"While working to form a new athletic conference, we secured the services and consulting expertise of ASC. We were extremely pleased with their assistance and timeliness in helping us achieve our goals within a realistic and feasible budget. ASC was a trusted and valued resource in helping us develop membership goals, budgets, new bylaws, name and logo development, as well as a successful commissioner search. The ASC staff prepared us with just what we needed so our new commissioner could make immediate progress. ASC understands conference office operations and they were a tremendous asset for our leadership group.  I am pleased to say we now have a vibrant and growing conference thanks in part to ASC's important efforts."

Dr. Stephen W. Shirley
President, Minot State University
President (previous), Valley City State University

Conference Consulting Overview

Below is recent conference news about ASC Staffing and Consulting.


LEC Commissioner Search

LECAthletic Staffing and Consultants (ASC) has been awarded the opportunity to conduct the search for the next commissioner of the Little East Conference (LEC). The Little East Conference, which consists of nine public institutions located throughout New England, seeks a replacement for Cora Brumley who announced her resignation at the end of the academic year.

Dr. Kurt Patberg, ASC’s Senior Vice President will be assisting the established search committee and working in collaboration with Dr. Frank Sanchez, President of Rhode Island College and the incoming Chair of the LEC Presidents Council. ASC Senior Consultant Kim Fierke will assist with the search.

“We are thrilled to have been selected to conduct the search for the next Little East Conference commissioner,” explains Patberg, “As with all of the searches we have been entrusted with, our goal is to find the right leader that will be able to grow with the conference and its member institutions.” Patberg also assisted the league leadership in its strategic planning in 2017.

The Little East Conference was established on April 28, 1986 as a single sport league by six public institutions located throughout New England.  The LEC-member men’s and women’s basketball teams commenced play in 1986-87 with double round-robin regular season and six-team championship tournament.  The Little East Conference has since become a multi-sport league with nine primary members, six affiliate members and 19 championships. 

The Little East Conference's primary members are Castleton University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Keene State College, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, Plymouth State University, Rhode Island College, University of Southern Maine and Western Connecticut State University. 

Landmark Conference Search

landmark2Athletic Staffing and Consultants (ASC) has been selected to assist in the search for the next commissioner of the Landmark Conference. The Landmark Conference which was formed in 2005 is seeking its’ second full-time commissioner.

Bryon Grigsby, President of Moravian College, and Pam Samuelson, Landmark Conference athletic director representative will lead the search and is being assisted by Dr. Kurt Patberg, ASC’s Senior Vice President, who will be assisted by ASC’s Kim Fierke.

“We are pleased to have been selected to conduct the search for the next Landmark Conference commissioner,” explains Patberg, “As with all of the searches we have been entrusted with, our goal is to find the right leader that will be able to grow with the conference and its’ member institutions.”

The Landmark Conference is a NCAA Division III conference that currently has eight private institutions located in the Mid-Atlantic region. The search process will be completed this spring with an anticipated start date of June 1.

Parkside to GLIAC

uwparksideThe ASC, in its continued efforts to help the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) secure quality members, has been actively involved as an advisor with regard to the University of Wisconsin Parkside decision to become a GLIAC member beginning the 2018-19 fiscal year. UWP, a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference since 1994, feels it is now better aligned with the membership of the GLIAC. UWP’s announcement came on September 23, 2017, following a unanimous decision by the GLIAC leadership to accept them as members. More details about this decision can be reviewed in the article: http://parksiderangers.com/news/2017/9/23/general-uw-parkside-accepts-unanimous-invitation-to-join-the-gliac.aspx

Little East Selects ASC

Little East Conference logoThe Little East Conference leadership secured the services of Dr. Kurt Patberg of ASC to conduct a comprehensive strategic plan for the conference. ASC was selected from a RFP inquiry by Commissioner Cora Brumley indicating that the conference leadership is seeking assistance in conducting a fair and extensive evaluation to address some issues, challenges and opportunities as identified by the leadership of the Little East Conference. Patberg brings to the table nearly 15 years of commissioner experience and since his time as a consultant has helped several conferences with their strategic plans and other conference needs as identified. The final results of this strategic planning process were provided to the league leadership by stated completion deadline of April 10, 2017.

GLIAC Expansion

GLIAC Team picture with trophy scaledWith the membership move of a portion of the eastern half of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, the leadership of the GLIAC has reached out to ASC to assist with future membership expansions. Kurt Patberg is the primary consultant on this project which began this past August and will run over the next two years.

Prior to July 1, 2015 the member institutions of University of Findlay, Hillsdale College, Lake Erie College, Ohio Dominican University and Walsh University announced they will exist the GLIAC to join the GMAC beginning the 2017-18 academic year. These departures follow the exit of Malone University who will join the GMAC for the 2016-17 season.

The GLIAC, following the departure of these institutions, will have ten member institutions and looks to grow to twelve with possible growth to fourteen. The GLIAC has had multiple applications and will evaluate those applications over the course of the 2015-16 academic year.

Poerner - LSC Commish

Jay Poerner scaledJay Poerner was selected to become the full-time commissioner of the Lone Star Conference on June 2, 2015. Poerner moves into this role after having served as interim commissioner for the past ten months. Poerner has been with the LSC for the past eight years in the Associate Commissioner role. Poerner was selected over a quality group of candidates.

Kurt Patberg of ASC, who has 15 years of commissioner experience, including nearly ten as a NCAA DII commissioner, aided the Lone Star Conference with this commissioner search. The search was re-opened following a decision in the fall of 2014 to suspend the search until the expansion discussions concluded. The LSC was being led by interim commissioner, Jay Poerner, who took over as the head of the LSC when Stan Wagnon resigned in July.     

The Lone Star Conference (LSC), with offices in Richardson, Texas, has recently agreed to expand its conference when it added the University of Texas-Permian Basin and Western New Mexico University. This addition will move the league to eleven member institutions located in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Formed more than 80 years ago, the LSC exists to assist its member institutions in the maintenance of intercollegiate athletics programs that are compatible with the highest standards of education and competitive sports. Since its inception in 1931, the pursuit and attainment of academic excellence among student-athletes has been a priority for each member institution. In the wake of recent membership changes, the conference has developed an intentional focus on elevating its status with the continued goal of being a premier conference in NCAA Division II. The LSC aims to provide a superior competitive experience for member institutions and to allow for comprehensive development of student-athletes through academic services and life skills programming. Formed with five charter members in April 1931, the storied league continues to build upon its proud history. The LSC has had 263 academic All-Americans since 1990 and 74 NCAA national championships since joining NCAA Division II in 1982. The LSC has been conducting championships in 14 sports but this number will grow with the expanded version of the league.

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