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Spencer Fane's Lattinville & Denny team with AthleticDirectorU to publish a look at 2017-18 salary data for 'Autonomy 5' ADs. Five key takeaways include the ACC leading the way with average total comp of $1.137M for its leaders (Pac-12 fifth at $755K), if Tennessee boss Fulmer ends up making $900K annually as has been reported, Texas A&M's Woodward & Washington's Cohen would have the lowest total comp vs. department revenues ratios, Notre Dame's Swarbrick with the largest same school, same AD five-year increase at $1.866M, average bonus across the board is $199K, plus a look at AD earnings as a ratio of FB & MBB HC salaries. Duke's White with the biggest base at $1.451M, Swarbrick leads by a large margin in total comp at $3.050M with 15 others at $1M or more, N.C. State's Yow leads the pack with $961K in bonus potential (six more at $500K+), lots more. (link)
After making six coaching hires in less than two years on the job, Minnesota AD Coyle emphasizes the importance of being proactive as a way to mitigate the uncertainty that can often accompany a coaching search. "I like to be very prepared. I have a short list of coaches. If you came to my house in St. Paul, I can open up a desk drawer and I’ve got green files of every sport, coaches we want to go after. We constantly update that list because you never know when something is going to happen. When something happens, I believe you have to go quickly." Coyle is also part of a shrinking list that foregoes the use of outside help in identifying new coaches, a trait he shares with Kentucky AD Barnhart, for whom Coyle used to work. "I don't believe in using search firms. I feel like that's my job as an athletic director." (link)
New George Washington AD Vogel on "moving the needle" for women in college athletics during her intro presser last week, "I understand that, and I’ve received several notes from a lot of my female staff that I’m a role model. As a woman in this business you’ve got to know what you’re talking about. So I’ll continue to be prepared, and I’ll continue to lead this program to the best of my ability." Former Colonials boss Nero: "There was not an important decision the department made in the last several years that Tanya did not influence. I relied on her expertise and values every day we worked together." (link)
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Harvard Business Review contributing editor Gallo makes the argument teams should be disagreeing more in the workplace, not less. Why? 1) Better work outcomes; 2) Opportunities to learn & grow; 3) Improved relationships; 4) Higher job satisfaction; and, 5) A more inclusive work environment. How do you get there? A) Let go of needing to be liked; B) Focus on the big picture; C) Don't equate disagreement with unkindness; and, D) Find a role model & emulate them. Gallo: "Disagreements are an inevitable, normal, and healthy part of relating to other people. There is no such thing as a conflict-free work environment. You might dream of working in a peaceful utopia, but it wouldn’t be good for your company, your work, or you. In fact, disagreements — when managed well — have lots of positive outcomes." (link)
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The number of women head coaches in women's college sports has fallen precipitously in the last three-plus decades, according to NCAA data, which shows that 58.2% of coaches in women's sports were female in 1978, compared to just over 43% today. In an effort to reverse this trend, Winston-Salem State (DII) AD Walker offers three ways to deepen the candidate pool: go beyond posting open positions on the university website and usual job boards; consider your competition; and reach out to women who would be a good fit. Michigan Softball HC Hutchins echoes Walker's final point and goes further to illustrate: "I've had athletic directors call me and say, 'There's this job open. Who do you think we should hire?' I'll bring up names and they'll say, 'Well, I don't know if she's interested. She didn't apply.' Jim Harbaugh didn't apply to Michigan. He didn't send in his resume and say, 'Dear Michigan, would you be interested in me?' We went out and got him. ... Go out and get a good woman.'" Much more from the NCAA. (link)
Florida State used its spring FB game over the weekend to exercise some creativity in enhancing the in-stadium fan experience. From two nights of concerts to selling tickets to the Dunlap Champions Club, FSU focused on providing fans with an entire weekend of engagement. Assoc AD for New Revenue Generation and Marketing Dennard: "We want it to be fun when you come to Florida State. We want to provide the best weekend experience in college football. Not just on game day." Dennard worked in collaboration with AD Wilcox and freshly minted HC Taggart to coordinate the weekend's events in less than three months, and says of Taggart, who wants to revitalize the fan base: "He's letting us do some things, too. When that happens, things come together and we can have a really good time. I think we hit this one out of the park." (link)
Sacred Heart has announced it will build a $21.8M, 57K-sq-ft fitness facility on campus. Designed by The S/L/A/M Collaborative, the Bobby Valentine Athletic Center will include an indoor track, bowling center, 45-foot climbing wall and a third-floor juice bar, among other amenities. AD Valentine: "The center shows the University’s strong commitment to the well-being of all its students, as well as its 32 NCAA Division I teams, who will now have sole use of the William H. Pitt Center. I’m so excited to give our teams the training space they need to excel, while encouraging a healthy lifestyle and fun social opportunities for everyone on campus." VP for University Advancement Reidy discusses naming the center for Valentine: "This was a project that Bobby had a vision for. Bobby Valentine made a huge commitment to the entire student body. And so much of the fundraising was Bobby bringing us to meet with people in his orbit." Construction is expected to be completed by August 2019. (link)
Watch: Miami Senior Assoc. AD for Development Marks and the Carol Soffer Football Indoor Practice Facility Project Superintendent from Lemartec Padron led the first media tour of the space last week. Canes HC Richt's office will overlook both the indoor and outdoor fields & large bay doors will allow the team to quickly go inside if the weather outside becomes adverse. Per Padron, this is the first pre-engineered metal building in the Coral Gables city limits. Current fundraising efforts are at $33.6M, but Marks wants to keep moving past the initial $34M goal. (link)
