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October 11, 2019

LITTLE ROCK
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LITTLE ROCK

University of Arkansas at Little Rock Chancellor Christy Drale has named George Lee, current senior associate athletic director and CFO, as the new athletic director for the UA Little Rock Trojans. Lee, who joined the Athletics Department 23 years ago as business manager, assumes the position Nov. 1. He replaces Chasse Conque, who left the university in August to become vice chancellor and AD at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The new athletic director pointed out that this is the university’s inaugural year of men’s wrestling, and many fans are enthusiastic about starting the state’s only Division I wrestling program. Lee commended the members of the Trojan Athletic Foundation for their support and assistance in raising funds for the program and helping raise the profile of the Trojans. Read More.

October 8, 2019

SAINT FRANCIS UNIVERSITY
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SAINT FRANCIS UNIVERSITY

In a very surprising development, Saint Francis Athletic Director Susan Robinson Fruchtl announces she’ll be stepping down in March. –Cory Giger reports.

September 19, 2019

UCLA
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UCLA

UCLA AD Dan Guerrero will retire June 30, 2020, Nathan Fenno of the LA Times reports. According to Fenno, a University of California system committee will vote today on extending Guerrero’s contract from Dec. 31 through the retirement date.

September 18, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has relieved Melvin Hines of his duties as Athletic Director by Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander. The Pine Bluff Commercial will have more information as it is made available. The Pine Bluff Commercial, Read More

September 16, 2019

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY CARBONDALE
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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY CARBONDALE

Southern Illinois University Director of Athletics Jerry Kill announced on Monday he is leaving his position at SIU to accept a job on the football coaching staff at Virginia Tech, effective immediately. Kill will serve as special assistant to fourth-year head coach Justin Fuente. “The opportunity to serve as an administrator at SIU has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career, and it was a difficult decision to leave so many wonderful friends and colleagues at Southern Illinois,” Kill said. A three-time national coach-of-the year, Kill is a beloved figure in southern Illinois, where he led the Saluki football program to five-consecutive NCAA playoff appearances from 2003 to 2007. Chancellor John M. Dunn has appointed Liz Jarnigan to replace Kill as athletic director. Jarnigan joined the athletics staff in July 2018 as associate director of athletics, overseeing all aspects of the program’s internal operations. Jarnigan came to SIU after serving for two years as senior women administrator for the Air Force Academy’s athletics program. Read More.

September 9, 2019

USC
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USC

USC AD Lynn Swann has resigned. The announcement was made by USC president Carol Folt on Monday. Dave Roberts, the school’s former VP of athletic compliance will serve as the Trojans interim AD. Folt’s letter reads: “I am writing to share my sincere appreciation for Lynn Swann, who has decided to resign from his position as the Director of Athletics effective today. Lynn has been a leader on and off the field at USC for nearly five decades, and he will forever be a valued member of the Trojan family,” Folt wrote in a message addressed to the “Trojan Community.” “Lynn has led our Athletics Department to five national championships in five different women’s and men’s sports during his tenure. Our student-athletes’ cumulative GPA for the past two years and our graduation rate of 86% last year were all-time highs for USC Athletics. We appreciate Lynn’s leadership of the department over these past three years and will continue to be grateful for his historic contributions to USC.”

August 19, 2019

THE COLLEGE OF SAINT ROSE
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THE COLLEGE OF SAINT ROSE

After a nationwide search, Lori Anctil, a 20-year veteran of collegiate athletics who currently serves as assistant vice president/deputy director of athletics at Siena College, has been hired as the associate vice president and director of athletics at The College of Saint Rose. She will replace Cathy Cummings Haker, who retired in July and led Golden Knights athletics since 1983. Anctil begins her work at Saint Rose on August 26. – Read More

August 15, 2019

OHIO UNIVERSITY
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OHIO UNIVERSITY

Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis has named Julie Cromer the next Director of Athletics. She will join the Bobcats as OHIO’s first female athletics director in University history on Aug. 31. Cromer comes to Ohio University from the University of Arkansas, where she has served most recently as senior deputy athletics director, associate vice chancellor and senior woman administrator for Razorback Athletics. –Read More

August 12, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD
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UNIVERSITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD

UIW Director of Athletics Brian Wickstrom is leaving his post immediately the university announced late Monday afternoon. Richard Duran will serve as UIW’s interim AD.

August 9, 2019

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.

