Evansville AD to join USF staff
Doug Woolard has found his new associate athletic director for external operations.
USF has confirmed a report in today's Evansville Courier & Press, which said that Woolard has hired Evansville athletic director Bill McGillis for his associate AD opening, Woolard's second marketing-related hire from Evansville in the past year. McGillis takes over for Tom Veit, who left in January to go across the street to work out of the Sun Dome for Action Sports Media.
McGillis has been athletic director at Evansville for five years, and his previous experience includes two stints as general manager of women's basketball franchises in the now-defunct American Basketball League. Evansville doesn't have a football program, but like Woolard at Saint Louis, McGillis has extensive experience with a college competing with pro teams in a large market, having spent 14 years at the University of Houston from 1985-98.
McGillis was a finalist for the athletic director position at Long Beach State last year, and a story on his interview there shows an ability to improve student attendance at athletic events, another challenge he'll face at USF. He also marketed an open three-on-three basketball tournament at Evansville, something that could be popular at USF as well.
The external operations position oversees many areas, including marketing, ticket sales, TV/radio broadcasts and sports information.
While I'm posting, I want to toss up a link to the Q&A with basketball coach Stan Heath that ran in Friday's paper. Had lots of good things I wasn't even able to get in there, such as Heath's history with two-sport stars, such as Antonio Gates at Michigan State and Kent State, as well as Matt Jones at Arkansas. I'll have more on that down the road ...
USF made official this morning what we reported yesterday, that Dan Hipsher is Heath's first new assistant for his Bulls staff. Two other assistants, Oronde Taliaferro and Glynn Cyprien, remain strong possibilities for the other two spots, though both have been mentioned in consideration for other top-level positions. Cyprien has been linked to Oklahoma State, and Taliaferro is a possibility to add a Michigan recruiting tie to John Beilein's new staff at Michigan. Taliaferro is a Detroit native like Heath, so it'd be a chance for him to go back home, much the same way Heath went to Michigan State under Tom Izzo. I'd expect Heath to have a staff in place by early next week ...
Here's a Shocker!(ha) Winthrop coach Gregg Marshall is flirting with another basketball job, this one at Wichita State. That's from ESPN.com's Andy Katz, who seems to have steady, consistent multiple sources "close to" any job involving Marshall. Marshall still hasn't signed that extension at Winthrop yet, so will be interesting to see what takes place.