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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

UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
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UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS

Tom Bowen, the University of Memphis athletic director the past seven years, has resigned from his position to pursue other interests, the university announced Tuesday morning. Allie Prescott was named interim athletic director. The U of M scheduled an 11 a.m. press conference Tuesday to expound on the matter . There was no immediate information regarding what might have precipitated Bowen’s decision. The resignation comes about two months after the university and Bowen agreed to a six-month extension of his contract that originally was set to expire at the end of June. Bowen earns $400,000 – a salary structure that has not changed since 2015. -Clay Bailey, Daily Memphian. Read More.

May 13, 2019

LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY
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LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY

For more than a decade, Michelle Meadows has been a behind-the-scenes driver of the growth and development of Longwood athletics. Now entering her 14th year in the department, the 2001 Virginia Tech graduate and first-ballot Hokie Hall-of-Famer will continue that push on the front lines as Longwood’s newest athletics director. Longwood University President W. Taylor Reveley IV announced Monday that Meadows was named director of the institution’s 14-sport athletics department, earning that appointment after an eight-month stint as interim athletics director and a 13-year tenure in multiple high-level roles within the administration. “Michelle Meadows profoundly understands the mission of Longwood athletics and the university’s vision for our program,” Reveley said.  Read More.

May 10, 2019

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY

David Coburn, who has been Florida State’s interim athletic director since August of 2018, has been named the program’s 12th athletic director, effective immediately, according to FSU. Coburn was named as interim AD in replacement of outgoing AD Stan Wilcox. “I am grateful to David Coburn for taking on this role permanently,” FSU president John Thrasher said. “For years I have relied on his experience, integrity and good judgment, and the progress we have made under his leadership is already evident. I know the future of our championship Athletics program is as bright as ever and in good hands.” –WCTV, Read More

May 6, 2019

ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY
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ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY

Robert Morris University has named King the university’s vice president and director of athletics, effective June 1. King is currently director of intercollegiate athletics at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), where last year he won the NACDA Under Armour Division I-AAA Athletic Director of the Year Award. RMU will hold a press conference at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the Harshman Rotunda of the UPMC Events Center to introduce King. A native of Apollo, Pa., King is a 1994 graduate of Robert Morris University’s vaunted Sport Management Program.  “Chris King will take RMU Athletics to the next level,” said RMU President Chris Howard. Rick Anderson, UTRGV executive vice president for Finance & Administration, will serve as interim athletics director while a national search for King’s replacement begins immediately. –Read More

May 3, 2019

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY
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UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY

Following a nationwide search, Utah Valley University officials are pleased to announce that Dr. Jared Sumsion will become the university’s new athletic director. Sumsion served recently as the interim athletic director, and prior to that as senior associate athletic director for external operations. “UVU’s national search for a new director of athletics produced some truly talented candidates. After a thorough review, our search committee found that Jared demonstrated the commitment and track record on exceptional leadership, care, and results that align with UVU’s values and direction,” said President Astrid S. Tuminez. As the new athletic director, Sumsion will also serve as associate vice president of athletics. He will oversee 16 Division I sports involving 330 student-athletes and 84 staff, fundraising efforts, and the elevating of UVU’s national profile. Read More.

May 2, 2019

PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE
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PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE

Danny Sterling, PC’s director of athletics, is leaving the College for family reasons and will return to his home state of Virginia to serve as associate athletic director at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dee Nichols, senior associate AD for compliance and senior woman administrator (SWA), has been named interim director of athletics, effective today. PC will conduct a national search for a new AD. President Staton will lead the search. –Read More

April 23, 2019

WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY
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WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY

Utah State University Vice President and Director of Athletics John Hartwell announced Tuesday that current Weber State Athletics Director Jerry Bovee has been named Assistant Vice President and Deputy Athletics Director for External Affairs at USU. Bovee will officially begin his new duties in early June. In his new role, Bovee will serve as the second in command in the Utah State Athletics Department and oversee all external functions, including some direct sport supervision. Bovee comes to Utah State after spending the past 10 years as the Athletics Director at Weber State University. –Read More

April 22, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS
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UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS

University of New Orleans President John Nicklow announced that the University has selected Tim Duncan as its new athletic director. Duncan, a Memphis native, is currently the deputy athletic director for external affairs at Northeastern University in Boston. He has held leadership roles at both NCAA Division I and Division II institutions, including serving as director of athletics on two different occasions. Duncan will be introduced at a news conference in the Homer Hitt Alumni and Visitors Center ballroom at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30. “We conducted a very thorough national search, and I could not be more excited to have Tim join the University and lead Privateer athletics,” Nicklow said. Read More.

