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August 15, 2018

THE CITADEL
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THE CITADEL

After a search that included more than 100 candidates from around the country, The Citadel has tapped someone already on campus as the Bulldogs’ new athletic director. Mike Capaccio, who has been serving as interim AD since mid-July in addition to his role as vice president for athletic development at The Citadel Foundation, will be the school’s next AD, it was announced Wednesday. -Jeff Hartsell, Post and Courier, Read More

August 13, 2018

SWAC
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SWAC

FOX 26 Sports has learned Dr. Charles McClelland, vice president of intercollegiate athletics at Texas Southern, will be named the new commissioner of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. According to sources with knowledge of the process McClelland will replace Duer Sharp who resigned in November. Sharp was the SWAC commissioner from 2008 to 2017. McClelland took over as athletics director at TSU in 2008, adding the title of vice president of intercollegiate athletics seven years later. -Mark Berman, FOX 26, Read More

August 8, 2018

BRYAN COLLEGE
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BRYAN COLLEGE

Following previous Athletic Director, Taylor Hasty, who recently accepted a position at Silverdale Baptist Academy in Chattanooga, Tenn., Bryan College didn’t have to look far for their next Director of Athletics as Mike Keen was promoted to the position after having served the 2017-18 season as Assistant Athletic Director while leading the Fishing Team as the Head Coach for the past four years. Keen will continue as the leader of the Lion Anglers, but the change in roles has also led to Will Tholken receiving a promotion. After serving as the Coordinator of Athletic Operations for the previous four years, Tholken is now taking on the role of Assistant Athletic Director. Read More.

August 6, 2018

WARNER PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
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WARNER PACIFIC UNIVERSITY

Warner Pacific University welcomes Michael Wilson as the new Athletic Director for Knights Athletics. The position oversees the University’s 13 varsity sports, the athletic booster club, fundraising, and Warner Pacific’s athletic facilities. A seasoned administrator, Wilson comes to Warner Pacific with a depth of educational experience as a Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, and Activities Director. He was named to the University’s top athletic post after serving as the Athletics Director for a school in Broomfield, Colo., where he led 19 sports, 37 teams, and 38 staff members. Read More.

July 27, 2018

MARS HILL UNIVERSITY
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MARS HILL UNIVERSITY

Athletic Director David Riggins announced he will retire in December at the end of the fall semester. David Riggins has served Mars Hill for 32 years. Riggins stated, “When Rita and I arrived at Mars Hill in 1986 we agreed to stay until we found a better place. Thirty-two years later we are still here and that says a lot about Mars Hill and the people affiliated with the university. There is simply something about this place.” He assumed the athletic director’s duties on September 1, 1998, after serving as the assistant athletic director at Mars Hill since 1993. He began his head basketball coaching career at MHU in 1986. Read More.

July 25, 2018

PARK UNIVERSITY
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PARK UNIVERSITY

Steve Wilson, who has served Park University as its associate director of athletics for media relations and compliance since February 2017, has been appointed as the director of athletics for the University’s new campus in Gilbert, Ariz., effective Aug. 15. Wilson began his career at Park in 2007 as the Pirates’ sports information director. In 2013, he was promoted to assistant director of athletics for sports communications and assumed the role of head coach for the women’s golf program. Read More.

July 23, 2018

OAKLAND UNIVERSITY
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OAKLAND UNIVERSITY

Multiple reports indicate Nebraska Executive AD Steve Waterfield will become Oakland’s next athletic director. Steve Waterfield joined the Nebraska Athletic Department in August of 2013 and oversees marketing, communications, creative and emerging media, the spirt squad, HuskerVision and licensing and branding.

July 20, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Ten years ago, without knowing it at the time, a trip to Vietnam changed former Missouri athletic director Michael Alden’s life. That trip and a return trip to the country in 2012 spurred him to help expand Nike’s micro-financing program, which offers small loans at token interest rates for those so poor they don’t have access to traditional financial institutions. Soon after he retired as MU’s AD in 2015, he went back, turns out that was just a start — both in the new course of his life and as a catalyst of a deep and multi-tiered Mizzou initiative in Vietnam. 

“It’s a Mike Alden production,” said Anne-Marie Foley, MU’s director of service-learning, laughing and adding, “Everything gets really big, really fast.” Or, as interim provost Jim Spain put it, Alden is an “Energizer bunny” in connecting what has become an elaborate program. In conjunction with everything from MU’s International Center to Foley’s office to MU Health Care to the MU International Trade Center, from the colleges of business, education and human environmental sciences, Alden has been instrumental in galvanizing endeavors there that now include a partnership with an AIDS/HIV center and an orphanage for blind children. He’s been to Vietnam nine times now, often for weeks, because the mission has given him what he considers fresh purpose in life.

In the same span, Mizzou has further developed an international trade internship program and now offers an American high school program affiliated with a Vietnamese school … And then some. And more to come, he vows. “It’s changed me. I look at things in a different way,” he said. “I have much more of an appreciation for the value of things — value being not material things but relationships.” Read In Full. The Kansas City Star

July 16, 2018

AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY
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AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY

Austin Peay State University President Alisa White has named Gerald Harrison, Duke University senior associate director of athletics/internal affairs, as Austin Peay’s next athletics director. Since 2008, Harrison has served in various capacities within Duke University’s athletic department. Additionally, Harrison served in two capacities, from 2001-07, with the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Read More.

