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December 10, 2015

WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

The Western Illinois athletic department announced Wednesday the Western men’s tennis program will close at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season. The program, which over the last four years has a cumulative record of 14-58, is being eliminated in anticipation of budget issues to come in FY17. Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Communications Patrick Osterman said that without a budget for higher education in the state of Illinois, all departments are facing tough decisions. “The funds that would be saved, and I am not really going to comment on the amount, are budget saving issues,” Osterman said. “Again, we are still waiting for the state of Illinois to pass a budget, and this is a proactive response looking to fiscal year 17.” Osterman said that the men’s tennis program is not being cut for its performance. He also said that he doesn’t anticipate any further eliminations in regards to athletic programs. -Nick Ebelhack, Western Courier, Read More

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY
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VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is now accepting applications in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics for an Athletic Communications Assistant. VCU is a NCAA Division I institution and a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The chief purpose of this position is to promote, through local and national media, all of the VCU men’s and women’s sports programs. This is a part-time, temporary, intern position with an assignment end date of June 9, 2016. Apply here

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
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UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY

University of Kentucky Athletics is seeking an Athletic Event Supervisor Senior. The Athletic Events Supervisor Senior will be responsible for assisting in the planning and preparation of event management and game operation efforts in support of coaches, student-athletes, officials, department support staff and guests operating within assigned budgets. Duties include but not limited to the following: administering pre and post season staging meetings; facility coordination; reviewing planning/preparation of events with coaches and support staff and serving as primary contact for administrative oversight of departmental camps and clinics working collaboratively with the Business Office, Athletic Training and Camp Sponsors. Apply here

December 9, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF AKRON
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UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

The University of Akron Police Department teamed up with the athletic department to help the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend home football and basketball games until Dec. 21 to have the opportunity to “Cram the cROOzer.” A University Police cruiser will be parked outside the various sporting venues to collect non-perishable food items, toiletries, and other household products. –  Sofia Syed,  buchtelite.comRead More

URBANA UNIVERSITY
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URBANA UNIVERSITY

Urbana University is excited to announce Catherine Brinnon as the new Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR), as appointed by UU President Dr. George Lucas Jr. The Faculty Athletics Representative is a member of the faculty selected to represent the University and its faculty in relationships with the NCAA and conferences of which Urbana University is a member. In her new role, Brinnon will work to enhance the student-athlete experience by serving as a liaison between the faculty, president, and the Athletics Department. Read More

SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY

The Southern Connecticut State University Athletic Department, in conjunction with industry leader SIDEARM Sports, has formally launched its newly redesigned athletic website. The department originally partnered up with SS in the fall of 2007 on a complete website relaunch and redesign of www.southernctowls.com. Since the original relaunch on Jan. 2, 2008, there have been nearly 15 million views on the website. Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
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UNIVERSITY OF MAINE

Jack Cosgrove has barely had time to unpack the box with all of his office supplies, but already has bright ideas for the future of the University of Maine athletics. It was announced last week Cosgrove would be leaving the football program to take an administrative position in the athletic department. Cosgrove, still known as “Coach” to many, now has a new title: Senior Associate Director of Athletics. He will be working closely with Athletic Director Karlton Creech to improve Maine’s Division I sports programs. While the decision and announcement were abrupt, the planning behind the scenes had been months in the making. -Michael Schuman- Read More

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM
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UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM

UAB President Ray Watts and Athletic Director Mark Ingram said on Wednesday the university is working with the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex on plans for a new, open-air football stadium. The BJCC Authority voted last month to hire a Kansas City-based firm to update the complex’s master plan, which includes “a new outdoor multi-purpose stadium” that could seat up to 55,000 people, according to documents obtained last month by AL.com. The University of Alabama Board of Trusteespassed a resolution in November stating they would support a long-term lease in that facility. – Adam Ganucheau, al.comRead More

SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY
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SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY

Santa Clara University is seeking an Assistant Athletic Trainer. The Athletic Trainer is a functional support position within the Athletic Department. This position is responsible for assisting in the prevention, management, rehabilitation, recognition, and evaluation of all athletic related student athlete injuries. In addition, this position is responsible for assisting in the organization and administration of the Sports Medicine Unit. Also, this position is responsible for abiding by all WCC and NCAA regulations, plus assisting to ensure departmental compliance. Apply here

