The 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
The 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.
With 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.
Jay 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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The announcement of both Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) and Purdue University Northwest (PNW) successfully entering their final year of the NCAA Division II Membership process came a great news to the staff at Athletics Staffing and Consulting (ASC). Both of these institutions have been transitional clients of ASC for the past few years. Both institutions have entered their final year of a three-year provisional process before gaining full Division II eligibility.
Auburn University at Montgomery secured the services of ASC in late summer of 2016 and has since had two successful transition years. ASC has been involved with most all aspects of the transition including assisting with the updating of their strategic plan and the development of their gender equity and diversity plans. ASC also assisted with the creation of the Internal Self-Study Guide (ISSG). AUM is an active member of the Gulf South Conference.
Purdue University Northwest was voted into the NCAA Division II membership process effective the 2016-17 athletic year. ASC completed Feasibility Study and worked closely with the institution to design their departmental strategic, gender equity and diversity plans as part of the membership process. ASC also assisted with the construction of the ISSG. PNW formerly Purdue Calumet has been a client of ASC entering its fifth year. ASC also assisted PNW with its membership application and entrance into the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
“The staff at ASC is excited for the constituent groups of both institutions as they enter this final year of the Division II membership process,” stated Dr. Kurt Patberg, Senior Vice President of ASC. Patberg as well as ASC’s past compliance consultant, Tammi Ikerd, were instrumental in this consulting process. Ikerd will be joining the NCAA Division II Membership Committee beginning in the Fall 2018.
Athletics Staffing and Consultants, a leader in collegiate athletic consulting, is proud to announce the addition of Jim Abbott as a senior consultant with the agency.
Abbott has over 30 years of experience working in sports and higher education administration and works currently as the Athletic Director at Oklahoma City University. He will retain his current position while working with ASC.
Abbott is the founder of the Business of Small College Athletics, an annual workshop that provides professional development sessions geared toward NCAA D2, D3, NAIA, and NJCAA athletic administrators. 2018 marks the seventh year of the workshop which has attracted attendees from around the country.
In addition to the workshop, Abbott has provided consulting expertise in the areas of marketing, strategic planning, career development, and revenue generation for a number of years. He will expand his efforts to include departmental reviews, searches, leadership training, feasibility studies, and athletic enrollment/ retention assessments among other areas at ASC. Abbott joins a team of President/CEO Carl McAloose; former 15-year commissioner, Dr. Kurt Patberg; and former Grand Valley State athletic director, Tim Selgo.
“We are excited to have someone of Jim’s talents join our strong group of consultants including Tim Selgo and Kurt Patberg. As we continue to grow the footprint of ASC’s business, a real key to our success is the experience and expertise that our staff brings to the table, said ASC President Carl McAloose.
Abbott said, “I have a passion for learning and growing as an athletic administrator. I look forward to sharing that passion and my experience in collegiate athletics to help athletic administrators and departments maximize their potential. I’m excited to join a group like ASC that is already making such a difference in the realm of collegiate athletics.”
Abbott has been the Athletic Director at Oklahoma City University for the past 15 years. During that time, OCU has won an astonishing 44 national team championships and won the Learfield Sports Directors Cup for the 2016-17 academic year. Abbott has twice (2008 and 2017) been selected as the NAIA National Athletic Director of the Year. He has been selected as the NACDA Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year on three separate occasions.
Tim Selgo, Senior Consultant for Athletics Staffing and Consultants, recently provided a departmental review at Calvin College. Calvin College is a longstanding member of NCAA DIII and the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
Specifically, he assisted the athletic department in writing a strategic vision for the intercollegiate athletics program and in writing an operational plan for adding/subtracting programs. Selgo met with coaches, staff, college personnel, and the Student-Athlete Advisory Council to help define or operationalize Calvin College’s five foundational principles. In addition, Selgo reviewed CC’s enrollment management as it relates to the athletics programs.
Dr. Kurt Patberg of Athletics Staffing and Consultants was the principal consultant assisting SUNY Delhi be approved as a Division III provisional member for the 2018-19 season as was released last Thursday by the NCAA. The action follows successful completion of an NCAA exploratory membership year for the Broncos during the previous academic year. SUNY Delhi's athletics program, which includes 19 intercollegiate teams, also accepted an invitation earlier this year to join the newly-formed American Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA), a Division III conference.
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Tim Selgo provided a departmental review at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, which preceded a national search by Kurt Patberg for an athletic director. Through the efforts of Selgo and Patberg, UWP established new departmental strategic objectives and hired Andrew Gavin as their athletic director.
Gavin comes to UWP from Centre College in Danville, Ky., where he served as associate athletic director for Advancement and External Relations. He oversaw all areas of external relations, directed the expansion of the Centre College sports information efforts, served as a liaison with the admissions office, restructured the athletics department's corporate partners program, and launched a new brand for Centre College Athletics. Gavin worked as a member of the College's advancement staff, overseeing fundraising and alumni relations for athletics. In addition, Gavin who had just been offered the appointment of Deputy Athletics Director, served on the Planning and Priorities Committee, Enrollment Management Committee, and Bicentennial Committee. Gavin also began his stint in the NCAA Pathways Program during this academic year. Prior to Centre College, Gavin was assistant athletic director at UW-Green Bay. http://www.parksiderangers.com/news/2017/7/19/general-gavin-named-wisconsin-parkside-director-of-athletics.aspx
Patberg of ASC completed their assignment by completing two additional searches for their Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Administration and for their Assistant Athletic Director for Communications.
In July, Athletics Staffing & Consultants was selected to conduct an athletic feasibility study at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) to determine the practicability and viability of adding intercollegiate athletics on the St. Petersburg campus. During the study, which will be conducted in the fall semester, ASC will meet with faculty, staff and students to determine their interest and whether athletics should be in the future plans of this independently accredited regional campus. The primary consultants on this project are Kurt Patberg and Carl McAloose. ASC was selected from a group of eight vendors who bid on this project.