Kent State University chooses Randale Richmond as Athletic Director

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Kent State University chooses Randale Richmond as Athletic Director led by CarrSports Consulting Executive Search Team

"Randale Richmond embodies our Kent State commitment to graduating student-athletes and to winning championships, in that order. His enthusiasm for Kent State and for student-athlete success is infectious, and we welcome Randale and his family back into our Kent State community."

Todd Diacon
President, Kent State University

CarrSports Executive Search team assists Kent State University in hiring Randale Richmond as Athletic Director

KENT, OHIO- Kent State University President Todd Diacon and Vice President for Student Affairs Lamar R. Hylton formally introduced Randale L. Richmond as the university’s new director of athletics at a morning virtual press conference held Thursday, April 15. Richmond currently serves as senior associate athletic director at Old Dominion University. He was named Kent State’s 12th director of athletics on April 9, and he will begin at the university on May 1.

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“Randale Richmond embodies our Kent State commitment to graduating student-athletes and to winning championships, in that order,” Diacon said. “His enthusiasm for Kent State and for student-athlete success is infectious, and we welcome Randale and his family back into our Kent State community.”

Richmond shared his reaction to being selected as Kent State’s new director of athletics.

“My family and I are beyond excited to return to Kent State and lead an outstanding athletics department,” Richmond said. “The university’s mission is to transform the lives of our students through access and education, a goal which is core to my beliefs. As a department and as a university, we will deliver on this mission.”

Since 2015, Richmond has held the position of senior associate athletic director at Old Dominion, where he is responsible for the oversight and supervision of student-athlete welfare initiatives, student-athlete academic services and NCAA compliance services and programming. He also serves as the sport administrator for men’s basketball, baseball, field hockey, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s soccer and wrestling. At Old Dominion, he is co-chair of the President’s Task Force on Inclusive Excellence and a member of the athletic director’s executive team.

Previously, Richmond served in various roles with Kent State’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics from 2004 until 2015. He started as a graduate assistant for compliance and eligibility, then served as assistant director for compliance and eligibility from 2006 to 2010, assistant athletic director for compliance and eligibility from 2010 to 2012 and associate athletic director for student-athlete services from 2012 to 2015. In his last position at Kent State, he was a member of the President’s Administrative Council and the athletic director’s executive committee.

Richmond is a current member of the National Association of Athletics Compliance (NAAC) Thought Leaders Group, co-chair of the NAAC Convention Committee and an active participant in the NAAC Athletics Compliance Elite (A.C.E.) Mentoring Program. He also is involved in Old Dominion’s First-Generation Faculty Mentoring Program and the Brother 2 Brother Faculty Steering Committee. Richmond is a graduate of the NCAA Leadership Institute, where he was selected as the graduation speaker for the 2015 graduating class.

Richmond earned his Bachelor of Arts in history with a minor in sociology from Baldwin-Wallace College (now Baldwin Wallace University) in 2004 and his Master of Education in higher education and student personnel from Kent State in 2006.

In February, Kent State launched a national search for the university’s new director of athletics. A 12-member search committee led by Hylton recruited and screened highly qualified candidates for the director of athletics position. Assisting in the search process was CarrSports Consulting LLC, a firm that has extensive experience in conducting national searches for athletic directors and has many Mid-American Conference (MAC) and NCAA Division I institutions as clients.

Richmond succeeds Joel Nielsen, who announced in January that he plans to seek new challenges when his contract with Kent State ends on June 30.

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About CarrSports Consulting, LLC
Founded in 1997, CarrSports Consulting, LLC is recognized as a standard of excellence in executive search and management consulting services to intercollegiate athletics. CarrSports is well-respected and known for integrity, expertise and creativity. Our unique record of achievement includes the successful completion of over 130 leadership searches and 70 intensely-focused management consulting projects conducted from coast to coast, providing our clients with outstanding service and best options for meaningful solutions.

CarrSports remains dedicated to its deliberate, yet cutting-edge approach to excellence through professional objectivity, practical application and innovation. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.