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY
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TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

Temple University postponed plans Tuesday to study building a $100 million football stadium on its North Philadelphia campus, following opposition from Mayor-elect Jim Kenney. Patrick O’Connor, chairman of Temple’s board of trustees, said university officials would meet with Kenney and his team within the next week to talk about the university’s interest in placing a 35,000-seat stadium at the northwest corner of campus. O’Connor’s announcement came at a meeting of the trustees. Outside, about 50 students, faculty, and community members protested against spending money on a stadium rather than on students and teaching. -Susan Snyder, The Inquirer, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

Don’t expect to see advertisements for DraftKings or FanDuel during the NCAA tournament this or any other year, but postseason games in Las Vegas aren’t entirely out of the question. That seemingly contradictory stance, illustrating just how complicated college athletics are these days, was just one of the points made by NCAA president Mark Emmert during a wide-ranging interview at the Intercollegiate Athlete Forum in New York on Wednesday. Less embattled than he was early in his tenure, Emmert now is focused on trying to wade through the complexities of the college sports landscape, where commercialization and profit are a necessary means to an end, yet fly in the face of the notion of amateurism. The one area Emmert and the NCAA will stand firm is the use of daily fantasy sports sites as advertising partners. He said the NCAA has met with the leaders of both DraftKings and FanDuel, the two leading sites, and said it will “stay away” from the companies during NCAA tournament broadcasts. Even more complicated is the issue of hosting games in Las Vegas, where sports betting is legal. The NCAA has long held firm that it would not allow NCAA-sanctioned tournaments to be played there. But just last year the Pac-12, West Coast Conference and Mountain West all hosted their league tourneys there. Emmert attended all three and said there have been “robust” conversation about playing NCAA tournament games there, though he wouldn’t go so far as to say his membership is softening its stance. “I think the membership is trying to figure out what’s the right way to approach this issue again,” Emmert said. “Where does the membership want to be in this space? How do you manage what often seems to be a hypocritical stance? Let’s talk about it.” -Dana O’Neil, ESPN, Read More

NORTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY
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NORTHERN STATE UNIVERSITY

Zach Flakus has been named Deputy Director of Athletics at Northern State University, as announced Tuesday by Director of Athletics Josh Moon. Flakus, who has worked at NSU for over 15 years, has served as the Associate Director of Athletics since 2013. Flakus has handled much of the day-to-day operations of the department for the past two years. He has direct oversight of the wrestling, soccer, baseball, track & field/cross country programs, business operations, and will have expanded involvement with the football, and men’s and women’s basketball programs moving forward.  He will continue to manage select special events (e.g., Wolves on the Water), and continue to play a key role as a member of the athletic development/fundraising team. –Dakota Broadcasting, Read More

NCAA
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NCAA

NCAA President Mark Emmert on Wednesday expressed concern over the proliferation of bowl games – or more specifically, the result that teams with losing records might play in them. This season there are 40 bowls. Only 77 teams achieved records of 6-6 or better, meaning three teams with 5-7 records will play in bowls this month. “The members are gonna have to figure out, what’s the purpose of bowl games?” Emmert said during a session at the IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum. “Is it a reward for a successful season or is it just another game that we’re gonna provide an opportunity for? … We need to look hard at that.” -George Schroeder, USA Today, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

 The University of Maryland is seeking qualified applications for the position of Marketing Assistant. The position will work as a member of the ICA marketing staff, assisting the Director of Marketing with developing creative marketing programs and activities which cultivate interest and support from University groups, the community, and local businesses for the University’s athletic department. This individual will oversee marketing initiatives, ticket sales and game production for the Terps’ national championship women’s lacrosse program with a key focus on maximizing ticket revenue, increasing fan attendance and enhancing the Maryland brand. –Apply Here

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt on Thursday plans to ask the university’s Board of Regents for final approval of Jones AT&T Stadium’s north end zone redevelopment, including one significant modification. Instead of outdoor club seats extending off the north end zone building, Hocutt said the athletic department will ask for loge seating instead. “There would be four to eight seats per section that would have some type of limited privacy through some type of wall and counter space,” Hocutt said, “and each of these outdoor loge boxes or suite areas would have one or two television monitors that would have the scoreboard feed from the scoreboard above you or the abilty to watch other games throughout the country.” -Don Williams, Lubbock Advanced-Journal, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
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UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

