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June 8, 2018

KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY
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KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY

A new athletic director has been named at Kentucky State University. At a Thursday board meeting, KSU President M. Christopher Brown II announced the hiring of Trayvean D. Scott. Scott replaces William Graham, who recently retired after approximately 30 years at KSU during three different stints. Scott comes to KSU from Southern University at Baton Rouge, where he has served as executive athletic director since June 2017. Scott has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Business Marketing (Sales Concentration), a Master’s Degree in Mass Communications/Public Relations and a doctorate in education/sports management. – Holly McClurkin, State-Journal. Read More.

June 7, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

University of Texas Vice President and Athletics Director Chris Del Conte announced the hiring of two key executive staff positions with the addition of Shawn Eichorst and Drew Martin on Thursday. A veteran athletics administrator who has served as Athletics Director at the University of Nebraska and the University of Miami, Eichorst will be the Longhorns’ Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director for Internal Affairs. Martin, an experienced and respected marketing and external services professional, will take on the role of Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs. The additions come on the heels of the announcement that Texas is cutting 44 spots in its athletic department in a major restructuring by Del Conte. Read More

June 4, 2018

JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY
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JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY

Jackson State will soon announce Jackson native Ashley Robinson as its next athletic director, according to two sources with knowledge of the hire. The university has called a press conference for 11 a.m. Tuesday, where it is expected to introduce Robinson, who recently completed his fifth year as director of athletics for Prairie View A&M. -Tyler Ceveland, The Clarion-Ledger, Read More

FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY
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FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY

Fairleigh Dickinson University Director of Athletics, David Langford has announced that he will retire from his role at the University effective June 28. Langford has headed the NCAA Division I athletic department for 15 years since his appointment on January 16, 2003. Associate Athletic Director for Facilities and Operations, Cathy Liggett will oversee the department in the interim as a national search for Langford’s successor is conducted. –Read More

June 1, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

University of Utah President Ruth V. Watkins has appointed Mark Harlan as the university’s new director of athletics. Harlan, currently serving in the same role at the University of South Florida, will start at Utah on July 1. His appointment follows the retirement of longtime athletic director Chris Hill. Prior to taking over at the University of South Florida in 2014, Harlan served in a variety of positions on campuses across the country, including tenures as the senior associate athletic director for external relations at the University of California Los Angeles; senior vice president for central development at the University of Arizona; senior associate athletic director at San Jose State University; and associate athletic director at the University of Northern Colorado. Harlan earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Arizona. –Read More

May 31, 2018

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY
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LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY

Craig Pintens, a proven athletic administrator with leadership experience at national championship-winning programs, will be the next athletic director at Loyola Marymount University, President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D., announced today. Pintens comes to LMU from the University of Oregon, where he has served as senior associate athletic director for the past seven years. In that role, he helped lead Oregon’s athletic programs to tremendous success in competition and transformed the fan experience, strategic planning processes, athletics operations, promotions, and fundraising. –Read More

SFA
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SFA

Ryan Ivey, Director of Athletics at Austin Peay, is expected to resign his position at the Clarksville, Tennessee school to claim the same title at Stephen F. Austin, a source told The Sawmill on Thursday morning. Ivey has led the Governors for the past three years since authoring a wildly successful two-year revival at Texas A&M-Commerce that made him one of the industry’s rising stars. -Isaac Niedrauer, SFA Sawmill, Read More

May 24, 2018

ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
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ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Purdue vice president and athletics director Mike Bobinski, in partnership with vice president for development Amy Noah, announced the hiring of Abilene Christian University director of athletics Lee De Leon as executive senior associate athletics director/assistant vice president for development Thursday. De Leon (pronounced DAY LEE ON) will work in direct partnership with Bobinski, Noah and deputy athletics director Jason Butikofer to provide vision and leadership to advance the athletic department’s fundraising efforts. He will manage the day-to-day internal operations of the John Purdue Club with a concerted focus on building the donor base and engaging contributors.

