The Record (January 2014)

January 29

Larry Kramer, the second winningest  football coach in Emporia State history, died on January 24, at the age of 71.

Other Transactions

Athletics director – Illinois extended the contract of athletics director Mike Thomas by two years … Cincinnati named Desiree Reed-Francois as interim athletics director after Whit Babcock resigned to become the athletics director at Virginia Tech … The College of New Jersey appointed Dr. Sharon Beverly as the new assistant vice president for student affairs and executive director of athletics and recreation … Lynchburg athletics director Dr. Jack Toms in summer 2014 after 26 years of service … Florida State appointed Karl Hicks to the newly-created position of deputy director of athletics for external operations.

Associate athletics director – Gregg Elkin, senior associate athletics director for external relations at Texas-Arlington resigned … Averett promoted Danny Miller to associate director of athletics.

Coaches

Baseball – Southeastern Louisiana selected Matt Riser as its head coach. At the age of 30, he is one of the youngest Division I coaches … Mark James accepted the position of head coach at Virginia Union.

Baseball assistants – St. Joseph’s (Long Island) named Kraig Binick and Paul Parsolano as assistants.

Field Hockey – James Madison hired its former coach Christy Morgan a second time around.

Football – Jacksonville State promoted John Grass to head coach, he spent the 2013 season as the assistant head coach … Mississippi Valley announced Rick Comegy as its head coach … Northern Arizona inked head coach Jerome Souers for four more years … Pete Rossomando accepted the position of head coach at Central Connecticut State … Sam Houston State named K.C. Keeler as head coach … UAB added Bill Clark as head coach

Football assistants – Eastern Michigan named Ryan Grubb as assistant coach

Men’s and women’s lacrosse – Bryant announced the contract extension of head men’s coach Mike Pressler through August 2018.

Men’s and women’s soccer – Southern Illinois Edwardsville named Scott Donnelly as the men’s head coach … John Carter resigned as DePauw’s head women’s coach … Florida International named Scott Calabrese as its head men’s coach … New Mexico State named interim women’s head coach Freddy Delgado as the official head coach … Rogers State named Heather Cato as the women’s head coach … Bryan Green accepted the head men’s coaching position at Belmont … Troy named Jason Hamilton as the women’s head coach … The Sage Colleges hired Greg Cathell as women’s head coach … Slippery Rock men’s coach Michael Bonelli stepped down to accept a position at St. Mary’s (Texas).

Men’s and women’s tennis assistants – Claremont-Mud-Scripps added Katy Propstra as an assistant women’s coach.

Men’s and women’s volleyball – Qi Wang accepted the position of head women’s coach at Cameron … Columbia promoted Brie Katz to head women’s coach … San Jose State named Jolene Shepardson as head women’s coach … Jamie Thomas named head women’s coach at LaGrange.

Deaths

Miami (Ohio)’s long-time athletics director and former men’s basketball coach, Richard G. (Dick) Shrider, died on Tuesday, January 21, at the age of 90 … Wilford Moore, former McMurry football coach, died on Tuesday January 21, at the age of 94 … Former Arizona athletics director Dave Strack died on Saturday, January 24, at the age of 90.

 

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January 21 

Penny King, Texas A&M’s senior associate athletics director and senior women’s administrator, announced her retirement after 41 years with the university’s athletics department.

Other transactions

Athletics director – South Florida athletics director Doug Woolard announced his intent to retire in June 2015 … UC Riverside promoted Jim Wooldridge to director of athletics … Kevin Hesser resigned as Sioux Falls director of athletics … Washington U. in St. Louis announced the retirement of athletics director John Schael after 36 years of leading the department … Fresno Pacific promoted Leslie Schuemann to director of athletics.

Senior associate athletics director – UNLV senior associate athletics director Jerry Koloskie resigned after 31 years … Auburn announced David Benedict as its first-ever chief operating officer for athletics … East Tennessee State added Scott Carter as its senior associate athletics director and chief operating officer.

Coaches

Men’s and women’s cross country and track and field – Washington and Jefferson named Dale Boring as head cross country and track and field coach.

