Athletics Staffing & Consulting (ASC) was designed to assist colleges and universities with executive searches and consulting services. ASC can provide colleges and universities a wide range of search opportunities from identifying a list of recommended candidates to conducting the entire search and from identifying prospective employees to assisting with negotiating contracts. ASC specializes in finding colleges and universities the proper staff fit and bringing a diverse group of candidates to the search process. ASC consulting services consist of feasibility studies, strategic plans, compliance reviews, NCAA/NAIA reclassification studies/transitions, conference membership options, Title IX reviews, and fundraising strategies. We formed ASC because we felt there was a need for a firm that was dedicated to diversity and that had personal experiences in dealing with the challenges associated with recruitment and hiring. Our experts have been the Conference Commissioner, Athletics Director, and/or coach who has lived through what you need assistance with.
President/CEO – Carl McAloose
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.
McAloose is known as a great judge of talent and personnel in college athletics
and for his vision and ability to develop a plan to attain that vision. As
Director of Athletics at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), McAloose was
responsible for building the FGCU program from its inception in 2000. FGCU was
the first institution to receive a waiver from the NCAA II during the transition
period. FGCU made a move from Division II to NCAA Division I in the Fall of
2008. He developed the feasibility study that helped FGCU make the decision to
move to NCAA I and was responsible for establishing FGCU Division I conference
membership. He developed a strategic plan to meet the university’s mission and
goals for the move to NCAA I.
At FGCU, McAloose was responsible for hiring a staff who built programs which
brought unprecedented success. During their first season of NCAA post season
eligibility, FGCU had six teams represented at the NCAA II championships. During
the second season, ten of eleven teams competed in the NCAA championships.
During the 2007-08 season, FGCU had several teams advance in the NCAA tournament
with two teams ranked No. 1. The Eagles won 80 percent of their Division II
contests. The success continued as a Division I program as FGCU won seven
conference championships in five sports in its first 18 months in Division I.
Student-athletes also succeeded in the classroom with a 3.2 GPA or higher during
each year and contributed annually over 7,500 hours of community service.
Prior to joining FGCU, McAloose was the Commissioner of the Great Lakes Valley
Conference, where he increased the conference reserve 500 percent and the budget
by 50 percent through the incorporation of corporate partnerships. McAloose also
enhanced the GLVC’s championships including the implementation of a neutral site
men’s and women’s basketball championship which attracted over 21,000 people
annually. He was also instrumental, as their first full-time commissioner, in
setting up the conference operations, budget, staffing, and strategic plan.
McAloose has also held the positions of Associate Commissioner of the Big South
Conference, Associate AD at Coastal Carolina, Assistant AD and Coach at West
Chester University, and Sports Information Director at Guilford College and
Frostburg State University. McAloose has been very active at the NCAA level,
serving on the NCAA II Management Council, NCAA Legislative Committee, NCAA
Amateur Clearinghouse Committee, DII Men’s Basketball Committee and Tournament
Director for the NCAA II Elite Eight (four years).
McAloose formed ASC because presidents, athletics directors and commissioners
were referred to him to assist them with different consulting and staffing
projects. "Having experienced various transitions with regard to both conference
and national affiliation, I was regularly being contacted to consult with and
assist other institutions and conferences. The presidents and athletic
administrators seeking assistance along with other requests to assist in the
area of staffing are what motivated me to start ASC. I want to assist other
institutions in building their programs by maximizing personnel, creating a
vision and developing a plan for improvement," said McAloose. “When working in
the staffing area, ASC will find out the type of individual you are searching
for and make the contacts to find you the most qualified and diverse pool of
applicants available. When counseling on various issues, ASC will be able to
research the issues, understand the specific challenges, and cost effectively
create a vision."
Kurt Patberg, Ph.D., Senior Vice President
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.
Patberg’s has been commissioner of the Southern States Athletic Conference
(SSAC) a leadership position he held from early 2008 to 2012. Patberg, through
corporate marketing ventures and membership expansion, lead the conference to
become one of the stronger conferences in the NAIA. While in this role, he
served on the NAIA National Administrative Counsel, National Letter of Intent
Committee, Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) Executive Committee, and
is chair-elect of the CCA. One committee is studying the need for a National
Letter of Intent program and the other two committees are CCA committees
relating to national marketing programs and championship sport sponsorship
Prior to joining the SSAC, Patberg spent seven years as the general manager of
Competitive Resources which at the time was the leading career and placement
service in the country for persons with competitive athletic experiences. During
that time, he also assisted in the areas of career development and placement,
primarily for collegiate athletes. He was one of the primary designers of the
SCORE programs, a seminar that assists student athletes in preparing for
professional careers after their days as student-athletes. He also served for
two years as a lead speaker at the NCAA Career Connections, a special conference
for young adults attempting to enter the collegiate sports ranks.
Patberg has served on multiple committees and associations. Among them are:
Chick-fil-A Bowl Selection Committee [nine years], Southern Catholic University
Athletic Consultation Team, Colonial Athletic Association Basketball
Championships Tournament Committee, and Colorado Springs Sports Corporation
Board of Directors. He is currently Co-Director of Patberg Sports Enterprises.
In addition to the years Patberg served as commissioner of SSAC, he served as
commissioner of two NCAA Division II conferences—the Northern Sun
Intercollegiate Conference (1997-2000) and the Rocky Mountain Athletic
Conference (1991-1997). Patberg has been a pioneer in several areas of
conference office operations. The league he led was the first non-Division I
conference to implement career development for its athletes, and his conferences
were the first NCAA II and NAIA conferences to implement weekly television
highlight- and feature-based programs. He is widely known for his success in the
areas of corporate partnership and sponsorship development.
“For a number of years I have been in a position to help institutions improve
their organizations through their athletic programs. Although assisting
institutions and individuals was not directly addressed in the job description,
it has been an important and enjoyable part of my life. Therefore, I joined ASC
so I can, on a full-time basis, use my unique knowledge base to help others
reach their goals,” said Patberg.
Patberg received his bachelor's degree in business administration from the
University of Evansville (1981) and continued his studies as a master’s level
student in sports administration at Ohio University. In 2001 he completed his
PH.D. in Kinesiology with emphasis on Higher Education and Sports Administration
at the University of Minnesota.