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The Record: October 2016

Updated October 27, 2016

October 27

Presidents and chancellors — West Virginia Wesleyan named Joel Thierstein president. Thierstein most recently was executive vice president and provost at Mount St. Joseph.

Athletics directors — Randy Marnocha, who has worked in the University of Wisconsin system for more than 30 years, was tabbed interim director of intercollegiate athletics at Wisconsin-Whitewater … Finlandia promoted Curtis Wittenberg to director of athletics. Wittenberg had been serving as associate director of athletics and compliance. 

Associate athletics directors — Pennsylvania appointed Kevin Bonner as associate athletics director for administration and strategic communications … Massachusetts selected David Biancamano as senior associate director of athletics for development.

Assistant athletics directors — IUPUI hired Joe Kantor as assistant athletics director for development to oversee major giving … Daniel Gallegos, sports information director at Southern Arkansas, was promoted to assistant director of athletics for communications … Dan Lobacz was named assistant athletics director for communications at La Salle. Lobacz spent the past five years at LIU Brooklyn … Maria Rivera joined Oakland as assistant athletics director for communications. Rivera spent the past four years in the athletics communications department at Central Michigan … Daemen promoted Amanda Zanghi to assistant athletics director for events and operations.

Coaches

Baseball — Saint Anselm head coach Barry Rosen will retire at the end of the 2017 season, which will be his 11th at the college. Rosen’s coaching career has spanned 43 years, including 25 at the collegiate level.

Men’s basketball — York (New York) hired Nolan Adams as head coach. Adams most recently was head coach at Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York.

Women’s basketball — Former NBA player and Maryland basketball star Juan Dixon was chosen as head coach at the District of Columbia. Dixon previously was special assistant to the men’s head coach at Maryland … Zach Ingles was named Olivet’s head coach. Ingles most recently served as head varsity boys basketball coach at Tri County High School in Howard City, Michigan, during the 2015-16 season.

Beach volleyball and men’s and women’s volleyball — Breann Nesselhuf was named head coach of Abilene Christian’s new beach volleyball team, which will begin competition as a varsity sport in spring 2018. Nesselhuf is in her first year as an assistant coach for the women’s indoor program at Abilene Christian … Delaware relieved head women’s coach Bonnie Kenny and associate head coach Cindy Gregory of their duties. Brian Toron, director of volleyball operations, was named interim coach … Frank Lavrisha, coach of the Regis (Colorado) women’s program, will retire at the end of the 2016 season. Lavrisha, who took over the program in 1986, is the winningest coach in program history … Beth Launiere, director of volleyball and indoor head coach at Utah, also will serve as head coach of the university’s new beach volleyball team, which will begin play in the spring … Mississippi College named Julie Redus head coach of the women’s team. She had been interim coach since June.

Men’s and women’s cross country and track and field Don Walters will be head coach of Evansville’s four new varsity sports programs: men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, which will begin competition during the 2017-18 school year. Walters is in his 17th year as head coach of Evansville’s cross country programs.

Men’s and women’s cross country and track and field assistants — Recent Wingate graduate and former cross country/track and field student-athlete Samantha Haering was named a graduate assistant coach for Wingate’s men’s and women’s cross country team.
 
Football — Delaware relieved head coach Dave Brock of his duties. Co-defensive coordinator Dennis Dottin-Carter was named interim head coach for the remainder of the season … Lake Erie head football coach Mark McNellie resigned, and offensive coordinator Gerald Hazzard was named interim head coach … Darrell Hazell was relieved of his duties as Purdue head coach. Assistant Gerad Parker was named interim head coach.

Men’s and women’s golf — A new women’s program will start competition in fall 2017 at Penn State Harrisburg. Penn State Harrisburg men’s head coach Malcolm Jackson will add duties as the women’s head coach.

Men’s and women’s ice hockey — Doug Michals was named interim head coach of the Franklin Pierce men’s team. Michals joined the coaching staff last season.

