CarrSports Partners with University of Northern Colorado in search for Head Football Coach

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

University of Northern Colorado Athletics

University of Northern Colorado is seeking a Head Football Coach

The intercollegiate athletics program is an integral part of the university striving to achieve the same standards of excellence in athletics that exist within academic programs. The program is concerned with the physical and mental welfare of the student and strives to ensure that every athlete has the opportunity to succeed academically and obtain a degree. Sport programs are a vital function of the University at large.

This position is responsible for the successful planning, direction and administration of all aspects of the University’s NCAA Division I FCS Football Program.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop, organize, direct, advance, and administer a successful Division I FCS football program.
  • Plan, organize and conduct practice and training sessions (pre-season, season, off-season, spring, summer)
  • Oversee development and implementation of competitive strategies, including scouting
  • Development of student-athletes
  • Lead and motivate student-athletes and coaching staff to maximize their potential.
  • Recruit quality student-athletes.
  • Facilitation of the academic performance and success of student-athletes which includes retention and culminates with graduation.
  • Recognize students who achieve academic excellence.
  • Administrative duties, which may include but is not limited to ordering/selection of equipment and supplies, arranging practice and competitive facilities, team travel, assisting Director of Athletics with scheduling, and budget planning, management, and adherence.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, understanding, adherence, and commitment to all NCAA, Conference, State and Institutional rules and regulations.
  • Establish a team culture that ensures appropriate and acceptable student-athlete and staff behavior on and off the field.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills to lead a competitive Division I FCS football program. Remain current on all trends, methods, and innovations related to football and coaching.
  • Participate in program and departmental fundraising, public relations, and promotional efforts. Coordinate an outreach program that encourages student-athlete and sport program visibility in the University and local community. Conduct camps and clinics.
  • Supervise, prepare, and lead assigned coaching and operational staff.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.

POSITION SPECIFICATIONS

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

Experience:

  • At least five (5) years of combined football coaching experience at the college or professional level is preferred.
  • Head Coaching experience

Certification/Registration/Licensing:

  • Required (may obtain and maintain immediately following hire): CPR/First Aid, NCAA Rules and Regulations certification

Ability:

  • Communication skills
  • Knowledge and adherence to NCAA, Conference, State, Institutional, and Department rules and regulations
  • Motivation skills
  • Commitment to working with multi-cultural populations and have an awareness of issues affecting women and minorities.
  • Organizational and Management Skills
  • Supervision (e.g., Student-Athletes, Assistant Coaches, Students, Summer Camp Staff)
  • Public SpeakingIFundraising
  • Counseling/Advising Skills

Salary Range: $185,000 – 203,000

Additional information for this position available by clicking “Apply Now” below.

 

PROCEDURE TO APPLY

Candidates should include a cover letter describing relevant experiences and interest in this position and curriculum vitae/resume. Please include names, titles, and contact information for five (5) professional references.

Click here to apply: https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=t9116

Please send questions or nominations regarding this search to: NColoradoSearch@CarrSportsConsulting.com



As you consider joining our community, it is important to know that UNC is dedicated to strengthening and advancing our collective work related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We develop and learn more together with a diverse team. To achieve this, diversity for us represents differing perspectives, thoughts, and experiences. We value the individuality of the human distinctions of our staff because these distinctions benefit students, our community, and each other. We expect members of our community to stretch their learning edges about race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, lifestyle, age, educational background, national origin, religion, or physical ability. This is a significant way to honor the intersectionality of our university community. We appreciate the diverse contributions every individual makes to the UNC community. When you join the UNC community, you can expect to be part of a growing inclusive, innovative, and equity-minded community that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and community partners.


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CarrSports Partners with Lamar University in search for Senior Associate Athletics Director/CFO

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POSITION DESCRIPTION

CarrSports Consulting will be assisting Lamar University in the search for a Senior Associate Athletics Director/CFO that will coordinate and supervise all aspects of the Athletics Department Business Office. Strict adherence to established NCAA, Southland Conference, Texas State University System and Lamar University rules and regulations is required. Responsible for preparing the annual proposed budget along with the Director of Athletics. The Senior Associate Athletics Director/CFO reports directly to the Director of Athletics and serves on the department’s Leadership and Management Teams. This position will also serve as a sport supervisor for selected teams and other direct reports as assigned.

The Senior Associate Athletics Director/CFO monitors budgets for all sports and departments. Submit invoices, requests to travel, contracts, etc. to various campus finance/travel departments. Responsible for distributing monthly budget status and annual status reports to all account managers. Supervises and evaluates ticket office personnel. Submit department revenue and expense data for the annual EADA Report and all NCAA Financial Reports. Serve as the primary contact for the annual NCAA Audit and provide all requested documentation for the auditors. Collect courtesy vehicle mileage logs and submit a quarterly report to the payroll office. Approve all deposits. Responsible for internal control mechanisms within the business and ticket office. Reviews ticket reconciliation reports for all athletics events. Ability to maintain accurate records concerning overall fiscal operations required. Ability to work cooperatively with staff members and supervisors required. Ability to tolerate flexible hours, nights and weekends required. Knowledge of NCAA rules required.

The Senior Associate Athletics Director/CFO is the liaison to outbound ticket sales partner, The Aspire Group. Additionally, the position is the liaison to the apparel contractor for all apparel related orders and issues.

The position will work closely with the Assistant Athletics Director for Operations to manage all facility and capital projects as well as game and events operations.

A successful Senior Associate Athletics Director/CFO will serve as a strategic and tactical senior leader within the department, possess a keen attention to detail, is data driven, and has excellent written and oral communication skills. The position will represent Lamar University Athletics on various campus committees and collaborate with campus partners surrounding the coordination of relevant projects and events.

The position will also assist with strategic planning and be responsible for drafting internal policies and procedures that enhance operations.