April 17, 2019

LSU
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LSU

LSU has reportedly already found its next athletic director. Billy Liucci of TexAgs.com is reporting that Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward has agreed to be the Tigers new AD and that a memorandum of understanding has been signed. Woodward is an LSU graduate and Baton Rouge native. LSU announced earlier Wednesday that Joe Alleva is stepping down. Stadium’s Jeff Goodman also reports LSU is expected to hire Woodward.

WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Interim Western Illinois University Director of Athletics Danielle Surprenant has been named director of WIU Intercollegiate Athletics, effective June 1. A press conference will be forthcoming to highlight the future of Leatherneck Athletics. Surprenant was named interim director of WIU Athletics in May 2018. She is the second female athletic director in WIU’s history. Prior to May 2018, Surprenant was the senior associate athletic director for internal operations and senior woman administrator from 2017-2018. As the senior associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator, Surprenant oversaw all external and internal audits, organized staff and student-athlete training and assisted in major fundraising efforts for the department. Before coming to WIU, Surprenant was the associate athletic director for compliance and internal operations and senior woman administrator at Quincy University (2010-2017) and an academic adviser for student athlete development at Stony Brook University (2009-2010). –Read More

LSU
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LSU

LSU Athletics Director Joe Alleva is expected to step down—perhaps as early as today—from the position he has held at the university for more than a decade, a high ranking source within the LSU System tells Daily Report. LSU officials declined to comment. Though Alleva is coming off one of LSU’s strongest seasons in years for its football, basketball, gymnastics and softball teams, among others, the embattled athletics director has been an unpopular figure among fans and, more importantly, boosters, since failing to fire football coach Les Miles in 2015 to ink a deal with Jimbo Fisher, now the head coach at Texas A&M. -Stephanie Riegel, businessreport. Read More.

April 8, 2019

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY
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CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

Cleveland State University will name Scott Garrett as its new athletic director at a press conference on Monday afternoon, sources tell WKYC sports. The press conference will be held at the CSU student center ballroom starting at 2 p.m. Garrett comes to CSU after serving as Executive Associate Athletics Director for External Operations as well as Chief Revenue Officer at Kansas State University. Garrett was responsible for the department’s marketing and fan experience, ticket sales and services, trademark licensing, brand management, multimedia rights, apparel/partnership and equipment units. Garrett replaces Mike Thomas, who resigned as Cleveland State’s athletic director at the end of 2018. -WKYC. Read More.

April 4, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

Jeremy McClain, who has served as Senior Vice Chancellor for Athletics at Troy University since 2015, has been named the Director of Athletics at Southern Mississippi on Thursday. Troy Deputy Director of Athletics for Internal Operations and Senior Woman Administrator Sandy Atkins will serve as the interim athletics director, a title she held prior to McClain’s arrival. An internal committee headed by Dr. Doug Patterson, Special Assistant to the Chancellor and former Vice Chancellor of Troy University, will handle the search for a new director of athletics. –Read More

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY EDWARDSVILLE
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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY EDWARDSVILLE

SIUE Athletics is announcing the pending retirement of the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Dr. Brad Hewitt. Hewitt will leave the department effective June 30 after nearly 17 years in the director role. “April marks 30 years since I first stepped onto the SIUE campus,” said Hewitt. Hewitt spent 22 years of his 30 years at the University in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. “Brad has served SIUE Athletics exceedingly well,” said Chancellor Randy Pembrook. Read More.