Men’s and women’s lacrosse — Brendan Bonacum was named the first head coach of the men's team at Felician. The team will begin play in spring 2018. Bonacum spent two seasons as head coach of the club men’s team at Columbus State … Rosemont elevated assistant men’s coach Dave Baker to head coach of the men’s program … Dallas announced Destinee Johnson as head coach of the women's program. She previously served as an assistant coach at Alabama-Huntsville.

Women’s rowing — Former Washington standout Andrew Derrick, who served five seasons as head coach at Central Oklahoma, was hired to lead the program at Seattle Pacific.

Men’s and women’s soccer — Dixie State relieved Tim Busen of his duties as men’s head coach. Assistant men’s and women’s soccer coach Nyle Ortiz was named interim coach.

Softball — Corey Heulitt has stepped down as head coach at Delaware Valley after three years with the Aggies. She is going back to school to study physical therapy … Davis and Elkins hired Jordan Olson as head coach. Olson previously spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Doane University in Nebraska … Sara Pelegreen was named head coach at Wheeling Jesuit after serving as pitching coach for two seasons.
 

Men’s and women’s tennis — Jon Parker was hired as head women’s coach at Northeastern State. Parker, a 1994 graduate of Northeastern State, is a longtime high school coach.

Men’s and women’s water polo — Sonoma State women’s head coach Coralie Simmons was named head coach at California. 

Wrestling — Bloomsburg promoted assistant coach Marcus Gordon to head coach.

Conferences

The Southland Conference named George Stieren associate commissioner for strategic communications. Stieren has sports media experience in Major League Baseball, NASCAR and professional soccer …The Colonial Athletic Association hired Jamie Corun as assistant commissioner for digital engagement and social promotion.

Deaths

Lynn George, a former George Washington student-athlete, professor and director of women's athletics, died Oct. 1 at age 89. In 1990, George became the first woman to be inducted into the George Washington Athletic Hall of Fame … Franklin Pierce head men’s ice hockey coach Bruce Marshall died in his sleep Oct. 15. Marshall was 54. A 1985 graduate of UConn, Marshall went on to coach the Huskies for 25 seasons. He became head coach at Franklin Pierce in 2015.

Oct. 21

Presidents and chancellors − Augustana (South Dakota) President Rob Oliver has announced he will retire July 31, 2017. Oliver’s retirement will mark the end of 25 years of service to Augustana, including 11 as president … Wilmington (Delaware) announced that Executive Vice President LaVerne Harmon will succeed President Jack Varsalona, who announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2017. Harmon will be the first African-American woman to be named the president of a university in the state of Delaware.

Athletics directors − Oregon State named Marianne Vydra as interim athletics director. Vydra, who is Oregon State’s deputy athletics director for administration, also served as interim director in the summer of 2015 … More than 21 years after being named athletics director at William and Mary, Terry Driscoll announced he will retire June 30, 2017 … Morgan State appointed Edward Scott as director of intercollegiate athletics. Scott’s most recent assignment was as senior associate director of athletics at George Washington … Nicholls State named K. Matthew Roan athletics director, pending approval from the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors . Roan, who currently is deputy director of athletics at Eastern Kentucky, will start Nov. 15.

Associate athletics directors − Winthrop hired Renae Myles as senior associate athletics director for internal operations, chief operating officer and senior woman administrator … Old Dominion promoted Ken Brown to deputy athletics director … Penn State appointed Joe Foley as senior associate athletics director for advancement … Academy of Art announced Ashley Adams will be associate athletics director for compliance/senior woman administrator … The Citadel promoted Robert Acunto to senior associate athletics director for external operations and Kathy Kroupa to senior associate athletics director for internal operations … North Texas hired Ryan Peck as executive senior associate athletics director for external affairs … Delaware hired Kim McDade as senior associate athletics director for finance, analytics and business operations; Jacqui Schuman as senior associate athletics director for strategic initiatives and talent management; and Eric Laudano as senior associate athletics director for health, well-being and sport performance. 

