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November 2004

Release Date: November 22, 2004

Vandergriff Steps Down as ASU Football Coach, Men's Athletic Director

Saying "It's time for a change, we've had a great run," Jerry Vandergriff, head football coach and men's athletic director at Angelo State University, has announced his plans to step down from those positions, effective immediately, to focus his attention on development activities within the ASU athletic programs.

Vandergriff, who took over as head football coach and men's athletic director in 1982, added, "I intend to continue my support for the ASU program in any way that I can."

ASU President Dr. James Hindman has named Kathleen Brasfield athletic director and compliance coordinator for both the men's and women's programs. She will step down from her duties as head volleyball coach.

A search is already underway for a new head football coach, and Brasfield is expected to make announcements in the very near future regarding coaching staff assignments for the volleyball program.

"Jerry and Kathleen have a long history with ASU athletics, and I look forward to working with them in these new roles," Hindman commented. "Jerry has brought external financial support for our programs to new levels of success, and I am pleased that he will concentrate his efforts full-time working with our development staff and our coaches to build on these successes."

"Both of these individuals have made significant contributions to our university, our athletic program and student athletes and our community," Hindman said. "We will always be grateful for all that they have done and for what they will continue to do in the future."

Brasfield will become the second female athletic director currently serving at a Lone Star Conference school that sponsors Division II football. The other is Jill Willson at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The NCAA lists 43 female athletic directors serving on Division II athletic staffs. There are 257 Division II institutions.

Brasfield said, "Certainly, I appreciate the opportunity Dr. Hindman and the administration have given me. We expect to build on the strong tradition of athletic success Angelo State has demonstrated and we appreciate the contributions Jerry has made to ASU."