According to multiple sources, Jeff Compher, the athletics director at Northern Illinois, has emerged as the front-runner to take the AD job at East Carolina. A source at ECU could not confirm whether a final decision has been made.
Another ECU source confirmed that a news conference has been scheduled for today. WNCT reported that the news conference is scheduled for 4 this afternoon.
A source close to the NIU program said that Compher has interviewed for the job.
Reports emerged last month that Compher, ECU’s Nick Floyd and Liberty’s Jeff Barber were the three leading candidates to take over for outgoing ECU director of athletics Terry Holland, who announced in December 2012 that he would be stepping down once a full-time successor was found. Holland, who took the job at East Carolina in the fall of 2004, will transition into an AD emeritus role.
When asked if Compher would be hired as the next Pirate athletic director, Mary Schulken, ECU’s executive director of communication, public affairs and marketing, said on Tuesday, “We can neither confirm nor deny that information.”
Compher is in his fifth year as Northern Illinois’ AD and associate vice president. In 2011-12, the Huskies won a school-record four Mid-American Conference championships, one each in football, men’s soccer, volleyball and men’s tennis.
Prior to taking the NIU job, Compher worked four years at the University of Washington and was Western Carolina’s AD from 2000-04. He also spent 13 years at North Carolina State, serving as the assistant athletic director from 1986-92.
Floyd joined the ECU staff in June 2001 as senior associate athletics director for administration and Olympic sports and was promoted to the executive associate athletics director’s position in 2006.
Barber, an 1981 East Carolina graduate, has been the AD at Liberty since January 2006.
via The Daily Reflector.