Men’s and women’s cross country and track and field assistants – Wayne State (Michigan) hired Makiba Batten as recruiting coordinator and assistant track coach.

Football – Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney signed a eight year contract extension … Vanderbilt selected Derek Mason as head coach … Westminster (Pennsylvania) named Scott Benzel as head coach … Kienus P. Boulware takes the helm of the Winston-Salem State team … Ithaca head coach Mike Welch was named president of the American Football Coaches Association … Massachusetts announced the return of Mark Whipple as its head coach … Jackson State added Harold Jackson as its head coach.

Men’s and women’s lacrosse – Keystone announced Sarah Golis as its first-ever head women’s coach.

Men’s and women’s soccer – Fordham hired Jessica Clinton as head women’s coach …  Know selected Paul Lawrence as its head women’s coach … CSU Bakersfield named Richie Grant as its head men’s coach … Murray State added Jeremy Groves as its women’s head coach.

Men’s and women’s swimming and diving – Jane Figueiredo resigned after 24 years at the helm of the Houston diving program to accept the position of head coach of the British diving high performance center in London. Yulia Pakhalina has been named interim head coach … Mara Primmer accepted the position of head women’s coach at Wells.

Men’s and women’s tennis – UAB named Mark Tjia head women’s coach ... Northern Iowa hired Daniel Finn as head women’s coach … Billy Chadwick announced his retirement as Ole Miss’s men’s coach at season’s end.

Men’s and women’s volleyball – Mary selected Melissa Chaplin as its head women’s coach … Tom Gardner accepted the position of head women’s coach at Caltech … Columbia women’s coach Jon Wilson announced his retirement.

Men’s and women’s volleyball assistants- New Jersey City named Lorenzo Samin and Maurice Washington as assistant men’s coaches … Wingate added Abbi Hayes as an assistant.

Staff

Development – Pace hired Jhanay Harris as its athletics development associate … Indiana State named Jeremiah Turner as a development officer.

Strength and conditioning – Eastern Michigan added Ron McKeefery as director of strength and conditioning.

Conferences

Senior associate commissioner – American Athletic Conference senior associate commissioner for football and marketing, Nick Carparelli Jr., is leaving to accept a position at Under Armour.

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January 14

Southern California water polo student-athlete Jon Walters died January 8 of a heart attack, he was 19. The freshman helped the Trojans win a national championship in December.

Other transactions

Association athletics directors – American hired Doug Dull as it associate athletics director for communications … Fresno Pacific promoted Leslie Schuemann to director of athletics

Coaches

Men’s and women’s cross country and track and field – Ripon named Kevin Rengo as its head coach.

Football – Towson announced the contract extension of head coach Rob Ambrose through the 2020 season … Stony Brook head coach received a contract extension through 2018 … Eastern Illinois hired Kim Dameron as head coach … Georgia Southern selected Tom Kleinlein as head coach … Lee Hull accepted the head coaching position at Morehead State … Pace added Andrew Rondeau as head coach … Western Kentucky named Jeff Brohm as head coach … Penn State selected James Franklin as its new head coach.

Football assistants – Eastern Michigan added Kalen DeBoer as an assistant coach.

Men’s and women’s golf – James Madison women’s head coach Paul Gooden announced he will retire in June after 15 years at the helm.

Men’s and women’s soccer – Buffalo promoted Shawn Burke to the women’s head coach … Utica named Brian Marcantonio as its new head men’s coach.

Staff

Communications – Staten Island named Tom Krychkowski as interim assistant sports information director … Keene State hired Abe Osheyack as its sports information director.

Development – UAB added Claire Waggener and Brett Borders as assistant directors of development.

Sport Performance – Bradley named Mark Jamison assistant director of sport performance.

Deaths

Former Columbia faculty athletics representative, Karen Blank, died on December 31 due to complications from cancer … Penn State announced that former associate sports information director Mary Jo Haverbeck died on January 6. She was 74. Haverbeck was a pioneer for women in the sports information field and was the first woman inducted into the CoSIDA hall of fame … Earl Yestingsmeier, long-term men’s golf coach and sports information director died at the age of 80. 

