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December 12, 2018

CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY
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CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY

Bob Roller, who has served as Campbell University’s director of athletics since 2011, has announced his resignation to become the national director of sports marketing for Shriners Hospitals for Children. Roller will begin his new position in January at the SHC headquarters in Tampa, Florida. Associate Athletic Director and former longtime women’s basketball coach Wanda Watkins will serve as interim athletic director beginning Jan. 1. Read More.

December 11, 2018

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
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VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Malcolm Turner will be the next AD at Vanderbilt, USA Today’s Dan Wolken reports. Turner, a member of the NBA’s senior leadership team and president of the NBA G League, will join the university on Feb. 1, 2019. “I set out to find a thought leader with the skill set and vision to manage the next stage of transformation for Vanderbilt Athletics, and that’s exactly what we found in Malcolm Turner,” Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos said. “Malcolm is a proven executive with deep expertise in multiple business disciplines including management, marketing, and development across the sports landscape of teams, leagues, facilities, and major events. He also carries a deep and personal commitment to education, evidenced by his own academic achievements and his extensive community service. His exceptional skills, combined with his passion for education and drive for excellence, will bring immense value not only to the Vanderbilt Commodores but to the rest of the university and to the entire Nashville community.” Turner graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to earn joint J.D./.M.B.A. degrees from Harvard University. –Read More

December 5, 2018

GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY
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GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY

Grambling State University President Rick Gallot announced that Dr. David “Rusty” Ponton, the University’s Vice President for Student Affairs, will now lead its athletics division in addition to student affairs. Effective January 1, 2019, Dr. Ponton will take over athletics responsibilities for the University’s current Athletic Director Paul Bryant whose contract term will end by mutual agreement on December 31, 2018. Dr. Ponton began his work at Grambling State in 1988 as an assistant men’s basketball coach. During his tenure, he has also served as the head women’s basketball coach, director of the Favrot Student Union, dean of student activities, dean of students, and associate vice president for student affairs. -Brad Cesak, ArkLaTex, Read More.

December 3, 2018

ECU
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ECU

Jon Gilbert has been named director of athletics at East Carolina University according to an announcement from Chancellor Cecil Staton. The ECU Board of Trustees formally approved the hire Monday morning and an introductory press conference to welcome Gilbert will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Murphy Center. Gilbert has agreed to a five-year contract with ECU and will begin his duties immediately. Prior to serving as athletics director at the University of Southern Mississippi since January 2017, Gilbert worked in senior athletics administrative positions at two Southeastern Conference institutions – the University of Alabama and the University of Tennessee. –Read More

December 2, 2018

ECU
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ECU

East Carolina has reportedly found its new athletic director. Brian Bailey of WNCT-TV reports that Southern Miss athletic director Jon Gilbert will be announced as the Pirates new AD.

November 28, 2018

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY
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CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

Cleveland State athletic director Mike Thomas confirmed Tuesday night he has given the university his resignation, effective Dec, 31. Thomas said the decision, “has a personal component to it.”He plans to move and begin teaching and consulting at multiple universities in the Charlotte, N.C., area. “My family is migrating south,’’ he said. “I’ve got some consulting opportunities I was approached about, so I’m going to move forward, and also teach in college. I’m going to be in college athletic consulting, which is what I was doing before I came to Cleveland State. I intend to be teaching on various college campuses.” Thomas said he will be available to help with CSU’s transition to finding a new AD prior to his departure. He was hired in February 2017.  -Elton Alexander, The Plain Dealer, Read More

November 27, 2018

EDINBORO UNIVERSITY
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EDINBORO UNIVERSITY

Katherine Robbins had the “interim” removed from her job title on Tuesday as she was officially named the Edinboro University athletic director. The Wexford native was promoted to that post this past May 14, the same day Bruce Baumgartner was named the school’s new assistant vice president of university advancement. Robbins has been an Edinboro faculty member since 2012. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Louisiana-Monroe in the mid-1990s, and then a doctorate in special education from Clemson University in 2010. – Learn More

November 14, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY

UMKC will announce Dr. Brandon Martin as its new athletic director Wednesday morning. Martin served as the Director of Athletics at California State University, Northridge. From 2013-18, Martin lead the day-to-day operations of CSUN’s Division I athletics program that included a $15.8 million operating budget, 19 sport programs and over 400 student-athletes. Prior to his time in Oklahoma, Martin worked at the University of Southern California (USC). At USC, Martin was also a Senior Associate Director of Athletics. As a member of the senior executive staff, he had oversight of strategic planning, policy evaluation, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, and capital projects, as well as sport oversight.

