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OSU Names Scott Barnes Director of Athletics

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Release: 12/22/2016

Courtesy of: Oregon State University

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Scott Barnes, athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh, today was named as vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics at Oregon State University. He will begin his new duties on Feb. 13, 2017.

Barnes has served as Pitt’s athletics director since the spring of 2015. He follows Todd Stansbury, who left Oregon State in late September, to serve as the athletics director of his alma mater, Georgia Tech.

Barnes is recognized as a national leader in intercollegiate athletics, including serving as the chair of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Selection Committee for 2014-15.

He will be welcomed to OSU on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, at a news conference.

Barnes’ appointment was made by OSU President Ed Ray following a national search that Ray said drew “incredibly strong interest from a deep pool of leading university athletic directors and top private sector sports administrators.”

“I chose Scott Barnes because he is the perfect fit for Oregon State University,” Ray said. “He will guide OSU Athletics to compete and win championships the right way – the Oregon State way.

“Scott is a proven leader and a champion with a long track record of success. He will lead the immediate and long-term achievement for all OSU sports programs and contribute greatly to the passion of everyone within Beaver Nation. He understands that at Oregon State University, good is not good enough. OSU and its student-athletes will be champions in all aspects of athletics, as students and in the community.”

“I look forward to working with Scott as we build the next generation of remarkable success within Oregon State Athletics,” Ray said.

“I am very excited to join Beaver Nation and am ready to hit the ground running and build upon the success of OSU Athletics,” Barnes said. “I guarantee that we will contribute to advancing the mission of this university. We will deliver the highest level of achievement on the playing field and for all student-athletes in the classroom, in the community and in their lives and careers.

“Everything that we will do will be defined by excellence. Success will be measured in wins, championships and by providing the best student-athlete experience possible.”

Prior to joining Pitt, Barnes spent seven years as athletic director at Utah State. Prior to his tenure at Utah State, Barnes spent nearly three years at UW as senior associate athletic director for advancement. In that capacity, he was responsible for all external operations for the Huskies’ athletic department, including fund-raising, ticket sales, multimedia rights, marketing and communications. Barnes served as athletic director at Eastern Washington University from 1999 to 2005.

Barnes was recognized by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics in 2014 as an NACDA athletic director of the year recipient while at Utah State. At Eastern Washington, he was awarded a regional recognition by NACDA.

Since Stansbury’s departure, Marianne Vydra, senior associate athletic director/senior woman administrator, has served as interim vice president and director of OSU intercollegiate athletics.

Oregon State has 18 NCAA sports, more than 535 student-athletes and an athletics department budget of $84 million. Pitt has 19 NCAA sports, more than 475 student athletes, and a $75 million budget.

While at Pitt, Barnes initiated an organizational restructuring and strategic plan to re-energize Pittsburgh athletics.

Barnes led many Pitt athletics achievements, including these highlights:

The 2016 Pitt football team completed a second consecutive 8-4 regular-season record, are ranked in the nation’s top 25 and will play in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl this month.
The Pitt gymnastics team won its first-ever East Atlantic Gymnastics League championship in 2015.
The Pitt men’s basketball team advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2015 for the 13th time in the past 15 seasons, becoming one of only eight programs nationally to accomplish that feat.
In the classroom, 379 Pitt student-athletes were honored for achieving a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the 2015 spring or fall terms, while 24 earned a perfect 4.0. The Panthers had a record 245 students earn all-league ACC academic honors.

During Barnes’ tenure at Utah State, the Aggies won 20 conference team championships and the football program averaged 10 wins a year, compiled a 30-11 mark, and won a school-record three consecutive bowl games.

A native of Spokane, Wash., Barnes graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor’s degree in 1986 and a master’s degree in athletics administration and physical education in 1993. He also played basketball at Fresno State. Barnes played professional basketball in Germany in 1985-86, and was the general manager of the Fresno Flames of the World Basketball League from 1988-89.

Barnes will be joined in Corvallis by his wife, Jody, who also graduated from Fresno State and competed in track as a student-athlete. The Barnes have a daughter, Milanna, 20, a college sophomore; and a son, Issac, 19, a high school senior.

