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Monday, November 17, 2008

UTB-TSC Hires Athletic Director

The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College will announce a new member of its team at today's "Meet the Scorpions Media Day."

Vernon Mummert, the new Director of Athletics, will be introduced at 3 p.m. at the Garza Gym Annex.

The UTB-TSC men’s soccer team, which will play in the NAIA National Tournament, will also be on hand to discuss preparations for the tournament.

Mummert succeeds Dan Huntley, the Director of Athletics from 2005-08, who accepted a position at Concordia University (Texas) in August. Mummert's hiring is contingent upon approval from The University of Texas System.

Mummert comes to UTB-TSC with 17 years experience as a Director of Athletics at three universities.

"I am very humbled to have been selected as UTB-TSC's next Athletic Director and honored to become part of the UTB-TSC family," Mummert said. "I was very impressed with the warm hospitality that I have received. This university is blessed with an administration that truly cares about making a difference in student's lives. I was very impressed with the administration's passion and commitment to making the UTB-TSC four-year college experience one that its graduates treasure for a lifetime.

The UTB-TSC administration is equally to have someone of Mummert's caliber in the Scorpion family.

"We are happy to have someone with Vernon's experience to lead our athletics program," Dr. Vince Solis, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs said. "His expertise in all facets of an athletics program will be very beneficial to us as we continue to grow our athletics program."

Mummert served as the Director of Athletics and Physical Education from 1998 to 2008 at Wabash College (Ind.). Under Mummert's direction, the Wabash athletics program joined the North Coast Athletic Conference in 1999.

Mummert was instrumental in the planning and construction of numerous athletics facility updates at Wabash, including the $20 million Allen Center and the $750,000 outdoor track.

The Wabash athletics operating budget increased significantly in Mummert's term, addressing budgetary equity, transportation, recruitment and professional development for coaches and assistants. A leader in the NCAC, Mummert has served on numerous committees, including a recent two-year term as the Chairman of the Athletics Directors.

Mummert will be a responsible for a successful athletics program that has six sports with its eyes on future growth.

"I have inherited an incredibly young and talented coaching staff with a tremendous future," Mummert said. "With budgetary support, fundraising, and mentoring, we could be looking at a great deal of NAIA tournament exposure."

Mummert is also excited about the potential growth for new facilities and programs.

"That was certainly a major attraction for me along with warmth and attractiveness of this campus. I feel quite fortunate to have arrived here at an exciting time and look forward to working with the university administration in making UTB-TSC become one of the top universities in the southwest.

From 1994 to 1998, Mummert served as the Director of Athletics at Yavapai College (Ariz.), and was Director of Athletics from 1991 to 1994 at Drew University (N.J.)

He held other positions at Drew University (N.J.), from 1977 to 1991.

Mummert received the 2007-08 NCAA Division III-Central Zone AstroTurf Athletic Director of the Year Award (ADOY) Award at the 2008 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention.

Mummert received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education Administration degrees from McDaniel College (Md.).
SOURCE: UTB-TSC Sports Information, Office of Intercollegiate Athletics

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That didn't last long. What's next?

Thursday, May 21, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what is happening with the search to replace this guy? Anyone know why he left so fast?

Tuesday, July 07, 2009  

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