Stubbs named new director of athletics
Oxford College is taking several steps for a revamped athletic program, with its second one coming last month.
The Division III University Athletic Association member institution named Roderick Stubbs its athletic director June 10. He took over the position vacated by Brandon Feldman in May.
Stubbs was Oxford’s assistant athletic director and head basketball coach, previously, and will continue his role with the basketball team. However, he will also pick up the duties of overseeing and supervising all four of the Eagles’ varsity sports teams, Oxford’s facilities, recruiting budgets, and the school’s eligibility and compliance requirements.
Stubbs will also lead Oxford athletics as it looks to take another step, adding three new sports and five new teams in the next three to five years - men’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross-country, and men’s and women’s golf.
“We’re thinking about starting a men’s varsity soccer team, which at this time is a club sport, so we think that would be an easy transition,” Stubbs said. “Then we would move on to men’s and women’s cross-country and men’s and women’s golf.”
The addition of the new sports had been discussed under Feldman after the college acquired new land that may be used for a cross-country course. Now Stubbs will carry that vision forward, starting with making sure the new sports are funded, and the budget for current sports is sustained.
“A lot of those sports are not very expensive to maintain,” Stubbs said. “The main part is to be able to get quality coaches to coach those teams.”
Before Stubbs can look into golf, cross country and soccer coaches, he has to hire a tennis coach to replace Feldman. Stubbs expects to make his first hire as athletic director by Aug. 1. After weeks of sorting through resumes and interviewing candidates, two finalists met with the search committee Tuesday.
“We’re looking for people with great integrity,” Stubbs said. “We’re looking for someone that will work within the Oxford community that teaches the basic fundamentals of the game and is a good communicator.”
Any new Oxford coach will have Stubbs as the measure of winning, with over 120 victories as the Eagles’ head basketball coach, a school record. Under Stubbs guidance throughout the last eight years, the Eagles have reached the sweet 16 of the National Junior