Former North Carolina-Wilmington baseball player John Raynor is returning as a student assistant baseball coach. Raynor is completing his undergraduate degree after a six-year professional career. Raynor played for the Seahawks from 2003-06.
Associate athletics directors – Livingstone hired Michael Thompson as its new associate athletics director for compliance and student services. Thompson worked at Morgan State from 2008-10.
Men’s and women’s cross country and track and field assistants – La Salle added Stephanie Orji to its track and field staff as an assistant.
Football – Weber State head football coach Ron McBride will retire and the end of the season. McBride coached Weber State for seven years and has nearly 50 years of Division I coaching experience overall … Penn State announced that head football coach Joe Paterno will retire at the end of the season. Paterno, who is 84, is in his 46th season with the Nittany Lions. He has 409 victories, a record for major college football
Men’s and women’s soccer – San Francisco’s head women’s soccer coach Mark Carr resigned. Carr was at the helm for the past five seasons.
Wrestling assistants – Minnesota State Mankato named Adam Aho assistant coach.
The Summit League promoted Myndee Kay Larsen to senior associate commissioner and David Brauer to assistant commissioner for communications.
Former New Jersey City football player and Newark Police Department detective Michael Morgan was killed in an off-duty shooting at the age of 32. Morgan played for the Gothic Knights from 1997-2000.
NCAA Committee Vacancies
The NCAA is soliciting nominations for six April 1, 2012, vacancies on the Division I Progress-Toward-Degree Waiver Committee. As part of the increased academic standards for two-year college transfers, the Division I Board of Directors adopted NCAA Division I Proposal No. 2011-70 in October. This proposal expands the committee from eight members to 14 and incorporates the review of all two-year college transfer waivers. This legislation is effective April 1, 2012. The committee will be separated into two subcommittees, one to process the current waivers handled by the committee and a second to handle all two-year college transfer requirements. The six April 2012 vacancies are in addition to the two September 1, 2012, vacancies for which nominations currently are being sought. The deadline for submitting nomination materials is Dec. 2, 2011. Nominations must be submitted online by conferences.
In addition, the NCAA is soliciting nominations for January 2012 vacancies on the following committees. The deadline for submitting nomination materials is Dec. 2, 2011. Nominations must be submitted online (access code: membership2, password: service).
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