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The Record: April 2015

April 20, 2015

Presidents and Chancellors – Wingate Rhett Brown was the school’s 10th president. Brown came to Wingate as a football student-athlete. In his 26 years of working at Wingate, Brown has fulfilled many duties. He served a stint as the men’s and women’s cross country coach. For the past six years, Brown has been vice-president for student life and enrollment services.

Athletics directors -- Willamette selected Valerie Cleary to serve as its next director of athletics. Cleary has worked as the senior associate athletics director and senior woman administrator at Portland State University since September of 2013 and was PSU's interim athletics director for several months. She will begin working at Willamette in late April. Cleary has a significant range of experience, including senior administrative service in athletics at Portland State, admissions work at Pacific and direction of student-athlete enhancement programs at Boise State … Tim Kenney was named director of athletics at St. Bonaventure. Kenney, 44, was the executive associate athletic director at Massachusetts in Amherst, since 2010. At UMass, Kenney restructured the entire external operations of the athletics department to maximize resources and revenue generation, and secured the first $10 million gift in the history of the university for athletics. Under his guidance, revenue for the UMass Athletics Department is at an all-time high … Massachusetts named Ryan Bamford director of athletics. Bamford becomes the seventh permanent director of athletics at UMass after spending the previous four years at Georgia Tech, including the last two as senior associate AD. From August 2013-September 2014, Bamford oversaw internal and external operations at Georgia Tech. He handled all operational aspects for football, baseball, and men's basketball while also overseeing sports medicine, player performance, facilities, equipment and game operations … David Matlin was named the new athletics director at Hawai'i. Matlin's last 13 years of affiliation with ESPN and managing the Hawai'i Bowl, Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic and the Hawaiian Islands Invitational has allowed him to build relationships with NCAA conferences, athletic directors and national organizations. He is one of nine members on the Executive Committee of the Football Bowl Association, which is the national organization established to promote, protect and ensure the quality of the student athlete experience for all college bowl games … Simpson announced the hiring of Tom Galbraith as director of athletics. He will begin duties July 1. Galbraith currently serves as the assistant director of athletics for communications at Radford in Virginia and has worked as an assistant commissioner with the Southwestern Athletic Conference. He also served as an assistant athletics director at Alabama A&M University, among other colleges … Angel Ayres, Wentworth Institute of Technology’s director of athletics since November, 2011, has announced she is stepping down, effective May 29, to become the director of athletics at the nearby Winsor School. Ayres, who patrolled the women’s soccer sidelines for 15 seasons, leaves the department after an 18-year tenure … Eastern Kentucky named Steve Lochmueller director of athletics. Most of Lochmueller's career has been spent as an executive in the telecommunications field. He has served as general manager for GTE Telecommunications, vice president and general manager for Horizon Cellular, vice president for Pre-Cellular, area general manager for Nextel Partners, regional vice president for Leap Wireless and chief operating officer, president and chief executive officer for Lightyear Network Solutions. He also served from 1992 to 1993 as a liaison for technology and communications with the Kentucky Governor's Office and CEO and owner of Sumerset Houseboats from 2003 to 2009. Before coming to Eastern Kentucky, he was the president of Direct Attention Inc … St. Lawrence named Bob Durocher to be the next director of intercollegiate athletics and recreation. Having served as the university’s head coach for men’s soccer since 1990 and assistant director of athletics since 2000, Durocher began his new duties April 1 … Piedmont Baseball Coach Jim Peeples has been named the new athletic director at the college, taking over from John Dzik, who announced in January that he would retire June 30 after 10 years in the AD position. Peeples, now in his 14th year as coach, also serves as associate athletic director for facilities. He will begin his new role on July 1 and will continue as baseball coach … Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts named Laura Mooney, associate athletic director for administration at the State University of New York Maritime College, the institution’s new athletic director on April 6. Mooney succeeds Scott Nichols, who retired this winter as MCLA’s athletic director after nearly two decades of service … Terry Turney, director of athletics at UC Davis, will leave his position to pursue other opportunities, effective June 15. In the interim, he will continue to assist the university in its capital improvement efforts. Teresa Gould was named interim athletics director, effective immediately. Gould, currently the associate executive director, chief revenue officer of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association, formerly served as UC Berkeley deputy director of athletics as well as the department's chief of staff and senior woman administrator during 13 years in Cal Athletics … Long-time Minnesota Morris Athletic Director Mark Fohlwill will retire at the end of June 2015. Fohl has served as athletic director since 1987. He oversaw Cougar athletics successful return to NCAA Division III athletics, affiliation with the Upper Midwest Athletics Conference and expansion to 19 sports for men and women … George Washington announced that Patrick Nero has signed a contract extension to remain at GW as director of athletics and recreation through the 2020-21 academic year … Craig Poisson was named the director of athletics at Springfield (Massachusetts). Poisson has more than two decades of athletics administration experience, spending the previous 19 years as a member of the Springfield athletics staff and professor of physical education. The senior associate director of athletics at Springfield since 2007, Poisson will begin his new role on July 1 … After 11 years serving as Executive Director of Athletics and Recreation, Dan Coonan has announced that he is leaving Santa Clara to return to his hometown of Los Angeles and become the Executive Director of Development for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles … Mississippi and Athletics Director Ross Bjork have agreed in principle to a contract extension that will keep him at Ole Miss through 2019 … North Carolina State announced a two-year contract extension for the school’s Director of Athletics Debbie Yow. Her contract runs through July 2019.

