Blog: February 1, 2008

Peer Press Clippings

By Nate Dougherty

Athletic directors have a hectic job to do, whether they’re hiring, firing, or retiring. Athletic Management keeps tabs on high school and college athletic directors who have been making news.

At LSU, those in charge of finding a new athletic director aren't too worried about attracting good candidates for the job. "This is an athletic program that anyone in their right mind would want to lead," said university President John Lombardi. "We want someone who sees this as an opportunity of a lifetime and they want to be here. Attracting the best candidates should not be a problem."

After nine years at the helm at the University of Northern Iowa, Athletic Director Rick Hartzell is calling it quits. He said his resignation came because the school administration could not reach an agreement on his requests for a contract extension, returning athletic tickets and facilities responsibilities to the athletic director, and his reporting to the president.

At Princeton High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, Anthony "Tony" Salvato did it all. The former athletic director, who passed away this week at age 86, also taught chemistry and math, coached high school football, track, baseball, and basketball for nine years, and even helped lead the school's driver's education program.

Moorehead State University Athletic Director Brian Hutchinson takes a chance to talk about the success the school's basketball teams are having and encourages fans to support them through the "stretch run."

Endicott College didn't have to look far to find its new Director of Athletics. Brian Wylie, who is taking over the position after former AD Larry Hiser's departure, was one of the founders of men’s athletics after the school went co-ed in 1994. Oh, and he's also the son of the school's president, Dr. Richard E. Wylie.

In 2001, blogger Richard Lozano e-mailed University of Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden about selling his missouritigers.com domain to the school. Lozano's request was forwarded to the school's director of communications, but he never heard back. Now, seven years later, the school has changed its mind and the licensing firm in charge of its merchandise is preparing to take Lozano to court for the domain.

UC Santa Barbara Athletic Director Gary Cunningham will retire next summer after 13 years on the job. "I am proud of what we have accomplished in my 12 1/2 years," Cunningham said in a statement issued Tuesday. "The accomplishments were not a one person effort, everyone has contributed and I am grateful to all of the staff, coaches, and student-athletes."

To fills its AD opening, Florida State University may be looking to the professional ranks. Martin Mayhew, the Detroit Lions' assistant general manager, is among three finalists for the position.

Nate Dougherty is an Assistant Editor at Athletic Management.