For Immediate Release
December 3, 2013
Midway, KY- Midway College is pleased to announce that Jim Tussey has joined its staff as the full-time athletic director.
Jim Tussey brings more than 21 years of higher education and coaching experience to lead Midway College's Athletics Program. Tussey earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology; a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling; and Bachelor of Science in Education all from the University of Kentucky. He most recently owned SoccerProfs, a company that empowers youth through personal and team training, enhancing sport performance and assisting with college decision making. Prior to that he worked at Georgetown College, Scott County Public Schools and Montgomery County Public Schools.
"When we restructured our enrollment office on campus, we also considered making the Athletic Director position full-time because athletics is critical to student recruitment," said Dr. John Marsden, president of Midway College. "Jim's background as a coach was critical to helping us grow our athletics programs but more importantly his understanding of the college recruitment process, enrollment challenges and the fundraising/development aspects were vital."
Historically Midway College's Athletic Director position has only been part-time. "Because athletics is a key component of our Women's College we felt full-time attention is necessary to support coaches and student-athletes as well as student recruitment efforts through collaborative work with our admissions and financial aid staff," said Marsden.
"Focusing on setting a new culture for Midway Athletics is my primary goal, through promoting and empowering our coaches and student-athletes to strive for a higher level of excellence both in the classroom and sport's program," said Tussey.
Tussey began his role at the college on October 28.
Midway College offers nine collegiate sports for student-athletes - archery, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field and volleyball. The college also competes in three equine disciplines dressage, hunt seat and western. Equestrian teams are coordinated through the Equine Division. In their inaugural year, the Midway College Archery Team, coached by Cliff Tompkins, won a national championship in the 3D United States Intercollegiate Archery Championships Women's Hunter Division.
Midway College is a private college established in 1847. Originally named the Kentucky Female Orphan School, the original purpose of the institution was to educate female orphans to become teachers. Through the years the school evolved and became Pinkerton High School, Midway Junior College, and finally Midway College. Today Midway College remains Kentucky's only college for women offering a unique living, learning environment for women to earn their undergraduate degree. In addition, the college provides co-educational accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs in the evenings and online.
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