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 classroom."
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 Athletics (NACDA).
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 said.
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 process."
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.