The position takes great pride in delivering exceptional customer assistance. To contribute toward operational productivity and efficiency, s/he will be a clearinghouse for many incoming requests to the department and is a liaison to a variety of stakeholders and interested parties.

Performs other duties and responsibilities as may be required as directed by the Director of Athletics.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree required.

Master’s degree preferred

3-5 years athletics business office preferred

 

PROCEDURE TO APPLY

Candidates should include a cover letter describing relevant experiences and interest in this position and curriculum vitae/resume. Please include names, titles, and contact information for five (5) professional references. To assure full consideration, application materials should be received by September 8, 2022, and the applicant portal will remain open until the hiring process is completed. Click here to apply: https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=t9115

 

Please send questions or nominations regarding this search to: LamarSearch@CarrSportsConsulting.com

 

EEO STATEMENT

Lamar University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Lamar University not to discriminate on the basis of non-relevant criteria including, but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its educational programs, activities, admissions or employment practices.


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Florida A&M University teams up with CarrSports in their next search

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Florida A&M University teams up with CarrSports in their next search


FLORIDA A&M UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF ATHLETICS
Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance Services

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Job Summary:

CarrSports Consulting is assisting Florida A&M University in the search for a Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance, working under the daily supervision of the Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer with a dotted-line reporting to the Athletic Director.  The Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance is charged with executing the daily management and operation of the athletics compliance office for Florida A & M University.  The individual will monitor and enforce matters related to NCAA, SWAC, and University rules and regulations; educate and interpret the applicable rules for staff, coaches, and student-athletes on various matters; and foster an atmosphere of compliance and institutional control with all internal and external constituents mitigating risk for the University and the Department.  The Senior Associate Director of Athletics must stay current with the ever-evolving NCAA environment to include initiatives such as Name, Image and Likeness, Transfer Portal, and the outcomes of the NCAA Transformation Committee.

Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To:

  • Administer ongoing comprehensive rules and educational programs for the institution’s student-athletes, coaches, staff, faculty, administrative divisions of the University, and alumni/donor groups to ensure compliance with NCAA, SWAC and University rules and regulations at all times.
  • Provide accurate and timely NCAA, SWAC and University rules interpretations for coaches, staff, student-athletes and parents, alumni, donors, prospective student-athletes and parents, University personnel, community groups, and all other inquiries and requests.
  • Participate in the timely and accurate investigation, resolution and self-reporting of NCAA and SWAC rules violations, as they may occur.
  • In collaboration with the appropriate University personnel such as the Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance, Registrar, Academic Support of Student-Athletes, determine term-by-term eligibility for athletics aid, practice, and competition for all student-athletes in accordance with SWAC and NCAA rules.
  • Maintain documents such as athletic compliance office records, including interpretations, compliance actions, investigations, eligibility related documents, participation reports, financial aid and other historical data.
  • Complete and submit SWAC and NCAA annual reports, such the NCAA Division I Membership Requirements Certification, and NCAA Demographics and Sports Sponsorship Report. In conjunction with the appropriate campus office, provide the data for the Academic Progress Rates (APR), Federal Graduation and Graduation Success Rate reports.
  • Manages and maintains ARMS (or similar software programs) and social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, etc.
  • Annually updates the FAMU Athletics Compliance Policies and Procedures manual.
  • Shares responsibility of promoting an atmosphere of compliance while facilitating institutional control over athletics programs in order to ensure consistent adherence and behavior with NCAA, Conference, and University rules and regulations.
  • Oversees the management of initiatives that promote institutional and departmental culture of integrity and compliance as it relates to intercollegiate athletics.
  • Maintains an environment that promotes the highest level of integrity and demonstrates an unwavering commitment to the highest standards of ethical conduct.
  • Serve as the department’s liaison to the SWAC and NCAA for matters dealing with NCAA compliance. Attend and participate in relevant SWAC and NCAA (such as annual NCAA Regional Rules Seminars) meetings.
  • Represent the department on a variety of campus committees as deemed appropriate.
  • Supervise the Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance and Coordinator of Athletics Compliance.
  • Potential future opportunities for sports administration.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in the appropriate area of specialization and eight (8) years of related experience; or, Master’s Degree in an appropriate area of specialization and six (6) years of related experience.

Recommended Competencies:

  • Knowledge and ability to interpret and apply NCAA, SWAC and Division I rules and regulations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to interpret and apply University-related policies, procedures, principles, and practices.
  • Ability to educate diverse groups of individuals about NCAA compliance issues.
  • Experience managing staff and coaches through clear communication and a cooperative attitude.
  • Ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic fast-paced environment and manage stressful situations.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks at once and meet deadlines.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to develop and implement policies, procedures, goals, and objectives.
  • Knowledge of and the ability to apply the principles and practices to strategically align tasks and people with organizational goals and objectives.
  • Ability to improve personal and team effectiveness, and foster change and creativity
  • Experience working with Division I football program preferred.
  • Familiarity of the financial aid and admission processes at a university level preferred.
  • Experience with ARMS (or similar software programs) and PeopleSoft (or similar enterprise personnel management platforms) preferred.
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to interact with a multitude of constituents.
  • Ability to represent the University as required.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Pay Plan

This is an Administrative and Professional (A&P) position.

Conditions of Employment

Successful candidate is subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks and verification of education. An official college transcript, a high school diploma, or other educational documents must be submitted, where applicable, at the time of employment.

Only United States (U.S.) citizens or aliens who have a legal right to work in the U.S. are eligible for employment. Federal law requires proof of your authorization to work in the United States. You will be required to provide proof of your identity and employment eligibility within three (3) days of employment.

Section 110.1128, Florida Statutes, prohibits employment by the State (including re-hire after a break in service) of any male born after October 1, 1962, who failed to register with the Selective Service System, under the provisions of the U.S. Military Selective Service Act, during the person’s period of eligibility (ages 18 through 25). Additionally, if currently employed by the State, this law prohibits the promotion of such person. You may be required to provide documentation.