In an exclusive meeting with The Michigan Daily Monday afternoon, University President Mark Schlissel discussed the search for a new athletic director. Schlissel noted that campus outreach and input will be a large factor of the search process. He said he intends to meet with a number of governing bodies — including Central Student Government, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs, as well as individual coaches and members of the Athletic Department’s staff, to evaluate what University constituents want most out of the new director. While gauging campus needs, Schlissel has also begun to independently develop a broad set of criteria. He is looking for “someone who gets the cultural aspects” — “a person of unquestioned integrity” who is capable of both upholding the University’s athletic excellence while also placing an emphasis on the “student” portion of “student-athlete.” “I’m looking for an athletic director that sort of gets it, that understands that athletics is a part of the University,” he said. “It’s not separate from the University; it exists to help build the community here, and to represent us, and to keep our alumni attached to the University, to develop student spirit, to give folks who care about athletics an outlet to either participate or, more often, to watch and cheer. -Michael Sugerman, The Michigan Daily, Read More

SETON HALL UNIVERSITY
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SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

Continuing its facility transformation at a rapid pace, Seton Hall Athletics has unveiled a new indoor golf lab situated on the fourth floor of the Richie Regan Athletic Center. Part of the Pride & Excellence Campaign, the golf lab was built through the generosity of the Torcivia Family Foundation. In addition, the lab’s hitting stalls and portable simulator were generously donated by James ’68/MBA ’78 and Kathleen Leber. “The golf lab is the latest facility upgrade we are proud to deliver to our student-athletes, who will greatly benefit from being able to practice indoors year around, especially in inclement weather,” Seton Hall Vice President and Director of Athletics & Recreation Pat Lyons said. “I’d like to thank the Torcivia Family Foundation for providing the lead gift that made this project possible, and I’d like to thank the Leber family for helping us outfit the room to give our men’s and women’s golfers the best equipment possible. “Our men’s and women’s golf programs have developed into annual contenders for the BIG EAST Championship, and the addition of a golf lab will help our student-athletes compete for those titles and help bring future Pirates golfers here to compete for championships for years to come.” The 2,760-square-foot golf lab features the hitting stalls donated by the Leber Family that includes a state-of-the-art Trackman portable simulator with projection screen. The lab simulates the full golf experience with multiple chipping areas, including fringe/chipping areas with different rough lengths, uphill chipping area, a putting lab and a simulated sand trap. Seton Hall Athletics and Golf branding will be installed in the coming weeks. –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE
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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA MONROE

Sources tell College AD that TCU Running Backs coach, Curtis Luper and Auburn Offensive Coordinator, Rhett Lashlee are interviewing to become ULM’s next head football coach. Yesterday, sources told College AD five finalists were interviewing with the ULM search committee. Curtis Luper joined the TCU football staff in January 2013 after four years as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Auburn. He was on staff for the Tigers’ 2010 national championship. Third-year Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, 32, who helped the Tigers to a 2013 SEC Championship and a BCS Championship berth, helped spearhead one of the most prolific offenses in Auburn history in 2013. In 2012 and 2013, he has been a finalist for the Broyles Award, presented to the nation’s top assistant coach.

BIG EAST CONFERENCE
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BIG EAST CONFERENCE

The BIG EAST Conference has announced the addition of two new affiliate members in the sport of field hockey, Liberty University and Quinnipiac University, for the 2016 season.  The Flames and Bobcats will be eligible for the conference championship immediately. The new conference field hockey alignment for the BIG EAST will consist of eight teams: Connecticut, Georgetown, Liberty, Old Dominion, Providence, Quinnipiac, Temple and Villanova. “We’re very pleased to be able to add Liberty and Quinnipiac to our field hockey lineup for 2016,” said BIG EAST Associate Commissioner for Olympic Sports Chris Schneider.  “These additions will be make BIG EAST field hockey stronger.  Both schools have proven records of success and are committed to excellence in the sport.” –Read More

AIR FORCE ACADEMY
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AIR FORCE ACADEMY