November 12, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS

The University of St. Thomas today introduced a new vice president and director of athletics who will start in January 2019. Phil Esten (@pjesten) is a ’95 alumnus who played baseball for the NCAA Division III Tommies. Esten brings experience from athletics leadership positions at Big Ten and PAC 12 universities. Since 2014 he has served as deputy director of athletics and chief operating officer for Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics, working closely with Sandy Barbour. Read More.

DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY
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DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY

An already remarkable career on the diamond added another chapter on Monday, Nov. 12, as Delta State University President William N. LaForge tapped Statesman baseball head coach Mike Kinnison to lead the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Kinnison, the sixth director of athletics in the school’s history, replaces Ronnie Mayers, who is retiring on Dec. 31 after 42 years of service to the Statesmen and Lady Statesmen. In his 22 seasons as head coach, Kinnison has guided the Statesmen to the 2004 NCAA Division II national title, six College World Series appearances (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2017), 14 NCAA South Regional appearances (1999-2005, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018), 11 GSC Western Division titles (1997-2005, 2007-2008), six NCAA South/South Central Regional championships and seven Gulf South Conference titles. – Read More.

ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY
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ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY

Craig Coleman, director of athletics at Robert Morris University, will step down after 13 years on the job, the university announced today. His resignation is effective December 7, 2018. Coleman, who is also the head coach for the RMU softball team, was a practicing psychiatrist before being tapped to succeed the late Susan Hofacre in 2005. He has been the Colonials head softball coach since 1991, and during that time the team has won eight regular season titles and six Northeast Conference tournament titles. The university will conduct a search for Coleman’s successor. In the meantime, Senior Associate Athletics Director Marty Galosi will step in as acting director of athletics. Assistant Softball Coach Jexx Verner has been named interim head coach of the softball program. –Read More

October 25, 2018

EUREKA COLLEGE
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EUREKA COLLEGE

Bryan Moore has been appointed Director of Athletics at Eureka College effective Nov. 1, the College announced Thursday. Moore, who has led the department on an interim basis since July 1, has directed the department’s communications efforts for nearly eight years. Moore arrived ‘Neath the Elms as Sports Information Director in 2009, serving as the Athletic Department’s primary contact for national, regional and local media. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS MONTICELLO
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS MONTICELLO

Padraic McMeel, deputy athletics director at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, has been named associate vice chancellor and director of athletics at the University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM). McMeel’s career in athletics has also included stops at Kennesaw State University, Missouri State University and the University of Central Florida, all NCAA Division I schools. – Salineriversports. Read More.

October 23, 2018

COLORADO COLLEGE
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COLORADO COLLEGE

Colorado College is seeking an outstanding leader for the position of Director of Athletics, reporting to Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler. As one of the more distinct programs in the NCAA, the college competes in Division I in women’s soccer (Mountain West) and men’s ice hockey (National Collegiate Hockey Conference) and in Division III (Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference) in its other 15 varsity sports. The position brief can be accessed here. Applicants should submit their resume, cover letter, and three or more professional references. References will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission. Deadline for applications is November 22nd, 2018. Materials and questions can be submitted electronically to: [email protected]

October 18, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS

Veteran administrator Vince Granito will become interim director of athletics at the University of New Orleans next month, following the departure of Derek Morel, who has accepted a position with the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Granito, who is currently associate athletic director for internal operations at New Orleans, has more than three decades of experience in college athletics. Granito joined the staff at the University of New Orleans in 2017. Prior to that, he was at Tulane University, starting as director of ticket operations and working his way up to an associate athletic director role. In 19 years as an associate AD for the Green Wave, Granito oversaw external affairs and internal affairs, including facilities and event management. –Read More

October 12, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents today approved a three-year contract extension for Director of Athletics Mark Coyle. This amendment to Coyle’s employment agreement keeps him under contract as the leader of Gopher Athletics until June 2024. Coyle was officially introduced as the Gophers’ Athletics Director on May 11, 2016. Since that time, Gopher student-athletes have won 11 Big Ten team titles, to go along with four individual national champions. Those same student-athletes have also ranked among the nation’s best when it comes to academic achievement. The current department-wide GPA of 3.24 is tied for the best in the department’s history, coming off a spring semester when every Gopher program posted a team GPA of 3.0 or better. Minnesota’s current graduation success rate of 92 percent is the highest it has ever been and the best among all Big Ten public schools. Read More.