UMASS LOWELL
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UMASS LOWELL

After more than three decades of leadership and service at UMass Lowell, including the last 23 years as director of intercollegiate athletics, Dana Skinner is retiring in September. Skinner recently led the university’s successful transition to NCAA Division I competition, a comprehensive five-year process that was formally completed last summer. Skinner will be replaced by Peter Casey, who has served as deputy director of athletics since 2013. A 1993 graduate of Bowdoin College, Casey has worked in college and professional athletics for the past 25 years. Read More.

July 13, 2018

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Michigan State University will take the interim away from Bill Beekman’s title and make him the permanent athletic director at the school, two sources close to interim president John Engler told the Free Press on Friday. Beekman has been the interim athletic director since Mark Hollis stepped aside hours before ESPN ran a story questioning the behavior of the department when it comes to sexual assault. -David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, Read More

ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
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ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Abilene Christian will turn to Allen Ward as the school’s next athletic director Adam King reports. Ward stepped down from his position as Murry State AD earlier Friday afternoon.

MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY
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MURRAY STATE UNIVERSITY

According to Adam Wells of WPSD. Murray State athletic director Allen Ward has resigned his position at Murray State. Longtime women’s golf coach Velvet Milkman will take over as interim AD.

Ward joined the Murray State athletics department as its director on March 30, 2005. Highlights of his tenure include the largest gift in the history of the athletics program – $3.3 million for the naming of the CFSB Center. Regular finishes in the top-3 of the OVC Commissioners Cup, capturing the 2009 cup after an 18 year drought.  And over $13.5 million in athletic facility enhancements.

July 12, 2018

MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY
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MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY

Mercyhurst University announced on Thursday, July 12, that Bradley Davis has been hired as its new Athletic Director. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Davis comes to Mercyhurst from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, where he has worked in athletics for the past 11 years, most recently as Associate Athletic Director for External Relations. Read More.

CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
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CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY

Central Connecticut State University President Zulma R. Toro announced today that Brian Barrio, a native of Old Lyme, Conn., is returning to his home state to become CCSU’s Director of Athletics. Barrio comes to CCSU from the University of Nevada and has spent time at Pepperdine University, the University of Southern California, and both the America East Conference and the Ivy League. Read More.

July 9, 2018

CONVERSE COLLEGE
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CONVERSE COLLEGE

Converse College announces the hire of Jennifer Bell as Athletic Director. Bell will take the helm of the Valkyries’ NCAA Division II Athletic Program on July 23. She comes to Converse from Coker College, where she served as Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations, and she also brings 18 years of athletics administration and coaching experience from Anderson University. As a Spartanburg native and graduate of Wofford College, Bell looks forward to bringing her family back to her hometown. Read More.

July 5, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS

University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas A. Girod today named Jeff Long as the university’s new director of athletics. Long will be officially introduced at a news conference Wednesday, July 11, in Lawrence at a time and location to be determined. He will start his role Aug. 1. Long’s contract with Kansas Athletics will pay him $1.5 million per year for five years. Of that amount, $1.3 million is paid by private funds from Kansas Athletics Inc., with the remaining $200,000 paid by the university. –Read More

July 3, 2018

SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
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SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

After 12 years as athletic director at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Dr. Nikki Fennern has decided to step down, it was announced Tuesday. Dr. Fennern said that, after much contemplation, she believes this is the right time for her — personally and professionally — to step away. Fennern — a 2016 Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA) Administrator of the Year Award recipient, as well as the 2018 Minnesota Coalition of Women in Athletic Leadership Breaking Barriers award-winner — said, “Saint Mary’s has been a great place for my family and me. We have a great staff in place and wonderful student-athletes. I look forward to cheering on the Cardinals in a different capacity.” Read More.

July 2, 2018

CSUN
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CSUN

California State University, Northridge President Dianne F. Harrison announced today the hiring of Michael Izzi, a veteran athletics leader who has more than 20 years of experience in NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics and sports administration, as the new athletic director of the Matadors’ 19-team intercollegiate program. Izzi most recently served as the Director of Athletics at UC Irvine, where he oversaw the Anteaters’ 18-sport intercollegiate athletics program. When Izzi, 58, assumes his new position at the end of July, he will be responsible for CSUN’s NCAA Division I athletic program that includes more than 350 student-athletes on eight men’s and 11 women’s teams. –Read More

UMKC
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UMKC

UMKC has made a change at the top of its athletic department. Carla Wilson, the Kangaroos’ athletic director since 2013, has been reassigned to a position in the chancellor’s office. She’ll become the senior director for student support services. Ursula Gurney, the deputy director of athletics and senior women’s administrator, will become the athletic director on an interim basis. -Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star, Read More

DOANE COLLEGE
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DOANE COLLEGE

Doane University (Neb.) is excited to announce that Matt Franzen has been selected to serve as the university’s next Director of Athletics. Franzen has served as the Head Football Coach at Doane since December 2006. He replaces Jill McCartney who is taking a similar position at Kenyon College in Ohio. Franzen’s first action as Director of Athletics is to name a replacement for the football program. He has promoted Chris Bessler to Head Coach of Doane Football. Bessler is the 33rd head coach in program history and only the fourth coach since 1984. Read More.

