|FOOTBALL Regular Season|
|Aug 31||vs McNeese State||
|Sept 7||AT Michigan State||TBA|
|Sept 14||vs FAU||
|Sept 28||vs Miami||TBA|
|Oct 5||vs Cincinnati||
|Oct 12||AT UCONN||TBA|
|Oct 26||vs Louisville||
|Oct 31||AT Houston||TBA|
|Nov 16||vs Memphis||
|Nov 23||vs SMU||TBA|
|Nov 29||AT UCF||
|Dec 7||AT RUTGERS||TBA|
TAMPA, FL (University of South Florida Communications) – The University of South Florida has named Jim Harris Senior Associate Athletics Director and Associate Vice President for Development, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Woolard and USF Senior Vice President and Foundation CEO Joel Momberg announced on Tuesday. Harris brings 12 years of experience working in external development within intercollegiate athletic departments at the Division I level.
"I am excited to join the University of South Florida family and to work with all of the wonderful donors, alumni, fans, student-athletes and administration at USF,” Harris said. “It is an honor to be part of such a tremendous and growing athletic program, led by Doug Woolard, one of the best in the business, and I look forward to playing a role in the future of USF athletics.”
Harris comes to USF after spending almost four years in development at Ohio University. He started in 2009 as an Associate Athletic Director and was promoted into the role of Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development in the summer of 2011. While at Ohio, Harris oversaw the Ohio Bobcat Club, which is responsible for all areas of philanthropic giving including gift fundraising, capital campaign projects, the Ohio Bobcat Club Annual Fund and Scholarship/Endowment Gifts.
“Jim brings an outstanding skill set and stellar reputation to the development office,” said Woolard. “He has shown documented success in his previous positions and we know he’ll bring his expertise, charisma and dedication to this vital role. We believe our donors and alumni will enjoy getting to know Jim and working with him for the betterment of USF Athletics’ long-term future.”
Notably, Harris served as the point person for the Intercollegiate Athletics campaign at Ohio, part of the $450 million University Capital Campaign. His development team increased donation dollars by over 900 percent during his time at Ohio and he was instrumental in securing a lead gift of $10 million, the largest gift in Ohio athletics history, to be used for an athletics multi-purpose facility.
“Jim Harris has made a career out of developing and successfully implementing innovative fundraising strategies,” Momberg said. “He will be a dynamic leader and a tremendous asset to USF Athletics and the USF Foundation.”
Prior to his tenure at Ohio, Harris served as the Associate Director of Development/Director of Annual Giving at Indiana University for just over four years. During that time, IU increased annual giving 37.4% in his first three years, which represented a $2.1 million increase. That figure represented the largest three-year growth in the history of IU's Varsity Club. He was also responsible for implementing IU's first-ever premium seating for men's basketball. In addition, Harris helped in the major gift efforts for a $45 million North End Zone Facility and a $25 million men's and women's basketball facility.
From July 2004 to June 2005, Harris was Indiana's Assistant Director of Development/Director of Young Alumni Development, where he served as the athletic liaison to IU's Alumni Association and state volunteer network. He was also responsible for the development and implementation of IU's young alumni comp donor program.
Harris served as a graduate assistant in Ohio's Athletic Development office from August 2003 to June 2004, where, among other duties, he maintained the annual giving donor database and acknowledgement system. He worked as a Marketing/Administrative Intern for the Big South Conference in the summer of 2003, when he served as the main contact and liaison for several corporate sponsors.
Harris received a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Indiana University in May 2002, a master’s in business administration from Ohio University in June 2003 and a master’s in sports administration from Ohio in June 2004.
TAMPA, FL (University of South Florida Communications) – Kickoff time for USF’s trip to Michigan State on Saturday, Sept. 7 has been set for Noon, the Big Ten announced on Friday. The game is scheduled to air nationally on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.
This will mark the first game of the Bulls’ home-and-home series with the Spartans with the return game in Tampa set for Sept. 22, 2018. USF has played one other Big Ten team, Penn State in 2005, and has upcoming series scheduled with Maryland in 2014 and ’15, Wisconsin in 2014 and ’17 and Indiana in 2015 and ’16.
For ticket information, contact 1-800-GoBulls, and for travel package information, visit bullssportstravel.com.
TAMPA, FL (University of South Florida Communications) – The University of South Florida softball, women’s tennis and men’s tennis programs have been honored by the NCAA with public recognition awards for having scores in the top-10 percent of their respective sports in the latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR). All three posted perfect scores of 1,000 in the newest report, which reflects rates from the 2008-09 season to 2011-12.
“We’re ecstatic that these programs have elevated themselves academically to receive this special recognition,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Woolard. “This type of success in the classroom is a credit to our student-athletes, coaching staffs and student-services department. We continue to strive to be competitive both academically and athletically and these programs are a strong testament to that goal.”
Women’s tennis is receiving its third-straight public recognition award after also being honored in 2009-10 and 2010-11, while softball is being recognized for the third time since 2004 (2005-06 and 2006-07). Overall, USF has had 16 programs publically honored for posting top-10 percent scores nationally since the beginning of the NCAA academic reform program in 2004.
APR provides a real-time view of a team’s academic success by tracking the progress of each student-athlete during the school year. By measuring eligibility and retention each semester or quarter, the APR provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. An APR score of 900 is the minimum level of academic success; teams scoring below 900 can lose scholarships and face other sanctions over time, including bans on postseason play.
The full APR release with scores for every team in the NCAA will be released on June 11.
TAMPA, FL (University of South Floirda Athletic Dept) - The University of South Florida Men’s Basketball staff has picked up a valuable addition as head coach Stan Heath has announced the hiring of Mike Wells as assistant coach. Wells joins the Bulls after spending the past two seasons at George Mason.
“Mike is a little bit of an out-of-the-box hire but I see so much of our game heading towards an NBA style and his experiences with some of the best coaches in the game, like Gregg Popovich and Rudy Tomjanovich, will prove extremely valuable,” said Heath. “I believe his development through the NBA system will help our team become more innovative and creative both offensively and defensively. Additionally, his time spent on the floor working with NBA players will make our players very excited as they go about reaching their goals individually. He’s going to be a very valuable asset and will play an integral role on this staff.”
Wells comes to Tampa after two seasons in Fairfax under George Mason head coach Paul Hewitt. Prior to getting back into the collegiate level, Wells had an extensive NBA coaching career for 17 seasons that featured two NBA Championships. In addition, he served as the head scout for the USA Basketball senior national team for four summers, including the gold-medal winning team at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Wells’ NBA career began in 1995 with the eventual NBA Champion Houston Rockets (1995-2004) where he worked his way up from assistant video coordinator to assistant coach. From there he went on to fill the same position with the Los Angeles Lakers (2004-05) under Rudy Tomjanovich before spending four seasons with the San Antonio Spurs (2005-09) that featured the 2007 NBA Championship title. He wrapped up his time in the NBA with the Washington Wizards (2009-11).
Wells and Tomjanovich also worked together during his time as the head scout for Team USA (1998-2003) where he helped produce not only the gold-medal team for the 2000 Summer Olympics, but the bronze-medal team at the 1998 FIBA World Championships and the squads for the 1999 and 2003 Pre Olympic Qualifying Tournaments.
A 1993 graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene, Wells played two seasons for the Cougars before earning his degree in Sports Management, then served as an assistant coach for two seasons while obtaining his Master’s Degree in Sports Science from the United States Sports Academy. He and his wife, Jacqueline, have two sons, Trenton and Troy.