The committee charged with finding The Citadel's next athletic director plans to interview "between four and eight" candidates in the coming weeks, search committee chairman Tee Hooper said Monday.
The committee is waiting to receive a list of names from the Dallas-based executive search firm Eastman & Beaudine, which is screening all applications, Hooper said.
"They will bring us back between four and eight names, and we will interview those candidates," said Hooper, a Citadel Hall of Famer and former Bulldogs basketball player. Hooper said the committee still hopes to have a replacement for departed AD Larry Leckonby by the end of August. Leckonby left The Citadel after six years to become AD at Division II Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C.
According to a source, Eastman & Beaudine has conducted interviews by telephone and by video-conference with prospective candidates, and also sent a questionnaire to candidates. Those questionnaires are due back to the firm this week, the source said.
Also, The Citadel's search committee has interviewed Bulldog coaches and senior athletic department employees about the issues the new AD will face at the military school.
Candidates who have expressed interest in the job include Presbyterian AD Brian Reese, who has worked at The Citadel, Furman and Vanderbilt, and Clemson executive senior associate AD Bill D'Andrea.
Meanwhile, interim AD Rob Acunto is running the shop as The Citadel tackles a couple of big jobs heading into football season.
The Citadel is renovating the football locker room at Seignious Hall. The new lockers have been installed, with new flooring and a media center to come. The old lockers will be moved to the Altman Center at Johnson Hagood Stadium, which until now has not had lockers.
"The old lockers were at the end of their lifespan," Acunto said. "The new ones are very nice and will be around for several years."
School officials also are working on the logistics of moving the Corps of Cadets from the visitors' side to the home side of 20,000-seat Johnson Hagood Stadium for football games. Acunto said the cadets -- usually numbering between 1,500 and 1,800 -- will be seated on the home side at the end nearest to the Altman Center.
That area usually seats fans who buy single-game tickets, so no season ticket-holders will be displaced by the new seating arrangement, said assistant AD Robby Bennett. Fans purchasing single-game tickets will be seated in other sections of the home side, or on the visitors' side if the home side sells out, he said.
Other projects underway are the installation of a new overhead scoreboard above the basketball court at McAlister Field House, complete with video screen; and planning for the Southern Conference Digital Network, slated to begin this fall. Acunto said new equipment, including computers and cameras, for web-streaming games is due in from the SoCon the first week of August.
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