Associate athletics directors -- North Carolina Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator Beth Miller announced that she will retire from the university on July 1. Miller has spent the majority of her career in college athletics, serving in various roles including head volleyball coach, softball coach, business manager, assistant and associate athletic director. She is in her 31st year supervising North Carolina’s highly successful Olympic Sports program and has been the department’s senior woman administrator since 1981, and the senior associate director of athletics since 1995 … John Edwards, associate athletics director at Central (Iowa), announced his retirement effective at the end of the academic year. A 1972 Central graduate, Edwards earned eight varsity letters in football and baseball. He was selected three consecutive years to the NAIA District 15 all-area baseball team and to the NAIA all-America squad in 1970. He was Central’s head baseball coach for 25 years (1978-2002) and was an assistant football coach—primarily working with the offensive line—for 24 seasons (1973-96). Edwards was an admission office staff member for 23 years, eventually serving as associate director, before moving to the athletics department full-time. He was Central’s interim athletics director for the 1996-97 academic year and again during 2005-06 … Adrianne Swinney was named deputy athletic director at North Carolina Wilmington. Swinney joined the Seahawk program in April of 2014. She serves as the Senior Woman Administrator for the department and is the primary sport administrator for women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's cross country and track and field and volleyball … Grand Canyon has named Jason Linders as its new senior associate athletic director for student-athlete development. Linders is the newest member of the athletics leadership team and will oversee academics, including the development and implementation of a premier student-athlete academic services program, life skills and career development for student-athletes … Ithaca announced the hiring of Will Rothermel as associate director of athletics for compliance, facilities and events. Rothermel joins Ithaca following his most recent position at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he served as director of corporate partnerships and was then promoted to assistant athletic director for corporate development. In those roles, Rothermel directed a corporate sponsorship program and staff that generated more than $2.3 million in revenue and directly oversaw a portfolio of more than 125 corporate sponsors and donors.

Assistant athletics directors – Central (Iowa) women's golf coach, Tim Wilkinson, will become assistant AD for event management at the end of the academic year. Wilkinson is in his fifth year leading the women's golf program and will continue that role as well. He will coordinate event management for all home athletics events and will also manage facility scheduling for the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex … Montana announced that Mike Hanson has been hired as the school's new assistant athletic director of communications to replace the venerable Dave Guffey, who will retire after 37 years with the department. Hanson brings over two decades of communications and media relations experience in the NCAA, NFL, NHL and NBA to Montana. He joins the Griz from Alma where he has served as the Scots' sports information director since 2008, overseeing 25 teams at the NCAA Division III level.

