for three seasons. Brolly was named head coach of the Buccaneers in 2013 after serving as the assistant coach for six seasons, quickly making a name for herself in just three years. Read More.

WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN COLLEGE
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WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN COLLEGE

West Virginia Wesleyan College and athletic director Randy Tenney are pleased to announce Hannah Lively as the new women’s lacrosse head coach. Lively is a 2010 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan earning her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and her Master’s in Education in Reading Specialization in 2011. She is also a former player on the lacrosse team, playing from 2008-2010. Read More.

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY-PORTLAND
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CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY-PORTLAND

Continuing the preparation for full membership into NCAA Division II, Concordia University-Portland recently completed a reorganization of its athletic department staff, Vice President and Director of Athletics Brian Jamros announced today. Leading the way for the reorganization are the retitling for Jamros and the promotions of Amy Dames Smith to Associate Director and Kyle Nelson as the Assistant Athletic Director of Sports Medicine. Read More.

PURCHASE COLLEGE
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PURCHASE COLLEGE

Purchase College seeks an Assistant Director of Compliance and Assistant Coach. The Assistant Director of Compliance and Assistant Coach is a new position dedicated to providing compliance support and promoting the diversity initiatives of the Athletics Department and Purchase College. Apply here.

LINCOLN MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY
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LINCOLN MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) invites applications for the position of Assistant Women’s Softball Coach. The Assistant Women’s Softball Coach shall aid in the growth and development of the softball program by assisting with the planning and direction of team activities. email: [email protected]

STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY
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STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY

Stony Brook University seeks an Assistant Director of Equipment Operations. Prior experience with equipment purchasing, disbursement, collection and laundering, budget management. Excellent written, verbal and organizational skills. Understanding of NCAA rules compliance. Evenings, Weekends and some travel required. Apply here.

MARSHALL UNIVERSITY
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MARSHALL UNIVERSITY

Vinny Curry, a former Thundering Herd All-American defensive end from 2008-11 and a second- round NFL Draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012, has announced that he has donated $200,000 to the Big Green Scholarship Foundation to jumpstart a facility renovation project in the Shewey Building, as well as endowing a scholarship in his mother’s name. Curry just signed a lucrative, multiyear contract in the NFL’s offseason. With the gift from Curry, Marshall Athletics and the Big Green Scholarship Foundation will officially launch the “Vinny Curry Project,” a fundraising campaign geared toward all Marshall Football alumni. All of the program’s alumni will be given the opportunity to donate $1,000 to have a locker in the current locker room dedicated to them. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS
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UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS

University of Alaska Fairbanks Director of Athletics Dr. Gary Gray has announced the hiring of Nona Letuligasenoa as the Assistant Athletic Director of Communications and Sports Information Director. Letuligasenoa will officially assume all duties related to the Alaska Nanooks sports information office on July 1. Prior to Alaska, Letuligasenoa earned a dual bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Communications from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in May of 2014, where she was a four-year letter winner for the Division I women’s ice hockey team. Read More.

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY
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HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY

Hofstra University, an NCAA Division I institution and a member of the Colonial Athletic Association is seeking a highly motivated individual for the position of assistant Field Hockey coach. This is a full-time, 12 month position. For consideration, please email a letter of application, resume and three references to: Rachel August Assistant Director of Athletics/ Administration [email protected]

HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY
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HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY

High Point University seeks a Head Men’s Golf Coach. This position is responsible for the management of all aspects of the Men’s Golf Program. This includes, but is not limited to: the recruitment and retention of student-athletes; their coaching in an effort to increase their athletic performance; fundraising for their individual sport; and the leading of an athletic program that will advance the brand of High Point University. Apply here.

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON
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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON

University of Oregon Athletic Department seeks Director of Operations for Softball and Volleyball.
Responsible for managing the efficient operation of the softball and volleyball office, including team travel; monitor budget for each sport; liaison with department support services; assisting in the management of all aspects of softball and volleyball camps and clinics; overseeing game day activities; and at the direction of softball and volleyball coaching staff, assist with the coordination of recruit visits. The sport in season is the priority (Fall – Volleyball, Spring – Softball). Responsible for the promoting the philosophy and objectives of the intercollegiate athletics program, including adherence to all department policies and procedures, as well as the rules and regulations of the university, Pac-12 Conference and the NCAA. Apply here

LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY
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LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY

Lawrence University invites applications for the full-time position of Head Men’s and Women’s Fencing Coach. The Head Men’s and Women’s Fencing Coach is primarily responsible for the successful development, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the men’s and women’s fencing programs. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, coaching and recruiting, scheduling, assisting with budget management, and overall administration of a varsity Division III fencing program in accordance with NCAA, Midwest Fencing Conference, and University rules and procedures. Credentials should reflect proven success or ability in coaching, recruiting, and working with student-athletes in a highly demanding academic environment. Apply here

 

 

June 23, 2016

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Five Baylor incoming freshmen will be looking for a new place to play football, the university announced Thursday evening.  The Baylor athletic department has released five 2016 recruits from their national letters of intent, the school said in a statement. The players, who were not named by the university, will be able to find another place to play football without losing a year of eligibility. The players requested their respective releases before May 31, less than a week after coach Art Briles was fired following the school’s sexual assault scandal. -Ben Baby, sportsday.dallasnews.comRead More

GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY
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GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY

The 2016 Southwestern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year won’t be on the sidelines for Grambling in 2017. Nadine Domond has resigned from her post as Grambling women’s basketball coach after just two seasons and is expected to join the staff at Rutgers as an assistant coach. Domond submitted her resignation letter June 17, according to HBCU Sports, which came about six weeks before her contract was set to expire. Domond and men’s coach Shawn Walker both agreed to one-year, $120,000 deals last year that run through July 29, 2016. Grambling, which is without a permanent athletic director, had yet to approach Domond or Walker about new contracts. – Sean Isabella, thenewsstar.comRead More

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