Despite a willingness to relocate from the Dallas metropolitan area, former UT Arlington MBB HC Cross has landed a new job that won't require him to move. As an AC at TCU, Cross will be able to stay in his Mansfield home and says he feels "excited and blessed" to work under Horned Frogs HC Dixon. "I sat there for the last two years and watched what Coach Dixon and his staff did at TCU and I was just in awe at what they accomplished. I am excited that they believe in me to help them take that next step." Despite Cross's record and support among the fan base, he says he "probably didn't feel as secure as you might think" in the period leading up to his split from UTA. "I think you just have that feeling when you know you're really not wanted." But according to Dixon, UTA's loss is TCU's gain: "First of all, to have that kind of record is something I respect. Forget the winning percentage or any of that, for a guy to be in one place for as long as he has and have nothing [bad] on his record is pretty incredible to do in college athletics. You can't find anyone to say anything negative about the guy." (link)
More Personnel: Washington State AD Chun selects Northern Colorado's Ethridge as the new WBB HC in Pullman. (link); Former Cincinnati/Texas Tech/Auburn/Ole Miss FB HC Tuberville believes Tennessee AD Fulmer gives FB HC Pruitt "an edge up" on returning the Vols to prominence. (link); Despite reports to the contrary, former Louisville MBB HC Pitino says he has no interest in the opening at Siena. (link); One discrimination charge tossed out, two others and a retaliation charge still remain in the case between former Auburn Track AC Ghioroaie & the university. (link); Former Oregon FB HC Bellotti earning a state pension of more than $46K per month pointed to as an example of why state municipalities are short on cash. (link)
North Carolina between 2014 and 2017 notified the state about five NFL agents who improperly contacted student-athletes without first reaching out to the school, pursuant to the state's Uniform Athlete Agents Act. In an email, UNC Assoc. AD Pogge told the AP that the student-athletes involved did not accept improper benefits and acted properly by notifying the school. Pogge added: "We fully support efforts to uphold the laws of the State of North Carolina and appreciate the work of the North Carolina Secretary of State’s Office to help further this objective. We routinely provide information to their office to help inject transparency and accountability in the agent recruitment process." Secretary of State spokesman Jeter says UNC's open line of communication with state officials is "a good thing," adding: "We feel that’s the way it should be when a university has questions about athlete agents. They should feel free to contact us. And we encourage that." (link)
Northern Arizona students will see a $75/semester mandatory athletics fee tacked onto their bill come fall. This is the first such athletic fee at NAU and is estimated to increase the Lumberjack's budget by roughly 17%, bringing in $3.1M annually. "According to an agreement with ASNAU, the money cannot be used for salaries, scholarships, recruitment costs, travel expenses or athlete stipends. In order to control the use of the funds, an advisory committee, like the one used for the NAU Green Fee, is being created that will have both student and staff members." (link)
In the past five seasons, 19 Women's Basketball underclassmen student-athletes have left the Utah Valley program & many cite a "dysfunctional culture" with WBB HC Nixon. "Former players’ criticism of Nixon centers around a few common themes: Nixon’s favoritism of Mormon players, specifically Mormon guards; manipulation; poor communication in her coaching, which led to losing seasons; and the support of a divisive culture of players telling on one another." Nixon denies such claims, says playing time for her team members proves her point. Former student-athlete Lubcke: "[Nixon] creates a toxic environment in a million small ways that add up." A bit more. (link)
Bloomberg's Boudway & Novy-Williams go in on massive British bookmaker William Hill positioning itself to grab a large share of the American market if sports gambling gets legalized. Just six years ago, the company had no presence in the States, but now runs 108 of Nevada's 190 sportsbooks, raking in "30 percent of the state’s $250 million annual sports betting revenue." Data shop Eilers & Krejcik Gaming estimate the projected size of the industry in the U.S. to reach $6B by 2023. Lots more. (link)
Around Higher Ed: Charleston Southern selects Air Force's Chief of Chaplains Major General Costin as its next president. Costin starts July 1. (link); UC Riverside Chancellor Wilcox denies allegations that he ignored sexual harassment and abuse while he was provost at Michigan State. (link); Research from UCLA Assistant Professor Jaquette and Arizona Doctoral Candidate Salazar suggests that many colleges favor recruiting high schools "where family income is high. And these high schools are likely to be whiter than the population as a whole." (link)
Also Noticed: Iowa brass disappointed with Prez Herrald's decision to put a five-month freeze on construction projects as he looks to balance the budget in Iowa City. As a result, the $10.8M clubhouse addition at Finkbine Golf Course will be delayed. (link); Oklahoma Softball gets its first ever endowed scholarship. (link); The NBA's opening playoff day saw TV ratings up 17% year over year. (link); Rutgers has told private Christian school Pat Robertson's Regent University its 'R' is too closely related to that of the Scarlet Knights & could confuse the marketplace. (link)
Inc. Contributing Editor Haden: Want to Be a Great Leader? Become a Great Identifier. As Minnesota AD Coyle notes above, Haden endorses the idea of always keeping a list of viable candidates to fill job vacancies: "Spend a significant chunk of your time focused on how you'll add the perfect people to your team. Make it a daily part of your job to identify. Make it a daily part of your job to recruit. Spend a chunk of your time developing the people you have currently lead, and spend the other chunk identifying people who won't really need to be led -- which then gives you the opportunity to identify and add someone even better." Says where sports teams are concerned, the impact ratio is 80-90% players, 10-20% coaches, "that's why the best college coaches are, first and foremost, great recruiters." (link)
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Assistant Director of Video and Creative Services (American Athletic Conference / Providence, RI): Assists in all aspects of the digital and video department promoting The American's 22 sports. Serve as an integral part of the The American Digital Network staff. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Communications (American Athletic Conference / Providence, RI): Assists in all aspects of the communications/external relations area in promoting the Conference’s 22 sports while serving as the primary contact for assigned sports. More details HERE.