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Valerie Cleary Named PSU Athletic Director

Jobs 06/12/2016


Courtesy of: Mike Lund/Portland State University Athletics

Release: 12/5/16

Portland State University President Wim Wiewel has named Valerie Cleary the new Director of Athletics for the Vikings program. Cleary returns to Portland State after spending the past two years as AD at Willamette University in Salem.

Cleary replaces Mark Rountree, who is moving on to a role as Deputy Athletics Director of Georgia Tech.

“As our former associate athletics director who served as interim director before Mark was hired, Valerie Cleary has a keen understanding that academics and community engagement are a central part of the values of Portland State University athletics,” said President Wiewel. “She also has deep experience and knowledge not only of athletics and athletes but of Oregon and the Northwest. We are thrilled that Valerie is returning to our campus as PSU’s new athletics director.”

Previously, Cleary was the senior associate athletics director and senior woman administrator at Portland State. She served in that capacity from September 2013 until she was named PSU’s interim athletics director in the fall of 2014 as PSU was completing an AD search that led to Rountree’s hiring. Cleary was named AD at Willamette in the spring of 2015.

“I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to return to Portland State,” Cleary said. “I feel fortunate to return to a campus and department where I learned so much and developed lifelong friendships. Most importantly, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to build upon the work of Mark Rountree and the fantastic staff in supporting exceptional Viking student-athletes.”

Cleary takes over leadership of a Viking program that has won 28 conference team championships and made 18 NCAA post-season appearances since 2003. She will step into the development process of the Viking Pavilion, the academic and athletic center that will soon house the department upon its completion in approximately 14 months.

Cleary already has a working knowledge of the Viking program and most of its staff from her previous stint on the Park Blocks. During her tenure as interim AD in late 2014, she gave Bruce Barnum his initial one-year contract to be Head Football Coach and established other personnel changes.

Cleary has a significant range of experience. In addition to her time at Portland State and Willamette, she did admissions work at Pacific University, and director of student-athlete enhancement programs at Boise State University.

Cleary earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2000 from California State University, Chico, with a major in social science and an emphasis in sociology, multicultural and gender studies. In 2003, she received a Master of Science degree from California State University, Long Beach in counseling with a focus on student development in higher education.

While working at Boise State from 2002 through 2008, Cleary held several positions.

She was an educational specialist helping with BSU’s Educational Talent Search for one year, then worked for three years as the coordinator of the TRIO Dissemination Partnership. She became the academic advisor and BroncoLIFE coordinator for the Athletics Department in 2006. Cleary was named the director of student-athlete enhancement programs in 2008.

At Pacific, she was the assistant director of undergraduate admissions from September of 2010 through October of 2012. She was promoted to associate director of undergraduate admissions in October of 2012.

Cleary is scheduled to begin at Portland State on January 1. Rountree will be leaving PSU on Dec. 16. Deputy AD Matt Billings will serve as interim athletics director during the two-week span.


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Nicholls Names New Athletic Director

Jobs 18/10/2016


Courtesy of: Nicholls Athletics

Release: 10/13/2016

Thibodaux, La. — Nicholls State University introduced K. Matthew Roan as its next athletic director at a press conference Thursday morning.

Roan, who currently serves as deputy director of athletics and special counsel to the president at Eastern Kentucky University, will officially start Nov. 15.

“Today, for Nicholls athletics, it’s a new beginning as we introduce our new athletics director, Matt Roan. These are always tough decisions, but one finalist distinguished himself above all the others,” said Nicholls President Dr. Bruce Murphy. “Matt has significant experience in strategic planning and budgeting, outstanding communication skills and diverse experience in Division I athletics. He is well-versed in compliance and can relate to student-athletes as a former Division I student-athlete himself.”

Roan described his vision for Nicholls athletics to become a premier athletic department nationally at its level and a point of pride for the community and region.
“We’re certainly going to be ambitious, and we’re going to dream big,” Roan said. “Our focus will always be on the student-athlete, and every decision will consider how we can best provide a model experience for them during their time here. We will strive to be excellent academically and athletically, and we will prepare our young people for success beyond competition.”

A former team captain on the Southern Utah University football team, Roan assisted with football operations at the University of Kentucky while working on his law degree, which he obtained from UK’s College of Law in 2012. He was then named deputy director of athletics at Southern Utah University before joining Eastern Kentucky in 2013.

