Athletics Staffing & Consultants (ASC) is designed to provide consulting services to conferences, colleges and universities and to assist with executive searches. ASC was formed because we felt there was a need for a firm with executives who have personal professional experiences in dealing with challenges associated with intercollegiate athletics and who can provide special service at a more reasonable cost than is being offered in the field. Our experts have been the conference commissioners, athletics director, senior level administrators and coaches who have gained direct field experience and therefore understand what is needed in this area.
ASC provides colleges and universities a wide range of search opportunities from simply identifying qualified potential candidates to conducting the entire search and assisting with negotiation of the contract. ASC specializes in finding the proper staff fit for colleges and universities by bringing a diverse group of candidates to the search process either by providing a full-service search or in a more specialized modified search.
ASC provides consulting services to both institutions and conferences. The institutional consulting consists of feasibility studies, strategic plans, compliance reviews, NCAA/NAIA reclassification studies/transitions, conference membership assistance, Title IX reviews, and fundraising strategies. Another service, somewhat specialized to ASC, is analysis provided to institutions in the area of maximizing the use of athletics as an enrollment and retention tool.
Wendy McManus assists ASC on a part-time basis in her primary areas of expertise which are NCAA Division II compliance and guiding institutions through the membership transitioning process. McManus was a lead consultant as Purdue University Northwest submitted their recent application to NCAA Division II.
Read more: Wendy McManus, Division II Compliance Consultant
Tammy Ikerd is ASC’s primary NCAA Division II compliance expert. Ikerd in her full-time capacity is employed at Southern Nazarene University is the Associate Athletic Director, Director of Compliance and Senior Woman Administrator. Ikerd has been with Southern Nazarene since 2013.
Ikerd’s previous experience was at Southwest Baptist University where she spent 16 years working for the athletics department in various roles. The last seven years she served as the Director of Compliance. Her last year she was the Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance as well as being named the interim Head Softball Coach for the 2011-12 season. In her only year as a collegiate coach she led the Bearcats to a 16-30 record. Her previous duties included serving as interim SWA; athletics finance director, and ticket manager, providing game supervision and administration, as well as traveling with the women’s teams.
Ikerd earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southwest Baptist in 2009 and holds memberships in both NAAC (National Association of Athletics Compliance) and NACWAA (National Association of Collegiate Women’s Athletic Administrators). She is also a 2010 graduate of the NACWAA/NCAA Institute for Administrative Advancement and has participated in leadership programs such as the NCAA Leadership Institute (2009) and the MIAA Professional Development Institute for Female and Minority Coaches (2011). She also served on the MIAA committee commemorating the conference’s centennial celebration of 2012.
Ikerd and her husband, Bart, have two sons, Logan and Sean and a daughter, Sami. Their daughter and son-in-law, Clint have three children.
Tim Selgo joined ASC in July 2016 following 20 years as athletic director at Grand Valley State University and brings over 28 years of successful college athletics experience to Athletics Staffing and Consultants.
Read more: Tim Selgo, MA - Senior Consultant
Carl McAloose has unparalleled experience in a variety of positions within both the NCAA and NAIA. He has been a commissioner, an athletic director, a coach, a student-athlete and has worked at every level of the NCAA. He has numerous contacts with the NCAA and NAIA staffs, with conference commissioners, with directors of athletics, and with coaches throughout the country.
Read more: Carl McAloose - President/CEO
Dr. Kurt Patberg has over 30 plus years of college athletic experience both on campus and in conference commissioner positions in the NCAA and in the NAIA. Prior to joining ASC, Patberg has exhibited expertise and has consulted in many different areas in small college athletics on topics ranging from conference affiliation and expansion, to NCAA and NAIA transitions, to feasibility of football, to the use of athletics to drive admissions and retention at enrollment driven institutions.
Read more: Kurt Patberg, Ph.D. - Senior Vice President
Dr. Tom Hart who is currently serving as Interim Athletic Director at Bluefield State College (NCAA Division II) in Bluefield, West Virginia is a special consultant for ASC in the area of enrollment and retention. Hart has over twenty years of experience working with enrollment driven private colleges and university in assisting these schools in maximizing the use of athletics as an enrollment and retention tool.
Read more: Thomas Hart, DMgt - Special Consultant
Dr. Christopher J. Parker currently serves as the Vice President of Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. Prior to Pfeiffer, Parker has over a decade of experience as a junior college athletic director and region director/commissioner and will use the experiences in these areas as his primary area of focus with ASC.
Before joining the ranks of the junior college sector, Dr. Parker served as an assistant baseball coach at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA while earning a Master's degree in Sports Leadership. His playing career began at Hampden-Sydney College before migrating to Virginia Tech, while having the opportunity to compete for NC in the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kansas on two occasions, helping the Rock City Red Sox to an 11th place finish out of 50 teams. He still serves as an associate MLB scout for the Atlanta Braves and previously with the Boston Red Sox.
In 2006, Dr. Parker was hired to lead the first ever community college in Virginia to compete at the NJCAA level. He took over as the first ever Athletic Director and baseball coach building a complete comprehensive athletic program. He was personally responsible for fundraising over $2 million for intercollegiate athletics at PHCC to renovate and construct facilities and daily operational needs. In addition, Parker served as the assistant director and director for Region 10 of the NJCAA for seven years, which is the largest Region member in the country. His leadership helped the Commonwealth of Virginia add another eight NJCAA official members over a six-year period and was asked by the system's office to lead a state wide committee. Her served as a consultant to help five of these institutions begin and establish their programs. In addition, Parker served as Dean of General Academics, Vice President, and Executive Director at PHCC before departing for Pfeiffer in January of 2016.
Dr. Parker has taught sports management courses for four different colleges/universities over the past 11 years and completed his dissertation on the "financial effects of changing NCAA athletic conferences."
In 2010, Dr. Parker was recognized for his leadership as he was named the Under Armour NACDA Junior College Athletic Director of the Year. Over the ten years, Patrick Henry Community College was the host to 10 region and district championships in 7 different sports and was capped off by being the host of the 2015 NJCAA Division 1 National Championship which has been nominated as the top 5 national championships of all sports for 2015 by Sports Travel Magazine. Upon Parker's departure, PHCC had won 9 regional championships, seen 11 student-athletes named to the All-American list, and seen 8 of its 12 sports earn top 25 national rankings. In addition, the 2009 PHCC women's basketball team is the only team in the country to lose one game in their inaugural season, which was the national championship game. The college recently named the championship showcase in his honor and elected him to the athletic Hall of Fame that he created in 2007 to begin an organized award structure.