Deputy Athletics Director or Executive Associate Athletic Director for Finance & Strategic Initiatives (University of Texas at San Antonio / San Antonio, TX): Provides senior leadership, financial oversight of facilities operations, and oversees/ directs the operation of the Athletics budget for the UTSA Athletics Department. More details HERE.

Director of Digital Media Services (Mid-American Conference / Cleveland, OH): Create video content that drives views, conversations, and fan engagement to the Mid-American Conference website and social media platforms. Oversee all MAC created video content. More details HERE.

Director, Partnership Development for Auburn Sports Properties (Auburn Sports Properties / Auburn, AL): The Director of Partnership Development will be responsible for developing, selling and managing all aspects of fully integrated corporate sponsorship packages for Auburn University. More details HERE.

Associate Director, Ticketing (University of Notre Dame / Notre Dame, IN): The Associate Director, Ticketing serves as one of a team of ticket managers that each has primary responsibility for a reserved seating sport. Application deadline 5/2/2018. EEO/AA. More details HERE.

Director of Digital Media (Austin Peay State University / Clarksville, TN): Marketing, digital media and creative services for all 16 NCAA Division I programs as well as selected special initiatives with the goal of increasing awareness, attendance, and revenue. More details HERE.

Asst. Dir., Athletic Communications (Clemson University / Clemson, SC): Determines and develops media relations and social media strategies for WBB and other sports. Provides content development for digital platforms, and leads and instructs student assistants. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Athletics Communications (Austin Peay State University / Clarksville, TN): Football Contact - Performs the role of an internal beat reporter, focusing on telling compelling stories in written, video, social media, graphics or other innovative formats.  More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Athletics for Marketing and Fan Engagement (North Dakota State University / Fargo, ND): Develops, coordinates & executes advertising campaigns as well as promotions and in-game entertainment. Designs events that engage student-athletes & coaches with the community. Supervises interns. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director of Ticket Operations (Temple University / Philadelphia, PA): Incumbent will be responsible for leading, planning, and directing the execution of all aspects of ticket operations, distribution, and delivery. More details HERE.

