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.
Mercyhurst University announced on Thursday, July 12, that Bradley Davis has been hired as its new Athletic Director. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Davis comes to Mercyhurst from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, where he has worked in athletics for the past 11 years, most recently as Associate Athletic Director for External Relations.
"We eagerly anticipate Brad and his wife Kristin joining the Mercyhurst University community and continuing to build upon our winning tradition in academics and athletics," said Mercyhurst President Michael T. Victor. "Brad is a high-energy leader with a passion for collegiate athletics and we look forward to his collaboration with our great coaches and staff as they work together to positively affect the lives of our student-athletes and to achieve new heights."
Davis assumes the Mercyhurst AD position in October, replacing Joe Kimball, who retired last spring after nine years in the top post. In addition to managing the Lakers, Davis will also oversee the Saints athletics program at Mercyhurst North East.
"My family and I are thrilled and humbled to be joining the Mercyhurst community," said Davis. "I am incredibly grateful to President Michael Victor, Dr. Laura Zirkle, Jeanette Britt, and the entire search committee for this exciting opportunity. I am eager to work with such a talented and dedicated group of students, coaches, administrators, faculty and alumni as we collectively build on the success of our programs and pursue the bold and ambitious goals that have been charted for the department and the university."
A member of the senior administration at Merrimack, which was awarded the Northeast-10 President's Cup for all-around athletic excellence in 2018, Davis helps oversee the college's 24 varsity programs and 18 club sports. Like Mercyhurst, Merrimack competes at the NCAA Division II level while its men's and women's hockey programs compete at Division I. Among his responsibilities are managing all aspects of external relations including marketing and promotions, corporate sponsorship, imaging, game operations, ticketing, the athletics website, social media, multimedia and athletic communications.
Davis began his career at Merrimack as the Sports Information Director from 2007 to 2011, moving on to Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations from 2011 to 2012 before assuming his current position.
Under Davis' leadership, Merrimack increased its external revenue for eight straight years. He created the Merrimack Sports Network and was closely involved in the expansion of the athletic department from 16 to 24 varsity programs and from 5 to 18 club sports.
Davis is a member of the Northeast-10's Conference on Sports Administration Committee (CSA) and a member of the league's Hall of Fame Committee. He also serves on the NCAA National Committee for men's lacrosse after a previous term on the Regional Advisory Committee for softball.
Prior to Merrimack, Davis worked at Bryant University (RI) where he served as the Assistant Director of Athletic Communications for 13 months. He covered high school sports for the Metro West Daily News in Framingham, Massachusetts, and spent time interning with KGO ABC-7 Sports in San Francisco and in the media relations department for the NHL's San Jose Sharks.
"We conducted a thorough recruitment and selection process in collaboration with Athletics Staffing and Consulting, and Brad Davis clearly emerged as a natural fit for us," said Laura Zirkle, Vice President for Student Life and Athletics. "He brings extensive experience to the position, not to mention a passion for his work. We look forward to significant growth and development for our student athletics programs under his leadership."
Davis will be moving to Erie with his wife Kristin and their dog Kipper. They are expecting their first child, a boy, this August.
ASC has teamed up with Hyatt-Fennell to conduct the Director of Athletics at Emory & Henry College. This is a natural partnership of two search firms as Dr. Kurt Patberg of ASC will provide much of the front end process of identification of talent whereas Cheryl Hyatt of Hyatt-Fennell is the primary firm responsible for overall coordination of the search and on-campus facilitator. Hyatt-Fennell is an executive search firm that has conducted several senior level searches for Emory & Henry.
The search has kicked off with interested applicants encouraged to apply to this position by July 16. A copy of the job announcement can be found on the NCAA Market at https://ncaamarket.ncaa.org/jobs/11034534/directors-of-athletics. The senior leadership at E & H has named Anne Crutchfield as the Interim Director of Athletics (www.gowasps.com/landing/index). Crutchfield is also the Associate Director of Athletics and Head Women’s Basketball Coach.
The recent release of the hiring of Brad McCaslin from the University of Buffalo is the first of two searches being conducted by Dr. Kurt Patberg of Athletics Staffing and Consulting for Benedictine University. (Link)
ASC is also in the middle of the search process for the hiring of a new women’s soccer coach. Director of Athletics Mark McHorney has been the primary contact for Patberg with Benedictine. (Link)
BenU currently a member of NCAA Division III has applied in February 2018 for membership into NCAA Division II. They have been accepted into the Great Lakes Valley Conference contingent upon acceptance by the NCAA Division II Membership Committee.