CarrSports Consulting reveals Social Justice program

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CarrSports Consulting, LLC (CarrSports) is ready to assist athletic departments looking to create change and lasting action when it comes to addressing social justice issues.

"In light of today’s media and intense public scrutiny, it is imperative student-athletes, coaches and staff establish and uphold the fight for social justice and stop systemic racism, hate and bias on campus. We must create an atmosphere for all student-athletes where they are included within the athletic departments and are seen as more than athletes across campuses."

Kevin Anderson
Vice President CarrSports Consulting

CarrSports Consulting reveals Social Justice Program

ODENTON, Md. (March 22, 2021) – CarrSports Consulting, LLC (CarrSports) is ready to assist athletic departments looking to create change and lasting action when it comes to addressing social justice issues.

CarrSports has established a Social Justice Team led by Vice President Kevin Anderson. Working closely with Anderson in an advisory role will be Dr. Leonard N. Moore the former Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.

“In light of today’s media and intense public scrutiny, it is imperative student-athletes, coaches and staff establish and uphold the fight for social justice and stop systemic racism, hate and bias on campus. We must create an atmosphere for all student-athletes where they are included within the athletic departments and are seen as more than athletes across campuses,” said Anderson, who served on the NCAA Ad Hoc Committee to Promote Cultural Diversity and Inclusion as well as serving as the Director of Athletics at the United States Military Academy West Point. He championed the first LGBT Intercollegiate Summit while he was Director of Athletics at the University of Maryland. While at Stanford University, Coach Bill Walsh and Anderson led the development and management of the “Achieving Coaching Excellence Academy” that focused on recruitment and hiring of black head football coaches.

CarrSports Consulting has developed a Social Justice program that can assist athletic departments who are ready to begin the difficult but necessary conversations on their campuses, plus help those departments get to the next level to create long-term action.

“We applaud CarrSports in their efforts to advance opportunities for Black athletic administrators in our industry. They have proven to be true advocates of our “pipeline” mission and have been fervently committed to issues surrounding equality and justice. We look forward to collaborating with CarrSports in the years ahead,” said Kansas City Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics Dr. Brandon E. Martin, member of the Black AD Alliance representing 50 black Division I Athletic Directors.

CarrSports will also be able to help develop a meaningful path to address and increase inclusion and diversity.

“Athletic Directors need to be honest with themselves and what they are bringing to their campus every day. I know it can be delicate to talk about race. I understand people have questions and want answers quickly and the CarrSports Social Justice Team can help address those needs in a quick and constructive fashion,” said Dr. Moore. “Athletic Departments need to value student-athlete activism and especially their black student-athletes now more than ever. We need Athletic Directors to step up and be bold and progressive at addressing systematic racism.”

The CarrSports Social Justice program will help athletic departments create an atmosphere where all student-athletes feel included, are seen more than just athletes across campuses, and have meaningful conversations where the student-athletes’ voices are heard and action is implemented through a collaborative effort.

“As athletic departments and campuses come back together there is going to be a greater need to tackle the social justice issues that are right in front of us and those issues that are below the surface that need to be addressed. Departments need to be proactive and open to change to create long-term success for the future of the athletic department,” said CarrSports Managing Partner Mike Thomas.

The CarrSports Social Justice program takes a three-tier approach where immediate, short-term, and long-term action is discussed, strategically designed, and implemented. The CarrSports Social Justice program can be tailored to meet your department’s needs.

“We aspire to help athletic departments embrace diversity, equity and inclusion so there is a welcoming, collaborating and understanding environment for every student-athlete, coach and staff member,” said CarrSports Managing Partner Jeff Hathaway.

The program will help athletic departments embrace social justice issues and be leaders on their campus, in their city, nationally and conference.

CarrSports is confident that if you invest time, thought, open conversation, and resources to addressing social justice issues the result will be an athletic department where all are included and thrive.

For more information about CarrSports’ Social Justice program please visit https://www.carrsportsconsulting.com/Social-Justice.