Ticket Operations Director (UC San Diego / La Jolla, CA): The Ticket Operations Director manages ticket operations, development of the ticketing platform, including seat mapping and digital ticketing programs for Athletic Department events. More details HERE.

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics (California State University Northridge / Northridge, CA): CSUN is searching for an AD to lead their D1 program. For all inquiries, please contact Glenn Sugiyama of DHR International c/o Tom Snyder, Senior Associate at More details HERE.

Assistant Director, Athletic Communications (University of South Florida / Tampa, FL): Serve as primary contact for USF men's basketball, track and field, and cross country and secondary duties with football, conducting communications, media relations and social media engagement. More details HERE.

Associate Director, Development (Stanford University / Stanford, CA): Stanford Athletics is seeking job applications for a major gift fundraiser. This position will be focused on identifying, cultivating, and soliciting gifts of $250,000 or more. More details HERE.

Assistant Director for Compliance (Xavier University / Cincinnati, OH): This position along with all coaches & staff is responsible for the integrity of Xavier’s intercollegiate athletics program and for protecting the reputation of the University through compliance..... More details HERE.

Advancement Director - Major Gifts - Intercollegiate Athletics (University of Missouri / Columbia, MO): Identify and close individual major gift prospects and execute premium seating sales for Football and Men’s Basketball. More details HERE.

Director, Corporate Partnerships (Seattle University / Seattle, WA): Seattle University is seeking a Director of Corporate Partnerships in Athletics. Responsible for Corporate Sales, Ticket Revenue, Marketing and Attendance, Administration/Budget. BA Degree required. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Athletics Communications (James Madison University / Harrisonburg, VA): Serve as communications contact for women's basketball, field hockey and tennis with an emphasis on digital and social media. More details HERE.

Senior Post Production Manager (University of Minnesota / Minneapolis, MN): The Senior Post-Production Manager will primarily be responsible for providing creative direction and oversight of Gopher Athletics multimedia post-production endeavors, including video features and motion graphics on multiple platforms, as well as live event production, as part of Gopher Digital within the University of Minnesota Athletic Department. More details HERE.

Associate Director/Communications (Social Media & Web Development) (Boston College / Chestnut Hill, MA): The candidate will serve as a full-time member of the athletics communications staff with primary focus on social media. Administers communications activities for one or more Olympic sports. More details HERE.

Assistant Director of Ticket Operations (University of Oregon Athletics / Eugene, OR): Assist with the day to day operations in the Athletic Ticket Office, specifically the Matthew Knight Arena Box Office. Strategize with Athletic Ticket Office directors on day to day office activities. Ensure successful staffing of events. More details HERE.

Head Coach - Womens Basketball (Cleveland State University / Cleveland, OH): Responsible for the organization and administration of all facets of the women's basketball program to ensure a quality program and successful Division 1 team. Application Deadline April 13, 2018. More details HERE.

Head Coach - Wrestling (Cleveland State University / Cleveland, OH): Responsible for the organization and administration of all facets of the wrestling program to ensure a quality program and successful Division 1 team. Application Deadline April 13, 2018. More details HERE.

Leadership Gift Officer, Athletics Development (Columbia University / New York, NY): Fundraising and alumni relations position. Assists with fundraising activities in support of Columbia Athletics, including front-line fundraising, working with coaches and other staff in Athletics. More details HERE.

Assistant Director, Athletic Communications (University of South Florida / Tampa, FL): Administer all communications, media relations and social media for USF’s nationally ranked women’s basketball and men’s soccer programs as well as secondary duties with football. More details HERE.

Assistant Director, Athletics Development (Boston University / Boston, MA): The Assistant Director, Athletics Development serves as a key member of the fundraising team and will develop, implement and manage an annual giving program for Boston University Athletics. More details HERE.

Athletic Major Gifts Officer (Virginia Polytechnic Institute / Blacksburg, VA): The Virginia Tech Athletic Fund seeks Major Gifts Officer, multiple openings, to report to the Associate Athletic Director of Major Gifts. Apply online at More details HERE.

Director of Annual Giving, Athletics (University of Pennsylvania / Philadelphia, PA): Manage, implement, and grow the Penn Athletics annual fund by engaging alumni and other external sources. BA/BS. 3-5 years experience. Apply online at: More details HERE.