“I am very excited about Matt’s opportunity in becoming the athletic director at Nicholls State University,” said Stephen M. Lochmueller, Eastern Kentucky athletics director. “What a special place for him, Mallory and family to start their next chapter in intercollegiate athletics. Matt is such a valuable member of our team here at EKU Athletics, and we will miss him. Good luck to the Roan family, and I know our paths will cross again.”

Matt and his wife, Mallory, have two daughters, Gattlyn and Radley; a son, Catcher; and are expecting a fourth child in January.

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The Orange welcome John Wildhack to Syracuse

Jobs 07/07/2016

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Courtesy of: Syracuse Athletics

Release 7/6/16

Syracuse, N.Y. – Citing his unique qualifications and his vast knowledge of and passion for Syracuse University Athletics, Chancellor Kent Syverud today announced he has selected John Wildhack ’80 to be the University’s next director of athletics. Wildhack, a veteran leader at ESPN, currently serves as the network’s executive vice president for programming and production, a role he’s held since January 2014. Wildhack reports directly to ESPN President John Skipper and is responsible for 50,000 hours of content annually. He’ll start his appointment in mid-August.

Wildhack, a native of Upstate New York and a 1980 alumnus of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, was selected following a national search. He was recommended to the Chancellor by the Director of Athletics Search Committee.

“John is an entrepreneurial, outside-the-box leader who brings an unparalleled set of skills and experiences to the director of athletics position,” Chancellor Syverud said. “As a leader at ESPN, he has demonstrated a keen ability to identify and implement strategies aimed at elevating the entire organization. That record of success, combined with his extensive history of building and inspiring teams, will allow him to immediately and positively impact the lives of our student-athletes. This is a new day in the life of the Department of Athletics. I look forward to watching John, in collaboration with our talented coaches and staff, bring his bold vision for the department to life.”

“To say this is a dream job would be a significant understatement,” Wildhack said. “Syracuse University played a profound role in my life’s trajectory and I’m confident I wouldn’t be where I am without the education and opportunities this institution afforded me. To help my alma mater, in particular Syracuse student-athletes, continue to excel and grow, especially in light of the enormous investments being made, and that have been made in its facilities, is a tremendous responsibility and one I don’t take lightly. I am honored to have been selected and I look forward to collaborating with the amazing coaches and staff as we work to develop the whole student-athlete — inside and outside the classroom.”

During his distinguished career at ESPN, Wildhack held a number of critical leadership roles and has been responsible for a number of firsts at the network. Those firsts include producing ESPN’s first live regular-season college football game in September 1984 and its first live NFL game in August 1987.

“John doesn’t shy away from taking risks, and he’s always pushing his teams to be the first and the best,” Orange head football coach Dino Babers said. “I expect John to be a catalyst for much growth and success in the future. I’m eager to welcome someone of his caliber to the Syracuse Athletics team and I am certain we will accomplish great things — both on and off the field.”

“I am confident that John’s business acumen positions him to be an excellent athletics director,” says Bob Bowlsby, Big 12 Conference commissioner, “and know that he will be as successful in the AD chair as he has been in his executive role at ESPN. I wish him the very best of luck as he starts this new chapter in his career; and congratulate Syracuse University on the hire, and its student-athletes, coaches and staff, who will no doubt benefit greatly from John’s leadership.”

In his role as executive vice president for programming and production, Wildhack oversees all ESPN’s production efforts, as well as programming acquisitions, rights holder relationship management and scheduling. He managed all league and conference relationships and negotiated all live sports television rights; renegotiated a nine-year deal with the National Basketball Association (NBA), extending the existing contract through 2023; renegotiated a new 20-year agreement with the Southeastern Conference that will extend the existing media rights deal through 2034; helped secure long-term multiplatform agreements with the NBA, Major League Baseball, the College Football Playoff, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12, U.S. Open Tennis, the Rose and Sugar Bowls, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the American Athletic Conference and the Mountain West Conference; and won more than 30 Emmy Awards.