Dr. Kurt Patberg and Tim Selgo of ASC received the nod to assist Mercyhurst University with their upcoming athletic director search. Prior to the release of the job announcement, ASC will visit campus to provide a review of the status of the department and what type of departmental leadership might best serve the institution moving forward.
The Mercyhurst athletic director search will begin in early March with an estimated start date at the end of this academic year. The position is open due to the retirement of Joseph Kimball, whose career at Mercyhurst spanned two separate stints over two decades including his last nine in the role of athletic director. Lauren Packer Webster is currently serving in the role of Interim Athletic Director
This search continues a trend of NCAA Division II searches that ASC has conducted over the past academic year. ASC has recently completed the searches of Upper Iowa University (Rick Hartzell) and Western New Mexico University (Scott Noble) and are in the final stages of the searches at CSU Pueblo, San Francisco State University, and Stanislaus State University. Earlier in the year, ASC completed the searches at CSU-East Bay (Jason Carmichael) and the University of Wisconsin Parkside (Andrew Gavin).
Already assisting the administration at Upper Iowa University with its search for an athletic director, Athletics Staffing and Consultants (ASC) announced that it has been secured by Stanislaus State University to assist in its search for an athletic director. Mike Matoso left Stanislaus State in July to become the Director of Athletics at St. Mary’s College, a NCAA Division I school located in Moraga, California. Kim Duyst, who has served as Associate Athletic Director since 2007, has been named Interim Director of Athletics. The Stanislaus State search will begin in November with a proposed start date for this position in the spring of 2018. Dr. Kurt Patberg will be conducting this search.
ASC recently completed a search for the University of Wisconsin Parkside who hired Andrew Gavin. He comes to UW-Parkside 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. Prior to Centre College, Andrew was assistant athletic director at UW-Green Bay. Gavin is also a participating member of the NCAA Pathways Program.
Senior Vice President, Kurt Patberg, after just completing the Western New Mexico University Athletic Director search, continues to work with his newest search San Francisco State University, provides some insight into the reason for the influx of searches that Athletics Staffing and Consultants have been awarded. “We have taken pride in developing a search process that we feel provides what the leadership on these campuses need, and we price our services accordingly.” ASC has been awarded seven NCAA Division II searches during the 2017-18 academic year.
Modified searches limit time on campuses and some of what the leadership at Athletics Staffing and Consultants (ASC) feel are unnecessary portions of the search process that ASC feels can be better handled by the campus personnel themselves. Because the ASC personnel have deep roots in NCAA Division II, they understand the significance of the price point but also what major services are expected from a search firm. ASC is deeply committed to keeping its prices at a level where most Division II institutions who desire to secure the assistance of a search firm are comfortable in doing so. ASC notes that nearly 85% of their searches have resulted in securing persons who would not have applied for the position on their own without contact by the staff at ASC.
ASC has recently completed searches at Cal State-East Bay and Upper Iowa University and are currently active in searches with Stanislaus State and Colorado State University-Pueblo.
With the assistance of Kurt Patberg of ASC, The University of Wisconsin-Parkside administration selected Wendy Wilson as its Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Administration. Newly hired, Director of Athletics Andrew Gavin announced this addition on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Wilson comes to UW-Parkside from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), where she has served as the Director of Compliance since 2012. In her role at Fort Wayne, Wilson oversaw all aspects of NCAA compliance for the Mastadons' athletics department. Wilson also spent time in the athletic departments at NCAA Division II institutions Northwood University and Chaminade University.
Wilson serves as the liaison with constituents across campus and provides monthly rules education to the athletics department's coaching staff.
The administration at California State University, East Bay working in conjunction with Dr. Kurt Patberg of ASC, has appointed Mr. Jason Carmichaelas the new Director of Athletics. Carmichael the former Director of Athletics at Western State College for the past several years begins his appointment January 30, 2017 following a national search that included a strong pool of finalists. Carmichael, while at Western State, revitalized the Athletics program by enhancing communication and relationships across the institution, and elevating the status of the Athletics Department.