Assistant athletics directors − Marist promoted Mike Ferraro to assistant athletics director/sports information … Mercy promoted head women’s soccer coach Jonathan Feinstein to assistant athletics director for student services. Feinstein will continue his coaching duties … Academy of Art announced Cole Wilson has been moved to assistant athletics director of academics and admissions liaison. The university also elevated Cameron De Lay to assistant athletics director of business operations and external relations … Former Maryville (Missouri) women’s golfer Mycah Hudson was named assistant athletics director for external relations after working at the university for two years as assistant director of alumni engagement.

Coaches

Baseball − Clarion named Anthony Williams head coach. Williams spent the past five seasons as head coach at Pittsburgh-Greensburg.

Women’s basketball – Brevard tabbed assistant coach Donald Hudson as interim head coach … Shanele Stires, who served as associate head coach at San Francisco the past four years, was named head coach at Cal State East Bay … Cal State Dominguez Hills assistant John Bonner was named interim head coach for the 2016-2017 season.

Women’s basketball assistants − Wingate hired Celeste Stewart as assistant coach. Stewart spent the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant coach on the Bulldog staff.

Men’s and women’s golf − Kristin Ingram has been selected as head women’s and men’s coach at Arkansas-Monticello. Ingram spent the past two years as an assistant coach for both the women’s and men’s teams at West Alabama.

Men’s and women’s lacrosse − Embry-Riddle (Florida) selected Spencer Wims as head coach of the men’s program. Wims comes to Embry-Riddle from UIndy, where he was an assistant coach. The Eagles will begin intercollegiate competition in lacrosse in 2017-18.

Men’s and women’s swimming and diving − Cauli Bedran has been named head men’s and women’s coach at Olivet. Bedran previously was a graduate assistant coach at Wayne State (Michigan) for the past six years … Wheeling Jesuit selected Jeani Humpe as head coach of the men’s and women’s teams. Humpe directed the Wheeling Central Catholic High School teams for the past 10 years in West Virginia.

Men’s and women’s tennis − Hofstra appointed Jason Pasion head coach of the men and women’s programs. Pasion most recently served in the same capacity at New York Institute of Technology … Chad Berryhill, head coach at Ferris State, was named head men’s and women’s coach at Saint Leo.

Men’s and women’s volleyball − Aldis Berzins, an Olympic gold medal winner with the 1984 U.S. men’s volleyball team and an All-American at Ohio State, has been named head coach of the men’s program at Stevenson.

Wrestling assistants – Hofstra named Jamie Franco a volunteer assistant coach. Franco, a three-time NCAA championships qualifier for Hofstra, will assist the Pride coaching staff working with the lightweight wrestlers.

Staff

Abbey Fallon was named the assistant athletic trainer at Felician … Hofstra hired Andrew Cobian as video coordinator for men’s basketball … Corey Villas, who played football at Wingate, was named Wingate’s assistant director of compliance.

Conferences

Jessica Punch has been hired as the coordinator of digital network and media relations at the Western Athletic Conference … Katie Willett, NCAA associate director of academic and membership affairs, has been named associate commissioner for compliance and governance at the Big East Conference … The Ivy League promoted Megan Morrison to associate executive director, compliance and governance; hired Sam Knehans as assistant executive director, communications and championships; promoted Morgan Rupp to assistant executive director, championships and sport administration; and named Amy Friedman executive assistant … Chris Parker was named director of strategic communications for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

Deaths

T. Elbert Chance, a Delaware alumnus, longtime director of alumni relations and the voice of the Fightin’ Blue Hens for 49 years, died Sept. 8 at age 90 … Tuskegee President Benjamin F. Payton died Sept. 28. Payton served as president from 1981 to 2010, when he became president emeritus … Tim Camp, assistant athletics director for sports information at New Jersey Institute, died Oct. 5 at age 59. Camp joined New Jersey Institute in August 2005 after 16 years at Saint Peter’s, where he served as assistant director of athletics for sports information. 