August 7, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO
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UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO

KLEW’s Armen Araradian reports Terry Gawlik will be the next AD at Idaho. The Idaho Board of Education has a meeting scheduled for later Wednesday afternoon. –Read More 

August 2, 2019

UTRGV
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UTRGV

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) announced Friday that it has hired Chasse Conque (pronounced Chase Konk) as its new Vice President and Director of Athletics. Conque has served as Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock since 2015. An official start date has not been set but Conque hopes to begin his new role by Sept. 1. “I first want to thank President Guy Bailey for affording me this opportunity to lead UTRGV Athletics. His vision and passion for intercollegiate athletics is second to none,” Conque said. During Conque’s tenure at Little Rock — which competes at the NCAA Division I level — he helped lead a resurgence of the athletic department, both on and off the playing surfaces.
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July 31, 2019

PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE
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PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE

Robert Acunto has been named Director of Athletics for Presbyterian College, President Bob Staton announced Wednesday. Acunto brings more than 20 years of intercollegiate athletic experience to the position. He most recently served as senior associate athletic director for development and external relations at the University of Texas at El Paso. “We are excited that Rob is bringing his broad base of experience and leadership to the PC athletic program,” President Staton said. While at UTEP, Acunto led and coordinated all external relations for the intercollegiate athletic department. Read More.

July 30, 2019

CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY
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CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY

Chicago State University and former Bears defensive tackle Chris Zorich have parted ways. A statement from the university issued Tuesday said Zorich is no longer employed by Chicago State. He had served as athletic director for more than a year. “We appreciate the work Mr. Zorich has done for the University and wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” the statement said, offering no details. Jimell Byrd-Reno will serve as Interim Athletics Director until a permanent choice is named. -Dave Kerner, WBBM, Read More

GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY
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GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY

Grand Canyon University announced on Tuesday that Mike Vaught has resigned from his post as Vice President of Athletics, effective Aug. 12, for an opportunity in the private sector. Deputy Athletic Director Jamie Boggs will fill the position on an interim basis. Vaught joined GCU in October 2014 amid the second year of a four-year transition from NCAA Division II to Division I. Boggs, who has served as the Deputy Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator since January 2015, assumes the interim role. In her time at GCU, Boggs has provided oversight of the day-to-day operations of the athletic department while serving as the sport administrator for baseball and men’s soccer.-Read More

July 25, 2019

FURMAN UNIVERSITY
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FURMAN UNIVERSITY

Furman University President Elizabeth Davis announced today that Jason Donnelly, senior associate athletics director and executive director of athletics development at Villanova University, has been named athletics director at Furman. Donnelly will begin his duties at Furman on Aug. 12. –Read More

July 23, 2019

LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY
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LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY

Dr. William E. Martinov, Jr. has been named Director of Athletics as Long Island University prepares for its first year of competition as a unified Division I athletic program. Dr. Martinov, a higher education professional with over 30 years of experience, has provided invaluable leadership at LIU during the past three years in alumni, employer relations, and two of LIU’s regional campuses. He has also assisted with athletic fundraising. Previously, Martinov served as Chief of Student Affairs, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, and Director of Athletics at both public and private universities. –Read More

July 22, 2019

SIU EDWARDSVILLE
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SIU EDWARDSVILLE

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Randy Pembrook today named Tim Hall as the eighth director of athletics in University history. Hall arrives on campus after serving as director of athletics at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) and is expected to assume his new duties in August. The appointment is subject to approval by the SIU Board of Trustees. –Read More

July 18, 2019

SETON HALL UNIVERSITY
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SETON HALL UNIVERSITY

Bryan Felt, a two-time graduate of Seton Hall University and former leader of the Pirate Blue Athletic Fund from 2004-2017, has been named Director of Athletics & Recreation. Felt, who has served as the Director of Athletics at Saint Peter’s University since September 2017, succeeds Pat Lyons, who was promoted to Seton Hall University’s Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff. Felt will assume his position effective August 26. An introductory press conference will be held at a later date. “Bryan Felt is an outstanding leader and a perfect fit to become our new Director of Athletics,” said Seton Hall University President-Elect Dr. Joseph E. Nyre. Read More.

July 16, 2019

UIC
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UIC

UIC athletic director Garrett Klassy plans to step down at the end of the month to pursue a new opportunity Stadium’s Jeff Goodman reports.

