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The Record (May 2014)

May 21

Former Northern State head men’s basketball coach, Don Meyer, died on May 18 at the age of 69 after a six-year battle with cancer. Meyer made college basketball history in 2009, becoming the career leader in wins with 923.

Other transactions

Athletics directors – San Francisco State named Charles Guthrie as its new athletics director … Whitworth hired Tim Demant, Goshen’s athletics director, as its new athletics director … Catawba appointed Larry W. Leckonby as athletics director. Leckonby served as athletics director at The Citadel since July 2008.

Associate athletics director – South Florida announced the promotion of head baseball coach Lelo Prado to associate athletics director for administration and external services. Prado was led the baseball program for eight seasons … West Virginia named Brady Rourke as its associate athletics director for student services.

Assistant athletics director – Belmont promoted Heather Copeland to assistant athletics director for compliance, Colette Keyser to assistant athletics director for sports operations, Greg Sage to assistant athletics director for broadcasting and media relations and Renee Schultz to assistant athletics director for student services.

Coaches

Baseball Alex Smith resigned as head coach at Luther to become one of the college’s admission counselors … Louisiana Tech made interim head coach Bruce Peddie the full-time head coach … UNC Asheville announced the retirement of head coach Tom Smith … Central Missouri promoted Kyle Crookes to head coach.

Men’s basketball – Adelphi hired David Duke as its head coach. Duke spent the past four seasons as an associate head coach at Fordham … Alan Major, head coach at Charlotte, announced he will take a leave of absence due to health issues … Xavier extended the contract of head coach Chris Mack by two-years through the 2019-20 season … Oregon State hired Wayne Tinkle as head coach. Tinkle spent the past eight seasons as Montana’s head coach … Doug Karleskint accepted the position of head coach at Central Missouri.

Women’s basketball – Northland named Daryle Tucker as head coach.

Men’s and women’s cross country and track and field – Manhattan announced the resignation of head cross country coach Pat Slevin … Tulane extended the contract of Lisa Stockton through 2018-19 … After 28 years and 33 Big South coach of the year awards, Alan Connie, announced his retirement as head women’s coach at Coastal Carolina.

Football – After 16 seasons as an assistant, Alfred promoted Bob Rankl to head coach.

Men’s and women’s golf – Don Underwood stepped down as Grand Valley State’s head men’s coach … Kansas State hired Grant Robbins, a 15-year head coaching veteran, as its new head men’s coach. Mostly recently, Robbins was Memphis’s head coach.

Men’s and women’s ice hockey – Holy Cross announced the resignation of men’s head coach Paul Pearl ... Daniel Webster appointed DJ Fimiani as its first-ever head women’s coach.

Men’s and women’s lacrosse – Felician hired Angelica Gero as its inaugural head women’s coach.

Men’s and women’s soccer – Iowa hired Dave Dilanni as its head men’s coach. Dilanni spent the last 11 seasons as Grand Valley State’s head coach.

Softball – Black Hills State announced the resignation of head coach and senior woman administrator Amy Gurney … Southeast Missouri did not renew the contract of head coach Lana Richmond. Richmond led the program for 32 seasons … Shanon Hays stepped down as Texas Tech’s head coach … Jill Millis stepped down as Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s head coach … Hofstra announced the retirement of longtime head coach Bill Edwards after 25 years at the helm. Associate head coach Larissa Anderson was promoted to head coach … Melanie Davis resigned after 21 seasons as Troy’s head coach … Connecticut announced the retirement of head coach Karen Mullins. Mullins was at the helm of the program for 31 years. She led the Huskies to eight NCAA tournament appearances and a College World Series.

Men’s and women’s tennis – After 32 years leading the Davidson women’s tennis program, Caroline Price announced her retirement … Duquesne elevated head men’s coach Rob Gregoire to director of tennis, overseeing both programs … Danielle McNamara resigned as Yale’s head women’s coach … Washburn announced that its former player Lance Lysaught has been hired to lead its program … Penny Dean, the winningest coach in Bowling Green tennis history, announced her retirement after 24 seasons.

Men’s and women’s volleyball – Virginia State hired Rose Burke as head coach.

Wrestling – Air Force promoted Sam Barber to head coach after six seasons as an assistant … West Virginia named Sammie Henson as its head coach. Henson was the head assistant coach at Missouri.

Staff

Communications – Massachusetts Lowell named Ashley Robbins as associate director of athletics communications.

Facilities – Pittsburg State named Tom Myers ass director of athletics facilities

Strength and conditioning – Delaware hired Ted Perlak as its new strength and conditioning coach.

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May 14 

John R. “Jack” Davis, former NCAA faculty representative at both Nebraska and Oregon State, died Friday, April 25, at the age of 86. He served as president of the NCAA from 1985-87.