The Air Force Academy is once again looking at whether God has a place on the football field after an advocacy group complained about the Falcons holding hands and praying in the end zone before games. The academy is looking into the matter, but not everyone is opposed to the football team praying in public, said academy spokesman Meade Warthen. “The Air Force Academy Inspector General opened a third-party complaint and referred the issue to the athletic department for an informal inquiry,” Warthen said in an email to Air Force Times. “Friday morning we received an opposing viewpoint requesting cadets continue to be afforded the right to pray. Thus, we are being prudent and deliberate in our review of this issue.” The Military Religious Freedom Foundation, a group that opposes proselytizing in the military, complained about the Air Force Academy football team praying after its Nov. 28 game against the University of New Mexico, but that did not stop the Falcons from praying in the end zone before their Dec. 5 game against San Diego State University. -Jeffrey Schogol, Air Force Times, Read More

BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY
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BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY

Bowling Green State University Director of Athletics D. Christopher Kingston announced on Wednesday morning that he has tabbed Texas Tech Associate Head Coach Mike Jinks to lead the defending Mid-American Conference Champion football program. Jinks, who also coaches running backs for the Red Raiders, will become the 19th head coach in program history. “I would like to welcome Mike to the Falcon family and the Bowling Green community,” President Mary Ellen Mazey commented. “Mike understands the important leadership role he will play in developing our student athletes for their futures. He is a great role model and will take us onward and upward.” “We are so pleased that Mike Jinks and his family have accepted the offer to be here at Bowling Green State University to lead the football program,” Kingston said. “Mike is a man of impeccable character and integrity. He places a high value on education and he is a winner. I am excited to see him guide this program to continued success in the pursuit of greatness.” –Read More

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
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WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

No decision has been made regarding Dana Holgorsen’s status as West Virginia’s football coach, but Holgorsen and first-year athletic director Shane Lyons have talked about the situation multiple times and will have more conversations in the coming days, according to a report from the Charleston Gazette-Mail. In his fifth season at West Virginia, Holgorsen has gone 35-28, but his teams have not surpassed seven wins since his first season in 2011 and he has recorded a 15-21 record in Big 12 Conference games. Since it joined the Big 12 in 2012, West Virginia has finished with a winning record in conference play once. Firing Holgorsen without cause would mean the $5.8 million left on his contract would be owed to him. Several of his staff members also would be owed money if their contracts were terminated early. Lyons, former deputy director of athletics at Alabama, was named Mountaineers athletic director in January, replacing Oliver Luck, who hired Holgorsen in 2010. -Craig Meyer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Minnesota is cutting ties with Villa Seven, the basketball coaches recruiting network co-sponsored by Nike and inherited by the U when the Gophers hired former athletics director Norwood Teague in 2012. Run by Teague and its founder, former U senior associate AD Mike Ellis, Villa Seven was touted as a bonus when Teague was hired away from Virginia Commonwealth University to replace Joel Maturi, who announced his retirement in February 2012. But its benefits to the university were never clear, and an audit conducted by the school in the wake of Teague’s sudden retirement in August after a sexual harassment incident raised new questions. According to the audit conducted by U senior vice president Gail Klatt, the athletics department spent $147,259 on Villa Seven from 2012-15, despite the fact there was “no evidence of formal contracts or other supporting documentation to define the relationships” between Minnesota, Villa Seven and Nike. Still, the athletics department spent $63,372 on travel and $48,167 on “professional services” related to Villa Seven. In her response to the audit, interim athletics director Beth Goetz said, “Minnesota will not be involved in the Villa Seven program moving forward.” -John Shipley, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Read More

UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

The salary pool for the Ole Miss assistant coaches ranks among the worst in the Southeastern Conference, but athletic director Ross Bjork hopes to change that. The Rebels’ nine assistants made $2,596,000 in 2014, according to the most recent data available from USA TODAY’s database of football coaches’ salaries. The figure ranks last among the 13 public SEC schools and 34th among public Power 5 programs. “Basically, my position was, ‘Hey, let’s do what we have to do to maintain the continuity and the consistency,’” Bjork said. “I know with our assistant pool we’ve been toward the bottom of the SEC, and we need to step up. We’re in the process of doing that.” -Daniel Paulling, The Clarion-Ledger, Read More

