Coaches: No severance packages

According to a university official, the nine coaches departing as a result of the recently announced sports cuts were all signed to one-year contracts.

The athletics department is not commenting on financial specifics involved in those deals. Third-year baseball coach Ryan Wheeler said that, to his knowledge, none of the departing staff will receive severance packages. Gavin White, who has been with the university for 34 seasons as head coach for men’s crew, said he will not receive a package. White said he is signed to a one-year deal like the other coaches.

The official said that the exception to the one-year contracts are for the revenue sports at Temple, basketball and football.

Crew coach Gavin White | JACOB COLON TTN

Gavin White has been with the university for 34 years as head crew coach.| JACOB COLON TTN

Clark appointed Athletic Director

Kevin Clark has been named vice president and director of athletics, President Neil Theobald announced today in a press release.

Clark has been serving as interim athletic director since May 3. Previously, Clark served as  senior associate athletic director at Indiana. Clark also worked in the athletics department and at one point served as the director of business administration-student development at Saint Louis University.

“Kevin’s positions at Saint Louis and Indiana universities give him extensive first-hand experience in both the financial and managerial challenges of sports at the highest levels,” Theobald said in a statement. “I believe he is exactly the person we need to take on the challenges our Athletics Department will encounter in the next decade.”

“This is an incredible opportunity,” Clark said in a statement. “I am thrilled and humbled to be taking on this key position at a school with an incredibly exciting athletics future.”

Clark’s appointment is effective today.