About CarrSports Consulting, LLC
Founded in 1997, CarrSports Consulting, LLC is recognized as a standard of excellence in executive search and management consulting services to intercollegiate athletics. CarrSports is well-respected and known for integrity, expertise and creativity. Our unique record of achievement includes the successful completion of over 130 leadership searches and 70 intensely-focused management consulting projects conducted from coast to coast, providing our clients with outstanding service and best options for meaningful solutions.

CarrSports remains dedicated to its deliberate, yet cutting-edge approach to excellence through professional objectivity, practical application and innovation. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

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What others are saying about the CarrSports Social Justice Program led by Kevin Anderson:

“Kevin Anderson has always been a leader and forward thinker who has put comprehensive student-athlete activism, racial equality and success at the forefront while balancing the needs of the athletic department, the University, conference, and NCAA. He brings a wealth of experience to the table having successfully served at some of the top institutions across the country and being one of the leaders in equity and inclusion throughout intercollegiate athletics.” Warde Manuel, University of Michigan’s Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics and 2020-21 National Association of Collegiate Directors of America (NACDA) President


“Kevin Anderson is one of the most student-athlete-centric Athletic Directors in the country. He is not someone who is a boardroom Athletic Director. That’s really his passion. That’s one of his distinguishing features.” The Honorable Tom McMillen, President and CEO of LEAD1 Association


“Since Kevin Anderson’s presidency of NACDA in 2015-16, he has been very active in a myriad of NACDA activities. Kevin chaired the McLendon Minority Scholarship Subcommittee, chaired McLendon Board of Directors meetings and represented the McLendon Board in creative marketing sessions with Intersport, our consulting company. In addition, Kevin is still very active as a past president of NACDA.” Bob Vecchione, Chief Executive Officer of NACDA


I have enjoyed working with Kevin Anderson. As NACDA Past President and a McLendon Foundation board member, Kevin has been instrumental in advancing minority hiring, social justice and student-athlete activism. In addition, Kevin was one of the first to organize efforts to advance black football coaches for head coaching positions as he worked with Bill Walsh at Stanford University creating “Achieving Coaching Excellence (ACE).” The inaugural class had 25 participants and five, including Tyrone Willingham, obtained head coaching jobs that year.” – Adrien Harraway, Vice President of NACDA


Kent State University partners with CarrSports in Search for Athletic Director

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Kent State and CarrSports launch a national search for the university’s next leader of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

I am confident that with the search committee's leadership, and with the leadership of search chair Vice President Hylton, we will hire an outstanding leader to continue the Golden Flashes’ tradition of academic and competitive success.

Todd Diacon, President, Kent State University

February 1, 2021

Subject: Search for Director of Athletics Position

Dear Members of the Kent State University Community:

Kent State today is launching a national search for the university’s next leader of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

12-member search committee led by Lamar R. Hylton, Ph.D., vice president for student affairs, has been appointed to recruit and screen highly qualified candidates for the director of athletics position.

Kent State is blessed with talented student-athletes, coaches, employees, alumni and supporters who embrace our athletics philosophy of graduating student-athletes and winning championships. We are pleased that stellar individuals have agreed to serve on the search committee. I am confident that with their leadership, and with the leadership of search chair Vice President Hylton, we will hire an outstanding leader to continue the Golden Flashes’ tradition of academic and competitive success.

The search committee will begin its work this week by crafting a position profile, including qualifications and characteristics desired in the next athletic director. A search website has been created and can be accessed by the Kent State community for updates. CarrSports Consulting LLC will assist in the search process. The firm has extensive experience in conducting national searches for athletic directors for more than 20 years, and its client list includes many Mid-American Conference (MAC) and NCAA Division I institutions.

The search committee seeks feedback from the university community and the public regarding the qualifications, characteristics and experiences we should seek in our next athletic director. Faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to offer suggestions and perspectives by completing an online survey, and nominations, expressions of interest and information requests may be submitted to KentStateSearch@CarrSportsConsulting.com.

Please join me in thanking Vice President Hylton and all the members of the search committee for their willingness to lead in recruiting an outstanding individual for this important role. We expect the selected individual will be in place no later than July 1, 2021.

