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January 9, 2018

SEWARD COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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SEWARD COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

The interim tag was lifted in front of the title of Seward County Director of Athletics Roy Allen at the monthly Board of Trustees meeting Monday. Allen takes over as Director of Athletics after a nine month stint as the interim for the Saints. He is in his 10th year at Seward County after serving for nine years as the Saints Sports Information Director and six as the Assistant Athletic Director to Saints Hall of Famer Galen McSpadden. Read More.

January 4, 2018

UNC CHARLOTTE
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UNC CHARLOTTE

Athletic Director Judy Rose announced she will retire after the Spring semester Thursday morning. This marked her 43rd year with Charlotte, 28th year serving as the Athletic Director. There has been an uproar from the Charlotte 49er fan base after a dismal football season and sudden firing of former men’s basketball head coach Mark Price. In a statement, UNC Charlotte Chancellor Dr. Phil Dubois said it was “entirely Judy’s decision” to seek retirement. When Rose was named to the AD position she was only the third woman to hold the position in a Division I school. Under Rose, the 49ers saw seven new sports added on campus: women’s soccer, indoor and outdoor track for both men and women, football and women’s golf. – Kathleen Cook, Niner Times. Read More.

December 18, 2017

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
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GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

George Washington University Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero has notified Provost Forrest Maltzman of his resignation. Nero will step down from day-to-day responsibilities effective December 31, but will be available during the spring semester to assist with a smooth transition of responsibilities. Provost Maltzman has named Deputy Athletics Director, Senior Woman Administrator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator Tanya Vogel as acting director, and will take the opportunity to evaluate the needs of the athletic department before initiating a search for a permanent successor. –Read More

December 14, 2017

MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY
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MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY

Joseph Kimball’s career at Mercyhurst University, which spans two decades over two separate stints, soon will come to an end. The school announced Wednesday that Kimball, 65, will retire at the end of the academic year after nine years in his current role as athletics director. Kimball also served as head football coach from 1993-2002 during a career in sports that began in 1984, as head football coach at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, but dates to his days as a promising athlete in Syracuse, New York. – Goerie, Read More.

December 13, 2017

NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
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NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY

President Rita Cheng selected Mike Marlow to lead Northern Arizona University’s athletics program and will introduce him to the Lumberjack family at 10 a.m. today. Marlow is serving as deputy director of athletics for the Washington State University Cougars in Pullman, Washington. For the past seven years, he directed the athletic fund, marketing, ticket operations and communication efforts, as well as serving as the athletic department’s liaison for lucrative sports broadcasting contracts. He also is the administrator for the football, men’s basketball and baseball programs. Read More.

December 11, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
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UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

Chris Pezman was named vice president for intercollegiate athletics at the University of Houston on Monday. Pezman will be introduced at 1:30 p.m. press conference Tuesday in the TDECU Stadium Club. “Chris has achieved success operationally, he understands the student athlete experience and he is a familiar name and face to our supporters,” UH president Renu Khator said in a statement. “His enthusiasm to lead our athletics program is unmatched and I am confident the same tenacity that elevated him to team captain for the Cougars will strengthen our program on the field and in the classroom.” -Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, Read More

JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY
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JACKSON STATE UNIVERSITY

Wheeler Brown is out as Jackson State’s director of athletics. The university informed Brown of its decision to relieve him of his duties Friday afternoon, according to a source with direct knowledge of the events. Brown came to Jackson State exactly two years ago and had one year remaining on a three-year contract. -Tyler Cleveland, The Clarion-Ledger, Read More

December 10, 2017

TCU
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TCU

TCU will announce Jeremiah Donati as its next athletic director at 2 p.m. press conference Monday, according to multiple sources. Donati has been an associate vice chancellor and associate athletics director for development since 2013. He was promoted to be former athletic director Chris Del Conte’s right-hand man in charge of securing funds for facility improvements. He first arrived at TCU in 2011 as the head of the TCU Frog Club, the booster arm of the athletic department. -MAC ENGEL AND STEFAN STEVENSON, Star-Telegram, Read More

December 9, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte has been hired to assume the same position at the University of Texas where he will assume responsibility for both the men’s and women’s athletic departments, a source told the Austin American-Statesman on Saturday. Texas was expected to make the announcement this afternoon. Del Conte will replace Mike Perrin, who took over on an interim basis in September 2015 after Steve Patterson was fired by university president Gregory L. Fenves. Del Conte took over at TCU in 2009 and has raised that athletic program to heights the Horned Frogs have never reached before. The football team won a Rose Bowl over Wisconsin and lost to Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship earlier this month, and the baseball team has reached the College World Series the last three consecutive seasons. -Kirk Bohls, Hook EM, Read More

December 8, 2017

OREGON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
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OREGON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Oregon Tech Athletic Department seeks a director of athletics. The Director of Athletics is responsible for all administration, building and field operations and athletic financial management necessary to support athletic and fitness programs at Oregon Tech. email: [email protected]

MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY
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MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY

Maryville’s athletic director has resigned. The university confirmed to 5 On Your Side on Friday he resigned for ‘personal reasons.’ In a letter sent to faculty and staff, President Lombardi says “Marcus Manning, Vice President for Athletics and Recreation, has resigned from Maryville, effective immediately, for personal reasons and we respect his decision. Marcus has done an outstanding job helping the university establish itself in NCAA Division II Athletics and within the GLVC. Under his leadership, Maryville has won the NCAA President’s Award for student athlete graduation rates for five consecutive years. Our athletic teams have enjoyed good competitive success under Marcus’s leadership.” – KSDK. Read More.

December 6, 2017

SAGINAW VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
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SAGINAW VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY

Saginaw Valley State University Director of Athletics Mike Watson announced his retirement from the university today, Monday, Dec. 4, effective at the end of 2017. Watson, 62, has overseen SVSU Athletics since 2007. During that time, Cardinal student-athletes experienced success on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s soccer, volleyball and softball programs earned GLIAC conference and/or divisional championships, and qualified for NCAA tournament play, during Watson’s tenure. In addition, many SVSU student-athletes earned Academic All-American and All-American honors. Read More.

December 5, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA

Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos asked that question rhetorically to a small group of reporters at Memorial Stadium on Sunday afternoon. It carried a bit of humor, not in a demeaning way toward Davison, the owner of a new title — associate athletic director for football — and a rising figure in the Husker athletic department, but rather because the premise does seem kind of bizarre. “To get a feel for the job and Nebraska and the culture and the people,” Moos recalled. “But then it slid to the coaching situation and Scott, and (Osborne) said, ‘If you really want to know the real Scott Frost, I can tell you, but so can Matt Davison.’” – Parker Gabriel, Columbus Telegram. Read More.

December 4, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Hunter Yurachek will be the next AD at Arkansas, George Schroeder of USA Today reports. Yurachek is currently the athletic director at the University of Houston, he replaces Jeff Long who was fired last month. Yurachek’s five year contract will pay him $850,000 annually.

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – RIVER FALLS
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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – RIVER FALLS

University of Wisconsin-River Falls seeks an athletic director. The Athletic Director will lead UWRF’s Division III intercollegiate athletic program that supports 17 sports with over 400 student-athletes. Reporting to the Chancellor, the Athletic Director provides vision, coordination and oversight for the UW-River Falls’ nationally competitive NCAA Division III Intercollegiate Athletics program. Apply here.

December 1, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

The University of Tennessee has fired athletic director John Currie according to reports out of Knoxville. Currie came to Knoxville in February after serving as the athletic director at Kansas State but Currie’s future at UT recently came into doubt as the Vols coaching search has unfolded over the last week. Currie met with Tennessee officials early Friday morning after reportedly meeting with Washington State coach Mike Leach Thursday evening in Los Angeles about becoming Tennessee’s next football coach. Steve Berkowitz of USA Today is reporting that if Currie’s termination was without cause, he would be owed $5.5 million per the buyout clause in his contract.

SHORTER UNIVERSITY
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SHORTER UNIVERSITY

Shorter University is pleased to announce the hiring of Tony Lundy, a veteran educator and coach, as the university’s Director of Athletics. Mr. Lundy will begin his duties on Jan. 1, 2018. Mr. Lundy has 25 years of coaching experience in football and, for 12 of those years, also served as a coach for tennis. He was part of the inaugural coaching staff for Shorter Hawks football, a position he held from January 2005 to June 2010. He left Shorter to return to teaching and coaching at his alma mater Cedartown High School when his daughter began school there. Since 2010, he has served as a teacher and coach at Cedartown High. Read More.

November 30, 2017

SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY
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SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY

Debbie Corum has been named Southern Utah’s new Director of Athletics the school announced Thursday afternoon. Corum had been serving as the Thunderbirds interim athletic director following Jason Butikofer’s departure for Purdue. Corum came to Southern Utah in 2016 from UConn to serve as the schools Senior Associate AD/SWA. Previous stops in addition to UConn for Corum include the SEC, LSU, and Stanford.

November 29, 2017

WILMINGTON COLLEGE
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WILMINGTON COLLEGE

Wilmington College Vice President for Athletic Administration and Director of Athletics Terry Rupert announced the hiring of Mitch Blankespoor as the College’s director of athletic communications on Wednesday. Blankespoor comes to Wilmington from Earlham College where he served as the director of sports marketing and communications for the last two-and-a-half years. At Earlham, he oversaw the promotion of the College’s 20 varsity athletics programs while also developing a branding guide for the marketing of Quaker athletics. Read More.