June 29, 2018

GLENVILLE STATE COLLEGE
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GLENVILLE STATE COLLEGE

Longtime area college track and cross country coach Jesse Skiles has been named Glenville State College’s new athletic director. His appointment takes effect Sunday. A native of Charleston and a DuPont High School athlete, Skiles ran track and cross country at Glenville State during his college career. The 1987 GSC graduate was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the college’s Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000, is very knowledgeable in the institution’s history of athletics, and has served on the Hall of Fame selection committee. – WV News. Read More.

June 26, 2018

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

In a news conference filled with hope, sorrow and redemption, Damon Evans was introduced Tuesday morning as Maryland’s athletic director. The 48-year-old Evans, who had served the past eight months in an acting role, seemed grateful for the opportunity given him by university president Wallace D. Loh. It came eight years after Evans was forced to resign from the same position at Georgia. Evans replaces Kevin Anderson, who brought Evans to Maryland in 2014 as the department’s chief financial officer. Evans took over on an interim basis when Anderson went on what was called a six-month “professional development sabbatical” last October. – Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun. Read More.

USF
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USF

Brett McMurphy reports the College Football Playoff COO Michael Kelly will be the Bulls next AD. Kelly, who previously worked at the school as an associate AD from 2001-02, will replace Mark Harlan who left the school last month to become the AD at Utah. He previously worked as a Senior Associate Commissioner at the ACC where he oversaw broadcasting, communications and football for six seasons. He was the president of the host committee for Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa Bay as well as Jacksonville (Super Bowl XXXIX) and South Florida (Super Bowl XLI). He served as the executive director of NCAA Men’s Final Four organizing committee in 1999. – Orlando Sentinel. Read More.

June 22, 2018

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

St. John’s Director of Athletics Anton Goff announced his resignation on Friday from his position at the University, effective immediately. Goff had held the post since late 2016. “Due to family reasons it is in my best interest to move on from St. John’s at this time,” said Goff. “I am thankful for the opportunities afforded to me at the University and will treasure all of the relationships I built with our student-athletes, coaches and administrators during my tenure.” Read More

OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
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OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents approved a three-year contract extension for OSU Director of Athletics Mike Holder during its regular meeting Friday in Oklahoma City. Holder’s annual salary for each of the contract’s three years will be $950,000. The new agreement is effective from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021. After 32 years as the men’s golf coach at Oklahoma State, Holder was named athletic director on Sept. 16, 2005, and immediately began to oversee one of the largest and most comprehensive facility upgrades in the history of intercollegiate athletics. Read More.

UNIVERSITY OF PIKEVILLE
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UNIVERSITY OF PIKEVILLE

University of Pikeville men’s basketball coach Kelly Wells has been named Athletic Director. UPIKE President Burton J. Webb, Ph.D., announced Wells will assume his position July 1 as the university heads into its 2018-19 season. Wells will succeed Robert Staggs, who is taking on a role in external relations in addition to coaching softball for a 15th season. Wells is entering his 13th year at UPIKE, becoming the all-time wins leader in men’s basketball at 287-102. He won the NAIA National Championship in 2011, has captured four MSC titles and coached 23 All-Americans. Read More.

June 21, 2018

FRESNO STATE
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FRESNO STATE

Fresno State president Joseph Castro announced on Twitter that Terrance Tumey will be the next Athletic Director at Fresno State. Castro said the university will hold a press conference on Monday. Tumey was previously the Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges Director of Athletics, Physical Education & Recreational Services. He also served as Director of Athletics at the University of California, Davis and the Dominican University of California. From 2004 to 2009, Tumey served as the Director of Football Administration for the San Francisco 49ers. – abc30. Read More.

ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY
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ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY

Robert Coleman, who has 28 years of administrative experience in college athletics, has been named the new athletic director at St. Mary’s University, the school announced Wednesday. Coleman, a 52-year-old New York native, will join the Rattlers on Aug. 6. He is currently the AD at Whittier College in Whittier, Calif., a post he has held since 2005. Under Coleman’s leadership the past 12 years, the Poets have had five teams finish as the top-ranked NCAA Division III program. In that span, Whittier also produced 53 All-Americans and 92 Academic All-Americans. – Tom Orsborn, Express News. Read More.

June 15, 2018

RANDOLPH COLLEGE
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RANDOLPH COLLEGE

Randolph College has announced the hiring of Anthony C. Berich as its new director of athletics. Berich brings with him 21 years of post-secondary management experience with NCAA Division I, II, and III programs and 15 years of NCAA coaching experience at the NCAA Division II and Division III level. In addition, he has worked extensively in budgeting, development, project management, NCAA compliance, and NCAA committee appointments. Read More.


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