Development – Jeff Giles was named the director of development for Wright State athletics. Giles will spearhead fundraising and development activities for the Raiders. He will oversee all aspects of the department’s fundraising operation, including annual giving, planned giving, major gifts and special events.


Men’s basketball – Monté Ross, head coach of the Delaware men's basketball team, signed a three-year contract, which is his second extension at Delaware … Muskingum named Travis Schwab head men’s basketball coach. Schwab arrives at Muskingum after a highly successful eight-year tenure at Wittenberg, which includes serving as associate head coach of men’s basketball since 2013. During his time with the Tigers, Schwab helped lead Wittenberg to the NCAA tournament in 2011 (Second Round), 2012 (Elite Eight) and 2014 (First Round). He helped guide Wittenberg to the 2011-12 regular season North Coast Athletic Conference championship and to three NCAC Tournament championship games. Since 2007, Wittenberg has compiled an impressive 142-80 (.640) record.

Field hockey – Washington and Lee announced the appointment of Gina Wills as head field hockey coach and associate professor of physical education effective June 1. Wills comes to W&L from DePauw in Greencastle, Indiana, where she served as the head field hockey coach for the last eight years. In that time, she guided the Tigers to a 121-40 (.752) overall record, four regular-season conference titles and three conference tournament championships.

Women’s soccer –  Kelly Coffey was named head women's soccer coach at Dominican (California). Coffey is a familiar name — not only to the soccer scene but to Dominican. Coffey joined Dominican athletics as an assistant coach on the men's side in August 2014. Prior to joining Dominican, Coffey spent seven seasons as a member of the San Francisco State men's soccer coaching staff.

Softball – Delaware dismissed softball coach Jaime Wohlbach from her position.

Women’s volleyball – Francisco Casado was named the women's volleyball coach at Concordia (New York). Casado, comes to Concordia after a three year break from collegiate coaching where he was the women's volleyball coach at fellow Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference member Georgian Court from 2003-2011. While at GCU, Francisco led the program to four consecutive CACC Championship Tournament titles from 2006-09 as well as being named CACC Coach of the Year in 2007.


Commissioners – Carolyn Schlie Femovich has decided to step down as the Executive Director of the Patriot League on July 31. Now in her 16th year, Femovich is the League's fourth Executive Director and has been in the position as the League's longest serving Executive Director since taking the position in 1999. Throughout her tenure, Femovich has focused on initiatives that emphasize the commitment to the League's core values. The Patriot League, which is comprised of some of the nation's premier academic institutions, has consistently finished among the top conferences in the NCAA's annual Academic Performance Rankings and Graduation Success Rates.

Senior vice presidents -- The Eastern College Athletic Conference promoted Vice President for External Affairs Drew Brown to senior vice president and chief of staff. In his new role, he will continue to have oversight of all external affairs while assuming additional responsibility in planning and directing all administrative, financial, and operational activities of the organization. Brown will be responsible for helping the ECAC achieve strategic goals and objectives, and increase operating performance.

Supervisor of officials – After 25 years as supervisor of women’s basketball officials for the Western Athletic Conference,Kaye Garms has announced her retirement, effective June 30. Garms joined the WAC staff in July of 1990 and assigned officials for all WAC women’s basketball home games, working extensively in identification, recruitment and development of new officials while enhancing training and evaluation of veteran officials. 

Deaths -- Ray Graves, a former football coach and director of athletics at Florida passed away April 10. Graves arrived at Florida in 1960 to take over a fledgeling football program and an athletic department that would undergo significant changes during his tenure. In 10 seasons as the Gators’ head coach from 1960-69, Graves won nearly 70 percent of his games, led Florida to its first appearances in the Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl, and signed a quarterback named Steve Spurrier, who would become the school's first Heisman Trophy winner in 1966. In nearly 20 years as UF's athletic director, Graves ushered in the Title IX era of the 1970s, helped develop plans that led to the building of the O'Connell Center arena and played an important role in UF's connection to the invention of Gatorade.