Athletics Staffing & Consultants (ASC) is designed to provide consulting services to conferences, colleges and universities and to assist with executive searches. ASC was formed because we felt there was a need for a firm with executives who have personal professional experiences in dealing with challenges associated with intercollegiate athletics and who can provide special service at a more reasonable cost than is being offered in the field. Our experts have been the conference commissioners, athletics director, senior level administrators and coaches who have gained direct field experience and therefore understand what is needed in this area.

ASC provides colleges and universities a wide range of search opportunities from simply identifying qualified potential candidates to conducting the entire search and assisting with negotiation of the contract. ASC specializes in finding the proper staff fit for colleges and universities by bringing a diverse group of candidates to the search process either by providing a full-service search or in a more specialized modified search.

ASC provides consulting services to both institutions and conferences. The institutional consulting consists of feasibility studies, strategic plans, compliance reviews, NCAA/NAIA reclassification studies/transitions, conference membership assistance, Title IX reviews, and fundraising strategies. Another service, somewhat specialized to ASC, is analysis provided to institutions in the area of maximizing the use of athletics as an enrollment and retention tool.

Tammy Ikerd

Tammy Ikerd is ASC’s primary NCAA Division II compliance expert. Ikerd in her full-time capacity is employed at Southern Nazarene University is the Associate Athletic Director, Director of Compliance and Senior Woman Administrator. Ikerd has been with Southern Nazarene since 2013.

Ikerd’s previous experience was at Southwest Baptist University where she spent 16 years working for the athletics department in various roles. The last seven years she served as the Director of Compliance. Her last year she was the Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance as well as being named the interim Head Softball Coach for the 2011-12 season. In her only year as a collegiate coach she led the Bearcats to a 16-30 record. Her previous duties included serving as interim SWA; athletics finance director, and ticket manager, providing game supervision and administration, as well as traveling with the women’s teams. 

Ikerd earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southwest Baptist in 2009 and holds memberships in both NAAC (National Association of Athletics Compliance) and NACWAA (National Association of Collegiate Women’s Athletic Administrators). She is also a 2010 graduate of the NACWAA/NCAA Institute for Administrative Advancement and has participated in leadership programs such as the NCAA Leadership Institute (2009) and the MIAA Professional Development Institute for Female and Minority Coaches (2011).  She also served on the MIAA committee commemorating the conference’s centennial celebration of 2012. 

Ikerd and her husband, Bart, have two sons, Logan and Sean and a daughter, Sami. Their daughter and son-in-law, Clint have three children. 

Carl McAloose - President/CEO

carl-mcalooseCarl McAloose has unparalleled experience in a variety of positions within both the NCAA and NAIA. He has been a commissioner, an athletic director, a coach, a student-athlete and has worked at every level of the NCAA. He has numerous contacts with the NCAA and NAIA staffs, with conference commissioners, with directors of athletics, and with coaches throughout the country.

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Kurt Patberg, Ph.D. - Senior Vice President

kurt-patbergDr. Kurt Patberg has over 30 plus years of college athletic experience both on campus and in conference commissioner positions in the NCAA and in the NAIA. Prior to joining ASC, Patberg has exhibited expertise and has consulted in many different areas in small college athletics on topics ranging from conference affiliation and expansion, to NCAA and NAIA transitions, to feasibility of football, to the use of athletics to drive admissions and retention at enrollment driven institutions.

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Thomas Hart, DMgt - Special Consultant

Dr.TomHart scaledDr. 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 of experience working with enrollment driven private colleges and university in assisting these schools in maximizing the use of athletics as an enrollment and retention tool.

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Jim Abbott, MS – Senior Consultant


Jim Abbott is a veteran athletic administrator with more than 30 years of experience in sports and higher education administration. Since 2002, Abbott has served as Athletic Director at Oklahoma City University, guiding the department to unprecedented levels of success.

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 7th 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, who holds the title of Assistant Vice President of Athletics at OCU, has left his mark in his over 15 years as leader of the athletic programs. The focus of Abbott’s tenure has been on providing a championship experience for student-athletes athletically, academically and socially and establishing a culture of excellence.

Abbott serves as the chief development officer for OCU Athletics. Under his guidance, OCU has completed more that $17 million in athletic facility construction and renovation projects including the Ann Lacy Softball Stadium, the Devon Boathouse, the Knight Strength and Conditioning Facility and the Jim Wade Athletic Office Suite. Abbott’s tenure has also seen new facilities and renovations for OCU baseball, soccer and wrestling. Abbott spearheads efforts of the Champions Club, OCU’s athletic booster club, and the department's largest annual fundraising event, the Sports Spectacular dinner and auction.

Academically, student-athletes have thrived during Abbott’s tenure achieving an annual cumulative grade point average above a 3.0 each year. Abbott created the first chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, a national student-athlete honor society, in the state of Oklahoma to recognize the academic achievements of OCU student-athletes. 

Athletically, Oklahoma City has achieved increased success during Abbott’s tenure. OCU has won an astonishing 44 of their total 66 national championships under Abbott’s leadership. OCU enjoyed its most successful year ever in 2016-17 when the Stars won their first Learfield Sports Directors' Cup title. 

Abbott is active as a member of the NACDA Executive Council, NAIA Membership Committee, Jim Thorpe Association Executive Council, chairman of the NAIA Hall of Fame selection committee, treasurer of the Greater Oklahoma City Sports Consortium, NAIA Athletic Director’s Association Board of Directors and serves as staff sponsor for the OCU Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle. Abbott has previously served as president of the NAIA Athletic Directors Association and as a member of the NAIA National Administrative Council. Abbott has been a panelist and presenter at numerous NAIA and NACDA conventions.

Abbott has overseen the growth of the OCU athletics through the implementation of several new sports. OCU has added men’s and women’s track and cross country, volleyball, men’s and women’s rowing, men’s and women’s wrestling, competitive cheerleading, competitive dance and STUNT under Abbott’s guidance.

Abbott has twice been named the NAIA National AD of the Year (2008 and 2017). He has also been recognized as the 2010, 2015, and 2018 Under Armour Central Region Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and been named the Sooner Athletic Conference Athletic Director of the Year on five occasions, including in 2016-17.

Abbott earned a master of science degree in sports administration from the University of Oklahoma and bachelor’s degrees in business administration and physical education from Huntingdon College. Abbott and his wife, Annetta, have two children (Kyle and Katelyn).