On Wednesday, April 5, the leadership of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced Kris Dunbar has been selected as the seventh commissioner following a nationwide search. Dunbar takes over the reins following a lengthy stint at member institution Lake Superior State University. Dunbar spent 24 years of at LSSU as a student-athlete, basketball coach and currently in her tenth year as director of athletics. Dunbar will step down from her position at LSSU at the end of April and take over commissioner duties on May 1.
Tim Selgo, Senior Consultant with ASC will be the recipient of the 2017 D2 ADA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner as announced by the Division 2 Athletics Directors Association. Selgo is the former Director of Athletics at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. The Lifetime Achievement Award Winner is given to athletics directors who have exemplified superior achievement during their career at the Division II level. Selgo retired in the summer of 2016 after 20 years at the helm of the GVSU athletics program. Selgo served as NACDA President in 2015-16 and was the first Division II athletics director to assume the role.
In his work with ASC, Selgo has been secured by Maryville University, Lenoir Rhyne University and Cal State Monterey Bay. Selgo is providing leadership training and departmental assessment for these three institutions.
Adam Jonson was named the athletic director at Louisiana State University at Alexandria. ASC assisted with this search and the appointment reflects the first full-time athletic director for relatively new athletic programs at LSUA. Jonson has held the position of Senior Associate Athletic Director at Northwestern State University which is located in Natchitoches, Louisiana which is close proximity to Alexandria. Jonson will begin his duties on October 8, 2016.
LSUA has eight intercollegiate sports that compete in the NAIA and the Red River Athletic Conference.
Kurt Patberg and ASC has been secured by Dalton State College to conduct a variety of duties in relation to the athletic programs. Included in those duties is the evaluation of some NAIA compliance related issues, a job search for a new athletic director and a Title IX review. Patberg has been working directly with Dr. Margaret Venable who was named President of Dalton State College on September 16, 2016. Dalton State is a current member of the NAIA and the Southern States Athletic Conference.
In August 2016, ASC assisted Dalton hire Jon Jaudon, former Associate Athletic Director at Virginia Tech University to serve in the role of Interim Athletic Director.
With a specialization of two-year colleges and enrollment driven athletics, Dr. Christopher Parker has joined the staff of ASC. Parker’s also serves as the Vice President of Pfeiffer University a NCAA Division II school that is transitioning to Division III and future member of the USA South Conference.
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 building a 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.
Tim Selgo, the Athletic Director of Grand Valley State University (GVSU) for 20 years and the Immediate Past-President of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), has agreed to join Athletics Staffing and Consultants (ASC) beginning as a Consultant following his retirement from GVSU next month. Selgo, one of the most well respected leaders in the NCAA, will work both consulting and assisting university, colleges and conferences with staffing needs.
"I am excited to become a consultant with Athletics Staffing and Consultants,” said Selgo. “My 35 years of successful experience in college athletics, 28 years as a collegiate athletics administrator, and specifically my 20 years as a successful athletics director in NCAA Division II allow me to be a good fit for ASC. In addition to general consulting work, my intent is to specialize in working with athletics directors in assisting them in achieving the highest level of success possible for their athletics departments."
A promoter of a well-rounded athletic department, Selgo led the Lakers to the top of NCAA Division II athletics. Grand Valley State finished among the top two in the Learfield Sports/NACDA Directors' Cup standings for 15 consecutive years, including eight straight titles (2003-04 to 2010-11) and winning 11 of the last 13. The prestigious national award is presented annually by NACDA, Learfield Sports and the USA TODAY to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country.
In addition, GVSU has won 18 straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Presidents' Cup titles as the top athletic program in the GLIAC which includes 23 all-time to top all GLIAC institutions. Grand Valley State, which won 45 GLIAC titles prior to Selgo's arrival, has won 174 GLIAC titles since Selgo was appointed Athletic Director in 1996.
“We could not be more pleased to have one of the most well-respected professionals in the athletics world join our ASC team,” said Carl McAloose President and Founder of ASC. “Tim’s experience and contacts throughout the country are matched by few, so we feel he is an outstanding fit in helping colleges, universities, and conferences in their consulting and staffing needs. Tim has been and will continue to be an outstanding mentor for athletic administrators and in-turn will make their institutions stronger both academically and athletically.”
Selgo served on the NCAA DII Management Council for four years (2007-11), including serving as Chair of the Management Council in 2009. A term on the NCAA DII Management Council is the highest position is DII athletics. He was most recently named the NACDA Division II AD of the Year for the Central Region in 2012-13, while also being named the Division II Central Region Astroturf Athletic Director of the Year in 2006-07. He was also honored as the Central Region AD of the Year in 2002-03.
