Huntingdon College hires Matt Cooper as head men's soccer coach. Cooper spent the past nine seasons as an assistant coach at the Division III level at both Hampden-Sydney College and Randolph-Macon College. Cooper replaces Matt Williams, who recently accepted a Division I assistant coaching position at the University of Memphis.
"We are extremely pleased that Coach Cooper has agreed to become our head men's soccer coach," Athletic Director Mike Turk, said. "We are confident he is the right man to lead our program and build on the momentum that has been established. This is a good day for Huntingdon College and for our men's soccer program."
Cooper, a 2006 graduate of Randolph-Macon College, spent the past nine seasons as an assistant coach at Hampden-Sydney College. Working under head coach Josh Laux, the Tigers' all-time winningest coach, Cooper was a part of 91 wins from 2006-2014, seven winning seasons and a school-record 16 win-season in 2009.
"This is a great opportunity and I'd like to thank President J. Cameron West, Coach Turk, Vice President Jay Dorman and all of the other faculty and staff I met with during my visit," Cooper said. "This will be my first head coaching position and I am excited to lead this young and talented team. With this program, I believe the tools are there for success. We just have to get over the hump and take it to the next level. I'm looking forward to getting started and putting in the hard work to help this program be successful in the USA South."
Cooper comes to Huntingdon after a short stint at his alma mater. He was hired as an assistant at Randolph-Macon earlier this spring when Laux, also a Randolph-Macon graduate, left Hampden-Sydney to become the Yellow Jackets' head coach.
"I believe we have a good core group of guys," Cooper said. "These guys played seven overtime games last year and tied five of them. We are going to work to turn those ties into wins. We're going to be a hard-working, disciplined, organized and fit team. Playing conference games on back-to-back days is tough, but I want us to be a team that can play at the same level both days."
As a player, Cooper was a four-year starter for Randolph-Macon. He was a three-time All-Conference selection in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, two-time Regional All-American and a two-time Virginia Sports Information Director's All-State selection.
Lincoln Memorial University has announced the hiring of Matt Green as their new Athletic Director. LMU hired ASC and Dr. Kurt Patberg to assist them in their search for a new athletic director following the retirement announcement of Roger Vannoy. Green is arriving from Shorter College in Rome, GA where he has been serving as the Interim Athletic Director having served for the past several years as the Associate Athletic Director. Green who began his career with Shorter as the Sports Information Director in 2009 is taking part as one of only a few participants in the NCAA’s Pathway Leadership Program designed to elevate a select few who are in senior level administration positions to athletic directors.
Green received his Master’s Degree in Sport Management from Virginia Commonwealth University while working as the Sports Information Director at Hampden-Sydney College. He received a Bachelor Degree in Mathematical Economics from Hampden-Sydney College where he played point guard for the basketball team and was a two-year captain for the Tigers. During his senior year, Green helped lead his team to its tenth Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship and the team’s 13th Division III tournament appearance.
DJ Washington who serves in a full-time capacity as Vice President Business Development for Athlete Network will be helping ASC for the next year. Washington will be completing his field experience requirements to complete his coursework for his doctorate in Higher Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Kansas. Washington assisted Dr. Patberg with the Southern Athletic Association’s Career Focus Workshop in Atlanta in late May. The workshop was designed to help guide student athletes on their career path after graduation. Dr. Patberg had DJ join a panel of phenomenal experts of the sports industry to really enlighten these soon to be graduates on what to expect from the field of sports and entertainment.
Mr. Washington is a 2003 graduate of Union College (KY) in communications and Marketing. In 2004, DJ obtained his master's degree in Public Relations and Sport Communication from Ball State University. DJ Washington, Vice President, Business Development at Athlete Network is noted as a prominent speaker of career development in collegiate athletics. He has been a frequent guest presenter for several athletic conferences and national associations each year. Over 100,000 student-athletes have attended his career educational seminars at colleges and universities throughout the country. DJ is deeply rooted with hundreds of athletic administrator connections at 4-year institutions of all athletic divisions nationwide. Washington was inducted into the 2013 Union College Hall of Fame Ceremony receiving the Rising Star Award, which recognizes a young alum each year graduating in the last ten years.
