BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Union College President Edward de Rosset announced Thursday the resignation of Director of Athletics Dr. Darin S. Wilson, who has headed the department since 2003. Wilson will complete his tenure at Union effective August 14.
"These past eight years represent a period of increasingly
robust, well-designed, well-managed, and successful athletics for Union
College," said de Rosset. "During this
interval, Wilson has added eight new athletics programs, bringing the total to
23. During his term of athletics
management, our programs have garnered a large number of distinctive honors
both in terms of individual programs as well as individual honors for
outstanding athletes and their achievements in competition and in the
During Wilson's tenure, Union experienced historically
unprecedented success. On his watch
Union captured 47 conference championships with 47 teams advancing to national
tournaments, a trend that Wilson says is solid and predicts will continue. Union has had 47 NAIA Scholar-Athletes and
four CoSIDA Academic All-America Team members since 2003.
Wilson oversaw unparalleled achievements and accomplishments
on and off the field, while continually working to improve the college's
athletic facilities and shaping them to be among the best college competition
venues. This work included oversight of
the installation of a synthetic turf football/soccer field, expansion of
athletic training facilities, press boxes, and new scoreboards. During the 2009-10 academic year, Union won
the Appalachian Athletic Conference Duard Walker All-Sports Trophy for the
first time in school history, an accomplishment that is particularly meaningful
to high-level collegiate administrators.
Wilson has been recognized as the AAC Athletic Director of
the Year three times (2008, 2009, 2011), the NAIA Region XII Athletic Director
of the Year (2008), and selected the 2009-10 NAIA Under Armour AD of the Year
for the Southeast Region by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of
President de Rosset noted that "The Duard Walker award is a
high mark of Union's commitment to consistent high values, goals, and
achievement across all of our athletics programs over a very long significant
period of time as members of the Appalachian Athletic Conference.
"Union has a great group of coaches and support staff in
place and the athletics department should continue to flourish for many years
to come. I will always be grateful for
my time at Union and to those whom I have been able to work with closely during
my tenure here. I would like to thank
President de Rosset and the entire Union community for the support shown to me
and our athletics department throughout the past eight years in this position,"
Wilson has accepted a similar position at Georgia Gwinnett
College, a four-year liberal arts institution just north of Atlanta, where he
will assume responsibility for planning and launching their first
intercollegiate athletic programs.
"The opportunity to build an entire athletics program from
the ground up doesn't come around very often-especially when creating all new
facilities is also involved," Wilson Said.
"This is an exciting challenge for me and I look forward to the building
Prior to assuming the Director of Athletics role, Wilson
first came to Union in the fall of 1993, when he transferred to Union to play
baseball. He spent three seasons as a
shortstop for the Bulldogs and was named Male Athlete of the Year as a senior. Upon graduation in 1996, Wilson joined the
Bulldog baseball staff as an assistant coach and then became head baseball
coach for five seasons (1999-2003).
Wilson posted a 161-106-1 record and was named Mid-South Conference
Coach of the Year in 2001. Wilson and
his wife, Patti, have a son Drew and a daughter Mara.
The Union College administration will announce an interim
athletics director appointment within the next few days.