Prior to his arrival at Grand Valley State, Selgo was an Associate AD at the University of Toledo. While at Toledo Selgo was responsible for the day-to-day operations for Toledo's 10 women's and nine men's sports teams that competed at the Division I level in the Mid-American Conference. In addition, he served as the department’s compliance officer and was in charge of all of the athletics facilities.
A native of Pettisville, Ohio, Selgo was inducted into the Toledo Athletic Hall of Fame in February of 2001. He was a standout basketball player at Toledo from 1977-80, earning four varsity letters. The Rockets posted a four-year record of 87-26 during Selgo's playing days on the hardwood. Selgo participated in two NCAA Midwest Regional Tournaments for Toledo. His 1978-79 Rocket squad claimed a first-round, 74-72, win over Iowa, before dropping a 79-71 decision to Notre Dame in the sweet sixteen. In 1980, Selgo scored 18 points in Toledo's 94-91 loss to Florida State in a first-round NCAA Tournament game. Selgo was part of two MAC Championship teams (1978-79 and 1979-80) and was co-captain of the `79-80 squad. He earned Mid-American Conference All-Academic honors in 1978, 1979 and 1980 and was named Senior Scholar/Athlete-of-the-Year at Toledo in 1980. Known as an outstanding shooter, Selgo still holds the UT record for free throw percentage in a single-season, converting 92.3 percent (48-of-52) during the 1978-79 season.
Selgo graduated from Toledo in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and a minor in mathematics. Following graduation, Selgo remained at Toledo as a graduate assistant for the Toledo men's basketball program and earned his master's degree in education administration in 1982. After serving one year as a teacher and coach at Springfield High School, he then served as an assistant men's basketball coach at Toledo from 1982-1985. In 1985 he was named head women's basketball coach at Toledo. Selgo served as head coach of the Rockets women's basketball program for three years, turning around a program that is now at the top of the MAC.
Selgo is married to the former Terry Bush and together the couple recently celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary. They have three children and three grandchildren.
ASC (www.ascwinners.com) is designed to provide consulting services to conferences, colleges and universities and to assist with executive searches. ASC experts included professionals who have actually been the conference commissioners, athletics directors, senior level administrators and coaches who have gained direct field experience and therefore understand what is needed in this area. ASC provides a wide range of search opportunities from simply identifying qualified potential candidates to conducting the entire search and assisting with negotiation of contracts. ASC also specializes in finding the proper staff fit by bring a diverse group of candidates to the search process. ASC consulting consists of feasibility studies, strategic plans, administrator training/assistance, compliance reviews, NCAA/NAIA reclassification studies/transitions, conference membership assistance, Title IX reviews, fundraising strategies and maximizing the use of athletics as an enrollment and retention tool.
(March 18, 2016) Five different institutions representing seven different searches representing three different divisions in two national associations have used Kurt Patberg of ASC to conduct recent coaching searches for their institutions from December 1, 2015 through today. Those searches include NCAA Division II schools Northwood University (women’s volleyball) and Queens University of Charlotte (women’s volleyball and women’s basketball); NCAA Division III institutions Agnes Scott College (women’s volleyball) and Huntingdon College (women’s soccer and men’s basketball); and NAIA institution Loyola University of New Orleans (track and field).
All of the above searches are of the modified version which helps the schools identify talented candidates that would not apply on their own, vet the initial candidate pool and then work with the school until the finalist group is identified. ASC then backs out of the process and lets the administration at each institution make their own decisions on the final hire.
The institutions use ASC for various reasons but mostly due to its ability to locate those “next tier candidates” in a short amount of time. Schools hire ASC for difficult searches as well when the current staff has limited time to conduct an important but time sensitive search. Several of the schools that are clients for this service have athletic directors that have other major roles such as coaching or need to be focusing on other timely responsibilities.
Mike Turk, Director of Athletics at Huntingdon College stated, "Kurt has been extremely helpful in both developing and vetting a deep and talented pool of applicants for each search that he has helped us with. He possesses a network that, coupled with his work ethic, has allowed us to identify and hire quality coaches on each assignment."
In a first step toward a potential return to athletics for Mississippi University for Women, President Jim Borsig announced at a university convocation that The W would move forward with the search for an athletics director. He also announced that Dr. Rita Hinton, professor emerita of philosophy, would serve as the interim faculty athletics representative during the organizational stage.
Queens University of Charlotte has selected Kurt Patberg of Athletics Staffing and Consultants to conduct its search for its new Director of Athletics and in doing so, it somewhat completes a full circle of involvement in NCAA Division II for Patberg.
When Patberg’s administrative career began in 1982, it did so at Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne when he was hired in his first full-time athletic administrative position following his graduation from the Ohio University Sports Administration program. IPFW had just recently made a move into Division II at the time.
Fast forward 30 plus years in the collegiate sports business which has included several other career opportunities in Division II, including nearly ten years as commissioner of two NCAA Division II leagues; the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and Patberg still finds himself heavily involved in NCAA Division II.
