The White Sox named former MLBer JIM THOME Special Assistant to GM RICK HAHN (White Sox). Hahn said of Thome, who played for the White Sox from '06-09, "We want to bring guys back who can make a contribution. He's coming back as a guy we think can really help" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 7/3). Thome's job description is "working with major-league staff and players and visiting minor-league affiliates throughout the summer to evaluate player performance" (Illinois DAILY HERALD, 7/3).
EXECS: Yahoo Sports Radio named Sports USA VP/Affiliate Relations KATHERINE GALANTY to the same position, effective July 8 (THE DAILY)....The National Collegiate Hockey Conference named Miami (Ohio) Univ. Associate AD JOSH FENTON Commissioner. Fenton replaces JIM SCHERR who left after 18 months to become COO of the inaugural '15 European Games (GAZETTE.com, 7/1)....CBS Collegiate Sports Properties named SCOTT STEVENS GM and BRETT FOLTZ and EVIE HAERTL Account Execs for Wichita State Univ.'s Shocker Sports Properties (KWCH.com, 7/1)....The Raptors named Bucks Assistant GM JEFF WELTMAN Exec VP/Basketball Operations (CP, 7/2)....UCLA Associate AD MICHAEL SONDHEIMER, who worked in the department for 36 years, "resigned last week amid allegations that he was engaging in ... 'inappropriate conduct.'" He was placed on administrative leave on June 3 and "officially resigned on June 27" (OCREGISTER.com, 7/2)....Grambling State Univ. AD PERCY CALDWELL on Tuesday resigned. Former interim AD AARON JAMES "again takes control of the department" (SHREVEPORT TIMES, 7/3)....UAB named Univ. of Memphis Associate AD/Development BILL LANSDEN Senior Associate AD/External Affairs. Lansden starts July 23 (AL.com, 7/2).
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