May 23, 2018

USC UPSTATE
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USC UPSTATE

The University of South Carolina Upstate has named Daniel Feig as its new Athletic Director, effective June 18, 2018. Chancellor Brendan Kelly will formally introduce Feig to the community during a press conference to be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, in the university’s G.B. Hodge Center. Feig comes to USC Upstate from Southern Miss, where he served as Executive Associate Athletic Director, assisting with the day-to-day management and administration of all aspects of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.  –Read More

May 21, 2018

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
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BALL STATE UNIVERSITY

Beth Goetz has been named Ball State’s new director of athletics. Goetz will join Ball State in June after serving as the chief operating officer for athletics at the University of Connecticut (UConn) since 2016. She will succeed Mark Sandy, who is retiring. President Mearns said he selected Goetz after a thorough national search, noting her extensive leadership experience, including key positions held at Butler University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Connecticut. “I am thrilled to join Ball State, especially under the leadership of President Mearns,” Goetz said.  “I look forward to joining a great team of student-athletes, coaches and staff. I understand and appreciate the University’s dedication to engaging with the entire community. I can’t wait to be a part of Muncie and East Central Indiana.” –Read More

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

Kansas has fired Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger. Chancellor Douglas A. Girod met with Zenger and informed him that he is relieving him of his duties, effective immediately. “Sheahon has been a loyal Jayhawk, and our athletics department has improved in many areas under his leadership. But Athletics continues to face a number of challenges, and progress in key areas has been elusive. To achieve the level of success we need and expect, I have determined a change in leadership is necessary.” Girod said in a release. Sean Lester will serve as the interim AD. –Read More

FRIENDS UNIVERSITY
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FRIENDS UNIVERSITY

Dr. Rob Ramseyer has been chosen as the new athletic director at Friends University, replacing Dr. Carole Obermeyer, who recently retired from the position. Dr. Ramseyer comes to Friends from Hesston College (Kan.), where he had most recently served as the school’s athletic director and vice president of student development. He led an expansion of athletic rosters while developing and leading the implementation of the first philosophy of faith formation and athletic core covenants, in conjunction with crafting evaluation procedures to ensure successful execution. Read More.

May 16, 2018

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
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CHARLESTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY

Jeff Barber will the new AD at Charleston Southern WCIV Sports Director Scott Eisberg reports. Barber was formerly the director of athletics at Liberty. An official announcement from the university is expected Thursday.

May 10, 2018

AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE
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AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE

Agnes Scott Athletics announced the departure of Beth Vansant, who spent the last three years as the Director of Athletics. Vansant will leave Agnes Scott after 10 academic years to pursue other career opportunities. Vansant was named the permanent director of the department in March 2016 after spending 14 months in the position on an interim basis. After initially coming to Agnes Scott to serve as the head athletic trainer—a position she held for five years—Vansant was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director and Director of Student Activities by then-AD Joeleen Akin. Read More.

May 9, 2018

WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY
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WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY

West Chester University administration Tuesday removed the “interim” tag from Terry Beattie’s title, naming him the athletics director effective immediately. Beattie is in his 14th year serving West Chester University, formerly as its Associate AD overseeing facilities, and facility rentals, and game management, and most recently as the interim athletics director since last June. A 27-year veteran in college athletics, Beattie recently spearheaded the development of the Michael Horrocks Emerging Leaders Institute at WCU, which provides leadership training and development to a select group of outstanding student athletes who, as recognized future leaders, will be taking on the mantle of leadership within their team sometime in the future. Read More.

May 8, 2018

IONA COLLEGE
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IONA COLLEGE

Matt Glovaski will be Iona’s next director of athletics the school has announced. Matt Glovaski is in his thirteenth year as an administrator in Iona’s Athletics Department. On February 1 2017, Vice President for Athletic Administration Rick Cole, Jr. announced the appointment of Glovaski as Deputy Director of Athletics after serving as Senior Associate Athletic Director for Advancement & External Affairs since 2013. Glovaski is a 2001 graduate of Springfield College earning a bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education. He received his master’s degree in Athletics Administration from Springfield.

