November 11, 2013

MARTIN, Tenn. - The search for the next athletics director at the University of Tennessee at Martin is currently underway. Earlier this month, UT Martin Chancellor Tom Rakes selected the committee members to include current coaches, students, university staff, faculty, alumni and community members.

The committee will recommend possible names to succeed Phil Dane, the current athletics director, who has announced his retirement effective Dec. 31, 2013. A short list of acceptable candidates will be sent to Rakes by late December.

Potential candidates are urged to apply by clicking here.

The committee members are:

UT Martin Staff Representatives

•David Belote, committee chair and assistant vice chancellor for student affairs;

•Charley Deal, assistant vice chancellor for alumni relations and annual giving;

•Danelle Fabianich, assistant athletics director for administration and senior woman administrator;

•Joe Henderson, coordinator of student conduct;

•Jason James, head coach, men’s basketball;

•Petra McPhearson, interim director of budget and management reporting;

•Dennis Taylor, head coach, women’s tennis;

•Edie Gibson, executive assistant to the chancellor (non-voting staff position).

Faculty Representatives

•Dr. John Schommer, professor of mathematics and faculty athletics representative;

•Dr. Nell Gullett, professor of finance and former faculty athletics representative;

•Dr. Mark Simpson, professor of geography.

Community Representatives

•David Bryan, registered representative and investment advisor, AXA Advisors, LLC, Chattanooga;

•Wayne McCreight, CEO, The Hamilton-Ryker Group, LLC, Martin;

•David Murphy, owner, Murphy Funeral Home & Florist, Inc., Martin;

•Art Sparks, partner, Alexander, Thompson, and Arnold, PLLC, Union City.

Student Representatives

•Alyssa Curtis, women’s player representative;

•Rick Drewry, UT Martin Student Government Association president;

•Taino Fears-Perez, men’s player representative.

UT Martin competes in NCAA Division I in both men’s and women’s sports and the Football Championship Subdivision. The university is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.

The UT Martin rodeo team, the only collegiate rodeo team in Tennessee, is a member of the Ozark Region and the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.