A 17-member search committee to select the University of Maryland's next athletic director has been formed, president C.D. "Dan" Mote Jr. announced Tuesday.
Among the noteworthy names on the committee is men's basketball coach Gary Williams, the university's highest-profile coach. He had a strained relationship with outgoing athletic director Debbie Yow.
Also on the committee is women's basketball coach Brenda Frese. Frese has a clause in her contract that says: "In the event Dr. Deborah A. Yow should leave her position as Athletic Director while Coach is serving as Head Women's Basketball Coach ... the University will appoint the coach as a regular voting memer to such search committee as may be established to find candidates for the vacant position."
My take: What a nice bit of negotiating by Brenda Frese and/or her agent-attorney to get the clause in her contract. If I ever need an agent/attorney, that's the one I want.
The committee will conduct a national search for Yow's replacement. Yow will leave Maryland on July 10 to take the same position at North Carolina State.
Here's the list of Maryland's search committee members:Linda M. Clement, Chair
Vice President for Student Affairs
Head Coach, Men's Soccer
Leonard J. Elmore, Esq.
Brenda S. Frese
Head Coach, Women's Basketball
Edwin F. Gregory
Nicholas J. Hadley
Professor, Department of Physics
Vice Chair, Athletic Council
James F. Harris
Professor and Dean, College of Arts and Humanities
Cheryl K. Harrison
Associate Director of Athletics/Development
Head Coach, Women's Field Hockey
Danita R. Nias
Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations and Development
Kevin A. Plank
CEO, Under Armour, Inc.
President, Terrapin Club
Professor and Associate Provost for International Affairs
Eaton Chair, Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Incoming Interim Provost for Equity and Diversity
Charles F. Wellford
Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Chair, Athletic Council
Gary B. Williams
Head Coach, Men's Basketball