November 22, 2017

UTEP
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UTEP

UTEP has hired Jim Senter to be the school’s next athletic director. President Diana Natalicio announced the hiring in a statement Wednesday. Senter comes to UTEP from The Citadel, where he had served as AD since 2014. Senter replaces Bob Stull who announced plans to retire earlier this year.

 

November 20, 2017

LAMAR UNIVERSITY
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LAMAR UNIVERSITY

Lamar University Athletic Director Jason Henderson has resigned from his position. Henderson was in his 11th year overall with Lamar athletics. He first joined the staff as a compliance coordinator in 2006. He spent a year as interim athletic director in 2011 before officially being named to the position in June of 2012. Read More

November 19, 2017

DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY
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DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY

Delaware State University on Sunday announced it has promoted a senior associate athletics director to interim athletics director and won’t extend the contact of its head football coach. Mary Hill, senior associate athletics director for internal operations and senior woman administrator, is in her fifth year at DSU and already is supervising seven major sports, according to a university news release. She’ll now serve as interim director of athletics. The university decided not to continue its relationship with former athletics director Louis “Skip” Perkins, who came to DSU in 2015 as the interim athletics director. He’d served in similar roles at Howard University and the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff. Head football coach Kenneth Carter’s contact ends Jan. 31, and the university won’t extend his contact. The process to recruit a new coach begins in December. -Adam Duvernay, The News Journal, Read More

November 17, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL
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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL

UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham has a new annual salary of $740,440, reflecting a 4.9 percent pay bump, according to a contract that was publicly released this week. The contract was approved by the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees on Nov. 1. In addition to the salary, Cunningham will receive $200,000 a year in deferred compensation payments for the next five years, a provision that was approved in early November by the UNC system’s Board of Governors. It was the first time an employee other than UNC chancellors or the president received that type of compensation, which is a tax-advantaged retirement contribution. – Jane Stancill, Newsobserver. Read More.

November 16, 2017

UTSA
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UTSA

UTSA has found its next athletic director, Dan Wolken of USA Today reports. Northern Arizona AD Lisa Campos will be introduced Friday. Campos replaces Lynn Hickey who stepped down in early September.

November 15, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS

Tyler Thompson of KARK/Fox 16 is reporting that Jeff Long is out as the athletic director at Arkansas. We will update this story as more details become available.

November 14, 2017

SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY
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SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY

Senior associate director of athletics Dr. Bridget Lyons has accepted the position of athletic director at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. Lyons’ official start date at Shenandoah is January 15. She is the first woman to lead the Hornet athletics department in this capacity and the sixth person to hold the full-time athletics director position at Shenandoah. Read More.

November 13, 2017

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK
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UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT LITTLE ROCK

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has renewed the contract of Trojans Athletic Director Chasse Conque in an agreement that keeps Conque with the Trojans through 2022. Conque has served as UA Little Rock’s director of athletics since Jan. 6, 2015, and has helped lead a resurgence of Trojan Athletics. During Conque’s tenure, Little Rock has won a combined 11 team and individual Sun Belt Conference championships as both men’s and women’s basketball have advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament during that span. In both 2015-16 and 2016-17, each Trojan athletic program qualified for their respective Sun Belt Conference post-season tournament, the first time that has happened since UA Little Rock joined the league in 1992. Read More.

November 10, 2017

SUNY FREDONIA
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SUNY FREDONIA

Gerald R. Fisk will become the new Director of Athletics at the State University of New York at Fredonia, effective Dec. 13. His appointment, the result of a national search which began over the summer, was announced today by Fredonia Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services Cedric Howard. Mr. Fisk will leave Elmira College, where he has been serving as assistant director of athletics and event and facility operations, to accept the new post. While at UNC, he was a teaching assistant and athletic department intern, a member of the intramural sports advisory council, and director of development and member relations for the College Sport Research Institute. Read More.

November 8, 2017

MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
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MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY

MSU President Suzanne Shipley announces permanent of appoint of Kyle Williams as MSU Mustangs Director of Athletics. He was the Interim Director of Athletics. Prior to joining MSU, Williams was a prominent member of the Wichita Falls broadcast television market first with FOX-18 before serving as general manager at KAUZ TV-6. He also worked in commercial lending with First National Bank of Wichita Falls between TV stints. Williams becomes the program’s 10th athletic director since Midwestern State became a four-year university in 1947-48.

November 6, 2017

MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE
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MANHATTANVILLE COLLEGE

Manhattanville College has appointed Ed Manetta as the seventh Director of Athletics in school history, Manhattanville President Dr. Michael E. Geisler, Ph.D, announced this week. Effective November 13, 2017, Manetta will be responsible for maintaining the rich tradition of Valiant athletics at Manhattanville College. This includes ensuring competitive men’s and women’s sports teams, while maintaining high academic standards for Valiant student-athletes. Manetta’s duties also include ensuring compliance with NCAA standards, coaches and staff, and overseeing fundraising and partnership opportunities for the college’s Department of Athletics. Read More.

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