Stubbs named new di­rec­tor of ath­let­ics

The Covington News - - SPORTS - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­

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

Stubbs, 2B

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