Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville State Hires Seitz

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville State Hires Seitz

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After several unsuccessful attempts in the past two years to get a new job, Jacksonville University athletic director Tom Seitz has landed one that will require only a slight adjustment on his business card.

Seitz has accepted the same post at Jacksonville State University --- another Trans America Athletic Conference school in Jacksonville, Ala. --- thus bringing closure to his successful and tumultuous seven-year reign over the Dolphins' athletic department.

The 41-year-old Seitz was in the middle of a job interview Tuesday night at Southeastern Louisiana when JSU President Bill Meehan called to offer him the position. Seitz and three other candidates interviewed last Friday for the JSU job that was left vacant when Joe Davidson resigned in January to become executive director of alumni affairs at Alabama-Birmingham.

In addition, Seitz was among three finalists at New Hampshire, which had scheduled a public forum for its candidates next week. He scheduled his job interview at UNH around a ski vacation with his family and is scheduled to return to Jacksonville later this week.

But with the job locked up at JSU on Wednesday, Seitz pulled his name from consideration at USL and New Hampshire.

"Timing is everything," Seitz said last night from a ski resort in Mount Sunape, N.H. "You go through so many of these, finish second or whatever, then you get a bunch of them all at once and it finally happens. I'm looking forward to this opportunity because Jacksonville State is an up-and-coming situation."

Seitz was forced to step up his job search last month when JU President Paul Tipton, who has submitted his resignation, decided not to renew Seitz's contract after it expires in May. He had been a finalist for AD positions at Wichita State and Western Carolina before Tipton's decision was confirmed. Seitz will begin his duties at Jacksonville State on April 1.

Among Seitz's immediate duties at JSU will be assisting in the hiring of a new basketball coach to replace Mark Turgeon, who was recently hired by Wichita State. Another priority is the upgrading of the Gamecocks' football program, which won a Division II national championship nearly a decade ago and has since moved up to I-AA. …

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