Patberg, in his consulting role, has numerous Division II clients and does work that includes national association and conference transitions, strategic planning, expansion, career development and searches. Patberg has completed over 12 searches in Division II in the past year including four current active Division II searches. Such searches have included athletic director positions at Lincoln Memorial University, Texas A & M Commerce, and South Dakota Tech. Commissioner searches include the Lone Star Conference and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. ASC has also conducted a multitude of other Division II Associate AD searches over the past year.
Further completing this circle is that Patberg’s oldest son is a freshman NCAA DII student-athlete at Queens University, the school that Patberg has been provided the opportunity to service in their pursuits of a new Director of Athletics.
NCAA Division II has clearly been a major part of Patberg’s professional and personal life and there appears to be no reason to think that it will not continue to be a major influence in his life moving forward.
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 experience assisting enrollment-driven private colleges and universities in maximizing the use of athletics as an enrollment and retention tool.
Hart’s time at Bluefield follows two years as Athletic Director for Berry College, a member of the Southern Athletic Association located in Rome, Georgia. While at Berry, Hart served the Southern Athletic Association as the chair of the Athletic Directors' group and served on the NCAA Division III Championships Committee. As a new member in Division III, Berry College benefitted from Hart’s ability to introduce an effective working relationship between Admissions and Athletics. During that time student athlete satisfaction reached 90%, resulting in an increase in student athlete retention.
Before time at Berry College, Hart spent 21 years at Webster University, an NCAA Division III institution in St. Louis. Hart served as Athletic Director for 19 years while coaching men’s basketball and men’s golf as well. Under Hart's direction, Webster athletics moved from a department with 72 student athletes and eight sports to one with 220 student athletes and 16 sports. Student athletes at Webster graduated at a rate 10% above the student body during Hart’s time at Webster. In addition, Hart spent three years leading the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and served as a member of the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Committee.
Prior to his time at Webster, Hart was an assistant basketball coach, coaching professional basketball in the Continental Basketball Association with the Rockford (Ill.) Lightning. Hart also served as head men's basketball coach at Ulster County Community College and as an assistant at United States International University in San Diego, CA.
A native of Utica, N.Y., Hart graduated from New Hartford High School in 1979. He attended Niagara University and earned a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1983. Hart later earned his master's degree from United States International University. In 2013, Hart earned his Doctorate in Management from Webster University where his dissertation focused on factors of persistence for NCAA Division III student athletes.
California State University-San Bernardino (CSUSB,) a NCAA Division II school and member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association, hired ASC to conduct a Department of Athletics analysis. The objective of the project is to help maximize the use of resources being utilized for intercollegiate athletics and to identify areas of importance for an upcoming strategic planning process. A study, which was commissioned by the CSUSB senior administration with the support of the Department of Athletics, was conducted by Carl McAloose and Kurt Patberg. A report was provided to the leadership of CSU-San Bernardino in November 2015.
The leadership at Athletics Staffing and Consultants (ASC) knew there needed to be a more representative way to serve the needs of small college athletics in the area of administrative hires. Senior level administrative positions at small colleges and universities can serve extremely important roles on respective campuses and bad hires can be unsettling and disrupting to the work flow of an institution. When these institutions are trying to determine if they are going to use search firms for administrative hires, the cost has been often prohibitive, because they did not know there were options. ASC has developed a modified search that meets the needs of leadership in small colleges and universities.
This modified search allows schools to secure ASC services in attracting quality candidates to the pool that would not normally apply. ASC provides its institutional clients valuable information about those candidates that apply online. With ASC administering these roles, it still allows the institution to conduct their normal interviews using established search committees for the actual hires. The institutional administration still conducts the actual search and has ownership in the selection while ASC helps save hundreds of hours of vetting candidates. ASC also greatly enhances the pool of candidates including areas of diversity and experience among others. This mutually beneficial process allows affordable services for respective institutions. Modified searches by ASC are nearly a third of the cost of full searches, ranging from $3,800 to $4,500 based on the full scope of responsibilities desired by the athletic conference or respective institution.
Over the past three months, ASC has been involved in ten searches for small college athletics with six of them in NCAA Division II. A majority of the following searches were conducted in modified format:
Auburn University at Montgomery (AD)
Lincoln Memorial University (AD)
Metropolitan State University – Denver (AD)
Lone Star Conference (Commissioner)
University of Nebraska-Kearney (Associate AD)
Colorado State University-Pueblo (Associate AD)
ASC recently helped a Division II institution conduct a search using the modified approach that had over 110 online applications. Once this list was evaluated by ASC, while working in conjunction with the search committee chair, it was determined that only two candidates would be considered in a group of initial finalists. ASC then supplemented this pool with four candidates it had identified and encouraged to apply for this position. In the end, three of the four finalists were ASC produced candidates including the individual the institution ultimately hired.