WICHITA STATE UNIVERSTIY
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WICHITA STATE UNIVERSTIY

A Wichita State University football program, last seriously discussed in 1998, is an official topic once again, its potential and pitfalls under investigation by president John Bardo. So are all aspects of his athletic department, which underlines the preliminary and all-encompassing nature of WSU’s look into football, conference affiliation, other sports and facilities. Bardo and deputy athletic director Darron Boatright are in the early stages of a fact-finding mission that may dramatically alter the course of Shocker athletics as part of a wider plan to shape the university and community. Or, the information gathered may dictate that the current path — one of tremendous success over the past 15 years — is proper for athletics. So, Shocker fans who dream about soccer teams, membership in a higher-profile conference, a boathouse for NCAA crew on the Arkansas River, luxury boxes in Koch Arena or football, this is your time. Bardo is dreaming with you — while gathering information — and wants to know what people want, what they will pay to support and what makes sense for the future. “Everything is on the table,” Bardo said Tuesday. “The sports we offer, facilities, conferences. This is about the university, and its ability to support the community and support our students.” -Paul Suellentrop, The Wichita Eagle, Read More

SIENA COLLEGE
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SIENA COLLEGE

Siena College vice president and director of athletics John D’Argenio announced a restructuring of the departments’ administrative staff. The reorganization coincides with the return of Dennis Bates to the department after spending the past two years with Siena’s office of finance and administration.“We are fortunate to have a strong administrative team in place to facilitate a positive environment in which our student athletes can live, learn and compete,” D’Argenio said. “Each brings a different skill set, yet they all have worked extremely well together to advance Siena and its athletic programs. Personally, I am very fortunate to have such a caring and compassionate group lead the way.” Jason Rich has been promoted to associate athletic director/communications and marketing. In his new role, he will assume oversight of Siena’s Fan Relations Management Center and all associated tickets sales, marketing and promotions for Siena’s ticketed athletic events. Associate athletic director/senior woman administrator Lori Anctil will take on additional duties as well. Along with her current responsibilities of overseeing student services (academic advising, compliance, enrollment management, scholarship allocation, life skills programming), Anctil will now oversee Siena’s sports medicine and strength and conditioning departments, consolidating student welfare and services into one area. Ken Grant will now serve as assistant athletic director/facilities. Grant served as assistant athletic director for business affairs since his hiring in December of 2008. –Read More

ASSUMPTION COLLEGE
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ASSUMPTION COLLEGE

Assumption College seeks Head Men’s/Women’s Tennis Coach.  This position is responsible for all aspects of instruction along with the development and management of a comprehensive NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Tennis program as a component of the college experience, which enhances and supports the students’ liberal arts education. Apply here

TENNESSEE TECH UNIVERSITY
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TENNESSEE TECH UNIVERSITY

Tennessee Tech University is seeking a football head coach. The said position is responsible for all aspects of the football program including practices and conditioning, recruiting, administration and budget management, player and public relations, fundraising, and supporting the academic development and graduation of student-athletes. Supervises assistant/volunteer coaches, student assistants, and managers. Schedules and makes arrangements necessary to fulfill requirements of football games. Apply here

December 8, 2015

NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Northern Illinois University’s athletics department has earned the NCAA and Minority Opportunities Athletic Association’s 2016 Award for Diversity and Inclusion. The department will receive the honor at the NCAA Convention in January in San Antonio.  The award is a partnership between the NCAA and Minority Opportunities Athletic Association to recognize and celebrate the initiatives, policies and practices of colleges, universities and/or athletic conference offices that embrace diversity and inclusion. Past honorees have been recognized for efforts which include community service, professional development, hiring practices and programming activities that enhance opportunities for people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences.  – mac-sports.comRead More

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA

The University of North Florida Athletic Department announced the addition of Amanda Murphy as the Assistant Director of Athletic Communications. She will serve as the contact for women’s basketball, volleyball, beach volleyball and the tennis programs.  Prior to UNF, Murphy spent just over two years with the University of Illinois Springfield as the Assistant Athletic Director for Media & Communications. Murphy was responsible for the publicity of Illinois Springfield’s 15 Division II sports, the official UIS website, the department’s social media efforts and overseeing the strategic communications of the athletic department. Murphy planned several of the department’s annual events and oversaw the implementation of a new brand identity system and the development of a new mascot to represent the Prairie Stars. Read More

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