“John is a special kind of leader and Syracuse University is fortunate to have someone of his stature taking the helm of Syracuse Athletics,” said NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico ’88, Trustee and a longtime ESPN colleague. “I applaud Chancellor Syverud and the search committee for approaching this search with an open mind and for selecting someone who is so widely known for his exceptional record of success. As someone who has spent a lot of time around Power Five athletics directors, I couldn’t have picked a better director of athletics myself. I look forward to seeing the department, coaches, staff and our student-athletes thrive under John’s leadership.”

Previously, Wildhack served as executive vice president for production from 2012 to 2014, during which time he was responsible for all ESPN and ABC game, event and studio production work for domestic and international television and radio networks. Prior to that, he was ESPN’s executive vice president for programming and acquisitions from 2007 until 2012. During that time, he oversaw all rights negotiations and managed relationships with rights holders for all ESPN entities. These include ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPNU, ESPN International, ESPN Radio,, ESPN3, ESPN Mobile Properties, print and more. In 2009, he began leading strategic program planning for all the ESPN television networks, ESPN on ABC and ESPN’s digital platforms.

“John really stood out in the competitive pool of candidates we interviewed,” said Kimberly Keenan-Kirkpatrick, deputy athletics director and senior women’s administrator. “His experience negotiating high-profile contracts with some of the world’s largest athletics organizations, as well as his extensive background leading large, diverse groups of people are just two of the reasons he’s the right person for this job. He may not come from a traditional intercollegiate athletics environment, but there’s no doubt his professional experience and leadership prowess will allow him to be among the best leaders our department has ever had.”

Wildhack, who was born and raised in Buffalo, first joined ESPN as a production assistant in 1980. He served in a number of production positions prior to taking on a leadership role, including production assistant, associate producer, senior associate producer, producer, coordinating producer and director of event productions. Wildhack, an active Syracuse alumnus, sits on the advisory board for the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics and was an honoree at the “Newhouse at 40” Gala.

Rick Burton, the David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Sport Management in Falk College and the University’s faculty athletic representative to the ACC and NCAA, said Wildhack appreciates what it takes to be a successful student at Syracuse University.

“He recognizes that we must foster an environment where our student-athletes’ success isn’t just measured on the playing fields, but in the classroom as well,” Burton said. “His commitment to their academics, to their stewardship of the University and to their activities in the community will allow him to build a championship program steeped in hard work, humility and respect.”

Wildhack will be formally introduced to the Syracuse University and Central New York communities at an event on campus next Tuesday, July 12. His arrival on campus will mark the conclusion of Dan French’s tenure as acting director of athletics. French, senior vice president and the University’s general counsel, assumed the acting duties on May 19 and will continue in this role until Wildhack assumes the role in mid-August.

“Dan is an integral member of the University leadership and I am grateful to him for stepping up during a time of transition and leading Syracuse Athletics in the interim,” Chancellor Syverud said. “I am confident Dan and Senior Deputy Athletics Director Herman Frazier will help make John’s arrival on campus a smooth and successful one.”

Chancellor Syverud also acknowledged and thanked his fellow search committee members for their swift and thorough work on behalf of the University. The search committee included:

Kent Syverud, Chancellor (Chair)
Dino Babers, Head Football Coach
Rick Burton, Falk Professor of Sport Management and Faculty Athletics Representative
Kimberly Keenan-Kirkpatrick, Deputy Athletics Director/Senior Women’s Administrator
Robert Miron, Trustee and Chair of the Board of Trustees’ Athletics Committee
Brittney Sykes, Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete

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Christina Roybal joins UNI Athletic Department

Jobs 06/07/2016

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Courtesy of: UNI Athletics

Release: 6/30/16

University of Northern Iowa Director of Athletics David Harris has announced the hiring of Christina Roybal as Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Administration/Senior Woman Administrator. Roybal will begin her employment at UNI beginning July 18.

“We are very excited to have Christina join our department as the Senior Associate AD for Sports Administration/SWA,” Harris said. “She brings a fantastic combination of experience, dedication and passion to this position. Everyone that I spoke to about Christina said that she is a talented administrator who works well with coaches and is dedicated to providing a first-class experience to all student-athletes. It was very clear from the beginning of our process that Christina wanted to be at UNI, and was excited by the challenge of this opportunity. We believe Christina and her family will be an excellent fit here in the Cedar Valley, and I look forward to working with her as part of our senior staff.”