Again, we extend our gratitude to Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen for his dedication to Kent State since 2010 and for sharing his plans to conclude his service at the end of this year, enabling this smooth transition. Director Nielsen has been a steady hand in leading and growing Kent State Athletics, and our student-athletes have benefited from his tireless service. His is a powerful legacy of student success both on and off the field.

Sincerely,

Todd Diacon
President

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Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson named Vice President CarrSports Consulting

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CarrSports Consulting, LLC is pleased to announce Kevin Anderson has been named Vice President

“I am excited to be part of CarrSports. I want to thank Mike and Jeff for this opportunity,”

Kevin Anderson, Vice President CarrSports Consulting

ODENTON, Md. (January 26, 2021) – CarrSports Consulting, LLC (CarrSports) is pleased to announce today that Kevin Anderson has been named Vice President as announced by Managing Partners Mike Thomas and Jeff Hathaway.

The former University of Maryland Athletic Director (2010-18) has been serving as an Associate with the CarrSports team.

“This is a great day for CarrSports as we welcome Kevin as our newest Vice President,” said Thomas. “Kevin is a proven leader with a track record that shows his ability to lead, mentor and guide the different athletic programs he had a chance to be a part of during the 30+ years he has been in intercollegiate athletics. We are extremely fortunate to have Kevin as a member of our team.”

Prior to Maryland, Anderson served as the Director of Athletics at the United States Military Academy West Point (2004-10) and worked as a senior administrator in various roles at three PAC-12 schools including Oregon State University (2003-04), University of California, Berkeley (1997-2002) and Stanford University (1993-95).

“I am excited to be part of CarrSports. I want to thank Mike and Jeff for this opportunity,” said Anderson, a California native that currently lives in the greater Los Angeles area. “We have a lot of work to do and some very exciting ideas in the works that I am passionate about and look forward to sharing those details soon.”

Anderson is a Past President of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) as he served as President in 2012-13 while he was a member of the NACDA Board of Directors. Anderson served on several national committees over the years, including the NCAA Committee to Promote Cultural Diversity, NCAA Minority Opportunities Athletic Association, NCAA Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee, NCAA Division I Baseball Committee, NCAA Men’s Basketball Academic Enhancement Group, and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Issues Committee (Chair). He served as Chair of the McLendon Minority Scholarship Steering Committee and was a member of the LEAD1 Executive Committee.

“Mike and I have known Kevin for many years and we are thrilled to have him with us on the CarrSports leadership team,” said Hathaway. “I have admired Kevin for what he has accomplished during his career as an Athletic Director. His personal experiences will add a unique touch to our mission here at CarrSports.”

In 2007, Anderson was recognized as the General Robert R. Neyland Outstanding Athletic Director Award. He was inducted into the San Francisco State University Alumni Hall of Fame (2016) and the United Negro College Fund honored him with the Meritorious Service Award. Most recently, Anderson was inducted into the NACDA Hall of Fame Class of 2020.


About CarrSports Consulting, LLC
Founded in 1997, CarrSports Consulting, LLC is recognized as a standard of excellence in executive search and management consulting services to intercollegiate athletics. CarrSports is well-respected and known for integrity, expertise and creativity. Our unique record of achievement includes the successful completion of over 130 leadership searches and 70 intensely-focused management consulting projects conducted from coast to coast, providing our clients with outstanding service and best options for meaningful solutions.

CarrSports remains dedicated to its deliberate, yet cutting-edge approach to excellence through professional objectivity, practical application and innovation. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.


Meet the rest of the CarrSports Team

“Kevin is a proven leader with a track record that shows his ability to lead, mentor and guide the different athletic programs he had a chance to be a part of during the 30+ years he has been in intercollegiate athletics. We are extremely fortunate to have Kevin as a member of our team.”

Mike Thomas, Managing Partner, CarrSports Consulting

“Mike and I have known Kevin for many years and we are thrilled to have him with us on the CarrSports leadership team,”

Jeff Hathaway, Managing Partner, CarrSports Consulting


CarrSports Consulting, LLC announces transfer of ownership

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CarrSports Consulting, LLC (CarrSports) is pleased to announce the successful transfer of ownership from founder and former President Bill Carr to Managing Partners Mike Thomas and Jeff Hathaway.

