Updated: Michael a finalist at Eastern Illinois

Updated: Michael a finalist at Eastern Illinois

Eastern Illinois announced three finalists for its vacant athletic director position Monday. Illinois senior associate director of athletics Tom Michael is among those in the running to replace Barbara Burke, who left Charleston to become the deputy athletic director at Tulane. Here’s a closer look at the three finalists, who will be interviewed July 7-9:

Rick Hartzell
Education: B.A. Northern Iowa, 1974; M.A. Northern Iowa, 1977.
Experience:
— College basketball official for more than 30 years with 19 NCAA tournament appearances
— CEO Three Wide Media (2008-present)
— Athletic director at Maryland-Baltimore County (1985-88), Bucknell (1988-99) and Northern Iowa (1999 to 2008)
— Associate director of athletics at Northwestern (1982-85)
— Lettered in football and baseball at Northern Iowa

Tom Michael
Education: B.S. Illinois, 1993; M.S. Illinois, 1994.
Experience:
— Senior associate director of athletics at Illinois (2012-present)
— Associate director of athletics at Illinois (2008-12)
— Academic counselor for men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s swimming and diving and wrestling teams at Illinois (2002-2008)
— Head academic counselor at Illinois (1999 to 2002)
— Two-time academic All-Big Ten pick in basketball at Illinois (1993, 1994); holds program record for three-point percentage in a season (49.3 percent)
 
Jim Sarra
Education: B.A. St. Bonaventure, 1989; M.A. St. Bonaventure, 1990; M.A. Western Illinois, (1993).
Experience:
— Deputy director of athletics at Texas-San Antonio (2009-present)
— Senior associate director of athletics at Texas-San Antonio (2007-09)
— Associate director of athletics at Texas-San Antonio (2005-07)
— Senior associate director of athletics at Maryland (2004-05)
— Associate director of athletics for compliance and administrative services at Washington State (2001-04)
— Assistant director of athletics for compliance at Portland State (1999 to 2001)
— Assistant director of athletics for academic services at Texas Christian (1996-99)
— Academic development coordinator at Ball State (1995-96)

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ROB McCOLLEY wrote on July 01, 2014 at 4:07 pm
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I can't see Hartzell not getting it. The only obstacle is his age, and only the EIU people know whether that's an obstacle.