- Sayreville AD Suspended Amid Hazing Investigation
by Emily Attwood December 2014
The Board of Education voted on Tuesday night to suspend the Sayreville High School athletic director amid an investigation into the hazing scandal involving its football program. The football team's season came to an abrupt and early end in October following allegations of harassment, bullying and sexual assault.
The board voted 8-0 to suspend athletic director John Kohutanycz with pay, effective December 17. The school's football coach, George Najjar, has been suspended since October, though four assistant coaches suspended at that time have been reinstated.
At Tuesday night's meeting, the board also approved the hiring of one of those assistant football coaches, Michael Novak, as the school's new strength coach, a position Najjar held until his suspension. The move was a controversial one among board members, some of whom felt that Novak should not have been considered for the position because of his connection to the football hazing investigation. Said one board member in a written statement, "I voted no on appointing Michael Novak as strength and conditioning coach because I don't believe that any of the football coaches should be returning to any coaching position at this time."
Seven players have been charged as part of the ongoing investigation, though no coaches or administrators have faced charged.
- AD Reassigned as Iowa Braces for Her Partner's Lawsuit
by Emily Attwood December 2014
Pending a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by her partner, an athletic administrator for the University of Iowa has been reassigned. Jane Meyer, a senior associate athletic director, has been reassigned to the school’s facilities management office, where she will assist with construction contract quality and compliance.
- Are Recent Firings at Iowa Sign of Gender Bias?
by Michael Gaio November 2014
The University of Iowa has lost five female coaches in five years to resignation or firings. In August, the school fired field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum just days before the start of the season. The details surrounding Griesbaum's firing are mysterious. She was the most successful coach at the school with 169 wins and 12 winning seasons in 14 years.
- Texas A&M Construction Worker Fired Over Bama Flag
by Andrew Brandt July 2014
Texas A&M's Kyle Field is undergoing major renovations this summer, including the addition of about 20,000 seats and the largest video board in college football.
- Assertiveness is Key to Running a Fitness Business
by Rob Bishop June 2014
You know how being physically fit and strong is supposed to make people confident and self-assured? Then please explain to us why we're an industry of wimps.
- Common Mistakes Made by High School Athletic Directors
by Kevin Bryant April 2014
It would not be difficult for any honest interscholastic athletic administrator to fill up a page or two about the mistakes he or she has made and would like to avoid in the future. I've been there myself as a former athletic administrator. Reflecting on my own experiences (and mistakes), I'd like to offer a series of tips that will not only benefit novice athletic administrators, but veteran administrators, as well.
- Everything You Need to Know to Work for Rob and Barry
by Rob Bishop December 2013
We wrote last month about suggestions we'd offer to young prospective job seekers. That got us thinking about our column from October 2011, "19 Rules for Dealing With Generation Y Employees." It seems that rules, advice and management checklists have become a big part of our lives as owners and managers. We accept the responsibility that we often have to teach our staff members things that we used to assume everyone knew, such as how to shake hands and look someone in the eye to say "hello."
- Judge: University Must Give Coach Termination Report
by Paul Steinbach November 2013
A judge ruled earlier today that Oakland University must provide former women's basketball coach Beckie Francis with a nearly unredacted copy of an investigative report that led to her June 12 firing.
- Words of Advice for Millennials Seeking Jobs in Fitness
by Rob Bishop October 2013
At the 2009 Athletic Business Conference & Expo, we gave a talk called "Your Business Is in Their Hands" in which we discussed the impact the Millennial Generation is having on the fitness industry.
- Safeguarding Youth Sports Programs Against Embezzlement
by Emily Attwood October 2013
On a sunny Saturday morning, as parents gather along the sidelines and chatter idly while their children warm up for a morning of soccer practice, the last thing on anyone's mind or lips are questions about the financial records of the organization.