Roybal (pronounced – ROY-bull) will have direct sport supervision of 14 sports for the Panthers – women’s basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, men’s/women’s cross country, men’s/women’s indoor track and field, men’s/women’s outdoor track and field, men’s/women’s golf, women’s tennis and women’s swimming and diving. She will also take on the role of Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

“I am honored to be named the Senior Associate A.D. for Sports Administration/SWA and would like to thank David Harris for the opportunity to join the UNI team,” Roybal said. “In talking with coaches, staff and student-athletes, it was evident to me the passion and loyalty they have for UNI. I am thrilled to become a part of the Panthers team and my family and I look forward to being a part of the Cedar Valley community.”

Roybal comes to UNI after having served a variety of administrative roles in the Fresno State University athletics department from 2006-2016. Roybal was a member of the Bulldog senior administration team, where she managed administrative operations functions for the athletic department. In 2015, Roybal fulfilled the role of Interim Senior Woman Administrator for the Bulldogs.

She had direct sport supervision at Fresno State of women’s lacrosse, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and implementation of women’s water polo. Roybal assisted in the development and monitoring of sport budgets, along with review and approval of expenditures.

She worked extensively with the Title IX Coordinator, where she helped to create and maintain plans for equity compliance. She served on the Gender and Minority Equity Subcommittee of the Athletic Advisory Council reviewing Title IX items as they pertain to athletics. She also worked with the Victim Advocate and Title IX Campus Multidisciplinary Team on compliance with California State University executive orders and educational programming.

She was active on the Fresno State campus in various campus groups. She was a member of the Marketing Advisory Council for the Craig School of Business Marketing and Logistics Department, Staff Training and Recognition Day Steering Committee, President’s Commission on Human Relations and Equity, and Co-Chair of National Girls and Women in Sports Day Committee.

In her Interim SWA role, Roybal served on the Mountain West Conference Joint Council, Joint Council Executive Committee, and was the Joint Council Liaison to Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coaches.

Roybal began her professional career at Fresno State working as the Group Sales Coordinator in the ticket office from 2006-2010. She was promoted to Tickets/External Relations Coordinator in 2010, where she managed all activities involved in the sales of group tickets and tailgates. She worked closely with the marketing department in developing ticket marketing plans and executing ticket promotions. From 2012-2013, Roybal worked in the Athletics Business Office prior to being promoted to Director for Administrative Operations in 2013 and Assistant Athletics Director for Administrative Operations in 2015.

She earned her bachelor of arts in health, physical education and recreation in 2003 from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif. Roybal added a pair of master’s degrees from Fresno State in kinesiology (2006) and business administration (2013).

She is an active member of NACWAA (National Association of Collegiate Woman Athletics Administrators) and NACDA (National Association of College Directors of Athletics).

Roybal and her husband, Edward, have a son, Bailey (13), and a daughter, Nicolette (8).

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The Hawkeyes welcome Charlie Taylor to Iowa

Jobs 30/06/2016

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Courtesy of: Iowa Athletics

Release: 6/28/16

Iowa City, Iowa – – Charlie Taylor, assistant athletics director for ticket sales and operations at the University of Oklahoma, has been named associate athletics director for strategic communications and marketing at the University of Iowa.

In his new role, Taylor will oversee the External Relations unit within the UI athletics department, including marketing, communications, HawkVision, new media, graphics, and photography. In addition, Taylor will serve as contact with Learfield’s Hawkeye Sports Properties, the official multimedia rights holder for the University of Iowa athletics department.

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Bento-Jackson Joins Humboldt State Women’s Basketball Coaching Staff

Jobs 27/06/2016

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Courtesy of: Humboldt State Athletics

Release: 6/24/16

Arcata, Calif. – Humboldt State University has hired Michelle Bento-Jackson as head women’s basketball coach, athletic director Dan Collen announced Friday. Bento-Jackson becomes the 11th Lumberjack women’s basketball coach in program history.

“I am proud to announce the hiring of Michelle Bento-Jackson,” said Collen. “She will be a great addition to our staff. She is an experienced coach who has won at all levels and has a great understanding of the game of basketball. She is going to bring an exciting brand of basketball to Humboldt State, and she will follow in the footsteps of the other outstanding coaches we have hired.”