HOW TO APPLY
Candidates should include a cover letter describing relevant experiences and interest in this position and curriculum vitae/resume. Please include names, titles, and contact information for five (5) professional references. To assure full consideration, application materials should be received by September 6, 2022, and the applicant portal will remain open until the hiring process is completed. Click here to apply: https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=t9114

Please send questions or nominations regarding this search to: FAMUSearch@CarrSportsConsulting.com

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New Head Coach, Erik Martin, chosen for South Carolina State Men's Basketball

New Head Coach, Erik Martin, chosen for South Carolina State Men’s Basketball

erik martinORANGEBURG, S.C. – Erik Martin, one of the top assistant coaches in Division I basketball, has been selected to lead the South Carolina State University men’s basketball program by Bulldogs Athletics Director Stacy L. Danley.

“Coach Martin is — without a doubt –a rising star in the men’s basketball coaching world,” Danley said. “He has an excellent pedigree after playing and working for Hall of Fame head coach Bob Huggins (at West Virginia University) and is well prepared to assume the position of head men’s basketball coach for our program.

“During the search process, Coach Martin exuded an infectious will to win and the ability to develop a culture where winning will be expected on and off the court,” the athletic director said. “I’m confident that he will represent our university in exemplary fashion, and we are undoubtedly well-positioned for success moving forward as one of college basketball’s elite programs under Martin’s leadership.
“I am absolutely thrilled for Erik to join Bulldog Athletics as we prepare to embark on the next chapter of our program,” Danley said.

Martin was named to The Athletic sports website’s list of “25 College Basketball Assistants Ready to Lead Their Own Program” in 2020 and “30 Coaches to Watch” in 2018.

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“I’m so excited to be the next head coach at South Carolina State,” Martin said. “It has always been my dream to lead a Division I program as well as guide young men on and off the court as they prepare to graduate and move on to the next phase of their lives. It’s a great day to be a Bulldog.”

With over 20 years of coaching experience, Martin is in his 17th season as a Division I coach. He most recently served 16 seasons as an assistant coach under Huggins at West Virginia.

As a Division I assistant, Martin has worked with numerous professional players, including five NBA players (All-American Kevin Jones, Joe Alexander, Devin Ebanks, Bill Walker, and Cartier Martin) as well as Derek Culver, Sagaba Konate, Devin Williams and John Flowers.

While at West Virginia in 2007, the Mountaineers won the 2010 Big East Championship and have advanced to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2010 Final Four and five NCAA Sweet 16s. Martin has helped guide the Mountaineers to 326 victories.

At West Virginia, Martin was responsible for post player development as well as assisting with game scouts, recruiting, along with scheduling, camps, fundraising and community appearances.
During Martin’s tenure in Morgantown, his impact has extended into the community:

From 2007-19, he organized the United Way Clinic in Fairmont, W.Va., which paired WVU newcomers with youth from the Fairmont area.

From 2016-18, he teamed with Nate Zinn and Donnie Tucker to host Mountaineer Days. This event linked the WVU men’s basketball team with youth from Fairmont and Morgantown in a day of multiple activities that benefited the youth as well as the WVU men’s basketball team.

In 2021, he established a non-profit foundation, Helping Hand Charities WV, a mission of aiding children from single-parent homes as well as underprivileged youth.

Coach Martin’s community involvement is a direct reflection of his passion for working with youth and connecting them with the WVU community.

Prior to West Virginia, Martin spent a year as an assistant at Kansas State with Huggins. Before that, he spent two years as an assistant coach at Cincinnati State and Technical College in Cincinnati for head coach Andre Tate from 2004-06.

In 2005-06, he helped the Surge post a 26-9 overall record en route to winning the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference and NJCAA Region XII District 7 tournament titles. The program advanced to the NJCAA Division II championship where it lost to eventual national runner-up Kirkwood (Iowa) Community College to finish fifth nationally.

Martin helped coach several outstanding players at Cincinnati State, including Cincinnati signee John Williamson, who was named a first team NJCAA All-American and the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

Martin jumped into the coaching ranks at Jacobs Center High in Cincinnati, where he served as the junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach from 2003-04.

As a player, Martin signed with TCU out of high school and redshirted as a true freshman in 1989-90. He transferred to Santa Ana (California) Community College for one season before moving to Cincinnati the next two seasons. A standout power forward, Martin was a two-year letterman and one-year starter for Huggins at Cincinnati from 1991-93.

Martin helped the Bearcats to a combined 56-10 overall record en route to Final Four and Elite Eight appearances and back-to-back Great Midwest Conference regular season and tournament championships from 1991-93.

Playing with All-American Herb Jones and future NBA stars Corie Blount and Nick Van Exel, Martin helped Cincinnati to a 29-5 overall record and the 1992 NCAA Final Four.

In his senior year, Martin guided Cincinnati to the NCAA Tournament where the fourth-ranked Bearcats lost in overtime to eventual national champion North Carolina in the East Regional finals.

The team’s leading rebounder and second-leading scorer, Martin led the Great Midwest Conference in field goal percentage and was named to the all-conference second team. He was a member of the league’s All-Tournament squad after guiding Cincinnati to its second straight title. Martin continued his stellar performance in the NCAA Tournament, where he was named to the East Regional all-tournament team.

Following his playing career at Cincinnati, Martin spent nine years playing professional basketball around the world, including a four-year stint with various franchises in the Continental Basketball Association and five years overseas.

In addition to his professional experience, Martin has also spent time with the U.S. National team, helping the squad to a silver medal at the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina. Martin also assisted USA in winning the gold medal at the 1997 Tournament of the Americas.

Martin earned his associate of arts degree from Santa Ana Community College in 1990 and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Cincinnati in 1993.

A native of West Covina, California, Martin has three daughters, Amiyah, Eleyna and Erika. He married the former Anita Woodley in 2010.

