WINCHESTER, VA (December 3, 2009) – Shenandoah University President Tracy Fitzsimmons announced Thursday that Dr. Wayne Edwards has agreed to become the school’s next Athletic Director.
Edwards, who took early retirement from Towson University in 2006, comes to Shenandoah following his service for the past three years with the 20-member Camden Yards Sports and Entertainment Commission. The Commission serves to bring high-level sports and entertainment events to the City of Baltimore and Edwards serves as its Sports Committee Chairman.
In addition, Edwards serves as the director of the Intercollegiate Athletics Program Group for Mellenbrook Policy Advisors.
At SU, he will direct a 20-sport intercollegiate athletics program with more than 70 full- and part-time employees.
From 1995 through 2006, Edwards was the Director of Athletics at Towson University, an NCAA Division I institution and a member of the Colonial Athletic Association.
As the Towson AD, Edwards directed a 19-sport intercollegiate athletics program with 100-plus staff members. Additionally, Edwards spearheaded the Tigers’ move into the CAA and Atlantic 10 Football Conference, restructured the department and oversaw the construction of both Johnny Unitas Stadium and John B. Schuerholz (baseball) Park.
“I am very pleased to welcome Dr. Edwards to Shenandoah,” Fitzsimmons said. “We had excellent candidates for the position, and Wayne stood out in this pool.
“He has the combined experience in athletics and fund-raising we were looking for. He also has an excellent grasp of the role intercollegiate athletics plays at a Division III school. While he will be in charge of athletics, he has a deep commitment to academic excellence as well.”
During Edwards’ tenure, Towson’s graduation rate for student-athletes consistently exceeded the rate for the school’s general student population with a student-athlete graduation rate of over 70 percent. The department’s graduation success rate was also in the top quartile for all NCAA Division I institutions.
Edwards increased membership in Towson’s Tiger Club to more than 1200 and annual giving surpassed the $500,000 plateau.
Prior to Towson, Edwards was the AD at Division II University of Massachusetts-Lowell from 1987-95 and Associate AD at Yale University from 1984-87. During his time as AD at Towson and UMass-Lowell, teams won 21 conference championships and made 24 NCAA Tournament appearances. Two of those teams, the 1988 men’s basketball and 1991 men’s cross country teams at UMass-Lowell, won national championships.
Edwards will be the fourth full-time AD in Shenandoah University history; the late Dave Dutton held the job from 1988-2001, J. Sheppard “Shep” Campbell in 2002 and then John Hill from July 2002 until last May. Hill left to become the head men's basketball coach at Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio.
Following Hill's departure, Fitzsimmons named Head Baseball Coach Kevin Anderson and Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach Kim Scruton as co-Interim Athletic Directors.
"I want to thank Kevin and Kim for their outstanding leadership over the last six months," Fitzsimmons said. "I appreciate everything they have done for the department and look forward to continuing to work with them in the future."
Edwards, who earned his B.S. from Wake Forest, his Master of Arts in Teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill and his Ed.D. from the George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, started his professional career as an Assistant Professor of Physical Education at Appalachian State University in 1972. After three years in that position, Edwards was an Associate Professor at East Carolina University until taking the position at Yale.
"I am extremely grateful to President Fitzsimmons and the Search Committee for providing this tremendous opportunity, and for the confidence they have shown in me,” Edwards Said. “I am very excited about the future for Shenandoah Athletics, and am proud to be a part of this great university.
“I look forward to working with the coaches, staff and student-athletes of the Department of Athletics, and with members of the university and Winchester/Frederick County communities. The future for both the overall university and Hornets' Athletics contains wonderful opportunities for success and achievement. I am fortunate to have this opportunity to share in the realization of our goals, and look forward to the future with great excitement and optimism."
Edwards starts his full time position on January 4, but will be on campus the week of December 14 meeting with student-athletes, faculty, staff and athletic department personnel as well as interested members of the media.
Shenandoah University offers 20 intercollegiate sports, 10 for men and 10 for women. For further information, please contact the Office of Athletic Communications at (540) 665-5417 or visit our web site at http://www.suhornets.com. For USA South Conference Information, please visit the USA South Conference home page: http://www.usasouth.net.
Shenandoah University is a comprehensive private university with an enrollment of more than 3,300 students in six schools: College of Arts & Sciences, Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business, Shenandoah Conservatory, Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy, School of Health Professions (Athletic Training, Nursing and Respiratory Care, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies and Physical Therapy) and the School of Education & Human Development. The university offers nearly 90 programs of study at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. For more information, contact the Office of Marketing Communications at (540) 665-5422 or visit www.su.edu.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The Pub is pleased to share that SU's next Athletic Director!
The Pub missed this one but here you go, but there is something with John Schmidt from Northeastern Louisiana University???