Associate Athletic Director for Annual Giving (San Jose State University / San Jose, CA): The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with San José State University in the search for an Associate Athletic Director for Annual Giving. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletics Director for Broadcasting & Production (University of Maryland / College Park, MD): The Asst. AD for Broadcasting & Production will serve as the departmental lead for all video production and broadcasting with the primary purpose of enhancing the Maryland Athletics brand. More details HERE.

Director of Athletics (University of South Carolina Upstate / Spartanburg, SC): The AD will have strong interpersonal skills & an ability to deal effectively with all levels of students, faculty, administrators, staff, & the BOT & various community & professional organizations. More details HERE.

Assistant Athletic Director, Facilities and Operations (University of South Alabama / Mobile, AL): The University of South Alabama is looking for an Assistant Athletic Director, Facilities and Operations. More details HERE.

Director of Annual Giving, Duck Athletic Fund (University of Oregon Athletic Department / Eugene, OR): The Director of Annual Giving is responsible for building a broad base of sustainable, annual support for the University of Oregon Athletic Department from alumni, parents, faculty and students. More details HERE.

Development Coordinator (University of Tennessee Foundation / Knoxville, TN): The Development Coordinator is a vital support role for the Director of Development & Tennessee Fund team. To learn more about this position, follow the job link and use keyword, 18000000E2. More details HERE.

Assistant Director for Communications (The Rams Club / Chapel Hill, NC): Supports the growth and development of The Rams Club through assisting with the production of effective and coordinated communications pieces. More details HERE.

Marketing & Promotions Assistant (Washington State University Athletics / Pullman, WA): Comprehensive strategic mktg and promotions plan for all home athletic events; manage a variety of public relation activities; advisor for WSU’s student fan group; student practicum program oversight. More details HERE.

Assoc. Athletic Dir./Dir. of Student Athlete High Performance (William & Mary / Williamsburg, VA): This position will be responsible for all areas that impact student-athlete performance including sports medicine, athletic training, sports psychology, nutrition, speed, strength, and conditioning. More details HERE.

Director of Video Production (Purdue University / West Lafayette, IN): Shoot, produce, direct and edit video content for internal & external areas of Purdue Athletics. Technical liaison to Purdue Athletics for video production and future multi-media development. More details HERE.

Strategic Digital Marketing Coordinator (University of Alabama / Tuscaloosa, AL): Develop and implement strategic digital marketing plans that generate revenue, engage fans, drive attendance and build the Crimson Tide brand. More details HERE.

Development Coordinator (Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation / Colorado Springs, CO): The AFAAC seeks a Development Coordinator to assist with the Falcon Pride Club Annual Giving program in support of Air Force Athletics. More details HERE.

Director/Assistant Athletic Director of Athletics Development (University of Arkansas at Little Rock / Little Rock, AR): Serves as Little Rock Athletic's major gift officer, along with managing the Trojan Athletic Association (TAA). This position will also be responsible for the success of all athletic special events. More details HERE.

Associate Director, Athletic Advancement (Kent State University Athletics / Kent, OH): Provide leadership to the annual funds programs and major gifts programs for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Develop, implement, and execute annual fundraising strategies. More details HERE.

Director of Athletics (University of Alaska-Anchorage / Anchorage, AK): UAA seeks strong athletics administrator with great interpersonal skills who will embrace the Anchorage community, lead department and the student-athletes of the 13 intercollegiate athletic teams. More details HERE.

Associate Athletics Director - Strategic Communications and Management (UC San Diego / La Jolla, CA): Responsible for positively influencing the external dialogue about UC San Diego Athletics through expertise in communication methods, information flow, media relations and brand management. More details HERE.

Director of Athletics Facilities and Operations (College of the Holy Cross / Worcester, MA): This position is an integral part of the Athletic staff, assisting in the management of all aspects of facility and event operations. More details HERE.

Head Coach - Women's Basketball (University of Massachusetts Lowell / Lowell, MA): The Head Coach is responsible for leading all aspects of developing and managing a competitive Division I program within the parameters designated by the University, AEC and the NCAA. More details HERE.

Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach (Goalkeeper Coach) (#10762) (University of Akron / Akron, OH): The University of Akron, a NCAA Division I (FBS) University is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Women's Soccer Coach/Goalkeeper Coach. EEO/AA Employer/Veterans/Disabled. More details HERE.
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