May 4, 2018

WABASH COLLEGE
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WABASH COLLEGE

Matt Tanney, a former two-sport athlete, honors graduate, attorney, and seasoned athletic administrator, has been named Director of Athletics and Campus Wellness at Wabash College. In making the announcement, Wabash President Gregory Hess said, “Matt has deep roots in Wabash, and will bring an exceptional commitment to the academic experience of all student athletes and a great knowledge base and skill set that will continue to make our athletics operations and wellness offerings stronger.” Tanney returns to his alma mater after spending the last three years as Director of Athletics at Western Illinois University, where he directed the operations of a 19-sport NCAA Division I athletics department. He previously worked in compliance at the University of Oklahoma, University of Dayton, and The Ohio State University.

Tanney was named the Director of Athletics at Western Illinois University by President Dr. Jack Thomas, on January 11, 2016. Tanney, who was appointed Interim Director of Athletics in May 2015, joined Leatherneck Athletics as the Associate Director of Athletics in July 2012, then was named Deputy Director of Athletics in July 2014.

CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
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CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE

Cal State Northridge to hire former Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson as it’s “interim” athletic director. Jeff Goodman reports Anderson will not be the permanent Athletic Director. Anderson had been Maryland’s AD since 2010, but went on administrative leave and a six-month “sabbatical” over the 2017-18 winter. The university officially announced his departure in mid-April.

California State University, Northridge announced Wednesday March 7th 2018 it was “parting ways” with men’s basketball coach Reggie Theus and Director of Athletics Brandon Martin. Martin and Theus reportedly had a tenuous relationship for years. Reggie Theus filed a battery complaint against athletic director Brandon Martin following an altercation that Tuesday after he was told he was being fired.

May 3, 2018

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

Scott Lazenby, who served as athletic director at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi since 2012, will step down from the position, the school announced Thursday. Willis Wilson, the head men’s basketball coach, will serve as interim athletic director while the school conducts a national search for Lazenby’s replacement.It is unknown when Lazenby’s last day on the job was or how long he will stay with the school after Thursday’s announcement. The announcement was made in a memo sent to faculty and staff around noon Thursday. Lazenby had been at A&M-Corpus Christi since 2008 and in his tenure the Islanders won 14 Southland Conference championships.

MUHLENBERG COLLEGE
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MUHLENBERG COLLEGE

Muhlenberg College named Lynn Tubman its new athletic director at a Thursday press conference, introducing her as the first woman to hold the position on a permanent basis at the school. Tubman spent the past nine years as the director of athletics and recreation at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. She graduated from DeSales University, then Allentown College, in 1987 with a B.A. in business management. She was a three-time basketball all-American at DeSales and still holds the school’s career scoring record with 2,193 points. – Stephen Miller, Morning Call. Read More.

RICHARD BLAND COLLEGE
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RICHARD BLAND COLLEGE

Richard Bland College of William & Mary has named Scott Newton as Acting Director of Athletics. Newton joined the Statesmen in June, 2017 as the school’s first Women’s Volleyball Head Coach. Read More.

May 1, 2018

CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY
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CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY

Chris Zorich is ascending in the world of college athletics. Chicago State has hired the former Bears and Notre Dame defensive tackle as its athletic director. Zorich replaces interim Tracy Dildy and will begin May 8. Zorich, 49, had been the athletic director at Prairie State, a community college in Chicago Heights. Zorich, one of Notre Dame’ all-time greats, played for the Bears for seven seasons. The College Football Hall of Fame inducted him in 2007. Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune. Read More.