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January 8

Former football All-American and athletics director at Oklahoma Wade Walker died December 18 at the age of 90. Walker lead the Sooner athletic department from 1970-86.

Other transactions

Athletics director – Maine hired Karlton Creech as its new director of athletics  … UT Martin named Julio Freire as its athletics director … Eureka appointed Steve Thompson as director of athletics … Ron Holmes resigned as the McMurry athletics director

Associate athletics director – Julie Manning joined Wyoming as its senior associate athletics director for sport administration and senior woman administrator … Colgate selected Jeff Falardeau  as its associate athletics director for external operations … South Florida promoted Craig Angelos to executive senior associate athletics director … LIU Post announced Debbie Dejong as its associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator … Montana State named Scott Jurgens as associate athletics director for marketing and operations … Nebraska hired John Jentz as senior associate athletics director and chief financial  officer

Coaches

Women’s basketball – Nebraska Omaha elevated Brittany Lange from its interim to full-time head coach.

Men’s and women’s cross country and track and field – UC Irvine promoted Jeff Perkins to head coach.

Field hockey – Ferrum hired Carrie Hanshue-Austin as its head coach … Delaware extended head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof’s contract for five years.

Football – Florida State extended contract of Jimbo Fisher through January 2019 … Texas selected Charlie Strong as its head coach … St. Norbert named Steve Opgenorth as its head coach … Alabama A&M hired James Michael Spady as its head coach … James Madison announced the hiring of Everett Withers as its head coach … Mississippi College selected John Bland as head coach … Army named Jeff Monken as head coach … Kyle “Bubba” Schweigert accepted the head coach position at North Dakota … Marc Klatt resigned as head coach at Castleton … North Carolina Central selected Jerry Mack as head coach … Stephen F. Austin hired Clint Conque as head coach … Rhode Island announced Jim Fleming as its head coach

Men’s and women’s lacrosse – Seth Tierney agreed to a multi-year contract extension as the Hofstra men’s head coach … Bentley named Bill Kavanaugh as head coach … Defiance selected Ben Whitcraft as its head men’s coach.

Men’s and women’s soccer – Tracey Bartholomew accepted the position of head women’s coach at Columbia … San Jose State named Simon Tobin as its head men’s coach … UC Irvine promoted its lead assistant of the last 17 years, Chris Volk, to head men’s coach … North Florida named Robin Confer as head women’s coach … Cleveland State hired Sonia Curvelo as head women’s coach … Missouri-St. Louis appointed Wendy Dillinger as its head women’s coach

Men’s and women’s swimming and diving – Colorado State – Pueblo hired Brian Pearson as its first-ever women’s head coach

Men’s and women’s volleyball – Nova Southeastern named Jennifer King as its new head women’s coach … Washington U. in St. Louis named Vanessa Walby as its new head women’s coach … Lamar hired Alan Edwards as its head women’s coach … Missouri Southern State hired John Napier as its women head coach.

Men’s and women’s water polo – Mladen Stanicic was elevated from interim to head men’s coach at Navy.

Staff

Compliance – Eastern Michigan named Sam Olson as assistant director of compliance

Development – Drexel hired Michelle Maslowski as its director of development for athletics

Sales – UALR selected Jonathan Feldman as director of sales

Conferences

Associate commissioner – The USA South Athletic Conference elevated Mike Christie from assistant to associate commissioner.

Assistant commissioner – The Colonial Athletic Association named Samantha Barany as assistant commissioner for championships

Communications – The Atlantic Sun Conference promoted Olivia Waiter to assistant director of sports information …

Championships – The Atlantic Sun Conference elevated Keith Hendrix to assistant director of championships

Deaths

Johnny Orr, former Michigan men’s basketball coach, died on December 31 at the age of 86. 

Send announcements – including hirings, contract extensions, retirements, milestones and deaths – to transactions@ncaa.org.