“The entire CarrSports Team

looks forward to enhancing and expanding our work while providing high quality solutions to intercollegiate athletics across the country.”

Mike Thomas, Managing Partner
CarrSports Consulting, LLC

Mike Thomas and Jeff Hathaway are successful and accomplished veterans in collegiate athletics and campus leaders who served on numerous NCAA and conference committees over the years. Thomas is the former Athletic Director (AD) at University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), University of Cincinnati, University of Akron and Cleveland State University while Hathaway served as AD at University of Connecticut, Colorado State University and Hofstra University.

Founded in 1997, CarrSports is recognized as the go to partner for intercollegiate athletics that require best in class executive search and management consulting services. CarrSports has completed projects for colleges and universities that required the best of the best in leadership and transformational growth.  Vice President/Management Consulting Gerald O’Dell (former AD at University of Cincinnati, Northern Illinois University), a valued colleague for 22 years, will be continuing his important contributions to CarrSports and our clients.

“Jeff and I are grateful for this opportunity to take ownership of CarrSports. Over the years Bill Carr has built, and CarrSports continues to be, a preeminent executive search and management consulting firm,” said Thomas, who previously held the position of Vice President and Chief Operating Officer within CarrSports. “The entire CarrSports Team looks forward to enhancing and expanding our work while providing high quality solutions to intercollegiate athletics across the country.”

CarrSports is “Where Practitioners Practice” as its staff has over 135 years of Director of Athletics experience, which is the most in the industry. CarrSports Consulting Associates include; Kevin Anderson (former AD at University of Maryland, United States Military Academy West Point), Jack McDonald (former AD at Quinnipiac University, University of Denver and University of New England), Judy Rose (former AD at University of North Carolina at Charlotte), Doug Woolard (former AD at University of South Florida, Saint Louis University), and Karl Benson (former Commissioner at Sun Belt Conference, Western Athletic Conference, Mid-American Conference).

“I have always appreciated Bill Carr for his integrity and what he stands for personally and professionally,” said Hathaway, who has been a consultant with CarrSports and previously held his own consulting firm. “Mike and I, along with our CarrSports Team, look forward to bringing great energy and focused expertise to our executive search and management consulting engagements. We are grateful to our past and current CarrSports clients, and look forward to serving them and many other universities and conferences in the future.”

Going forward, CarrSports will continue to focus on executive searches (Athletic Director, Head Coach, Conference Commissioner, Executive Staff) and management consulting (operations review, Title IX assessment, business planning and fiscal management, revenue generation, fundraising, feasibility study and strategic planning).  CarrSports clients and prospects recognized that having access to the Team 24/7 is perhaps the most important factor to have in the midst of change and transformation.

“This is a bittersweet moment for me and my family. For over two decades, CarrSports Consulting has been my life as we started off small and transformed into one of the leading executive search and management consulting firms in the country,” said Carr, who will remain on as Senior Counsel with CarrSports for the upcoming year. “I know CarrSports is in great hands with Mike and Jeff at the helm. I look forward to seeing the future successes CarrSports will achieve.”


For more information and bios please visit www.CarrSportsConsulting.com.

 

About CarrSports Consulting, LLC
Founded in 1997, CarrSports Consulting, LLC is recognized as a standard of excellence in executive search and management consulting services to intercollegiate athletics. CarrSports is well-respected and known for integrity, expertise and creativity. Our unique record of achievement includes the successful completion of over 130 leadership searches and 70 intensely-focused management consulting projects conducted from coast to coast, providing our clients with outstanding service and best options for meaningful solutions.

CarrSports remains dedicated to its deliberate, yet cutting-edge approach to excellence through professional objectivity, practical application and innovation. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Mike Thomas
Jeff Hathaway
Gerald O'Dell
Kevin Anderson
Jack McDonald
Judy Rose
Doug Woolard
Karl Benson

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Morgan Burke

CarrSports Team Member Morgan Burke Passes Away

IN THE NEWS

CarrSports Team Member, Morgan Burke, Passes Away After Battling Illness

We deeply appreciate the wise counsel provided so graciously by Morgan Burke in our search and consulting assignments during his time with us.

