2017-18 ALASKA ANCHORAGE SEAWOLVES WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHANCELLOR
SAMUEL GINGERICH Samuel Gingerich was appointed interim chancellor at the University of Alaska Anchorage effective July 1, 2017, upon the retirement of Chancellor Tom Case. Dr. Gingerich was UAA’s provost and executive vice chancellor since 2015. Dr. Gingerich previously served as system vice president for academic affairs for the South Dakota Board of Regents from 2006-2014, working to develop, implement and oversee academic programming for that state’s public university system. In this role, he collaborated with faculty and administration, as well as with K-12 educators, to support an education enterprise to meet South Dakota’s needs and expectations. He also served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Mississippi University for Women from 2004 through 2006. He previously served as vice president for academic affairs and interim president at Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) in Grand Junction, Colorado. Dr. Gingerich joined the faculty at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota in 1985, where he served as a tenured professor of Chemistry, chair of the Department of Math and Sciences, associate vice president for Research and Planning, and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Gingerich earned three degrees in chemistry: a Ph.D. from Montana State University, a M.S. from Cornell University and a B.A. from Goshen College. He has published more than 25 chapters, articles and abstracts about this work and made dozens of presentations at international and national meetings. He has worked with a number of programs sponsored by Chambers of Commerce in South Dakota and Colorado and been involved with and held a range of leadership positions with the United Way. Dr. Gingerich is most proud of the students with whom he’s worked over the years who are now leading rewarding professional careers of their own as well as for the friends and colleagues he has mentored and who have mentored him.
INTERIM DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS
TIM MCDIFFETT A staple of the University of Alaska Anchorage athletic department for three and a half decades, Tim McDiffett assumed the role of interim athletic director on July 10, 2017. McDiffett joined the Seawolf staff in 1981 as sports information director, and served from 1991-2013 as associate athletic director. In his normal role as senior associate athletic director, he oversees the department’s external functions of corporate sponsorships, advertising, marketing, promotion, merchandising and licensing. He manages the department’s media rights contracts, oversees games management of all UAA athletic home competitions and supervises three sports – men’s basketball, women’s volleyball and skiing. McDiffett has twice previously served as interim athletic director at UAA, in 1992 and 2013. Prior to coming to UAA, McDiffett served for four years in The Anchorage Times sports department (1977-81), the final two and one-half as sports editor. A native of Alta Vista, Kan., McDiffett received his bachelor’s degree in communications from Kansas State University in 1977. He and his wife Mary have 10 daughters.
Athle cs Dept. Senior Staﬀ Tim McDiﬀe Jane Pallister Dede Allen Michael Friess Tanya Pont Ian Marks
Interim Athle c Director Sr. Assoc. AD (Internal) Assoc. AD (Compliance) Assoc. AD (Sports Med./Strength & Condit.) Assoc. AD (Development) Assistant AD (Media Rela ons)
Head Coaches Rusty Osborne Ryan McCarthy Michael Friess
Men’s Basketball Women’s Basketball Men’s & Women’s Cross Country and Men’s & Women’s Track & Field Tanya Ho Gymnas cs Ma Thomas Hockey Sparky Anderson Men’s & Women’s Skiing Chris Green Volleyball
2017-18 University of Alaska Anchorage Women's Basketball Media Guide