Continuing the transition within his department, Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas made a change at the top of his fundraising arm and promoted two key members.
CHAMPAIGN -- Continuing the transition within his department, Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas made a change at the top of his fundraising arm and promoted two key members.
Steve Greene, an associate athletic director for resource development, was reassigned to Urbana-Champaign campus fundraising, the school announced Tuesday. During the transition, Paul Osterhout will move from the university's advancement department to oversee the I Fund and the Varsity I Association as the interim director.
A national search will begin immediately to find a replacement for Greene, who supervised an athletic fundraising staff of eight and a five-man support staff.
Meanwhile, Vince Ille and Susan Young were promoted to senior associate athletic directors. Ille will handle strategic planning, certification, compliance adviser and departmental quality control. He will continue as sports administrator. Young retained responsibilities as senior financial officer and will take over Assembly Hall financial operations.
"As I continually assess the strengths of our administrative staff, we are changing several areas of responsibility to best meet our needs and take advantage of what those people do best,'' Thomas said in a prepared statement.
Thomas already made coaching changes in football, men's basketball and women's basketball.
Associate athletics director Tom Michael will handle academics/admissions, athletic department facilities, summer camps, event management and assist with capital projects. Assistant athletics director Kathy Hug will focus on facilities, event management, band and cheer squad liaison and the Varsity Room.
Jason Lener, Thomas' top aide, took over strength and conditioning, equipment operations and sports medicine.
NOTE: The Illini men's golf team, seeded seventh in the 14-team Oklahoma Regional after winning the Big Ten title for the fourth straight year, must finish among the top five teams in regional play on May 17-19 to advance to the NCAA finals for the fifth consecutive season. ... Illini linebacker Jonathan Brown was among the 42-man watch list for the Lott Trophy that goes to the top defensive impact player in college football.
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