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Chancellors and presidents

The board of governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education selected Clarion President Karen M. Whitney to serve as interim chancellor beginning Sept. 12. She will follow Chancellor Frank T. Brogan, who plans to retire next month.

Associate athletics director

West Virginia named Simon Dover senior associate athletics director for business operations and chief financial officer. Dover spent the past three years as chief financial and operating officer at Rice.


Baseball assistants

College of Charleston hired Kevin Nichols as assistant head coach/hitting, Jim Toman as assistant head coach/recruiting and Will Dorton as assistant coach/pitching. Nichols previously spent 18 years as head coach at Erskine. Toman spent nine seasons as head coach at Liberty. Dorton spent one year as the pitching coach at Florence-Darlington Technical College in Florence, South Carolina.

Women’s basketball

Dickinson hired Emily Hays as head coach. Hays previously was head coach at Hiram for three seasons.

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

Brad Gamble, head coach of the men’s and women’s track and field teams at Chadron State, is stepping down after accepting an equivalent post at Colorado Mesa. Gamble oversaw the program at Chadron State for three seasons.


Robert Cushman was named head coach at Occidental. Cushman previously coached at Minnesota-Morris.

Men’s and women’s lacrosse assistants

Delaware added Joe Tornetta and Callie Santos as assistant coaches for its women’s team.


After 10 seasons, Washington and Jefferson head coach Nicole Vitello is resigning to pursue other professional opportunities … Ripon head coach Brooke Kalman is stepping down to pursue other opportunities after one season with the team … Jamie Pinkerton has been named head softball coach at Iowa State. Pinkerton formerly served at Tulsa, Arkansas and Montana. He also was an assistant at Iowa State for four years … Hartford selected Angie Churchill as head softball coach. Churchill formerly served at Wagner, where she led her team to back-to-back 20-win seasons … Shorter promoted Danielle Brewer to head coach. Brewer joined the coaching staff in 2016 as an assistant coach.

Softball assistants

Jackie Bishop was named an assistant coach at Bradley. Bishop served as a graduate assistant coach at Oklahoma for the past two seasons, where she assisted with the pitching staff as the Sooners claimed both the 2016 and 2017 national titles.

Men’s and women’s swimming and diving

TCU selected Sam Busch as head swimming and diving coach. Busch replaces Richard Sybesma, who retired after 38 years at TCU. Busch served the past four years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Virginia.

Men’s and women’s tennis

Alverno hired Will East as head coach at the women’s college. East recently accepted a position as a tennis professional at Elite Sports Club in Mequon, Wisconsin.

Beach volleyball and men’s and women’s volleyball

SUNY Geneseo promoted Hunter Drews to head coach of the women’s team. Drews spent the 2016-17 season as an assistant coach at SUNY Geneseo under head coach Amber Dunn, who spent two seasons with the team before being appointed head coach at Wisconsin-La Crosse … Nancy Cole will step away as head coach of the women’s team at Houghton for the 2017 season. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in the spring. Assistant coach Brianne Starks will serve as interim head coach this season.

Associate athletics directors

Robin Hamilton announced she will retire Sept. 1 after 32 years at Puget Sound. She has served as associate director of athletics since 2001 … Alfred appointed Tony Aquilina as associate director of athletics. Aquilina, who served as assistant athletics director for internal operations at Alfred from August 2012 to August 2016, most recently worked at Misericordia.

Assistant athletics directors

Ron LeClair was named assistant athletics director and head athletic trainer for Regis (Massachusetts) … Alfred promoted Jessica Hurlbut to assistant athletics director. Hurlbut, a 2004 graduate of Alfred, had been head athletic trainer and senior woman administrator for the past four years … Former strength and conditioning coordinator Cait Finn has rejoined Rosemont as an assistant athletics director for student-athlete performance.


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

Jack Hoyt was hired as head coach of the Azusa Pacific men’s and women’s track and field program. Hoyt has nearly 30 years of collegiate coaching experience, including the past five years as associate head coach at UCLA.

Men’s and women’s lacrosse assistants

Holy Cross hired Taylor Pennell as an assistant coach for the women’s team. Pennell, who graduated from Rutgers in 2016 and was a two-year captain, served as an assistant coach at Bucknell during the 2017 season.

Beach volleyball and men’s and women’s volleyball

Delaware Valley promoted assistant coach Janel Gluch to interim head coach of the women’s team. Gluch, who played for the Aggies from 2010 to 2013, worked closely with the team’s middle hitters during three years as an assistant.

Presidents and chancellors

Lees-McRae President Barry M. Buxton announced he will retire in May. A search for his replacement has begun. Buxton has served as the president of Lees-McRae since June 1, 2010.

Associate athletics directors

Lenoir-Rhyne hired Aaron Bessey as associate athletics director for marketing and promotions. Bessey served as athletics director of marketing at Georgia State for the past two years … Hofstra promoted Alyssa Morales Kelly to associate director of athletics for NCAA education and compliance services … Virginia Tech hired Angie Littlejohn as senior associate athletics director for internal operations. Littlejohn had served as general counsel and executive associate athletics director at Furman since December 2015 … Columbia named Bob Steitz as senior associate athletics director for external affairs. Steitz most recently spent nearly 14 years as senior associate athletics director at Villanova.

Assistant athletics directors

Jaci Gabelt was named to the newly created position of assistant athletics director for external operations at Belmont Abbey. Gabelt spent the past two years as head softball coach at Rider.



Erskine head coach Kevin Nichols resigned to accept a staff position at the College of Charleston. In 18 seasons at Erskine, Nichols amassed 588 career wins.

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

The University of Mary announced that Dennis Newell, head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country teams, also will assume leadership of the track and field programs. Newell is entering his 12th season with the Marauders … New Mexico State hired Doug Reynolds as head coach of the women’s track and field and cross country programs. He most recently spent six seasons at Alabama as an assistant coach … The Sage Colleges selected Zachary Williams as head coach for the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs. Williams served the past four seasons as an assistant at Siena.

Men’s and women’s golf

Minnesota-Crookston announced Bryant Friskop as head coach of the men’s and women’s programs. Friskop also will continue his duties as assistant women’s basketball coach, a position he has held for the past two seasons … Queens (North Carolina) named Andrew Serketich head men’s coach. The Queens alum previously served as the team’s associate head coach from 2010 to 2014.

Men’s and women’s lacrosse

Trinity (Connecticut) hired Jason Tarnow as head coach of its men’s team. Tarnow previously was head coach at Baldwin Wallace.


Dominican (California) promoted Juliana Santos to interim head coach after head coach Tori Nyberg accepted a position as a pitching coach at Stanford. Nyberg spent one season at Dominican.

Softball assistant

Wingate hired Morgan Melloh as an assistant coach. Melloh has played softball professionally in Japan and for the Dallas Charge and the Scrap Yard Dawgs. She also has spent time as an assistant coach at Ursuline.

Men’s and women’s tennis

Barton hired Lee Underwood as head coach of the men’s and women’s teams. Underwood was most recently the head coach at Edinboro for seven seasons … Notre Dame (Ohio) hired Nicole Gregory as head coach of the women’s team. Gregory spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Cleveland State, where she also played tennis for four years.

Strength and conditioning

James Prendergast was promoted to head strength and conditioning coach at Hofstra. Prendergast has spent seven years on the Hofstra strength and conditioning staff, including the past three as associate head strength and conditioning coach.