SBD/December 15, 2010/People and Pop Culture

Executive Transactions

MLS Chivas USA VP/Soccer Operations STEPHEN HAMILTON has decided to step down from his post. He will continue working with the club in an advisory role. Chivas has named advisor JOSE DOMENE as interim GM (Chivas). Hamilton is the "third major Chivas figure to step down or be fired since the club finished in October its worst season since its inaugural season" in '05. The club also is "searching for a new head coach and president" (ESPNLA.com, 12/14).

EXECS: The Ducks signed Senior VP/Hockey Operations DAVID MCNAB to a one-year contract extension through the '11-12 season (Ducks)....The MLL Toronto Nationals have hired JODY GAGE as GM. Gage currently serves as VP/Player Personnel for the NLL Rochester Knighthawks and Dir of Player Personnel for the AHL Rochester Americans, both of which are also owned by Nationals Owner CURT STYRES (NLL)....The Univ. of Alabama-Huntsville named Associate AD for Media Relations ANTOINE BELL interim AD, "two days after the death" of AD JIM HARRIS (HUNTSVILLE TIMES, 12/14)....The Rugby Football Union named Dir of Business Operations PAUL VAUGHAN CEO of England Rugby 2015, effective Jan. 4 (PA, 12/14)....Image Impact VP/Business Development & Sales MIKE BARON is leaving the company to join Fox Sports Enterprises, based in L.A. (THE DAILY)....Nelligan Sports Marketing named BEN BURKE GM for Cal Poly and BETH MESSER Sales & Marketing Coordinator for Missouri State Univ. (Nelligan)....Iowa Speedway VP & GM CRAIG ARMSTRONG, who has been with the track since '06, said that his contract "has not been renewed" (DES MOINES REGISTER, 12/14).

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