By Patrick Bohn
With the academic year and spring sports season winding down, schools and organizing bodies are making personnel moves, with a number of athletic administrators finding new homes.
Last week, the University of San Fransisco hired former
Syracuse University Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director Scott Sidwell as its new athletic director. At Syracuse, Sidwell was responsible for overseeing the school's fundraising organization, as well as handling the department's external operations.
At the high school level, the University Interscholastic League in Texas named
Mark Cousins its new athletic director. One of Cousins' main tasks is going to be reclassification and realignment.
George Washington University
went in a slightly different direction with the hiring
of Patrick Nero as the school's AD. Nero, previously the America East Conference commissioner, has strong marketing and fundraising skills, which should serve the school well as it looks to "better position its brand in a crowded marketplace," according to the Washington Post
Paine College introduced
Tim Duncan as its new athletic director. Duncan had previously served as Associate Athletic Director at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington
Athletic Director Morgan Burke recently had
a question and answer session, in which he addressed keeping Head Men's Basketball Coach Matt Painter, as well as a controversial letter that an administrator addressed to the booster club.
While some administrators remain sequestered in their offices, E.J. Brophy, the new
athletic director at the University of Alabama-Huntsville
, says he plans to be an active, visible participant in the department's business.
The University of Washington
doesn't have a new athletic director, but the school hopes
its new president will work closely with the athletic department.
Not all the news is positive, however. The former athletic director at Southern University
, Greg LaFleur, is suing the school for breach of contract. He was recently fired
after his arrest during a prostitution sting.
Fran Murphy, Athletic Director at Archbishop Carroll High School
in Philadelphia, was arrested and charged
with seeking sexual favors from an underage boy.
Patrick Bohn is an Assistant Editor at
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