Other transactions

Athletics director – Hartford named Anton Goff, athletics director at Bowie State, as its new head coach … Stony Brook hired Shawn Heilbron, senior associate athletics director for development at Oregon State, as athletics director.

Associate athletics director – Arizona State named Greg McElroy, associate vice president and chief business development officer for athletics … Dr. Brett Burchette joined as associate athletics director for external affairs … Caldwell hired Kristina Danella as associate athletics director and head women’s basketball coach … Eastern Michigan announced the retirement of senior associate athletics director for administration, Dr. Melody Reifel Werner. Werner has spent 18 years in various roles in the athletics department.

Coaches

Baseball – CSU Bakersfield announced the retirement of head coach Bill Kernen after six seasons … After seven seasons as Central Missouri’s head coach, Tom Myers, retired. Myers guided the program to four MIAA regular season titles, four MIAA tournament crowns and three NCAA Regional championships.

Men’s basketball – Oregon State relieved Craig Robinson of coaching duties … Armstrong promoted Evans Davis to head coach. Davis served as interim head coach for the 2013-14 season and spent the previous four seasons as an assistant with the program … Chris Conger resigned after 18 years as Lake Forest’s head men’s coach … Maine named Robert Walsh as head coach. Walsh came to the university after a stint as Rhode Island College’s head coach … Rensselaer announced the retirement of long-time head coach Mike Griffin. Griffin was at the helm for 30 years, earning the league’s coach of the year award five times … Catawba named Rob Perron as its head coach … Coppin State named Michael Grant as head coach. Grant came to the university after six years as Stillman’s head coach … Thomas (Maine) hired Geoff Hensley as head coach. Hensley spent the last two seasons as an assistant at Centre.

Women’s basketball – Butler promoted assistant coach Kurt Godlevske to head coach. Godlevske served as interim head coach before officially becoming the head coach … Rhode Island hired Northeastern head coach Daynia La-Force as its new head coach … Livingstone added Anita Howard as its new head coach … Colorado-Colorado Springs added Shawn Nelson as its next head coach … Dominican (California) named Tim LaKose as head coach,

Women’s basketball assistants – Eastern Michigan hired Mike Groulx as an assistant coach.

Men’s and women’s cross country and track and field – Mike Brooks announced his retirement after 13 seasons as Illinois College’s head cross country and track and field coach … North Carolina-Greensboro moved Chad Pearson from interim to head coach … Catawba added Jamie Williams as head coach for cross country.

Football – McMurry hired 19-year coaching veteran Lance Hinson as head coach.

Men’s and women’s golf – Western Michigan announced the retirement of head women’s coach Cindy Trout. Trout has been the university’s head coach since the start of the program in 1998-99 … Samford announced the hiring of Al DelGreco as its head men’s coach. DelGreco spent 19 seasons as a NFL placekicker … Jim Cotner announced his retirement after 13 seasons leading Bucknell’s men’s golf program. Under his watch, the team won three Patriot League titles and earned 16 tournament wins.

Men’s and women’s gymnastics – Arizona State hired Rene Lyst, co-head coach at Arkansas, as its head women’s coach.

Men’s and women’s ice hockey – Colorado College named Mike Haviland as its men’s ice hockey coach … Bob Prier resigned as Princeton’s head men’s coach.

Men’s and women’s lacrosse – Vincent Redko was selected as Kalamazoo’s first-ever head men’s coach … Ned Webster resigned as Dominican (California)’s head men’s lacrosse coach.

Softball – David Hanna retired as Coker’s head coach after 23 seasons. Under Hanna, the Cobra’s won 760 games, 14 conference titles, advanced to the postseason 21 times, reached the NCAA regionals 10 times and made two appearances in the NCAA national championship … Mark Redburn resigned as head coach at Evansville … Windy Thees will not return as head coach at Ole Miss … Jaime Kylis stepped down as Mount Olive’s head coach after 12 seasons. She will remain a full-time faculty member.

Men’s and women’s swimming and diving – Paul Graham resigned as coach at Ashland to accept a similar position at Cleveland State. Graham spent 14 years as Ashland’s head coach … Norwich hired Andrew Bretscher, a three-time All-American at Ohio State, as its new head swimming and diving coach.

Men’s and women’s tennis – Hans Olsen resigned as North Carolina State’s head women’s coach … Central (Iowa) announced the retirement of head coach Steve Tyler. Tyler has been with the program for the past six seasons … Point Loma Nazarene  elevated Curt Wheeler to head coach … After 10 seasons, Bruce Berque will not return as Michigan’s head men’s tennis coach.

Men’s and women’s volleyball – Manchester promoted Bryndon Paulsen from an assistant to head coach … Abilene Christian hired Rob Frost as its head women’s coach … Hofstra named Emily Mansur as its head women’s coach … Virginia Union hired Shaquana Veney-Battle as its new head coach … Toby Rens returned to Maryland Eastern Shore for his second stint as the program’s head coach. Rens led the team from 2001-2004.