Both the men’s and women’s basketball candidate searches at SC State were assisted by CarrSports Executive Search and Consulting.

 


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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CarrSports Congratulates Coach Tim Eatman being chosen as South Carolina State Women's Basketball Coach

CarrSports Congratulates Coach Tim Eatman being chosen as South Carolina State Women’s Basketball Coach

TIMOTHY EATMANORANGBURG, SC. –  Veteran coach and recruiter Timothy Eatman has been named the new South Carolina State head women’s basketball coach by Bulldogs Athletics Director Stacy L. Danley.

“After an extensive, comprehensive, and efficient national search, during which we had the privilege of speaking with an impressive group of coaching candidates, it became clear to the search committee that Coach Eatman was exactly what we needed in the next leader of our women’s basketball program,” Danley said. “He has a distinguished pedigree, having spent the last seven years under Hall of Fame Coach C. Vivian Stringer at Rutgers.

“A proven recruiter, strong evaluator and an innovative teacher of the game, Coach Eatman has played an integral role in signing several top 10 national recruiting classes,” Danley said.

SC State introduced Eatman as the new Bulldogs head coach Tuesday at a news conference on campus. He thanked Danley and SC State President Alexander Conyers for the opportunity.

“I am so humbled to take on this role at this institution,” Eatman said. “I am honored to be returning to my roots at a HBCU. My father was a graduate from Stillman College. My mother graduated from Alabama State University, and I am a proud graduate of Talladega College where I began my coaching career.

“I am thrilled to be joining the staff at South Carolina State University. I am excited to build on the past women’s basketball success to create the  future,” he said. “As I take on this role I would encourage Bulldog nation to dream so big that you are afraid to say it out loud, because I am.”

During the 2018-19 season, Eatman stepped into the role of acting head coach for the final six games of the year, helping the Scarlet Knights to their highest ever Big 10 finish (third), as well as its first-ever Big 10 Tournament semifinal appearance. Under his guidance, Rutgers returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2019.

In 2019-20, Eatman was promoted to the role of associate head coach, as Rutgers capped off their fifth 20-plus-win season during his tenure.

Eatman has prior head coaching experience at the University of Illinois at Chicago and his alma mater, Talladega College. Prior to arriving “On The Banks” at Rutgers, he served as the recruiting coordinator at Rhode Island. He was reunited with Stringer at Rutgers, having served with the Hall of Fame coach during her final season at Iowa in 1994-95, putting together the nation’s top ranked recruiting class.

Over the course of his career, Eatman has played a major role in bringing in 11 top 30 recruiting classes. He was recognized by Lindy’s Magazine as the nation’s top recruiter while he was at Iowa in 1994. Additionally, six of his former players have gone on to play at the next level in the WNBA, and 13 have joined the coaching ranks.

Following his collegiate playing days, Eatman began his coaching career as the head women’s coach at Talladega College, instantly turning around his alma mater’s program. After posting an 0-26 record prior to his appointment, the Tornadoes improved to a 20-9 ledger in 1989-90 under Eatman’s guidance.

Eatman made the move to the Division I level as an assistant coach at Mississippi State from 1990-92 and University of Houston from 1992-93. With the Cougars, he put together the No. 4 rated recruiting class in the country.

Joining Stringer at Iowa for the 1994-95 campaign, Eatman helped construct the top-ranked recruiting class that featured the nation’s top point guard, Nadine Domond, 1995 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Tiffany Gooden, and 1998 Big Ten Player of the Year Tangela Smith.

Eatman had two stints at Kansas, serving as an assistant from 1996-98 and again from 2002-04. He helped the Jayhawks win the Big 12 title in 1997 and reach the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1998. He was the position coach for Kodak All-American and first-round WNBA pick Tamecka Dixon during the 1996-97 season.

In between his two turns as a member of the Jayhawks’ staff, Eatman was at the helm of the Illinois-Chicago program. During his four seasons with the Flames, he brought in two top 20 recruiting classes and recorded the program’s highest win total in seven seasons.

Eatman’s career continued at Louisville from 2004-07, where he helped the Cardinals reach three-straight NCAA Tournaments and was involved in the recruitment of eventual BIG EAST Player of the Year Angel McCoughtry.

He also spent four seasons as the associate head coach at Arkansas from 2007-2011. While with the Razorbacks, Eatman was the team’s defensive coordinator as they set the school record for fewest points allowed in an SEC contest — 42 against Mississippi State.

Making the move to the Northeast, Eatman spent one season at Boston College and was elevated to interim head coach for the end of the 2011-12 season. He then joined head coach Daynia La-Force’s staff at Northeastern in 2013 and followed her when she took over the top position at Rhode Island in 2014.

On Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., SC State will announce the new men’s head basketball coach in a news conference on campus. Both the men’s and women’s basketball candidate searches at SC State were assisted by CarrSports Executive Search and Consulting.

 


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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Jeff O'Malley named Lamar University Director of Athletics

Lamar University Welcomes O’Malley as New Director of Athletics

BEAUMONT, Texas — Lamar University President Jaime Taylor announced today the selection of Jeff O’Malley as the university’s new Director of Athletics. O’Malley joins the Cardinal family after a highly successful 20-year tenure at Marshall University serving as the Associate Director of Athletics/Chief of Staff and liaison to the university’s General Counsel.
Taylor states, “Jeff O’Malley is a trusted collaborator who understands it takes all facets of a university to support student-athletes. He established very positive relationships with faculty and with academic affairs at Marshall University and has an absolutely stellar reputation for ensuring student-athletes are successful in the classroom as well as on the field of play.”

