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April 25, 2013

ULM names Coach Richard interim senior athletic administrator

Today, ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno appointed Men’s Basketball Coach Keith Richard as interim senior athletic administrator until a new athletic director is appointed.

Current Athletic Director Bobby Staub, who resigned April 16, will maintain his position until July 1.

Staub will utilize some leave time until that date.

Coach Richard, a ULM graduate, spoke with other coaches before accepting the new endeavor.

Richard, who became the men’s basketball coach in 2010, was the logical choice, as his schedule permits more time during the upcoming search process, Bruno said.

Richard will: act in the absence of the athletic director; serve until a new athletic director is hired; assume primary responsibility of marketing and public advocacy of ULM’s athletic program; lead athletic fundraising; coordinate daily operations; serve as interim director of the athletic foundation; and report to the university president. 

President Bruno has proactively entered into negotiations with CarrSports Consulting, LLC, to develop a plan and a job description that would identify and recruit highly-qualified candidates.

CarrSports would serve as a resource to the search committee, which will be named at a later date.

CarrSports would also conduct a SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunity, and threat) analysis of ULM Athletics to identify critical issues facing the department and the new athletic director.

A timeline for the search will be developed and communicated to the public as soon as possible.

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