 

Oct. 18

Athletics directors − Scott Stricklin has been named athletics director at Florida. Stricklin spent the past six years as athletics director at his alma mater, Mississippi State.

Associate athletics directors – Jacquelyn Duysen is the new associate athletics director for compliance at San Jose State. Duysen joins the Spartans after serving two years at Stanford … Troy Jones, who is in his 19th year with Tarleton State athletics, will move from assistant athletics director for operations to associate athletics director … East Stroudsburg named Nancy Jo Greenawalt associate athletics director for student success and senior woman administrator … Iona promoted Brian Beyrer, a 15-year veteran of the athletics department, to senior associate athletics director for communications and appointed Melissa Yeagley as associate athletics director for academic services.

Assistant athletics directors – Florida Gulf Coast promoted Michael Miller to assistant athletics director for facilities and operations and Alex Masse to assistant athletics director for compliance and women’s soccer sport coordinator … St. John’s (New York) elevated Mekale Jackson to assistant athletics director for creative services and digital media … Tarleton State promoted Adam Deimling, Nate Bural and Byron Anderson to assistant athletics directors for sports medicine, athletic communications and athletic development and promotions, respectively … Ashlyn Beasley has been named assistant athletics director for fan engagement at Illinois-Springfield … Iona promoted E.J. Ferraro to assistant athletics director for campus recreation and hired Joseph Scribani as assistant athletics director for marketing and tickets … Abilene Christian hired Tyler Wright as assistant director of athletics for compliance. Wright most recently was compliance coordinator at Florida Atlantic.

Coaches

Baseball − Regis (Colorado) hired Mike Sirianni as head coach. Sirianni spent the past three seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Wichita State and the prior three years as head assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Newman.

Football – Les Miles was relieved of his duties as LSU’s head coach. Ed Orgeron was named interim head coach for the remainder of the 2016 season … FIU coach Ron Turner was relieved of his duties. Assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Ron Cooper was named interim head coach.

Men’s and women’s golf − Charleston Southern hired Todd Selders as director of golf and head men’s coach. Selders has more than 20 years of experience as a college and prep golf coach with stops at Iowa, North Carolina State, Coastal Carolina, SMU and Oklahoma.

Men’s and women’s ice hockey − Elmira promoted Kelsea Martalock from assistant coach to head coach of the women’s team.

Women’s rowing assistants – Longtime Duquesne assistant coach Jenn Langzettel was elevated to associate head coach and former Duquesne coxswain Megan Parmarter was added as an assistant coach.

Softball − Julia Culotta, an assistant coach at UMBC for the past five seasons, was named head coach at Stevenson … Chris Foye resigned as head coach at Felician to take an assistant coaching position at New York University. Felician appointed assistant coach Alexis Durando as interim head coach.

Men’s and women’s volleyball − Frank Lavrisha announced he will step down as coach of the women’s team at Regis (Colorado) at the end of the 2016 season. At the start of the season, Lavrisha was the seventh-winningest coach by victories among active NCAA Division II coaches.

Deaths

Ada Letitia “Tish” Loveless, a longtime director of women’s athletics at Kalamazoo, died Sept. 22. She was 91. Loveless served as director of women’s athletics from 1953 until she retired in 1986. During her tenure, she established women’s varsity teams in tennis, field hockey, archery, swimming, basketball, volleyball, soccer and cross country … Golf legend Arnold Palmer, who won seven major championships and claimed 62 titles on the PGA Tour after starring in college at Wake Forest, died Sept. 25 at the age of 87. As a collegiate athlete, Palmer captured both the 1949 and 1950 NCAA individual titles.

