Northwood University has new AD and women’s basketball coach on Changeover Day

By on July 2, 2021 0

MIDLAND, MI – One move led to another and led to another in a chain decision-making day for Northwood University.

And today the Midland-based college has a new athletic director and a new women’s basketball coach.

Athletic Director Dave Marsh is stepping down effective August 15, taking on the new role of Department Chair for the school’s athletic management program. Women’s basketball coach Jeff Curtis has been named Northwood’s next athletic director.

Assistant coach Autumn Haggadone is being promoted to women’s basketball coach, the school said on Friday.

“I am delighted that Autumn is taking over as head coach of the women’s basketball program,” Curtis said in a press release. “She has a respect for student-athletes, is a tireless worker and has been an outstanding representative of Northwood University. I know she will do a great job leading the team.

Haggadone has spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach with the Timberwolves, helping the team to their second-place NCAA tournament spot in program history in 2021. She previously served as an assistant coach for two seasons at Albion College, where she was an award winner and team captain during her playing days. She graduated from Albion in 2012.

Curtis led the Northwood women’s basketball program for 17 seasons, leading the Timberwolves to an overall record of 233-227. He went through a program that had never qualified for the playoffs before arriving at the GLIAC tournament 11 times in the past 14 years.

He took on the role of deputy athletic director in charge of alumni relations in 2017, starting what would be a big step in the administration of the Division II school.

“I want to thank President (Kent) MacDonald and the entire administration for granting me the privilege of being the athletic director of a university that means so much to me and my family,” Curtis said in the press release. “I also want to thank my current and former players for making training at Northwood a life changing experience. It took me an incredible opportunity to step away from training, which it is. I am excited to begin.

Marsh has been an integral part of the Northwood Campus for 23 years, starting as Director of Sports Information in 1998. He also served as Assistant Athletic Director until becoming Head of the Northwood Athletics Department in 2013.

He was named Under Armor Division II Sports Director of the Year in 2018. He has overseen improvements to virtually every athletic facility in the school, from the new video panels at Hantz Stadium to the complete renovation of the Riepma Arena.

“We are very fortunate at Northwood University to have leaders like Dave and Jeff on our staff,” said Northwood President Kent MacDonald. “Dave’s passion for Northwood athletics has been a great asset to our university and I know he will pass that passion on to our sport management program.

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