We will miss his uplifting spirit.

Bill Carr, President & Founder CarrSports Consulting

The CarrSports family is extremely saddened to lose a valued and respected member of our team.  Morgan was a true statesmen in the world of college athletics, and he will be sorely missed.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Kate and their family at this time.

The CarrSports Team

Read more about Morgan’s career at Purdue University. Click Here.


Richard Duran

CarrSports Search - University of the Incarnate Word Chooses Richard Duran as AD

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CarrSports Search - University of the Incarnate Word chooses Richard Duran as Athletic Director

" "Throughout my time at UIW I have come to realize that this University is not only where I want to be, it is where I am supposed to be. It isn't every day that you are able to work at an institution whose values so closely align with your own.”

Richard Duran, Athletic Director University of the Incarnate Word

SAN ANTONIO – University of the Incarnate Word President Dr. Thomas M. Evans, announced today that interim Athletic Director Richard Duran has been elevated to the permanent role of athletic director. In his new role, Duran becomes the youngest sitting Division I athletic director. Duran, who came to UIW as the deputy athletics director responsible for all external functions of the department in October 2017, took over the interim position on Aug. 12, 2019. CarrSports Consulting assisted with the search.

“As interim athletic director, Richard demonstrated his willingness to work with all campus partners not only for the benefit of the athletics department but for the University as a whole,” said Evans. “He showed us his ability to lead, his dedication to his staff, to our student athletes and to our UIW Mission. In these last 10 months, Richard Duran truly earned the privilege of being named UIW’s Athletic Director.”

Under Duran’s leadership, UIW Athletics had tremendous success in the classroom, in the community, in competition, in revenue generation and in fan engagement. He guided a team of 80 full-time employees, five part-time employees, 35 graduate assistants and 18 work study students in creating a holistic and positive experience for more than 500 student-athletes.

“I would like to thank Dr. Evans, Michael Larkin, Chief Development Officer and Vice-President for External Affairs, and the University leadership for the incredible opportunity to lead the UIW Athletics Department into the future,” said Duran. “Throughout my time at UIW I have come to realize that this University is not only where I want to be, it is where I am supposed to be. It isn’t every day that you are able to work at an institution whose values so closely align with your own.

“I am excited to come to work every day and help our student-athletes become champions in the classroom, in the community and in competition. I am humbled for this opportunity and thankful for the commitment of our student-athletes, department, campus community and supporters. We wouldn’t be where we are today without them. UIW is an amazing community made up of incredible people, and I look forward to continuing to work as a team to provide the best student-athlete experience possible.”

The UIW Athletics department, in alignment with the University’s core values, has placed a heavy emphasis on service and giving back to the community. Over the 2019-20 academic year, the Cardinals completed a department record 6,051.5 hours of community service across 70 organizations in San Antonio. Classes were moved online following spring break, but the Cardinals were still able to complete 347.5 hours of community service in the fourth quarter of the year.

Academically, in the fall, UIW student-athletes posted a cumulative GPA of 3.24 and a semester GPA of 3.26. In the Spring, despite the sudden transition to online classes following spring break, UIW student-athletes achieved a department cumulative GPA of 3.33 and a department semester GPA of 3.56.

In November, the department announced that for the 2018-19 academic year, 20 Cardinal sports earned a combined single-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 991, a program-high mark since becoming Division I. Men’s basketball’s academics improved dramatically from 2017-18 to 2018-19, going from an 839 APR from the 2017-18 academic year to a perfect 1,000 in 2018-19. Additionally, in May 2020, men’s tennis and women’s cross country earned the Public Recognition Award for their perfect multiyear APR scores during the 2018-19 academic year.

Two women’s teams enjoyed their best year of Southland Conference competition during the 2019-20 season. Women’s soccer notched more wins in Fall 2019 alone than in the past three seasons combined (2016-18). With a 7-4 mark in Southland Conference play, the Cardinals qualified for the Southland Conference Tournament for the first time in program history.