Wrestling – Ben Cherrington resigned as Northern Colorado’s head coach.

Staff

Communications – Assumption named Chelsea Pitvorec as coordinator of athletic communications.

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May 7

John Servati, a junior on Alabama’s swim team, died on Monday April 28. He was killed while hiding from the tornadoes that touched down in Tuscaloosa. The 21-year-old was a native of Tupelo, Mississippi.

Other transactions

Athletics director – Ashland athletics director, Bill Goldring, announced his retirement after 16 years at the university and 35 years overall in college athletics. The university’s sports information director Al King was named interim athletics director … Christian Brothers appointed Brian Summers as its athletics director … Louisiana College promoted head football coach Dennis Dunn to athletics director … Winston-Salem State promoted Tonia Walker, associate director of athletics and senior woman administration, to athletics director.

Associate athletics director – Texas A&M appointed Samantha Huge as its senior associate athletics director and senior woman administrator. Huge spent the last five years as Delaware’s deputy athletics director and recreation services and special assistant to the president … UMKC announced Ursula Gurney, the university’s senior associate athletics director for internal operations, as its new senior woman administrator … Oregon State hired Todd Phelps as associate athletics director for facilities and operations … Jackson State hired Nedra Brown as its associate athletics director for internal operations and senior woman administrator.

Coaches

Baseball – Saint Michael’s dropped the interim tag from Scott Strong’s title, naming him head coach.

Men’s basketball – Earlham named Pennsylvania assistant Jason Polykoff as head coach … Cal State L.A. hired Southern California assistant Dieter Horton as head coach … Marshall selected Dan D’Antoni as head coach … Illinois-Springfield hired Bill Walker as head coach … Mary Washington named Marcus Kahn as head coach … Missouri hired Kim Anderson as head coach. The former Central Missouri head coach was the 2014 NABC national coach of the year … Southern Mississippi hired Doc Sadler as head coach.

Women’s basketball – The College of Charleston named Candice M. Jackson as head coach. Jackson spent the previous three seasons as an assistant at Duke … Saint Leo hired Missy West as head coach. The former Duke student-athlete was the Hartwick coach before coming to Saint Leo … Wade Scott accepted the position of head coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville … Northern Colorado announced Kamie Ethridge as its head coach … VCU introduced Beth O’Boyle as head coach … Southern Virginia named Heather Roberts as head coach … Emory and Henry announced Anne Wright Crutchfield as its new head coach. Crutchfield is a 1989 graduate of the university … Marquette named Carolyn Kieger as head coach. 

Women’s basketball assistants – Eastern Michigan added Carly Thibault as an assistant coach … UC Santa Barbara named Mia Fisher as an assistant.

Men’s and women’s cross country – Dartmouth selected Courtney Jaworski as its head coach for women’s cross and country and assistant track and field coach.

Football – Pennsylvania announced the retirement of longtime head coach Al Bagnoli following the 2014 season. Current defensive coordinator, Ray Priore, will be named head coach upon the conclusion of the season ... Marshall Sperbeck resigned as Sacramento State’s head coach … Jody Sears who was just named defensive coordinator was named as interim head coach.

Men’s and women’s golf – Jeff Parks resigned as Louisiana Tech’s head coach … Illinois Wesleyan’s Kathy Niepagen announced she will step down as coach.

Men’s and women’s ice hockey – Finlandia named Dane Litke as head men’s coach … Lake Superior State welcomed Damon Whitten as its head men’s coach … Steve Fabiilli resigned as Northland’s head coach to accept the position as head women’s coach as Concordia (Wisconsin) … New Hampshire named Hilary Witt as its head women’s coach. Witt most recently served as an assistant coach on the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey team.

Men’s and women’s soccer – Carnegie Mellon hired Brandon Bowman to lead the men’s program. Bowman had been the coach at Transylvania since 2002 … Kean named Robert Irvine as its men’s head coach … Eastern Illinois added Mark Hansen as its head men’s coach.

Men’s and women’s tennis – Paul Reber stepped down as Oregon’s head women’s coach.

Wrestling – Campbell added former national champion and Olympic team member Cary Kolat as head coach. Kolat was the associate head coach at North Carolina … Tony Cavett resigned as the head men’s and women’s coach at Lee … Mike Sowter resigned as New Jersey Institute’s head men’s and women’s coach.

Men’s and women’s volleyball – Arnie Ball announced his plan to retire after the 2015 season as IPFW’s head men’s coach. Ball has been either the women’s or men’s coach at the university since 1981.

Conferences

Associate commissioners – The American Athletic Conference named Scott Draper as its associate commissioner for football. Draper was the associate director of athletics and director of athletics at Albion. Prior to that he was the assistant athletics director for football operations at Michigan. He helped the team win four Big Ten championships, four Rose Bowls, 12 bowl games and the 1997 National Championship game. 

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