April 28, 2018

KENYON ATHLETICS
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KENYON ATHLETICS

Jill McCartney, director of athletics at Doane University in Nebraska, joins Kenyon as director of athletics, fitness and recreation on July 16, 2018. McCartney received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s in English from the University of Arizona. She earned a doctorate in education from Capella University, specializing in higher education leadership. McCartney led Doane’s athletics department for four years and, prior to that, served as assistant athletics director for compliance and academics and senior woman administrator at Washburn University from 2009 to 2014. She has coached women’s soccer and taught English at Southwest Minnesota State University, University of Arizona and Marquette University.

April 27, 2018

COLGATE UNIVERSITY
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COLGATE UNIVERSITY

Nicki Moore has been selected to lead Colgate’s athletics, recreation and physical education programs, following a national search for a new athletics director. Colgate sponsors 25 Division I teams with more than 500 student-athletes. Moore comes to Colgate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she has served as Senior Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator since 2015. Starting July 1, Moore will step into a role formerly held by Colgate alumna Victoria Chun ’91, MA’94, who was recently named Athletic Director at Yale University. –Read More

April 26, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

Maryland has hired Turnkey Search and formed an eight-person internal search committee to help find its next athletic director, the university announced Thursday evening.This comes nearly two weeks after the school announced the resignation of Kevin Anderson, who left Maryland after a curious six-month sabbatical that was set to end in April. Early candidates for the job are believed to be interim athletic director Damon Evans and Jeff Hathaway, a Maryland graduate who is the outgoing athletic director at Hofstra. Evans is believed to have the support of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh, according to sources with knowledge of their relationship, while others believe that some high-level donors are calling for the next hire to have closer ties to the university.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

Former SIU football coach Jerry Kill, who serves as special assistant to Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor Carlo Montemagno, will take over responsibilities for the SIU athletics program beginning Thursday, April 26. The chancellor announced Kill’s new role after deciding not to renew the contract of Athletic Director Tommy Bell, who has served as athletics director since May 2015. Bell’s contract expires May 31, 2018. “It’s time for us to make a change in leadership that will help the program fulfill its potential,” Montemagno said. “I am deeply grateful for Tommy’s service and wish him well for the future.” Kill, who led the Salukis to five consecutive NCAA playoff appearances, returned to SIU in March as an ambassador for the university. –Read More

April 25, 2018

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
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EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Lynn Hickey has been named EWU’s permanent athletic director, the university announced on Wednesday. The decision came after Hickey and Vince Otoupal presented their case to search committee members at open forums last week in Spokane. Hickey has served as EWU’s interim athletic director since Feb. 12, and was previously the athletic director at the University of Texas at San Antonio. In her tenure at UTSA she added football, women’s soccer and golf programs to the university. – Taylor Newquist, The EasternerRead More

April 20, 2018

VIRGINIA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
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VIRGINIA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

Virginia Wesleyan University has recruited one of the most experienced and respected athletic administrators in the NCAA Division III to serve as its next athletic director, VWU President Scott D. Miller has announced. Tina Hill, who is currently in her 10th year as athletics director at Randolph College and also chair of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Board of Directors, will join Marlin athletics this summer as Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. She will replace long-time VWU athletics director Joanne Renn, who will retire in June. Read More.

April 19, 2018

BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY
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BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY

Bucknell University announced today that Jermaine Truax will be its next director of athletics & recreation. Truax (pronounced TRUE-axe) is currently Loyola University Chicago’s deputy director of athletics. He emerged as the leading candidate during a national search that began in February. “Jermaine’s demonstrated leadership abilities, diverse administrative experience and commitment to a true student-athlete model positioned him as an exceptional candidate in what was an extremely competitive search,” said President John Bravman. “I am excited to see the ways in which he helps elevate what is already among the best Division I athletic programs in the country.” Read More.

April 18, 2018

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY
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FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY

Ryan Alpert has been named Florida Atlantic University’s deputy director of athletics, effective May 7. Brian White, FAU’s vice president and director of athletics, and Danita Nias, FAU’s vice president for institutional advancement, made the announcement today. Alpert currently serves as the executive associate athletic director at the University of Missouri. Read More.

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