Bento-Jackson comes to the North Coast after a four-year run at Texas A&M International, during which she captured the program’s first Heartland Conference championship. Prior to Texas A&M International, she served as the director of the MBJ Basketball and Player Development program.

“I am extremely excited and honored to be the head women’s basketball coach at Humboldt State University,” said Bento-Jackson. “I want to thank Dr. Rossbacher, Dan Collen, the administration and the committee for believing in me and for giving me the opportunity to lead their women’s basketball program. I learned quickly that HSU is a unique place, and my family and I are looking forward to being a part of the university and a special community. Coach Gleason did an outstanding job, and the foundation has been laid. I am looking forward to building on the past successes and working extremely hard to continue to elevate the program. There is tremendous potential at Humboldt State, and I can’t wait to get to work.”

She has more than 20 years of basketball coaching experience, including six seasons as head coach at Division I Santa Clara. While at Santa Clara, Bento-Jackson led the program to three postseason berths and a 98-85 overall record. She guided the Broncos to West Coast Conference Tournament and Regular Season Championships in 2004-05 and 2005-06, respectively, and was named the WCC Coach of the Year following the 2005-06 campaign.

Bento-Jackson joined the Broncos after a four-year stint as an assistant coach at Syracuse from 1998-2002 where she served as recruiting coordinator, worked with perimeter players and coordinated opponent scouting. During her time with the Orange, Bento-Jackson coached two perimeter players who were invited to the WNBA pre-draft camp and one player who was invited to the USA Junior World Championship trials.

She graduated from Fresno State in 1992 with a degree in physical education and spent two seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater (1996-97 and 1997-98). While with the Bulldogs, she coached perimeter players, served as scouting coordinator, directed the strength and conditioning program and supervised academic progress.

As a player, Bento-Jackson helped Fresno State basketball to an NIT appearance in 1990 and earned team captain and MVP honors in 1991. She also played on the Bulldogs softball team and was named to the College World Series All-Tournament squad in 1992.

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C-USA Hires Senior Associate Commissioner, Merton Hanks

Jobs 24/06/2016

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Courtesy of: Conference USA

Release: 6/23/16

Irving, Texas – Conference USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod announced today that Merton Hanks has been named Senior Associate Commissioner for the league. He will be responsible for managing all of the league’s operations for Football and Baseball.

Hanks comes to C-USA following 13 seasons with the National Football League office, where he served as Vice President, Football Operations & Compliance since 2011. In that role, he served as the NFL Compliance Appeals officer, instituted safety and equipment upgrades, and coordinated departmental business strategy. Hanks served as the Co-Chair of the NFL College Relations and Campus Visitation Committee and served as the lead liaison to AFCA, NFLPA, NCAA and NFL club administration. Prior to his promotion to Vice President in 2011, Hanks served in the NFL’s Football Operations and Consumer Products areas for eight years.

“We are very excited to welcome Merton to our senior management team,” said MacLeod. “The qualities,
experiences, skill set and overall perspective he brings will enable him to make an immediate impact and providemeaningful service to our membership.”

With Conference USA, Hanks will be responsible for the conference’s football and baseball operations, including officiating, scheduling, game operations, player conduct and safety and more. He will also oversee the league’s public affairs activities, including media, public and community relations.

“I am thrilled to be joining Conference USA,” said Hanks. “The dynamic vision of Commissioner MacLeod, the passionate conference staff and clear commitment to serving the student athlete make for a great fit.”

Hanks played nine seasons in the National Football League, including eight with the San Francisco 49ers. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro member. Hanks was a starting safety on the 49ers team that won Super Bowl XXIX over San Diego in January, 1995.

Since his retirement as a player, Hanks has served in a number of radio and television roles, while also conducting speaking engagements around the country. A Dallas native, Hanks graduated from Lake Highlands High School. He played college football at Iowa, earning a B.A. in Liberal Arts in 1990. Hanks also completed the Sport Administration master’s program at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business Executive Education in 2005 and 2012.

