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Assistant commissioners

The American Southwest Conference named Cody Usher as assistant commissioner. Usher joins the ASC staff after six years as director of athletics communications at Hendrix.

Athletics directors

State University of New York at Cobleskill announced Marie Curran-Headley will be the school’s new athletics director. Curran-Headley, who will assume her duties at Cobleskill State on Aug. 14, formerly served as assistant director of athletics at Buffalo State.

Associate athletics directors

Pittsburgh named Brendan Fouracre as executive associate athletics director for capital planning and projects and facility and event operations. Previously, Fouracre spent six seasons at Cincinnati as senior associate director of athletics for capital projects, facilities and operations … The University of South Carolina Upstate promoted head softball coach Chris Hawkins to associate athletics director. Hawkins will remain the head softball coach for his alma mater … Annie Fiorvanti has been named associate athletics director for compliance services at UConn. Fiorvanti has been a member of the UConn athletics compliance staff since 2011.

Coaches

Men’s golf

Wingate announced John Hackney as its head coach.  Hackney spent three seasons as the head men's and women's golf coach at California Baptist … The Sage Colleges selected Kevin Cain as head coach. Cain replaces Robert Verhayden, who left the golf position to focus on his new roles as head women's and men's volleyball coach at the school. Cain is the current assistant golf professional at Colonie Golf and Country Club in Voorheesville, New York.

Men’s and women’s track and field, cross country

Hartford named Stacie Wentz as its new head men’s and women’s cross country and track and field coach. Wentz previously served for four years in a similar role at Assumption … South Dakota head men’s track and field coach Dave Gottsleben announced his retirement from coaching after 33 years at the school. Gottsleben twice was named Division II Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association.

Baseball

Southern University selected Kerrick Jackson as its head coach. Jackson was formerly an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Missouri before becoming a professional sports agent for two years.

Softball

Minnesota selected Jamie Trachsel to be the next Gophers head coach. Trachsel, a Minnesota native, previously was head coach for one season at Iowa State and for six years at North Dakota State.

Women’s lacrosse

Jordan Trautman has been named head coach at Monmouth after serving as head coach at Kean for the past five seasons. Trautman is a former All-American player at Georgetown.

Athletics directors

Wisconsin-Parkside named Andrew Gavin its director of athletics. Gavin previously was associate athletics director for advancement and external relations at Centre.

Associate athletics directors

Florida Gulf Coast promoted Graham Diemer to associate athletics director for advancement. Diemer recently completed his sixth year with the Eagles … Kansas State named Jill Shields deputy athletics director. She has been a part of the athletics administrative team for 19 years. In addition, Lindsey Babcock, Scott Garrett, Casey Scott and Bruce Shubert were promoted to executive associate athletics directors.

Coaches

Football

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze resigned his position. Assistant head coach Matt Luke was named interim head coach … Doug Semones retired after four seasons as head coach at Occidental.

Men’s and women’s golf

Jim Garren was named head men’s coach at Coastal Carolina. Garren spent the past three seasons as the assistant coach for the Oklahoma men’s program … East Carolina named Andrew Sapp head coach of its men’s team. Sapp spent six years leading the men’s golf program at North Carolina … West Georgia selected Todd Selders as head coach for the men’s and women’s programs. Selders most recently served as director of golf and head men’s coach at Charleston Southern … Wheaton named Ben Souders as head coach of men’s team and Allie Paluchniak as head coach of the women’s team. Souders, a 2013 graduate of Wheaton and former student-athlete, also will continue as the equipment and business projects manager at Wheaton, a position he has held since 2015. Paluchniak will serve as an assistant coach with the Thunder women’s basketball program in addition to her role with the golf team.

Men’s and women’s ice hockey

Holy Cross named Katie Lachapelle associate head coach of its women’s team. Lachapelle spent the previous nine seasons as an assistant coach at Boston U … Alaska Fairbanks promoted Lance West to head coach for the men’s program. West has served as assistant coach for the past nine seasons.

Men’s and women’s lacrosse

Tyler O'Keefe was named head coach of the men’s team at MIT. O'Keefe was an assistant coach for the past two seasons at Williams … Methodist hired Bree Galloway as head coach of the women’s team. Galloway spent the 2017 season as head coach of the women’s team at Wilmington (Ohio).