March 15, 2019

MOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY
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MOREHEAD STATE UNIVERSITY

Morehead State Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson has accepted the position of Director of Athletics at Lincoln Memorial University. Hutchinson, who has served as Morehead State’s Director of Athletics since 2004, will begin his new role in April. “On behalf of the entire Eagle family at Morehead State University, I want to wish Brian Hutchinson and his family well as they make this transition,” said Morehead State President Dr. Jay Morgan. Prior to his current position at MSU, Hutchinson served as the department’s associate athletic director from 2001-04. Read More.

IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY
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IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY

Idaho State has named Pauline Thiros its new athletic director Madison Guernsey of the Idaho State Journal reports. Thiros – who has severed as ISU’s interim AD since August – is the first female athletic director in school history. She was one of five finalists that interviewed for the position. Thiros has held a variety of positions at the University during her 23-year-career. Most recently, she was the Associate Vice President of Development. Thiros began her career at ISU as an Assistant Volleyball Coach and Recruiting Coordinator in 1995.

March 4, 2019

BIG TEN
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BIG TEN

The Big Ten Conference announced today that James E. Delany will officially conclude his term as Big Ten Commissioner at the end of his current contract which expires on June 30, 2020. The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) has initiated a search process under the direction of the COP/C Executive Committee and led by COP/C Chair Morton Schapiro, President, Northwestern University. “Jim has had an extraordinary impact on the Big Ten Conference, its member institutions, administrators, students and coaches since 1989,” said Schapiro. Read More.

March 3, 2019

WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY
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WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

After nearly 27 years leading the Wake Forest University athletic department, Ron Wellman will retire as Athletic Director on May 1, 2019. Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch has selected John Currie to succeed Wellman as the University’s sixth athletic director. Wellman has served as Wake Forest University’s Athletic Director since 1992. “Ron has led Wake Forest athletics with grace, integrity and a commitment to excellence without pretension,” said Hatch. John Currie will assume the role of Wake Forest Athletic Director on May 1. Read More.

March 1, 2019

UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
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UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO

The University of San Francisco is pleased to announce the promotion of Joan McDermott to Director of Athletics. McDermott has served as the Deputy Athletic Director at USF since 2016 and brings a wealth of experience to help guide the department into the next era of Dons Athletics. “This day marks the happiest day in my professional career,” McDermott said. “I am so honored to be selected as your next Director of Athletics at the University of San Francisco. I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to the Board of Trustees, Fr. Paul Fitzgerald, Charlie Cross and Scott Sidwell for bringing me back to USF in 2016, and I look forward to leading the Dons to new heights for many years.” –Read More

MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY
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MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY

Murray State University has named Kevin Saal as the new Director of Athletics. Saal recently served as the executive associate athletic director at the University of Kentucky, where he’s worked since 2007. He previously served as University of Missouri-Kansas City Athletics Department director of operations, and Kansas State University event coordinator for several Big 12 Conference championships. MSU’s former athletics director Allen Ward resigned in July to take a job as director of athletics at Abilene Christian University. Saal will earn $170,000 annually. -Liam Niemeyer, WKMS, Read More

February 12, 2019

PENN STATE
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PENN STATE

Penn State Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour has announced the appointment of Scott Sidwell as Deputy Director of Athletics- External. A dynamic and experienced leader and former collegiate student-athlete, Sidwell comes to Happy Valley having served as Director of Athletics at the University of San Francisco since June, 2011. In his role at Penn State, Sidwell will work closely with Barbour and the entire Leadership Team on the day-to-day operations of Penn State’s highly successful athletic program, with 31 sports and more than 800 student-athletes pursuing comprehensive excellence. Sidwell will oversee all of the department’s external units and functions. “We are elated to have Scott joining our team,” Barbour stated. At USF, Sidwell directed an athletic department with 16 programs that compete in the West Coast Conference (WCC). Read More.

February 8, 2019

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY
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UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY

Utah Valley University Athletic Director Vince Otoupal resigned from his position on February 8, 2019 to pursue other opportunities. Dr. Jared Sumsion will serve as interim athletic director until a replacement is found. Otoupal, who served in the capacity for five years, led the Wolverines into the Western Athletic Conference as the school matured into a full-fledged university. He oversaw 16 UVU sports in NCAA Division I competition. “I have really enjoyed my time at UVU,” said Otoupal. Read More.


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