Blog: May 9, 2011

Movers, Shakers & Newsmakers

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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Purdue University 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Athletic Management.