KWC names David Williams new athletic director

By Mark Mathis, Messenger-Inquirer
Published: Friday, August 19, 2011

Kentucky Wesleyan College has hired an athletics director in David Williams who has vast experience running programs at the NCAA Division II level.

Williams was named the new AD on Thursday, replacing Gary Gallup, who left KWC to take the athletics director’s job at Avila University in Kansas City, Mo.

Williams comes to KWC after being an athletics director at Missouri Western in St. Joseph for three years, and before that he was the AD at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, which is in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with KWC.

The 42-year-old was attracted to the KWC job in part because of the success and reputation of the men’s basketball program. KWC has won eight NCAA Division II national championships in men’s basketball.

“The first thing is the opportunity with all the success KWC has had in men’s basketball,” Williams said at the Winchester Center, where he was introduced to student athletes, faculty, staff and school supporters. “We have the ability to duplicate that in other sports, and to sustain that in men’s basketball.”

Williams steps into the AD job at a time when KWC is exploring the feasibility of moving to Division III, which is nonscholarship. An exploratory committee at the school has been looking at data and reports on the effects of making such a move.

The possibility of that shift was not a problem when Williams was looking at coming to KWC.

“I’m very aware of where the situation is right now,” Williams said. “It is in good hands. Dr. (Craig) Turner was very open with his thoughts and method for making a decision. It is a great exercise to go through as a college.”

Williams wasn’t offering any opinions on which way KWC needs to go with relation to staying in Division II or moving.

“I have no insight where that decision is going to go,” Williams said. “I am confident in the process they’re using. As an athletic department, we do what’s best for the college.”

Williams has ample experience with analyzing different Division II programs. He was the president of the Division II Athletic Directors for three years. During his tenure he co-authored the “Division II Model Athletic Department.” The document is still used today by the NCAA as it assists colleges and universities seeking to transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II.

New KWC President Dr. Craig Turner said he thought Williams was a very good fit for KWC and what it needs in its lead athletic administrator.

“David’s reputation as a national leader in NCAA Division II athletics administration is unparalleled,” Turner said.

Williams told the student athletes gathered for his introduction that he wanted them to have a good experience athletically, academically and socially. He told the coaches that he wanted to make KWC as good a place as possible for them to work.

He told the professors and other administrators that he wanted all parts of the school to work as Team KWC.

“The athletic department, student-athletes and coaches, we are on the same team, we are Team KWC, and what we do represents you,” Williams said.

Williams has been adept at fund raising at different levels, too. He was the lead person in securing funding of nearly $19.3 million at Missouri Western to build an 118,000-square foot indoor practice facility, new practice fields and a 2,000-seat football stadium expansion to bring the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs’ summer training camp to that campus, and also construct a spring sports complex.

“There are two types of fund raising, what you do for annual and what you do for capital improvements,” Williams said. “The best thing you can do for fund raising is make sure everybody is on the same page.”


See a YouTube video of William's remarks at his introductory press conference in the Winchester Center.

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