O’Malley will take the reins of Lamar University Athletics effective July 1 and the university will introduce the new AD at a press conference on Friday, June 17 at 11 a.m. in the Lamar University Dauphin Athletic Complex.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to lead Lamar University Athletics. This is a program with a proud tradition of excellence, and we will do all we can to make it even better both in the classroom and in competition,” O’Malley said. “I met many great people through this process, and I would like to thank Dean Spina and Don Shaver for their work co-chairing the search committee. I also would like to thank President Taylor for providing me with the opportunity to work with him again and share his vision for Lamar University. I am looking forward to meeting our student-athletes, collaborating with the campus community and working with our coaches and staff to provide a first-class student-athlete experience.”

O’Malley comes to Beaumont with a long-standing history of overseeing many facets of the Marshall University Athletics program including men’s basketball, men’s soccer, men’s golf and baseball, as well as the department’s academics and compliance offices. In July 2021, he was named interim athletics director for Marshall University Athletics. During his tenure as interim athletic director, he successfully navigated conference realignment and negotiated Marshall’s move to the Sun Belt Conference, in addition to leading the department through the challenges of COVID-19 and a transition in university leadership.

In August 2021, O’Malley was also named NCAA Secretary Rules Editor for Men’s Basketball. This is a role he will begin Sept. 1 in addition to his duties as Athletic Director.

In recent years, both the Marshall men’s basketball program and the men’s soccer program reached the NCAA tournament, the former of which snapped a three-decade NCAA tournament drought, and the latter of which won the 2020 NCAA National Championship defeating Indiana 1-0 in overtime. In 2017-18, the men’s basketball program won the Conference USA championship and upset No. 4 seed Wichita State in the first round of the NCAA tournament to capture the program’s first NCAA win.

Taylor said O’Malley was instrumental in cultivating a winning culture in athletics at Marshall University and has an unwavering commitment to student-athlete well-being. “He worked behind the scenes to ensure all the pieces came together. The student-athletes and coaches knew they were supported, which inspired a level of confidence and camaraderie that wins championships.”

During his tenure, O’Malley developed partnerships with several outside vendors in an effort to educate, protect and empower student-athletes as they navigated name, image and likeness. He also collaborated with the Student Affairs Office to appoint two mental health specialists to support student-athlete well-being.

“I am very excited not only for Jeff, but for Lamar University. He is an outstanding college administrator and he was very instrumental in all the athletic success we had here at Marshall University,” said Mike Hamrick, former director of athletics at Marshall University. “We won a lot of championships, we built a lot of facilities and most importantly, we graduated a lot of student-athletes and Mr. O’Malley was a big part of that. I have no doubt he will bring a vision to Lamar University that will enhance and take your intercollegiate athletic program to a high level.”

O’Malley came to Marshall University after serving as Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Regulatory Affairs for six years at the University of Massachusetts. In addition to his time at Massachusetts, he also served as Compliance Coordinator at the University of Dayton from 1994-96, he serves on the board of directors of the Marshall University Child Development Academy and was a member of the Southeastern Babe Ruth Board of Directors. He also served two terms on the board of directors of the United Way of the River Cities, was a member of the National Association of Sports Officials and has worked as a college basketball official for 24 years. A 1990 graduate of Miami (Ohio) with a degree in Accounting, O’Malley received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Dayton in 1994 and is a member of the Ohio Bar.

Today’s announcement follows a nation-wide search that began in April with CarrSports Consulting, LLC leading the search process and a search committee comprised of Lamar University administrations, faculty, staff and alumni who are an integral part of the Beaumont community.

“We were honored to have LU alumni David Bernsen, Jerry Dearing, David Montagne, Glen Morgan, and Don Shaver on the search committee. This caliber of business leaders on the committee helped us to attract a candidate with Jeff’s sterling credentials,” Taylor said. “I am grateful that Don Shaver and our faculty athletic representative, Dean Robert Spina, agreed to co-chair the committee. Both perspectives are vitally important if we want collegiate athletics to strengthen the bond between Lamar University and southeast Texas.”

Spina, who serves as dean of the LU College of Education and Human Development, said the committee worked diligently, enthusiastically and responsibly to sort through a strong pool of candidates in a short amount of time. “It was a privilege for me to co-chair this search committee with my good friend Don Shaver –– the quality of the applicant pool was incredibly strong due to the draw of Lamar University and the efforts of CarrSports Consulting. We are delighted to welcome Jeff O’Malley as our new athletic director. The experience and expertise he brings is exactly what LU needs at this time. We wholeheartedly welcome Jeff to the Cardinal family!”

Beaumont community leader Senator David Bernsen expressed his gratitude for serving on the search committee and said Lamar University plays a key role in Beaumont with athletics being a crucial link between LU and the community.

“As a student athlete, I benefitted from the important connections between LU and our local business community and am pleased to have participated in extending that legacy through the selection of Jeff O’Malley as our next athletics director,” he said. “The commitment and concern that each member of the search committee devoted to the process is evident by the outcome of the committee’s work. We were pleased to present to President Taylor four strong candidates from which he and his leadership team selected our new AD. As a life-long Cardinal fan, I look forward to working with Jeff O’Malley to elevate LU athletics to the next level.”

 


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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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CarrSports Assists CoSIDA in naming Erik Christianson as New Executive Director

CarrSports assists CoSIDA in naming Erik Christianson as new Executive Director

erik christiansonChristianson, a nationally recognized leader in strategic communications and advocacy leadership who has served as the NCAA Managing Director of Communications since 2012, will assume CoSIDA leadership duties in June as he replaces retiring Executive Director Doug Vance.

Erik Christianson, a nationally recognized and award-winning strategic communications leader who has served in senior leadership positions at the NCAA since 2004, has been named executive director of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The announcement was made by CoSIDA 2021-22 President Cindy Potter, Columbia College (Mo.) Senior Deputy Athletic Director, and the CoSIDA Executive Board of Directors.

Christianson has significant experience leading integrated and collaborative communications efforts at local, state and national levels. A longtime advocate for and advisor to CoSIDA, Christianson currently serves as the NCAA managing director of communications, a role he has held since November 2012.