Women’s basketball, led by first-year head coach Jeff Dow, had nine more wins in 2019-20 than the Cardinals had in 2018-19 and earned the first berth to the Southland Conference Tournament in program history.

The men’s basketball team improved from one Southland Conference win in 2018-19 to six in 2019-20 under second-year coach Dr. Carson Cunningham. UIW also had its first Southland Conference Freshman of the Year in Keaston Willis. The men’s swimming and diving team won the 2020 Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Conference Championship, marking its third consecutive title.

Under Duran, the Cardinals Club annual fund program saw record numbers in both memberships and revenue. Since 2016-17 (the year prior to Duran’s arrival at UIW), Cardinals Club membership is up by 626.1 percent and Cardinals Club revenue is up by 1,033.8 percent. The department also set a record for athletics giving as part of the campus-wide Day of Giving campaign in February 2020.

Likewise, athletic sponsorships reached new heights in 2019-20. UIW Athletics had a record number of athletic sponsors and boasted record revenues. Since 2017-18, the department has increased its number of sponsors by 540 percent, while revenues have risen by 256.7 percent. Athletic department ticketing numbers have also seen a significant rise under Duran. Despite 37 events being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UIW Athletics set numerous ticketing records in 2019-20, including a new overall ticket revenue mark. Since 2017-18, ticket sale revenue has increased by 61.8 percent.

In addition, UIW Athletics has placed an emphasis on enhancing the fan experience. The marketing department more than doubled the number of giveaways, in-game contests and on-field recognitions during the 2019-20 season. During the 2018 football season, the department launched the UIW Fan Zone. The 2019 homecoming game saw an all-time high 34 elements in the Fan Zone, a 112.5 percent increase from year one.

The department has also taken strides to increase student attendance at games, releasing the Red’s Rewards app in January 2019. The app, which is available to all UIW students and has rewards available for points earned by checking in at athletic events, experienced a 170.1 percent increase in users from the end of year one to the end of year two.

Since Duran’s arrival in 2017-18, UIW Athletics has increased its social media presence, leading to larger numbers of followers on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The main accounts on Twitter (88.9 percent), Facebook (116.4 percent) and Instagram (145.4 percent) have seen major increases. During the 2019-20 season alone, individual sports accounts rose by 41.4 percent on Twitter and by 67.6 percent on Instagram.

Under Duran’s guidance in August 2019, the athletics department collaborated with UTSA to co-host the River Rally Parade, bringing the City of San Antonio together prior to the first football game between the two schools in program history. Athletics also partnered with the University Office of Communications and Brand Marketing and the Division of Development and University Relations to successfully host the Cardinal Takeover Pre-Game Party on Aug. 31 around the game.

In 2019-20, video production saw a 144.7 percent increase in the number of events streamed since 2016-17. Over the past 10 months, 93 events were streamed. This was one fewer event than in 2018-19, despite 37 events being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duran arrived at UIW after a year and a half as the Director of Development at California State University, Los Angeles. Prior to working with the Golden Eagles, he spent three years at the University of Louisiana, Monroe (ULM) where he started as the Director of Marketing & Event Management before being promoted to the Assistant Athletics Director of External Relations.

Duran went to ULM after a stint as the Assistant Director of Athletics Development at the University of California, Riverside. He began his career in intercollegiate athletics with the Big West Conference as a Championships/Marketing Assistant.

Duran was a four-year letter winner in football at Whittier College in Whittier, California. He graduated with distinction, earning a Bachelor of Arts in kinesiology with an emphasis in sport management in 2011. In 2013, Duran received a Master of Arts in sport management from the University of San Francisco. He is currently pursuing his doctorate and working on his dissertation at Louisiana Tech University.

The Montebello, California native is a 2007 alumnus of Schurr High School.

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CarrSports Consulting has over 20 years of experience in executive searches and management consulting services for intercollegiate athletics. Their portfolio includes more than 130 successful leadership searches and 70 intensely focused management consulting projects conducted from coast to coast, providing clients with outstanding service and best options for meaningful solutions.

