USC Beaufort says it will conduct a nationwide search for a full-time athletics director, according to a statement released Thursday.
Ty Rietkovich, the Sand Sharks' softball coach, has been the school's interim athletics director since June 2010, when he replaced Kim Abbott, the school's first athletics director. Abbott had held the job since the school launched its athletics program in 2007.
Chancellor Jane Upshaw was not available for comment. In a statement, she said, "Ty Rietkovich has done an outstanding job as the interim AD at USCB. With the success we have had in athletics and the vision to take USCB into a higher level, it is time to return to this model of a full-time dedicated athletics director."
According to the job posting on www.USCB.edu, the athletics director position will be responsible for "directing and overseeing the programming, planning and budgeting of intercollegiate athletics, for fundraising in support of athletic activities and facilities, and for representing the athletic program consistent with University purposes on campus and in the larger community,"
The search committee, led by executive vice chancellor for academic affairs Harvey Varnet, intends to fill the position by September.
Upshaw said in the statement that she never intended for the AD to also serve as a head coach. Instead, she hopes the new AD will focus on long-term planning and fundraising. Rietkovich led the Sand Sharks softball team to a 37-11 record in the program's inaugural season.
"Moving toward an athletics director whose primary responsibility is the athletic department and fundraising aspect of the job will benefit our coaches and athletes," Rietkovich said in a news release. "This is about putting ourselves in a position of growth and prosperity for the future."