With an extensive background in helping guide communication policy and outreach, Christianson oversees NCAA public and media relations, content and engagement, issues and crisis management related to all the core functions of the national organization, including regulatory and legal affairs, academics, championships, inclusion and financial.

Erik Christianson with his wife, Rachel, during the 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Final Four in New Orleans in early April.

In his CoSIDA position, Christianson will provide strategic leadership, oversee CoSIDA’s many initiatives and manage the daily operations of the 3,100-plus member international organization. In its 65th year, CoSIDA is the national organization comprised of the athletic communications, sports creatives and media relations professionals throughout all levels of collegiate athletics in the United States and Canada.

Christianson will assume his CoSIDA executive director duties on June 13. He will succeed Doug Vance, who in October announced his retirement from the leadership position, effective July 2022. In this summer transition, Vance will stay on with CoSIDA through July to complete his eight-plus years of service as executive director.

“We are so pleased to announce the appointment of Erik Christianson as CoSIDA’s next executive director,” noted Potter, who chaired the selection committee. “When Doug (Vance) announced his retirement, the CoSIDA Executive Board of Directors knew it would be a tall task to find the right person to assume Doug’s role. We wanted to find a bold leader to guide the organization through this exciting time of new brand identity and initiatives. The process began back in the fall of 2021 with the hiring of CarrSports Consulting to assist with the process and the goal of finding a dynamic new leader.

“Erik rose to the top throughout the selection process. His passion, dedication and connections to the communications profession, and especially to CoSIDA, is impressive. And his widespread network of respected friends and colleagues is unmatched. We have no doubt that our organization will be in great hands with Erik at the helm. I want to thank the selection committee, as well as the Executive Board of Directors, for their work in finding our next leader, assuring that CoSIDA’s future continues to be bright.”

“I’ve worked alongside CoSIDA for nearly 20 years, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve as a strong voice for the organization and its members at a pivotal time for athletics communications and all of college sports,” said Christianson. “The ways we communicate continue to change, and we need to maximize all of them, but the why behind our work remains the same: we are telling the story of the student-athlete and providing communications solutions for college sports.”

Christianson becomes the third executive director of CoSIDA. Vance took the head position in October 2013 as he followed the organization’s first executive director John Humenik. Humenik served from February 2008 through June 2013.

“Erik has been a valued advocate for the profession and staunch proponent of CoSIDA in his role with the NCAA,” Vance stated. “He’s nationally respected and is well versed in the complex issues that are impacting not only communications, but also the overall big picture of college athletics. Erik has the experience and skills to be an impactful torchbearer for the association at a critical time when strong leadership and advocacy are needed.”

Christianson began his tenure at the NCAA as director of public and media relations, serving in that role from April 2004-November 2012.

In 2015, Christianson received the distinguished CoSIDA Keith Jackson Eternal Flame Award, presented to an individual who, or an organization which, has made a lasting contribution to intercollegiate athletics, and has demonstrated a long and consistent commitment to excellence and has been a loyal supporter of CoSIDA and its mission.

“Erik Christianson is an outstanding choice to lead CoSIDA as its new executive director,” noted Bob Williams, NCAA senior vice president for communications. “Erik is a dynamic leader, strategic thinker, and seasoned communications professional who will do a superb job leading CoSIDA into the future.”

“Erik is a highly respected leader in the athletic communications community. He brings a trusted career of leadership and advocacy for student-athletes across all sports and divisions,” said Gina Lehe, NCAA managing director of communications – strategy and branding and a 2022 CoSIDA Hall of Fame inductee.

Before coming to the NCAA, Christianson served as director of communications for the University of Wisconsin System, one of the nation’s largest public university systems. Before joining the UW System, he was employed in the main communications office at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Wisconsin system’s flagship campus. At both the campus and system levels, he worked regularly on athletics issues.

His experience also includes serving in state government and working as a print journalist at the Tribune-Star (Terre Haute, Indiana) and the Chicago Tribune.

Christianson completed his bachelor’s degree at Northwestern College, now known as the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, where he studied communications and was a baseball student-athlete. He earned his master’s degree in public affairs reporting at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

He and his wife, Rachel, live in Zionsville, Indiana, and have three sons, Sten, Gunnar and Anders.

Christianson will assume his CoSIDA executive director duties on June 13. He will succeedDoug Vance, who in October announced his retirement from the leadership position, effective July 2022. In this summer transition, Vance will stay on with CoSIDA through July to complete his eight-plus years of service as executive director.

“We are so pleased to announce the appointment of Erik Christianson as CoSIDA’s next executive director,” noted Potter, who chaired the selection committee. “When Doug (Vance) announced his retirement, the CoSIDA Executive Board of Directors knew it would be a tall task to find the right person to assume Doug’s role. We wanted to find a bold leader to guide the organization through this exciting time of new brand identity and initiatives. The process began back in the fall of 2021 with the hiring of CarrSports Consulting to assist with the process and the goal of finding a dynamic new leader.

“Erik rose to the top throughout the selection process. His passion, dedication and connections to the communications profession, and especially to CoSIDA, is impressive. And his widespread network of respected friends and colleagues is unmatched. We have no doubt that our organization will be in great hands with Erik at the helm. I want to thank the selection committee, as well as the Executive Board of Directors, for their work in finding our next leader, assuring that CoSIDA’s future continues to be bright.”

“I’ve worked alongside CoSIDA for nearly 20 years, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve as a strong voice for the organization and its members at a pivotal time for athletics communications and all of college sports,” said Christianson. “The ways we communicate continue to change, and we need to maximize all of them, but the why behind our work remains the same: we are telling the story of the student-athlete and providing communications solutions for college sports.”

Christianson becomes the third executive director of CoSIDA. Vance took the head position in October 2013 as he followed the organization’s first executive director John Humenik. Humenik served from February 2008 through June 2013.