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Rutgers Promote Sarah Baumgartner to Deputy AD

Jobs 15/06/2016

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Courtesy of: Rutgers Athletics

Release: 6/14/16

Piscataway, N.J. – Rutgers University Director of Athletics Patrick Hobbs today announced that Sarah Baumgartner, who most recently served as Senior Associate Athletic Director/Chief Development Officer, has been elevated to Deputy Director of Athletics. In her enhanced position, Baumgartner will have oversight of the marketing, ticketing and communications departments, with a continued role in development and sport administration.

“This is a critically important time for Rutgers Athletics,” said Hobbs. “We need to build on the excitement around our program, to continue the positive momentum, and to execute on a plan to reach new heights. Sarah has already demonstrated tremendous leadership and I have the utmost trust and confidence in her. She is a skilled leader and we will all benefit from her efforts in the years ahead.”

“I am truly honored and excited for this tremendous opportunity,” said Baumgartner. “It allows me to serve more areas across the entire department. From my first day at Rutgers, the goal has been to make a positive impact every day. This new position enables me to make a much broader impact. To earn Pat’s respect, trust and confidence to lead our external teams is humbling. I have the utmost respect for Pat – he is a fantastic leader and even better person. He has a clear vision and culture that he wants to implement. I will work with urgency, passion and a relentless effort to execute on his vision with the goal to build a championship culture, both internally and externally.

“As an external team, our goal is to increase resources for our student-athletes, coaches, and staff. To achieve that goal, we will focus on four areas – collaborate and align communication from our external team, focus on enhancing the game day experience for all of our athletic events, develop and implement a customer service model that rivals and surpasses our peers, and work diligently to strengthen our brand.”

Baumgartner has been instrumental in building relationships with an ever-growing donor base while developing and executing fundraising strategy resulting in record-breaking gifts. “R B1G Build,” a comprehensive campaign to raise $100 million for new or upgraded facilities, surpassed the $50 million milestone in just 15 weeks and is presently at $55.5 million thanks to more than 1,200 donors. The contributions included the three largest gifts in Rutgers Athletics history, which combined to exceed $11 million. For the 2015 fiscal year, Athletics raised $14.7 million in gifts and pledges, the second-highest total in Department history.

Since arriving “On the Banks” in December 2013, Baumgartner and her 10-person fundraising team have developed and implemented the comprehensive annual giving program, R FUND. The program has reached record levels of support, including generating all-time highs in annual operating gifts and total donors. R FUND surpassed 9,000 members in 2015, which included an increase of 2,200 new donors, the most in Rutgers’ history.

A native of Wheaton, Ill., Baumgartner will continue to serve as the sport administrator for women’s basketball, women’s golf and softball.

Prior to Rutgers, Baumgartner spent seven years with Missouri Athletics as the Associate Athletic Director for Development and men’s basketball sport administrator. The Tigers enjoyed unparalleled success during her tenure, both athletically and in donor growth.

At Missouri, Baumgartner oversaw a 15-member staff that raised $84 million towards Mizzou’s “Going for Gold” campaign. The athletics annual fund, Tiger Scholarship Fund, increased donor membership by 60 percent and annual fund gift growth by 40 percent. She successfully developed and executed the fundraising plan to capitalize on Missouri’s transition from the Big 12 Conference to the SEC, which saw record highs for donor membership and dollars raised at Mizzou.

Baumgartner is an Executive Committee member of NAADD, an organization which enhances the athletics development and fund raising profession by providing educational, ethical and networking support. She also serves as a member of the Sports Management Committee for the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA Division I Women’s Softball Committee.

A four-year softball letterwinner at the University of Illinois, Baumgartner was an All-Big Ten Tournament and a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree. In 2004, she received a bachelor’s in business administration, before earning her master’s degree in sports administration from Illinois in 2005.

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UConn Welcomes Beth Goetz as Chief Operating Officer & Senior Woman Administrator

Jobs 10/06/2016

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Courtesy of: UConn Athletics

Release: 6/9/16

Storrs, Conn. — Beth Goetz, who has enjoyed great success in intercollegiate sports as an administrator, head coach and student-athlete, has been named Chief Operating Officer and Senior Woman Administrator at the University of Connecticut.

Goetz will oversee all internal departments in the UConn Division of Athletics, serve as a key member on the Division’s leadership team and will serve as sport administrator for football.

Goetz comes to UConn after a three-year tenure at Minnesota, which saw her serve as the school’s Interim Director of Athletics this past academic year. Prior to that, she served Minnesota as the Deputy Athletics Director and SWA.