Oct. 10

Athletics directors − Georgia Tech named Todd Stansbury director of athletics. Stansbury, who played football for the Yellow Jackets, has served as Oregon State’s athletics director since June 2015 … Serge DeBari was named interim director of athletics at Anna Maria. DeBari, who has over 40 years of experience as a coach and administrator at local colleges, most recently served as head men's basketball coach at Assumption. 

Associate athletics directors – SIUE expanded the roles of Sandy Montgomery and Jason Coomer. Montgomery, who was named associate athletics director for alumni relations, will continue to serve as head softball coach. Coomer, who is in his ninth year with SIUE athletics, was selected as deputy athletics director … Northwestern Oklahoma State named Tim Lauderdale associate director of athletics for internal operations … Wanda Watkins has been named associate athletics director/coaches liaison and senior woman administrator at Campbell. Campbell also promoted Malinda Ashcraft to associate athletics director for student success … Eric Coleman has been named Florida Atlantic’s associate athletics director and director of the Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence. Coleman spent two years at Fresno State, where he served as the assistant athletics director for student-athlete services … Stanford promoted Jamie Breslin and Heather M. Owen to senior associate athletics director positions and elevated Tommy Gray to associate athletics director.

Assistant athletics directors SIUE promoted Emily Skowron to assistant athletics director for internal operations … Jason Veniskey was named assistant director of athletics communications at Bradley. He spent the past nine years in the same role at Canisius … Donte Carty has been named San Diego’s assistant director of athletics for marketing and promotions … Georgia Tech promoted Chris Breen to assistant athletics director for academic support services, hired Elizabeth Lancaster as assistant athletics director for events and facilities and selected Lance Markos as assistant athletics director for compliance … Joseph Carcone was named assistant athletics director for operations at Saint Rose. Carcone, who was on the Saint Rose baseball team from 2013 to 2015, worked as the athletics operations coordinator at Saint Rose for the past year … Penn State appointed David Hamilton as assistant athletics director for applied health and performance science. Hamilton had been director of performance science with USA Field Hockey since 2013.

Coaches

Baseball − Cal State East Bay hired Mike Cummins as interim head coach for the 2017 season. He spent the 2016 season as an assistant coach at San Jose State.

Men’s basketball assistants Ben Korren, a 2016 College of Charleston alum and former four-year student manager, was named assistant director of men’s basketball operations at his alma mater.

Men’s and women’s cross country and track and field Caldwell promoted Sean Begley to men’s and women’s cross country and track and field head coach, as well as strength and conditioning coach … Clarion named former assistant Ben Bevevino interim women’s track and field coach. 

Men’s and women’s lacrosse assistants − Shenandoah added Paul VanThof as a full-time assistant coach for the men’s team. VanThof previously spent one year as the defensive and recruiting coordinator at Westminster (Pennsylvania) … Hofstra announced the appointment of Brandon Mangan, a former Yale standout and a member of the 2016 Major League Lacrosse championship finalist Ohio Machine, as the Pride’s new volunteer assistant coach for the men’s team.

Softball − Charleston (West Virginia) named Kimberly Stiles head coach. Stiles spent the past six seasons as head coach at Davis and Elkins. 

Men’s and women’s swimming and diving − Jimi Kiner has been promoted to head men’s coach for his alma mater, Tampa, after serving 12 years as an assistant coach with the program …  … Ashland hired Ron Allen as head coach of the men’s and women’s teams. Allen most recently was head coach at Colorado Mesa.

Men’s and women’s volleyball − Elmira appointed Daniel Miranda as head men’s coach. Miranda spent the past year as head coach of the Genesee Community College women’s team in Batavia, New York.

Deaths

Robert H. “Bob” Scott, who served as the men’s lacrosse coach and director of athletics at Johns Hopkins in a career that spanned 40 years, died Sept. 15 at age 86. He served as lacrosse coach for 20 seasons and as director of athletics for 22 years.