Athletic 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.
Athletic 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.
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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Steve Ulrich, executive director of the Centennial Conference for the past 26 years, is joining Athletics Staffing & Consultants as a senior consultant.
The first Executive Director in the Conference’s history, Ulrich joined the Centennial in January 1993 and served in the position over the past quarter-century. During his tenure, the Centennial Conference has grown into an elite small college athletic conference and one of the most respected in NCAA DIII and the region.
"It was been my honor and privilege to serve the Centennial Conference,” said Ulrich. "I gave a great deal of myself over the past 26 years to the Conference. We have accomplished so much and achieved more than many thought possible. The Centennial is regarded as one of the finest in the region and in Division III. I take a great deal of pride in that while knowing I have much more to contribute and am excited for the next phase of my professional career."
“We are very excited to bring someone with Steve’s experience and contacts to our staff,” said Carl McAloose, CEO of ASC. “There are few people in NCAA III who are as well liked and respected as Steve. We are fortunate to already have such a great staff and Steve’s skill set will build on and accent the strengths that already exists. We now have three former commissioners and some high quality former and current athletics directors and SWAs on our team. ASC has completed over 75 searches and consulting projects over the last three years and the addition of Steve will enable us to continue our goal of servicing smaller institutions at affordable prices.”
Working for 11 colleges and universities and 24 championship sports, Ulrich has led the Centennial to the forefront in Division III athletics. Within Division III, the Centennial had the first conference website, the first conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), the first conference Twitter account, and the first conference-wide streaming video portal – CentennialConference.TV. Ulrich was instrumental in the creation of the annual Snell-Shillingford Coaching Symposium, encouraging female undergraduates to enter the field of coaching and athletics. The Symposium celebrated its 20th year this winter. He also led the successful passage of landmark legislation governing the length of the nontraditional segment of the playing and practice seasons in Division III.
Ulrich’s leadership led to the creation of the Centennial-MAC Bowl Series that pits the Conference’s three top teams that do not receive a NCAA tournament berth against the top three teams from the Middle Atlantic Conference, thereby ensuring additional postseason opportunities for students who participate in football. The Bowl Series was the first of its kind and has spawned numerous other conference Bowls since its inception in 2015. In 2018, 10 Conference basketball teams participated in “Centennial at the Palestra,” an opportunity for students to play in one of the sport’s most revered venues.
His knowledge and expertise in Division III affairs has been tapped to serve as a consultant for three conferences undergoing strategic reviews - the Middle Atlantic Conference, the North Coast Athletic Conference and the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Ulrich has served nationally as a member of the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf and Men’s Basketball committees, serving as chair of the basketball group in 2013, and on regional advisory committees for Football and Women’s Golf. He is a member of the Division III Commissioners Association and served on the Executive Committee for six years, two as Chair. Ulrich received the Dennis M. Collins Lifetime Achievement Award from the DIIICA in January and the DIIICA Meritorious Service Award in 2017 for his many significant and substantial contributions to Division III athletics. He also will be recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in June with that organization's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ulrich has provided valuable leadership and mentoring for his staff, as two of his former assistants moved on to DIII commissioner positions – Kim Wenger with the Northwest Conference and Jessica Huntley with the Atlantic East Conference. Another assistant – Megan Patruno – is the associate AD at Muhlenberg College.
Prior to joining the Centennial, Ulrich served in Athletic Communications as the Director at Yale University, an Assistant at Cornell University, and as Director at McDaniel College.
Ulrich received his bachelor’s degree in history from Franklin & Marshall College in 1982. He and his wife, Marcy Dubroff, have two children - Ryan (F&M '18) and Caroline (F&M '22).
Athletics Staffing and Consultants (ASC) has continued to build working relationships with NAIA institutions. Most recently, ASC staff members Kurt Patberg, Tim Selgo, and Jim Abbott have combined to assist Dordt College, McPherson College and Life Pacific College with departmental reviews with an emphasis on enrollment management.
ASC specializes in working with enrollment-driven, private colleges to help them maximize the use of their athletic programs as enrollment and retention tools. In addition, ASC provides in its analysis the breakdown on the current status of the contribution each sport is making toward the net tuition revenue of the institution as well as reviewing what additional sports could be added by the institution to attract students. Retention rates and tracking and monitoring retention is also a major piece of these reviews.
Athletics Staffing and Consulting (ASC) worked with Augustana College on a NCAA compliance review during fall 2018 with a final report recently presented.
Augustana College secured Dr. Kim Fierke and Dr. Kurt Patberg of ASC to work with the administration to conduct a comprehensive departmental evaluation of its athletic programs in the areas of compliance, safety, and Title IX relating to sexual harassment and assault policies. Fierke and Patberg worked with Vice President and Dean of Student Life Wes Brooks and Director of Athletics Mike Zapolski to complete the project.
The report included an overview of ten areas surrounding NCAA Compliance and included senior leadership oversight, NCAA rules investigation and reporting structures, personnel policies, rules education, eligibility certification, financial aid, recruitment policies, playing and practice season, student-athlete wellbeing, and camps and clinics. The work also included the areas of contest and travel safety as well as a review of Title IX pertaining to sexual harassment and assault policies as defined by the College.
Augustana College located in Rock Island, Illinois is a NCAA Division III institution and member of the Collegiate Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW).
Tim Selgo and Kurt Patberg of ASC have been working with Millersville on a departmental review to provide the institutional leadership with information to be used in making future funding decisions regarding the intercollegiate athletics programs. ASC was tasked with assisting Millersville in their effort to become more competitive in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, regionally, and in national competition.
Millersville's athletic programs were benchmarked with other public universities in the PSAC in an effort to enhance their current athletic programs. The ASC team performing the review, working in conjunction with the Millersville's senior administration, submitted its final report in mid-January. The review addressed many aspects of the program to illustrate how Millersville athletics can become more competitive while providing a high-quality student-athlete experience.
ASC was secured by the senior leadership of Millersville, but Selgo and Patberg worked closely with Director of Athletics Miles Gallagher in producing this final report.
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.