MOSCOW — The University of Idaho has hired Parker Executive Search to head the hunt for the school’s next athletic director, UI announced Tuesday.
The organization is described as a national search firm that specializes in intercollegiate athletics.
“We understand the sensitivity and urgency of finding a coach or sports executive,” the firm’s website reads. “That’s why we complete most coach searches in 10 to 14 days and can complete executive searches in four to five weeks.”
UI President-designate Scott Green initiated the search with the firm, which will arrive on the Moscow campus this week to gather input from faculty, staff and students.
Among Parker Executive’s clients are the Tennessee Titans, the USA Olympics team, University of Washington, University of Oregon, University of Notre Dame, NC State, Vanderbilt University and the NCAA itself.
The firm has assisted the latter organization in filling dozens of executive positions over the past decade.
Pete Isakson has been serving as the interim athletic director since late last August. He replaced Rob Spear, who was fired two weeks prior “for convenience” by the State Board of Education, which took into account the UI’s “inadequate” response to reports of alleged sexual harassment during the 2012-13 school year.
Spear will be paid through Feb. 17, 2020, per his contract, but that amount will be offset by income he receives in his new job as director of the Idaho Falls Auditorium District.
L-C’s Trainor tabbed All-American
For Lewis-Clark State baseball’s senior catcher, Darren Trainor, make it four-for-four.
The NAIA West Player of the Year — also an NAIA Gold Glover and All-NAIA West — was named a second-team All-American when the NAIA’s list was revealed Tuesday morning.
“I am really humbled and honored to be mentioned alongside so many great players,” said Trainor, who’s from Turlock, Calif. “Although this is an individual honor, I can’t thank my teammates, coaches, athletic trainers, professors and the administration at Lewis-Clark State enough for their support. I’m humbled to have been a Warrior.”
Prior to the Avista NAIA World Series, Trainor had hit .354, the second-best average in the Cascade Conference. He led the league with 52 RBI and belted seven dingers.
Trainor was the only Warrior to appear and start in all 51 games. He had 73 hits to lead L-C, including 16 doubles. Defensively, he picked off nine baserunners and registered a .978 fielding percentage.
In the Series, Trainor — the team’s Champion of Character — batted .333 with four hits and an RBI.
“Darren had an amazing year to finish his Warrior playing career,” L-C coach Jake Taylor said. “He fought through multiple injuries in his career and showed nothing but resiliency, leadership and continuous effort to achieve this prestigious award.”
TRACK AND FIELD
Warriors add decathlete
Christian Bothwell, a decathlete from Wood River High in Hailey, Idaho, will join the Lewis-Clark State track and field program for the 2020 season, the school announced Tuesday.
Bothwell will compete in the decathlon for the Warriors. Over the last year in high school, he’s been testing himself with myriad events to prepare himself for the multi. For instance — this was his first year in the high jump, and he qualified for the Class 4A state meet.
“He played football, basketball and competed in track and field in high school, so he’s definitely athletic,” L-C coach Cyrus Hall said. “He is a young guy with a ton of upside and seeing that we are losing a couple talented decathletes to graduation, it’s nice to have the next man up in place and ready to go.
“It might take him a year or two in order to get comfortable with a few events, but he will certainly have the ability to be a player on the Nationals scene once he does.”
WSU sends 38 to all-academic team
SAN FRANCISCO — A total of 38 Washington State track and field athletes were named to the 2019 Pac-12 All-Academic teams when the league announced the award recipients Tuesday morning.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must have a 3.0 minimum grade-point-average, a year under their belt at their current institution and they must be a “significant contributor” to the team.
The Cougars sent the conference’s third-most selections to the list, behind Washington (41) and Stanford (39).
First team — Stacia Bell, Emily Coombs, Kaili Keefe, Grace Victor.
Second team — Lita Forse, Samantha King-Shaw.
Honorable mentions — Kiyena Beatty, Josie Brown, Chrisshnay Brown, Calahan Crawford, Katelyn Frost, Regyn Gaffney, Marie Gaudin, Jelena Grujic, Zorana Grujic, Melissa Hruska, Kaitlin Krouse, Aoife Martin, Pia Richards, Molly Scharmann, Lindsey Schauble, Tierney Silliman, Desi Stinger, Jordyn Tucker, Lovely Tukuafu.
First team — Andrew Cooper, Ethan Gardner, Troy Gingerich, Kyler Little, Ray Littles, Drew Norvell.
Second team — Cameron Dean.
Honorable mentions — Ja’Maun Charles, Peyton Fredrickson, Justin Janke, Paul Ryan, Nathan Wadhwani, Matthew Watkins.
Twenty-three WSU rowers to all-academic team
SAN FRANCISCO — A total of 23 on the Washington State women’s rowing team earned Pac-12 All-Academic accolades, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott announced Tuesday.
Leading the Cougs with a 4.0 grade-point-average in electrical engineering is senior three-time honoree Paige Danielson.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must have a 3.0 minimum GPA, have competed in at least half of competitions and be in her second academic year at the institution.
First team — Paige Danielson, Rachael Christman, Renee Kemp, Ivy Elling Quaintance, Ony Chigozie, Isabella Cristelli, Emily Austin, Abigail Linnenkohl, Chloe White, Katelyn Ware, Hannah Welzbacker.
Second team — Kamila Ondrackova, Emma Barrett, Ella Cowan, Linnea Davison, Sara Brevick, Kailey Kassuba.
Honorable mentions — Nora Hefte, Sue Yu, Grace Arnis, Emily Weible, Cassidy Thompson, Madeleine Bingham.