“Erik has been a valued advocate for the profession and staunch proponent of CoSIDA in his role with the NCAA,” Vance stated. “He’s nationally respected and is well versed in the complex issues that are impacting not only communications, but also the overall big picture of college athletics. Erik has the experience and skills to be an impactful torchbearer for the association at a critical time when strong leadership and advocacy are needed.”

Christianson began his tenure at the NCAA as director of public and media relations, serving in that role from April 2004-November 2012.

In 2015, Christianson received the distinguished CoSIDA Keith Jackson Eternal Flame Award, presented to an individual who, or an organization which, has made a lasting contribution to intercollegiate athletics, and has demonstrated a long and consistent commitment to excellence and has been a loyal supporter of CoSIDA and its mission.

“Erik Christianson is an outstanding choice to lead CoSIDA as its new executive director,” noted Bob Williams, NCAA senior vice president for communications. “Erik is a dynamic leader, strategic thinker, and seasoned communications professional who will do a superb job leading CoSIDA into the future.”

“Erik is a highly respected leader in the athletic communications community. He brings a trusted career of leadership and advocacy for student-athletes across all sports and divisions,” said Gina Lehe, NCAA managing director of communications – strategy and branding and a 2022 CoSIDA Hall of Fame inductee.

Before coming to the NCAA, Christianson served as director of communications for the University of Wisconsin System, one of the nation’s largest public university systems. Before joining the UW System, he was employed in the main communications office at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Wisconsin system’s flagship campus. At both the campus and system levels, he worked regularly on athletics issues.

His experience also includes serving in state government and working as a print journalist at the Tribune-Star (Terre Haute, Indiana) and the Chicago Tribune.

Christianson completed his bachelor’s degree at Northwestern College, now known as the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, where he studied communications and was a baseball student-athlete. He earned his master’s degree in public affairs reporting at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

He and his wife, Rachel, live in Zionsville, Indiana, and have three sons, Sten, Gunnar and Anders.

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.


NCCU Names Dr. Louis "Skip" Perkins as Director of Athletics

NCCU Announces Perkins as Director of Athletics 

Dr Louis 'Skip' PerkinsDURHAM, N.C.– North Carolina Central University announced veteran athletics administrator and NCCU alumnus Dr. Louis “Skip” Perkins as the university’s next Director of Athletics during a press conference on Wednesday, concluding a competitive national search led by CarrSports Consulting. Perkins will begin at NCCU on June 1.

A dynamic higher education leader with more than 20 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics and institutional advancement, Perkins has served as Director of Athletics at three different NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) institutions with teams capturing 10 conference championships during his tenure.

“Dr. Perkins is a passionate and dynamic leader who is fueled by building winning programs focused on student-success,” said NCCU Chancellor Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye. “This ‘homecoming’ of sorts for Dr. Perkins brings him back to a place where he was not only cultivated as a student, but also grew to become a distinguished athletics and development administrator regionally and nationally.”

A 1994 graduate of NCCU, Perkins holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and master’s degrees in public administration and instructional media, also from NCCU. He earned his Doctor of Education from Delaware State University, with a focus on educational leadership.

As a four-year team captain on NCCU’s tennis team, Perkins received multiple academic all-conference honors. He was also a recipient of NCCU’s inaugural Forty Under Forty Alumni Awards in 2012, and is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the NCCU Alumni Association, Inc., and the United States Professional Tennis Association.

“I am truly thankful and excited to be back where I started my journey in intercollegiate athletics, as a student-athlete on North Carolina Central’s tennis team,” Perkins said. “The foundation that was instilled in me during my time competing on and off the court at NC Central has helped me become the person and leader I am today.

“One of my goals when I left NCCU in 2007 was to one day return to ‘The Nest,’ bringing back with me all of the experiences and knowledge I gained from a far to help return NC Central to its championship ways,” added Perkins. “I look forward to not only helping my alma mater win on its various fields of play, but to continue its focus on turning student-athletes into scholar-athletes.”

Perkins will join NCCU from his current role as assistant vice president for development at Morgan State University since 2020. Under his leadership, he worked in conjunction with the president of the university and the MSU Foundation Board to secure more than $67 million in fundraising contributions during the 2020-2021 academic year, which set a new university record.

Prior to his role as senior development officer at Coppin State University, Perkins was the associate vice president and director of athletics at Delaware State University from 2015-17. During that time, the Hornets secured four Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championships, boasted the highest grade point average (3.1) in the athletics program history, and more than $5 million was raised in athletics development.

As director of athletics at Howard University from 2010-15, Perkins oversaw more than $10 million of renovations to Burr Gymnasium, while the Bison added another conference title to his ledger. In the same role at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff from 2007-10, the Golden Lions achieved one of the highest graduation rates in school history and won five conference championships under his leadership.

Perkins also served as an assistant athletics director for development at NCCU from 2006-07, and as executive director of communications and external affairs at Saint Augustine’s University from 2005-06.

He is the proud father of three children, Alexia Perkins, Peri Perkins and Louis Tripp Perkins, along with a granddaughter, Anastasia.

For more information about NCCU Athletics, visit NCCUEaglePride.com or download the NCCU Eagles Athletics app. 

 


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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CarrSports assists Marshall Athletics in choosing Christian Spears as Athletic Director

CarrSports assists Marshall Athletics in choosing Christian Spears as Athletic Director

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Following a national search, Marshall University today named Christian Spears its next athletic director. The school’s Board of Governors voted to approve the hire earlier today.

“Christian Spears is a transformational leader who exhibits a deep respect for tradition, combined with an ability to architect a vision to unleash potential,” said Marshall President Brad D. Smith. “I am excited to welcome Christian to Marshall to serve in this pivotal role.

“Christian’s leadership philosophy and his drive for Marshall to build on its storied foundation of winning mirror my own. I look forward to working with him to usher in the next chapter of great for Athletics at our university.”

