ATTENDING: Charlie Bridgeford, Ron Brinkert, Lillian
Elsinga, Phil Harmeson, Susan Jeno, Donna Pearson, Betty Ralston,
Guest: Don Kojich
Recorder: Bev Hopman
Paul Todhunter called the meeting to order at in the Medora Room of the Memorial Union.
Minutes: Charlie Bridgeford moved the minutes from the
AD Tom Buning was out of town at NCAA meetings so Associate AD Betty Ralston gave the departmental updates.
Personnel: Rich Glas, head men’s basketball coach, has submitted his resignation. A nationwide search for a new coach has begun. Screening of applications will begin May 10. Shannon O’Connor has resigned as the coach for the cheer and dance teams. Amber Bruns, his assistant, has accepted the position as the new head coach.
Sports: Tennis is ranked 2nd in the NCC and will hear on April 27 if they have been selected as one of the teams to advance to regional playoffs. Women’s golf is currently ranked 1st in the region. The top two teams at the end of the season will advance to the NCAA nationals. Softball will be hosting the NCC tournament on May 5 and 6.
Student-Athletes/SAAC: Meghan Mutrie has
been awarded the Women’s WCHA post graduate scholarship. May 3, the Department of Athletics will be
hosting the Spring Championship Awards Program.
It will be held in the Memorial Union Ballroom beginning at SAAC will be
hosting a lock-in for students in grades 3-7 on April 28 at the
Super Gala: The Super Gala Dinner and Auction was held on April 22. Lowell Schweigert said a report on the funds raised should be ready on Tuesday, May 2.
Academics and Compliance: 78 prospects have signed National Letters of Intent. Approximately 90 new student-athletes are expected on campus in the fall of 2006, including invited walk-ons. At this time all but 6 have been admitted. The minimum APR for Division I is 925. Men’s hockey was at 918. The hockey coaches are working with Betty Ralston to develop a plan to submit to the NCAA. She does not anticipate any loss of scholarships.
Budget: As UND nears the end of the fiscal year, several team budgets have been frozen. Work is continuing on the 2006-2007 budget.
Team Schedules: 2006-2007 team schedules for men’s and women’s hockey, men’s and women’s basketball, football, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s cross country, volleyball, soccer and men’s golf were submitted for approval. Lillian Elsinga moved the schedules be approved as submitted. Ron Brinkert seconded. Motion carried. Betty Ralston said spring sports schedules were still being developed. The committee agreed to approve additional schedules via an e-mail vote.
Letterwinners: A list of letterwinners for women’s basketball, women’s hockey, men’s track and field, baseball, tennis, softball and women’s track and field as proposed by their head coaches was submitted. Sue Jeno expressed concern regarding the list from women’s hockey as to what criteria was used. Bev Hopman said she would send the list of criteria to the IAC committee. Charlie Bridgeford moved to approve the letterwinners as listed and to request clarification from the women’s hockey program regarding the criteria used for earning a letter. Lillian Elsinga seconded. After some discussion, Ron Brinkert called the question. The motion carried with one dissenting vote. Since concern was expressed regarding the women’s hockey program, Phil Harmeson recommended a “sense of the committee” be reported to Tom Buning. Betty Ralston was charged with discussing the issue with the Athletic Director. (**After a discussion with the head coach, a new list of proposed women’s hockey letterwinners was sent out. An e-mail vote was held and the new list was approved. The approved letterwinner list is attached.)
Reclassification Study: Paul Todhunter had received communications from Ray Diez with questions regarding the DI/DII reclassification study. Many rumors have been circulating and
Ray Diez felt the IAC should make certain they have the correct information when talking to outside constituents. Sue Jeno is a member of the reclassification study and said a meeting is set to go over the preliminary draft on May 9. The final draft will be forwarded to President Kupchella with no recommendation. The President will make the final decision. Phil Harmeson introduced Don Kojich from University Relations. Mr. Kojich gave the following information on the reclassification study. A 20 member task force was formed in mid November. The task force was not charged with making a recommendation to the President but was formed as a fact finding committee examining the pros and cons of a move to Division I vs. remaining at Division II. There are 8 sub-committees. The sub-committees are Education, Support Services, Policies, Facilities, Constituents, Personnel, Conference Affiliation, and Resources. The first stage of the study was fact finding, the second stage was surveying the constituencies and the third stage will be the final report going to the President on May 9. He reiterated that the President will make the decision and that no decision has been to date. Charlie Bridgeford asked if there was a timeline or a specific date set for UND to make a decision. Don Kojich said there is no set timeline for UND, but that both the NCC and the NCAA have deadlines if UND were going to make the change for next year. Changing to Division I is a five year process with the first year being an exploratory year. Don Kojich said to help control the rumors it is best if only a few people talk to the public regarding reclassification.
The meeting adjourned at No further meetings were scheduled for this academic year. If any issues arise they will be handled via e-mail.
Women’s Basketball – Gene Roebuck, Coach
Bagaason, Kayla Beck, Karla Boese, Kristi
Kimbrough, Kierah Langen, Ashley Ledger, Whitney
Maffin, Kelsey Mahlum, Amy Roebuck, Cierra
Sannes, Val Werdell, Jenna
Women’s Hockey – Shantel Rivard, Coach
Allen, Aynsley Allen, Christey Bowers, Samanth
Cecko, Laura Fingland,
Girtz, Anne Hanson, Casie Hasbargen, Amber
Hopps, Meghan Jaques, Melissa Kovacevich, Jessica
Motsko, Randi Mutrie,
Men’s Track and Field – Mike Grandall, Coach
Alexander, Donovan Carlson, Clark Cory, Zack
DeKrey, Lee Delmore, Patrick Fashant, Stephen
Fick Matt Gilson, Jonathan Green, Zach
Hansen, Thomas Haugan, Josh Hehling, Corey
Johnson, Eric Jones, Jeremy Josephson, David
Kjos, Rusty Litzinger, Matt Mahoney, Patrick
Moe, Erik Nordlund, Nathan Rygh, David
Sailer, Matt Schroeder, Jay Spitsberg, Richie
Baseball – Kelvin Zieger, Coach
Beard, James Bodell, Ryan Burns, Tim
Casey, Pat Cooley, Sean Dehn, Aaron
Fairchild, Jason Fuller, Jason Gulsvig, Chris
Hendrickson, Ryan Heston, Darin Kringen, Alex
Lundeen, Mike Meissner, Nate Meyer, Tony
Randt, Cody Roller, Dana Sandman, Lucas
Schmidt, Scott Simonson, Matt Stanley, Bo
Tennis – Tom Wynne, Coach
Bloomberg, Hana Callison, Emily Differding, Shauna
Folkert, Lindsey Hall, Christa Hoverstein, Katie
Softball – Tracy Marback, Coach
Carlo, Rori Carter, Felicia Champion (Landry), Melissa
Crane, Karen Hanson, Casie Hume, Sharla
Olson, Jasha Oswald, Carrie Petersen, Tara
Price (Holicky), Jess Puerling, Niclole Reid, Haley
Women’s Track and Field – Dick Clay, Coach
Burgard, Michelle Ciofani, Leigh Clausnitzer, Jessica
Dahlstrom, Nikki Duerre, Rachelle Evans, Heidi
Fleck, Jessica Fossum, Erica Gefroh, Mandy
Gegelman, Lyndsy Hausauer, Lindsey Homstad, Suzy
Keithley, Kristy Klabo, Krista Landberg, Margaret
Lichter, Jessie Malone, Callie Nagel, Amanda
Putnam, Ashley Sackett, Veronica Zander, Heidi