Shippensburg University Athletics

Jeff Michaels Named Acting Director of Athletics At Shippensburg University
Swimming coach Tim Verge named acting assistant AD
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Jeff Michaels was named acting director of intercollegiate athletics at Shippensburg University today (June 4) to fill the vacancy created by the recent resignation of Dr. Roberta L. Page who accepted a new position with the NCAA.

In addition, Tim Verge, head coach of men's and women's swimming, will serve as acting assistant athletic director alongside current assistant athletic director and senior woman administrator Carrie Michaels.

“We are very pleased that Jeff has accepted this opportunity,” said Dr. Roger L. Serr, vice president for student affairs, who made the announcement. “He brings to this position a wealth of experience and a strong commitment to intercollegiate athletics. Under his leadership we anticipate continuing our strong athletic and academic tradition. We are also appreciative that Tim has agreed to serve Shippensburg in a different capacity. He has been an outstanding coach who strives for excellence and he brings these qualities to this new opportunity.”

Serr said that the appointments are effective for the 2009-10 academic year. The university will begin a national search to fill the position later this year.

Michaels, who joined the university as associate director of athletics in 2005, had been responsible for organizing and implementing all aspects of NCAA rules compliance and education for the university athletics department.

He is chair of the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Committee and is a member of the Division II women's lacrosse regional advisory committee. He was a facilitator for the NCAA Division II Leadership Academy for the past two years.

Prior to coming to Shippensburg, Michaels served five years as an assistant to the athletics director at Slippery Rock University where he worked with compliance and facilities. He also spent five years as the sports information director at Lycoming College, a Division III school in Williamsport, Pa. Prior to Lycoming, Michaels served six months as Slippery Rock's interim sports promotion and information director, and one year as a graduate assistant in the same capacity.

Michaels earned his bachelor of arts in mass communication and political science from Lycoming in 1992 and his master's degree in athletics administration from Slippery Rock in 1993. In May, he earned a master's degree in sport management from California University of Pennsylvania.

Verge recently completed his 11th season as the head coach of men's and women's swimming teams that have developed a reputation for outstanding academic and athletic excellence during his tenure.

This past academic year the women recorded the highest overall team GPA on campus for the second consecutive year, while the men recorded the highest team GPA of all men's athletic teams. The women were also again among the top 5 teams in the nation for Division II swimming continuing their string of five consecutive semesters achieving this distinction. In the spring of 2008, Shippensburg ranked third in all of Division II.

That success continues in the pool where the program has produced more than 45 All-American honors and 13 university records.  In 2008-09, he was named PSAC Men's Swimming Coach of the Year for the second time in his career after guiding the Raider program to its highest-conference finish in 13 seasons.

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