Spears has more than 25 years of experience at all levels of intercollegiate athletics administration. He comes to Marshall most recently from the University of Pittsburgh, where as deputy athletic director and chief operating officer he manages all revenue generation and external operations, primarily focused on strategic partnerships to help reduce expenses and supplement revenue streams. His areas of responsibility at Pitt include marketing and branding, media relations, fundraising, ticket operations, licensing, merchandising, game presentation, broadcast services and multimedia rights.

Spears is an accomplished leader with a proven track record of raising funds, forming corporate partnerships, and developing and executing strategic plans. In his five years at Pitt, he was instrumental in a capital campaign to support Pitt’s $250 million “Victory Heights” initiative to build and upgrade athletic facilities, helping to raise nearly $15 million of the $25 million goal to-date, as well as assisting with the development of the champions advisory board that has engaged 24 new alumni/donors with the goal of completing the campaign by 2024.

He also worked with the department’s fundraising arm to raise more than $100 million since 2017, including the largest gift in Pitt Athletics history ($20 million) and played an influential role in the development of an Athletics strategic plan, core values and set of strategic initiatives.

He negotiated a 16-year multimedia rights agreement worth more than $106 million with JMI Sports, developed and led Pitt Athletics’ partnership with media production giant NEP, resulting in a $12 million project that created Pitt Studios and five dedicated broadcast control rooms, and formed a partnership with Ideal Integrations and Extreme Networks for a $2 million capital project to bring Wi-Fi to the Petersen Events Center.

In addition, Spears led negotiations for a new arena management company (ASM Global), resulting in $3 million in new capital projects at the Petersen Events Center. As part of a six-year, $12 million agreement with Nike’s Global Identity Group (GIG), he worked on a series of new marks and logos that led to the successful rebranding of the University of Pittsburgh and Pitt Athletics. He also has played a major role in the hiring of 10 head coaches during his time at Pitt and is the sport administrator for both football and men’s basketball.

University of Pittsburgh Director of Athletics Heather Lyke said, “I am thrilled for Christian and Marshall University. Christian has been a trusted colleague and friend for decades and an invaluable leader in our department. Marshall University is getting an experienced and visionary leader who brings positive energy, intellect and a can-do mindset, but most importantly, someone who has a genuine interest for the well-rounded success of student-athletes. I look forward to following his progress. He and his family will be deeply missed.”

At Marshall, Spears will take over a storied 16-sport athletics program with a $30 million budget. He will begin his tenure March 14 and will succeed Jeff O’Malley, who has led the department as interim athletic director since July 2021.

Over the past eight months, O’Malley successfully navigated conference realignment and negotiated Marshall’s move to the Sun Belt Conference, in addition to leading the department through the challenges of COVID-19 and a transition in university leadership.

Smith added, “I want to extend a heart-felt thank you to Jeff O’Malley for his leadership during this interim period. We have a proud legacy of great leaders like Jeff in our Athletics department, so Christian Spears will be standing on the shoulders of giants when he assumes the duties as the next athletic director for The Herd.”

Prior to joining Pitt in 2017, Spears served Eastern Michigan University as deputy athletic director. In leading the EMU Athletics department’s external division, he had oversight of development, marketing, corporate partnership efforts, fan experience and media relations. He also assisted with the administration of the football program, was responsible for football scheduling and served for a time as interim athletic director.

On the strength of its first bowl berth in nearly three decades, the Eagles’ football program experienced a 100% increase in total season ticket growth from 2014 to 2016. In 2016, Eastern Michigan achieved a 7-5 regular season and earned a berth in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, EMU’s first postseason invitation since 1987.

Spears was instrumental in helping Eastern Michigan produce record-breaking fundraising results, including the highest number of donors and most cash received in program history. EMU Athletics garnered the largest cash gift in the university’s history ($6 million) in 2017. When his mentor Lyke accepted the director of athletics position at Pitt, Spears assumed the responsibilities of interim director of athletics at Eastern Michigan.

Prior to EMU, Spears spent five years at Northern Illinois University (2009-14) as deputy director of athletics. There, he served as the lead administrator for the Huskies’ football team—including the nationally ranked 2012 squad that earned an Orange Bowl berth—as well as the men’s basketball, baseball, cross country, and track and field programs.

Spears had direct oversight of no fewer than seven areas at Northern Illinois, including academics, compliance, life skills, strength and conditioning, sport psychology, football operations and equipment. He also was the lead coordinator for NIU’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) and Graduation Success Rate (GSR). Spears served as Northern Illinois’ acting director of athletics for nearly five months in 2013. During that time, the Huskies’ football program had record-breaking efforts in both season-tickets and ticket revenue when compared to prior years.

From 2003-09, Spears was an assistant athletic director at Southern Illinois University, where he had administrative oversight of compliance as well as student-athlete financial aid and eligibility. He was an assistant director of athletics for compliance at Harvard University from 2002-03.

Spears launched his collegiate athletics career as an assistant director of marketing at Long Beach State (1996-99). He then served as the Big Ten Minority Intern for Ohio State University, working in their athletic compliance office while he matriculated through the school’s Moritz College of Law.

Spears graduated from the University of Washington in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from California State University Long Beach in 1998 and his juris doctor from Ohio State in 2002.

He has been a member of the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association since 2003 and currently serves college football on the national level as a member of the College Football Playoff Advisory Committee. He formerly served as president of the National Association for Athletics Compliance and is an alumnus of the NCAA Pathway Program, which is intended to prepare participants to become directors of athletics or conference commissioners.

Spears and his wife Julia have three children, Rainier, Kai and Skyla.

A media event is being planned to introduce Spears to the Marshall and Huntington communities. Details will be shared as the program is finalized.

To view original press release Pitt’s Christian Spears named athletic director at Marshall University – Marshall University Athletics (herdzone.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.