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  • Midway University Names New Athletic Director & Receives Donation

March 07, 2016

School will also add tennis, cross country to athletic offerings for 2016-17

(Midway, Ky.) – Midway University announced today that Rusty Kennedy has joined its staff as athletic director. He comes to Midway with 18 years of experience as a coach, instructor and administrator at the NAIA, NCAA, and NJCAA levels.

“During the interview process, Rusty really stood out, not only because of his credentials and experience, but because of his passion and enthusiasm,” said Dr. John P. Marsden, President, Midway University. “There’s great potential for Midway’s athletics department, and with his background and drive, I’m confident that Rusty will provide the leadership needed to take our programs to the next level.”

Most recently Kennedy was the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at NCAA Division II member Western New Mexico University in Silver City, NM. Prior to coaching, he was the Athletic Director at Clarendon College in Texas from 2004-2005, and 2007-2010. During his time in that role he supervised 13 sports and more than 280 student-athletes. He also chaired the Athletic Committee and sat on both the Faculty and Student Grievance Appeals Committees.  His start in Athletic Administration came at Central Baptist College during the 1999-2000 where he served as Athletic Director, leading a transition from junior college to four-year athletics.

Kennedy holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and a M.S. in Management from Southern Nazarene University.

Along with a new director, the university will also add new sports as tennis and cross country join its roster of varsity teams. Both teams will return from hiatus in fall 2016.

“This is an exciting time for Midway athletics as we expand our offerings. I’m thrilled that we’re able to bring tennis and cross country back from hiatus to provide new opportunities for student-athletes,” said Kennedy.

At the February Board of Trustees meeting, two board members stepped forward with donations for athletics. Board members Jan Hunter and Belinda Metzger each gave $25,000 towards some athletic facilities upgrades.

“Our board members are demonstrating their overall support for a strong athletic program at the University,” said Dr. Marsden.

With the addition of tennis and cross country, Midway will offer 11 school-sponsored sports for the 2016-17 academic year. Additional sports are being considered and studied as part of the University’s strategic plan with the hopes of adding additional offerings in the coming years.