October 10, 2018

ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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ALABAMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Alabama State University President, Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr. removed the interim tag from Jennifer Lynne Williams, announcing her as the new Director of Athletics at Alabama State University Wednesday afternoon. Williams took over the helm of the department in October 2017. Earlier this summer, Williams was recognized for her work as she was named the FCS Administrator of the Year by Women Leaders in College Sports, and she will be officially recognized for that honor next week in Atlanta. She was named to the NAADD Executive Board earlier this year, and serves on the Division I Council. Williams also serves on the Football Oversight Committee.

October 5, 2018

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

Fred E. Washington has been named Prairie View A&M Vice President and Director of Athletics, President Ruth Simmons announced today. The appointment is effective immediately. Washington is in his twenty seventh year of service to Prairie View A&M University and the State of Texas. He is also retired as a Major in the United States Army Reserve and served twenty-three years in that regard. Washington is in his second stint directing PVAMU Athletics. Read More.

October 4, 2018

LIU BROOKLYN
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LIU BROOKLYN

LIU Brooklyn athletic director Brad Cohen is out, Stadium’s Jeff Goodman reports. Yesterday, LIU announced it would be combining LIU Post and LIU Brooklyn, it is not immediate clear if the move has anything to do with Cohen being out at LIU Brooklyn.

October 1, 2018

COLLEGE ATHLETICS
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COLLEGE ATHLETICS

Forgotten 5’s Will Butler has put together an evaluation system for Group of Five athletic director competitiveness. First, he looks at the basics: Who your athletic director is, how long he or she has been at your school, how many sports they preside over, what their revenue budget is, and their salary. Next he looks at the competitiveness of both the revenue and non-revenue sports. Specifically, he looks at the winning percentages of each of the three revenue sports during the AD’s tenure up to the date of publishing of this article, and how many conference titles have been achieved in both revenue and non-revenue sports. From there, he takes an average of how many conference titles in both categories have been achieved under that AD per year. Finally, he uses an arbitrary postseason “success” metric that measures how well a G5 school performs at going beyond the usual expectations of getting whomped in the first round of a postseason tournament by a P5 school in any sport, by making a superregional in baseball or softball, or by making a bowl. Will Butler, Forgotten 5, Read More.

September 27, 2018

ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY
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ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY

Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D., President, St. John’s University, announced on Thursday that Mike Cragg has been selected to lead the Red Storm Athletic Department. Cragg will become St. John’s seventh athletic director following a distinguished tenure at Duke University that spanned more than three decades. As part of his leadership role at the University, Cragg will serve on the President’s Advisory Council. An introductory press conference to welcome Cragg will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. in the President’s Lounge inside Carnesecca Arena. Media, alumni and supporters of St. John’s Athletics are invited to attend. During his 30-plus years in Durham, Cragg played a vital role in shaping the direction of Duke’s nationally acclaimed men’s basketball program. The senior administrator for the men’s basketball team since 2000, Cragg most recently served as the Blue Devils Deputy Director of Athletics and Chief Operating Officer, overseeing facilities and planning for all 27 of Duke’s athletic programs. –Read More

September 26, 2018

TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI
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TEXAS A&M CORPUS CHRISTI

Jonathan Palumbo is the sole finalist for athletics director at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He was chosen from a pool of more than 80 applicants and has a broad range of experience and success in NCAA Division I athletics. Palumbo currently serves as Deputy Director of Athletics at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where he supervises the day-to-day operations of the athletics department, including budget and business operations, human resources, facilities and event operations, compliance, sports medicine, and strength and conditioning. Prior to VCU, he served as Associate Athletic Director for Business at the University of Maryland. His experience also includes stints at American University, The College of William and Mary, and La Salle University. Palumbo’s appointment is pending approval from the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. –Read More

September 25, 2018

ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY
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ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY

According to a report from college basketball insider Jon Rothstein, Mike Cragg of Duke University has agreed in principle to become St. John’s next athletic director. After using an executive search firm, it appears as if the hunt for the Red Storm’s next Athletic Director is over.  Cragg will fill the vacancy left by previous Athletic Director Anton Goff. Just this past summer, Goff unexpectedly resigned citing, “family reasons.” As mentioned above, Cragg comes to St. John’s after spending three-decades at Duke acting as the Deputy Director of Athletics. He acted most recently a senior administrator for the men’s basketball team. His biography on Duke’s website highlights his role in fundraising for their men’s basketball team. Under his leadership, he helped found the Duke Basketball Legacy Fund and is credited with helping raise 115 million dollars for the program. – Brendan Carducci, rumbleinthegarden – Read More

LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY
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LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY

Longwood AD Troy Austin is stepping down to accept a posistion at Duke, Patrick Sanderson reports. Austin will remain at Longwood through mid-October. Deputy Athletics Director Michelle Meadows Shular will serve as interim Athletics Director.

September 20, 2018

FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY
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FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s (FDU’s) Metropolitan Campus, located in Teaneck and Hackensack, N.J., and a member of the Northeast Conference (NEC), is seeking its next Director of Athletics. The leadership profile can be accessed here.  Applicants should submit their resume, cover letter and three or more professional references. References will not be contacted without the candidate’s permission. The deadline for applications is October 15th, 2018. Greg Santore, Partner and Head of Odgers Berndtson’s U.S. Sports Leadership Practice will lead the search. Materials and questions can be submitted electronically to: [email protected]

September 11, 2018

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
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VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

David Williams II, the first African-American athletic director in the Southeastern Conference, is retiring from his role overseeing Vanderbilt athletics and as vice chancellor. The 70-year-old Williams announced his decision Tuesday. He will stay on as athletic director and vice chancellor until his replacement is hired, then become a full-time law professor. He also is establishing a new Sports, Law & Society program at Vanderbilt Law School. Originally, Williams wanted to retire June 30 after turning 70 in January before agreeing to stay another year to assist the transition.  Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos, who chaired the SEC committee that hired Greg Sankey to replace Mike Slive as commissioner, will oversee the search for a replacemen. -Teresa M. Walker, AP, Read More

September 7, 2018

CARROLL UNIVERSITY
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CARROLL UNIVERSITY

Following an extensive national search, Carroll University has selected Jim Hall to assume the role of athletic director of its 22-sport, NCAA Division III program. Hall brings more than 20 years of higher education experience to the role, with an impressive record of leadership, both on and off the field of competition. He most recently served as director of athletics and recreation at Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL. Hall will join Carroll in mid-October. As director of athletics and recreation at Spring Hill College, Hall provided strategic vision, leadership and supervision for 16 NCAA Division II sports, six club sports and 40 coaches and administrators serving more than 400 student-athletes. Read More.

WESLEYAN COLLEGE
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WESLEYAN COLLEGE

Wesleyan College Athletics is pleased to announce the hiring of Penny Siqueiros as the next Director of Athletics and Head Softball effective September, 2018. Coach Siqueiros brings to Wesleyan over 20+ years of successful collegiate softball experience in the southeast and Georgia, taking over a program that saw their first appearance in the USA South postseason in program history. Read More.

September 5, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) has named Melvin J. Hines, II as the next director of athletics, Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander announced Wednesday morning in a press conference. Hines has experience in intercollegiate sports at seven Division I institutions, including Auburn University, the University of Louisville, Alabama A&M University, Troy University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Mississippi. Before coming to UAPB, Hines was Athletics Director at Alabama State University. –Fox 16, Read More

September 4, 2018

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY KINGSVILLE
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY KINGSVILLE

President Steven Tallant announced today the selection of Steve Roach as the university’s new Executive Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation. Roach will begin serving in his new role October 1. Roach currently serves as the AD at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he oversees 19 varsity sports and supervises 400 athletes and 40 coaching staff members. Under Roach’s leadership, three of the university’s athletics programs—football and men’s and women’s basketball—have earned national rankings in the previous three years. IUP competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Roach has been with the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Department of Athletics since 2013. He was appointed Director of Athletics in 2015, after serving as Associate Director of Athletics/Compliance from 2013-2015. Prior to that, Roach was Associate Director of Athletics/Director of Compliance at Millersville University of Pennsylvania from 2007-2013. He began his intercollegiate athletics career as Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Compliance and Facilities at Slippery Rock University, where he holds a Master of Science in Sports Management. | Read More.

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