 


CarrSports partners with NJCAA as a Preferred Sports Consulting Provider

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CarrSports partners with NJCAA as a Preferred Sports Consulting Provider

"The NJCAA is pleased to partner with CarrSports Consulting and their team who can provide services in areas that are crucial to our member colleges,” stated NJCAA President and CEO Dr. Christopher Parker. “Their proven quality and experience will be beneficial for our membership and for all initiatives moving forward.”

National Junior College Athletic Association Forms Partnership with CarrSports Consulting

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – CarrSports Consulting is pleased to announce a partnership with the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) that will make CarrSports the Preferred Sports Consulting Partner of the NJCAA.

Among the services and deliverables to be provided by CarrSports to the 500 NJCAA member schools are executive searches, business planning, fiscal management, feasibility studies, operations reviews, strategic planning and Title IX assessments. The partnership with the NJCAA adds yet another high-profile client to the CarrSports portfolio from across the country.

“The NJCAA is pleased to partner with CarrSports Consulting and their team who can provide services in areas that are crucial to our member colleges,” stated NJCAA President and CEO Dr. Christopher Parker. “Their proven quality and experience will be beneficial for our membership and for all initiatives moving forward.”

Bill Carr“CarrSports Consulting is very pleased to now have the NJCAA as a Preferred Sports Consulting Partner,” Carr Sports President Bill Carr said. “We recognize the nationwide role and significant impact the organization has on such a large number of institutions, student-athletes and cities. We look forward to working with them to increase their effective outreach and services.”

Mike Thomas“CarrSports is extremely excited to partner with the NJCAA and their member institutions in the areas of executive search and management consulting,” CarrSports Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Thomas said. “The NJCAA continues to serve as a national leader in intercollegiate athletics and we look forward to providing exceptional service and expertise to their 500 member schools and the 60,000 student-athletes represented by the NJCAA.”

Founded in 1938, the NJCAA promotes and fosters a national program of athletic participation for two-year colleges in an environment that supports equitable opportunities consistent with the educational objectives of member colleges. The NJCAA has played a vital role in collegiate athletics for the past eight decades and continues to be the leader in championing academic and athletic opportunities for student-athletes.

Learn more about the National Junior College Athletic Association at NJCAA.org


University of the Incarnate Word Retains CarrSports for AD Search

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University of the Incarnate Word Retains CarrSports for Athletic Director Search

National Search Firm Hired to Help Find Leader for Growing Division I Program

San Antonio – Feb. 25, 2020 – The University of the Incarnate Word has announced that it has started its national search for the position of UIW athletic director. The University has retained CarrSports Consulting to assist with the search.

CarrSports Consulting has over 20 years of experience in executive searches and management consulting services for intercollegiate athletics. Their portfolio includes more than 130 successful leadership searches and 70 intensely-focused management consulting projects conducted from coast to coast, providing clients with outstanding service and best options for meaningful solutions.

UIW is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and the Southland Conference. The University is proud to have 23 teams representing 14 different sports. UIW began the reclassification process as a NCAA Division I athletics department during the 2013-14 academic year. UIW completed the process and became postseason eligible in 2017-18.

The athletic programs include baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s fencing, football, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, softball, synchronized swimming and volleyball. Since its transition to Division I, UIW has won conference championships in football (2018), men’s tennis (2018) and men’s swimming and diving (2018 and 2019).

UIW Athletics prides itself in developing the student-athlete as a whole person, promoting excellence in competition, in the classroom and in the community. In addition to success in competition, the student-athletes have completed more than 5,100 hours of community service each year since the 2013-14 academic year. Additionally, UIW’s student-athletes have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in every semester of the school’s Division I history.

UIW’s men’s soccer team is an affiliate member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), while its swimming and diving team is a member of the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA). Fencing competes in the Western Conference. All other sports compete in the Southland Conference.

Individuals interested in nominating candidates for the position or applying for the position should contact CarrSports Consulting at uiwad20@gmail.com . It is the goal of the University to have the position of UIW Athletic Director filled by the beginning of the 2020-21 academic school year.

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