Kurt Patberg, who has over ten years of career development experience in intercollegiate athletics spent some quality time with the Senior Woman Administrators of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) primarily helping them work more effectively with search firms. Additionally, this interactive session assisted them in how to properly position themselves to gain next tier administrative positions. This session led by Associate Commissioner, Danielle Harris, also included some up-to-date interviewing and resume development instructions and advice. This presentation and interactive session was held on June 2, 2015 as a part of the GLIAC Spring Management Council meetings at the Atheneum Hotel in Downtown Detroit.
The recent announcement by Vice President of Athletics, Scott Little of the hiring of Candace Dailey to the position of Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance and Administration, finishes off several jobs that ASC has completed at Belhaven University. ASC also assisted the Belhaven administration with their recent membership application for NCAA Division III which was due on January 15, 2015.
Dailey begins her duties in February and will focus on the compliance area as Belhaven transitions its policies and procedures from the NAIA to NCAA Division III and the American Southwest Conference. Dailey most recently worked in the compliance office at Mississippi State University. Dailey has her undergraduate and master's degrees from Mississippi State University in business and sports administration, respectively.
The resignation of longtime Metropolitan State University of Denver Director of Athletics, Joan McDermott, has prompted an immediate search for her replacement. Dr. Kurt Patberg of Athletics Staffing and Consultants (ASC) has been secured by the administration of Metro State to lead this search which has a desired search completion date of Spring 2015.
McDermott accepted a job as athletics director at California State University, East Bay, starting April 1. McDermott has spent the past 20 years with Metro State, serving as head volleyball coach for three seasons before taking over as athletic director in November 1998.
ASC recently assisted Huntingdon College in securing Latonia Allen as their next women's volleyball coach. The attached release provides the details of Allen's readiness for this position.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Huntingdon athletic director Mike Turk officially announced the hiring of Latonia Allen as head volleyball coach on Tuesday.[January 13]
Allen comes to Huntingdon from Emmanuel College and has been a head coach at the Division II level and in the National Christian College Athletic Association.
"I want to thank President J. Cameron West and Coach Turk for this opportunity," Allen said. "Everything has happened so quickly, but throughout this process it has been clear to me how much the administration values this athletic department and its coaches and I'm excited to be a part of it."
Turk said Allen's experience and background caught his eye during the coaching search. "Her credentials and background are solid. She has experience and has had success at the small college level," Turk said. "Her knowledge of the game is impressive and her coaching philosophy seems to be a good fit for Huntingdon. I'm excited to see her get started and go to work."
During the 2014 season, Allen helped the fourth-year Emmanuel program transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II. The Lions were 12-16 in their first season of Division II and led the Conference Carolinas in blocks per set and were second in total blocks. Five of Allen's players were named Academic All-Conference. Prior to Emmanuel, Allen served as head volleyball coach, head athletic trainer and adjunct professor at Tennessee Temple. She also served as the NCAA Mid-East Region Chair.
Allen began her coaching career at Division II Davis & Elkins College. Coming off of an eight-win season in 2007, Allen helped lead the Senators to back-to-back 20-win seasons. She led her team to a pair of first-round victories in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, including the first conference tournament win in program history.
Allen earned her M.S. in athletic training at California University of Pennsylvania and her B.S. in athletic training at Alderson Broaddus College. At Alderson Broaddus, she was a two-time All-Region performer, four-time All-Conference selection, conference Freshman of the Year and conference Player of the Year.
Huntingdon College has hired Julia Steier to lead the Hawks women’s lacrosse program. Formerly the head women’s lacrosse coach at Drew University for three seasons, Steier begins her duties immediately and follows a two year stint by Head Coach Morgan Cross. The Huntingdon women's lacrosse program will begin its fourth season of competition in 2016. The Lady Hawks are 16-29 in their first three seasons.
In three seasons at Drew University, Steier led the women's lacrosse program to 28 wins, two appearances in the Landmark Conference Championships and two appearances in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Mid-Atlantic Championships. Her teams produced 14 All-Conference selections, eight Regional All-Americans, two conference Players of the Year, 11 Academic All-Conference selections, two New Jersey Woman of the Year honorees, two ECAC All-Stars and one Academic All-American.
