June 20, 2017
In Illinois, the eight booster clubs at Pekin Community High School will combine into one and raise funds for the athletic department as a whole. According to the Washington Times-Reporter, the change will be celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the high school's entrance. The school says the club will be for the benefit of the school, rather than any one specific team. Danielle Owens, superintendent, said that in the past, athletic teams had to compete with each other while raising... more
June 20, 2017
Eastern University Athletics will add Men's Volleyball for the 2018-2019 academic year as the University's 21st intercollegiate sport. Interim Director of Athletics Heidi Birtwistle announced that the department will look to hire a coach this summer to give that individual a full year to recruit in advance of the Eagles' first game in January of 2019. The NCAA added Division III Men's Volleyball as a Championship in 2012 and the sport has seen tremendous growth at the high school and club... more
Student-Athlete Welfare
June 19, 2017
Richmond Community Schools in Michigan is considering revising its code of conduct to add specific consequences for students who make poor decisions with drugs and alcohol, and will vote on the issue at its meeting on Monday, June 26. “This came about because we had an instance where students made some poor choices, so we really started to reflect on the severity of that consequence and what we are trying to do for that student,” Brian Walmsley, superintendent, said. According to The Voice,... more
Legal Issues
June 18, 2017
The National College Players Association has introduced a document that high school recruits can use in place of the National Letter of Intent. Called the College Athletic Protection Agreement, it allows student-athletes to present a legally binding contract to the college or university they intend to compete for. According to CBS Sports, the contract can be customized and could require schools to provide medical treatment and insurance beyond what is normally covered. It could also allow ... more
High School News
June 16, 2017
Fifteen leaders in high school activity programs across the country have been selected to receive National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Citations. An award designed to honor individuals who have made contributions to the NFHS, state high school associations, athletic director and coaching professions, the officiating avocation and fine arts/performing arts programs, the NFHS Citation is one of the most highly regarded achievements in high school athletics and performing... more
June 16, 2017
The College of New Jersey announced Amanda V. DeMartino has been appointed executive director of athletics, effective July 3, 2017. DeMartino becomes the fifth full-time athletic director for the Lions in the history of the department. DeMartino arrives from Raritan Valley Community College, where she has been the director of athletics since August of 2011. Prior to her tenure with the RVCC Golden Lions, DeMartino was the athletic director at Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Fla. "I am... more