June 24, 2019

CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY
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CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY

Omar Banks has been named Campbell University’s director of athletics, overseeing 21 Division I programs and more than 400 student-athletes. The former executive associate athletics director at Virginia Tech will be formally announced at a press conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the main lobby of the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center in Buies Creek. Banks was a NEXT UP 2017 presented by adidas honoree. –Read More

June 12, 2019

ULM
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ULM

University of Louisiana Monroe President Dr. Nick J. Bruno announces Scott McDonald as the new ULM Director of Athletics. McDonald joined the university in June 2018 as Chief Administrative Officer and soon took on the role of Interim Director of Athletics. A press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, June 14 on the seventh floor of the ULM Library. “Scott has been serving as Interim Director of Athletics and we are very happy he has chosen to remain and take the full-time, permanent position,” said Bruno. McDonald was a four-year letterman as an outfielder for Lou St. Amant, from 1980-83. During his senior season, ULM won the 1983 Southland Conference Tournament Championship and became the first team in program history to advance to an NCAA Regional (Austin, Texas). Read More.

TROY UNIVERSITY
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TROY UNIVERSITY

Brent Jones was introduced as Troy University’s new Director of Athletics following a two-year stint as Troy’s Deputy Director of Athletics for External Operations, Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., announced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. “Since the inception of Trojan athletics in 1909, nine athletic directors have served the university, and I have been privileged to appoint six of those,” Dr. Hawkins said. “At the end of this search process, we realized the best fit for us at this time is Brent Jones. Brent has a record of leadership success at the DI level, particularly in revenue generation.” In his role as Deputy Director of Athletics, Jones had oversight of marketing, communications, advertising, ticket sales, Troy Sports Properties, broadcasting, promotions, fan engagement, fan experience, branding, licensing and trademarks. He served as the sport administrator for the baseball program and was in charge of football scheduling. Read More.

June 6, 2019

UC IRVINE
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UC IRVINE

After completing a national search, Chancellor Howard Gillman has appointed Paula Smith as director of intercollegiate athletics at the University of California, Irvine. Smith has nearly 30 years of experience in college athletic administration, 14 of those at UCI. Twice UCI’s interim athletic director – first in 2007-08 and, most recently, since July 2018 – she has served as deputy director of intercollegiate athletics since 2012. Prior to that, Smith was executive associate athletic director (2008 to 2012), senior associate athletic director (2006 to 2008) and assistant athletic director for academic and student services (2000 to 2001). She becomes one of 40 female Division I athletic directors nationally and the second at UCI, following Linda Dempsay (1977 to 1983), who was the country’s first female athletic director at an NCAA Division I school. –Read More

June 3, 2019

OHIO UNIVERSITY
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OHIO UNIVERSITY

The Athens Messenger reports the Ohio AD Jim Schaus is stepping down from his post to become the SoCon’s new commissioner. –Read More

LA SALLE UNIVERSITY
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LA SALLE UNIVERSITY

La Salle University President Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D., today announced the appointment of Brian Baptiste as the University’s next Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation. “I am thrilled to welcome Brian to the Explorer family,” said Dr. Hanycz. “Brian rose to the top of a highly-qualified candidate pool. His depth and breadth of experience in Division I Athletics leadership coupled with his commitment to integrity and the holistic student-athlete experience make him the perfect choice to lead La Salle Athletics into this next chapter.” Baptiste, who officially assumes his new position on August 1, will be introduced on June 18 with a welcome event and press conference at Founders’ Hall on the La Salle University campus. Read More.

May 29, 2019

UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY
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UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY

Pete Yanity reports Furman AD Mike Buddie will be the new Army AD. Yanity of WPSA TV reports an official announcement is expected from Army on Thursday. CollegeAD has independently confirmed that Buddie will be the Black Knights next AD, an announcement will take place Thursday morning at 10 am.

May 23, 2019

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
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TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

Mississippi athletic director Ross Bjork is expected to take the same position at A&M, according to a source familiar with the process. The university is expected to announce the hire on Friday morning. The 46-year-old Kansas native has been at Mississippi for the last seven years. When he was hired in 2012, he was the youngest athletic director at any “Power Five” school in the country. Before that, he spent two years as Western Kentucky’s athletic director. -Ben Baby, Dallas News, Read More

May 14, 2019

COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS
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COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS

College of the Holy Cross today named Marcus Blossom as its new director of intercollegiate athletics, announced Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College. Blossom, currently the senior associate athletics director for business and finance at Boston College, will assume his new role July 1. Blossom will be publicly introduced at 10 a.m. Wednesday at a press conference on campus in the Doran Auditorium inside the Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex. n 2014, Blossom, 39, joined Boston College, where he has been responsible for all budget and financial operations, and served as a member of the department of athletics executive team assisting with all aspects of strategic planning and vision execution. He was also the sport administrator for Men’s Basketball and had oversight of technology, interactive media and broadcast services. –Read More


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