Before Drew, Steier spent three seasons as an assistant coach at the Division I level with Sacred Heart University. During those three seasons, the Pioneers were 23-7 in the Northeast Conference, won two conference regular-season championships and one conference title. The Pioneers produced 11 All-Conference selections, one conference Player of the Year and one conference Goalkeeper of the Year. The Sacred Heart coaching staff received Coach of the Year honors in 2010.
Following a successful search for a volleyball coach, Huntingdon College sought the services of ASC to assist in securing their new women’s lacrosse coach.
On Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, Presentation College announced the hiring of Greg Heier, as their new athletic director. Athletics Staffing and Consultants through it's modified search process helped secure Heier, the former athletic director at Doane College, in Crete, Neb., since 2006.
"I am grateful that I will be joining Presentation College as athletic director," said Heier. "The vision and dynamic leadership of Dr. Huber, the passion and talent of a dedicated and energetic coaching staff, the deep commitment of everyone at the college to providing an education of distinction to Presentation students, and the vibrancy of the Aberdeen community all made this a dream opportunity for me."
Presentation College President Dr. Margaret A. Huber said Heier's experience in both private education and NAIA athletics were some of the reasons for his selection. "We are very excited about the future of Saints athletics under Greg's direction," said Dr. Huber. "Greg's experience and determination will surely help PC athletics grow and reach the next level of collegiate athletics."
Heier, who arrives at Presentation College as a two-time Great Plains Athletic Conference Athletic Director of the Year, holds a Juris Doctor with Highest Distinction from the University of Nebraska College of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Doane College. Heier will direct the overall administrative and operational activities of intercollegiate athletics for Presentation College's 10 athletic
"Saints athletics has a bright future and the transition to the NAIA and the corresponding opportunity to offer athletic scholarships, a coaching staff that is second to none, a supportive administration, a first class academic experience, and all the amenities of the city of Aberdeen make the potential for Saints athletics limitless," said Heier. "I look forward to investing all my energies into Presentation College and the Aberdeen community as we aggressively pursue an outstanding experience for our student athletes."
This fall Kurt Patberg, who has 15 years of commissioner experience, including nearly ten as a NCAA DII commissioner, will be aiding the Lone Star Conference in locating the future leader of its conference. The LSC has been under the leadership of Stan Wagnon since 2007 until his resignation in July. The LSC is looking to secure a commissioner that can lead them through the next phase in their evolution which will include some membership growth. The search will be conducted during the months of September and October and should conclude with a person in place by late fall.
The Lone Star Conference (LSC) with offices in Richardson, Texas, includes nine 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 had 263 academic All-Americans since 1990 and 74 NCAA national championships since joining NCAA Division II in 1982. The LSC currently conducts championships in 14 sports.
Joe Hakes’ career in college athletics stretches over 30 years. After being named to his first head coaching job at age 28, Joe’s versatility opened doors to two decades of coaching both genders as well as both team and individual sports. Winning a national championship in women’s basketball, Hakes was also named as an NAIA District Coach of the Year for men’s soccer. His strong emphasis on blending the athletic experience with academic success encouraged his athletes to succeed in the classroom as well as on the field and court.
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ASC was selected to help a group of upper Midwest colleges and universities form an NAIA conference. The five founding and charter member institutions listed in the article below along with Dickinson State University make up the North Star Athletic Association, which began operation during the 2013-14 academic year.
April 22, 2013
Valley City, N.D. – A group of five colleges and universities have announced their intention to form a new athletic conference in the Upper Midwest. This new National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) conference is set to commence with the start of the 2013-14 academic year, and it will be known as the North Star Athletic Association. The five schools that have actively been working on the new conference and are charter members include:
Dakota State University (Madison, South Dakota)
Jamestown College (Jamestown, North Dakota)
Mayville State University (Mayville, North Dakota)
Presentation College (Aberdeen, South Dakota)
Valley City State University (Valley City, North Dakota)
Presentation College was previously an NCAA Division III independent, but was admitted into NAIA membership at the NAIA’s National Convention on April 22, 2013. The other four institutions are long-time NAIA members, and competed in the NAIA’s Association of Independent Institutions (AII) Conference the past two years.