“I am honored to join the University of Connecticut team and I am extremely grateful to Director of Athletics David Benedict and President Susan Herbst for the opportunity to serve an institution nationally recognized for academic and athletic achievement,” said Goetz. “I look forward to working under David’s leadership and with an outstanding group of coaches and staff as they continue to pursue excellence each and every day on behalf of UConn student-athletes and their future success.”

“The opportunity to add Beth to our team at UConn is like winning the administrative national championship or signing the number one prospect in the recruiting class,” said Benedict. “Beth is a consummate professional and brings a diverse skill set to Storrs and I know she will have a profound impact on our student-athletes, coaches and staff. Personally, I couldn’t be happier in her decision to join the UConn family and she will have an immediate impact.”

Said UConn head football coach Bob Diaco: “The University of Connecticut is putting together an incredible athletics leadership team. Beth has an extensive resume as an administrator, but what sets her apart is her playing and coaching experience. I am very excited about the trajectory of our Division of Athletics — and specifically UConn football with Beth as our Sport Administrator. Beth is a rising star in collegiate athletics administration and, as I got the chance to see during her interview, an even better person. I look forward to our future as teammates and friends.”

Said UConn head women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma: “The hiring of Beth is great news for UConn and presents a great opportunity for college women’s basketball. Our sport is at a crossroads in many ways and UConn needs to be a leader in the continued development and promotion of the game. Beth’s national experience combined with the reputation of our program will give her the opportunity to make a positive impact on the future of the game.”

At Minnesota, Goetz oversaw student-athlete development, athletic medicine and strength and conditioning and was the department liaison to academic services and compliance. She was also the sport administrator for women’s basketball, baseball, rowing and volleyball. Goetz also served on the Big Ten’s Administrators Council and was a member of the conference’s Sports Management Committee.

“Beth is a great person and is somebody that understands the importance of football,” said former Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill, who was at the school from 2011-15. “Beth will do a great job at UConn and they are lucky to have her. Beth knows what a coach needs to have a successful program and is an effective administrator.”

Goetz was an Associate Athletic Director and the Senior Woman Administrator at Butler from 2008-13. She was responsible for all aspects of compliance and eligibility at Butler and worked closely with the Butler men’s and women’s basketball program.

During her time at Butler, she worked with current Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who was the Bulldog head coach and led the team to NCAA championship game appearances in 2010 and ’11.

“Beth is a great hire for the UConn Athletic Department,” said Stevens. “As I’ve said before, she’s one of the best leaders that I’ve been around. She empowers those that work with her and leads with her integrity, intelligence and selflessness. I feel fortunate to have had a chance to work with her at Butler and look forward to following her continued, positive impact on college athletics at UConn.”

While at Butler, Goetz served as the sport administrator for a number of teams, including softball, volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer and track and field.

Goetz spent 12 years at Missouri-St. Louis prior to her time at Butler. She was an assistant athletic director and senior woman administrator for her final eight years and was the women’s soccer head coach for 11 years.

As an administrator, Goetz assisted with all aspects of compliance at UMSL, oversaw the student service department and served as the sport administrator for baseball, softball and men’s and women’s golf. Goetz was an active participant on several conference and national committees and chaired the NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Committee.

Goetz, who also spent one season as an assistant with the women’s soccer program, was an accomplished head coach. She was only the second coach in program history and led UMSL to eight winning seasons, a 120-90-10 overall record. Goetz was the Great Lakes Valley Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year in 2000.

Goetz, who was inducted into the UMSL Sports Hall of Fame in 2014, led the school to 10-straight Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournaments, including an appearance in the 2007 championship game. From 2000 to 2003, Goetz directed UMSL to the GLVC Tournament semifinals and twice appeared in the championship game. Under Goetz, UMSL had 26 players earn all-conference recognition, including 10 players who were first team selections.

Goetz was an accomplished collegiate soccer player and earned All-America recognition at Brevard College (N.C.) and then played at Clemson and helped lead the Tigers to a combined 29-11-1 record over the next two years.

Goetz earned an Associate of Arts degree from Brevard in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Clemson in 1996. She received her masters’ degree from UMSL in 2000.

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