Men’s and women’s soccer

Greg Hooks is retiring as head coach of the men’s team at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Hooks has led the Spartans for 22 seasons. Scott Halkett was promoted to head coach of his alma mater. Halkett, a captain of the 1995 team, was an assistant coach for USC Upstate for four years before being promoted to associate head coach earlier this year.

Softball

Kristie Fox was hired as head coach at UNLV. Fox, who helped Arizona win NCAA championships in 2006 and 2007 as a student-athlete, spent five years as head coach at UT Arlington … Northern State hired Jenny Fuller as head coach. Fuller previously spent two seasons as head coach at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.

Men’s and women’s swimming and diving

Erik Matheson was named head coach of the women’s team at Western State. Matheson spent the past six years at East Los Angeles College in California as head of the aquatics program.

Men’s and women’s tennis

Matt Rowe resigned after two seasons as head coach of the men’s and women’s teams at Barton … Anik Cepeda was named head coach of the women’s team at Williams. Cepeda, who served as an assistant for the men’s and women’s teams at Williams during the 2013-14 academic year, most recently was an assistant at Marshall … Emerson hired Aaron Bergeron as head coach of the men’s and women’s teams. Bergeron previously served as head coach at Wentworth and Merrimack … Pacific Lutheran hired Matt Look as head coach of the men’s program. Look spent the previous two seasons as an assistant for the men’s and women’s programs at Seattle.

Wrestling

Kevin Schiltz, a 16-year assistant coach at Saint John’s (Minnesota), was promoted to head coach.

Deaths

Florida Tech student-athlete Christian Lake died July 19. Lake, 21, was a member of the Florida Tech men’s cross country team during the 2016 season and the men’s track and field team during the 2017 campaign after transferring from Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Florida.

Associate athletics directors

South Carolina promoted Steve Eigenbrot to senior associate athletics director for development and the Gamecock Club and Chance Miller to senior associate athletics director for compliance services … Abilene Christian promoted Dave Kinard to deputy director of athletics, Lisa Gilmore to senior associate director of athletics for student-athlete welfare and Chris Ballard to associate director of athletics for academics … South Dakota named Andy Carr associate athletics director for development, as well as director of development for the University of South Dakota Foundation. Carr spent the past six years as the head football coach and assistant director of athletics at Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota … New Haven promoted Dan Ruede to associate director of athletics for strategic communications.

Assistant athletics directors

Holy Cross named Allison Crandall assistant director of athletics for content and digital strategy. Crandall spent 10 years at Bryant, including the past four years as assistant director of athletics for communications … Minnesota State Mankato named Tony Scherber assistant athletics director for sport operations.
Coaches

Baseball

Chad Holbrook was named head coach of the College of Charleston program. Holbrook previously served five seasons as head coach at South Carolina, compiling a 200-106 overall record and .654 winning percentage … Manhattan head coach Jim Duffy resigned to accept a coaching position at Rutgers. Duffy was head coach at Manhattan for six years … Southwestern (Texas) hired J.C. Bunch as head coach. Bunch spent 11 seasons as assistant coach at Trinity (Texas).

Women’s basketball

Gary Broadhurst was promoted to head coach at Keuka after spending three seasons as an assistant.

Men’s and women’s golf

Evan Kee was named head men’s and women’s coach at Keuka. He previously was the head tennis coach and assistant men’s basketball coach at Keuka. He will continue as the assistant men’s basketball coach and also will assist with the women’s basketball team … North Carolina promoted Andrew DiBitetto to head coach of the men’s program. DiBitetto has coached collegiately for nine seasons, including the past six as assistant and associate head coach at North Carolina … Elmira appointed Mike Zannella as head men’s golf coach and assistant men’s ice hockey coach for the upcoming 2017-18 season. Zannella spent the past year as an assistant coach with Skidmore’s men’s ice hockey team.

Softball

Northland hired Brittany Jurek as head coach. Jurek most recently served as assistant coach/head junior varsity coach at the University of Northwestern Ohio for three seasons.

Men’s and women’s swimming and diving

Bard hired John Weitz as head men’s and women’s coach and aquatics director. Weitz was an assistant coach at Johns Hopkins for six years and head coach at Wabash for two years.

Conferences

The Colonial Athletic Association hired John Heck as associate commissioner for compliance and governance. Heck has worked as assistant athletics director for compliance at Auburn since December 2012.

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