The NAIA officially recognized the establishment of the new conference during a meeting of the Council of Presidents (COP) on April 22, 2013. The COP, the NAIA’s chief governing body, voted to formally recognize the North Star Athletic Association as an NAIA-affiliated conference beginning in 2013-14. The five schools are also announcing today that a sixth member has been invited to join their conference. Dickinson State University, currently a member of the NAIA’s Frontier Conference, has been asked to join the North Star Athletic Association beginning with the 2014-15 academic year.
Dr. Steven Shirley, president of Valley City State University, has led conference formation efforts and serves on the NAIA’s Council of Presidents, commented, “Significant efforts have been underway during the past year by our five schools in working to form a new athletic conference in the Upper Midwest. The North Star will be a tremendous source of pride for our institutions as well as our student-athletes, supporters, coaches, communities, and alumni.” He continued, “We are excited to invite a school with such deep athletic traditions as Dickinson State University into this new conference, and will continue exploring options to welcome additional regional members as well. All of our colleges and universities are quite excited and enthusiastic about working together in the years ahead.”
Courtesy of Valley City State University
Following a successful search by ASC for a new commissioner of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, ASC consulted with South Dakota School of Mines and Technology on their efforts to become a member of the RMAC. On January 17, 2014, the RMAC leadership voted unanimously to invite SDSMT for membership beginning in the 2015-16 academic year.
Release Date Monday, January 20, 2014
RAPID CITY, S.D. (Jan. 20, 2014) – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology announced today it has been accepted as a full member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC).
An invitation was extended to the university Friday during an RMAC presidents’ meeting at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) National Convention in San Diego after several months of behind-the-scenes discussions and a presentation by Mines President Heather Wilson in San Diego.
“The RMAC is the natural fit for Mines and opens great opportunities for our athletes to compete in a regular schedule against traditional rivals in our region, and it’ll be a joy to host these regional opponents in our great community,” Wilson said.
The RMAC currently competes in 22 NCAA Division II sports and has earned 51 NCAA championships and 42 national runners-up since 1992. Founded in 1909, the RMAC is the most historic conference in the western United States.
“This is a great day for Hardrocker Athletics,” Interim Athletic Director Tiffany McCampbell said. “The RMAC is a premier NCAA Division II league, and I’m so happy the Hardrockers are able to be a part of it.”
The School of Mines is currently in its first year as a full member of NCAA Division II athletic competition.
“The RMAC is pleased that the South Dakota School of Mines has accepted our invitation to join the conference,” said RMAC Presidents’ Council Chairman Stephen Jordan on Saturday. “Mines is a great fit academically and athletically with the fourteen members of NCAA Division II’s most historic athletic conference.”
In October, when Mines announced it was delaying the search for a new Athletic Director, President Wilson moved forward quietly in her efforts to find a conference home for the Hardrockers. Wilson, McCampbell, and volunteer Tom Mahon secured an invitation to discussions with the RMAC in November. Wilson traveled to Denver to meet with RMAC counterparts and personally engaged the RMAC presidents. Mines submitted a formal written application in early January.
“A lot of people have worked very hard for over four years to get us to this day, and I very much appreciate it,” Wilson said.
The Hardrockers are currently competing as an independent in all sports except men’s soccer and football, which have affiliation agreements with the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) that cover one more season for soccer and two more seasons for football. While the timing for scheduling purposes is still under discussion, all of Hardrocker sports will join the RMAC.
“This means less time on the road away from class, more home games for Rapid City fans, post season play for conference championships against historic rivals, and yet another reason for scholar athletes to come to Mines,” Wilson said.
Courtesy of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Presentation College President, Margaret Huber, provided her thoughts about the enrollment and retention analysis provided by ASC. "I was very pleased to receive our report on athletic enrollment consultation from Dr. Patberg. What he provided is more than I expected—not just theory or observations, but the context and real insight that helps our institution and an athletics program struggling to take the next major step up in performance."