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Message from President Denise Trauth

August 4, 2021


Dear Colleagues,

On April 29, 2021, I announced that Dr. Larry Teis, Director of Athletics, was stepping down from his position effective August 31, 2021. At that time, I named Mr. Don Coryell, Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director-External Operations, as Interim Director of Athletics. I am pleased to announce today that Mr. Coryell will serve as the next Director of Athletics at Texas State beginning September 1, 2021. In this capacity, Mr. Coryell will report directly to me and serve as a member of my Cabinet.

I have received excellent feedback, both internally and externally, about Mr. Coryell’s tremendous work ethic, extensive experience, and servant leadership-style. I have personally observed his commitment to supporting our student-athletes in reaching their full potential in academics and in their physical and mental well-being.  He is dedicated to supporting our coaches, and is already developing plans to achieve athletic excellence for all our sports; create an exciting and fun atmosphere for our students, fans, and alumni at all athletic events; and strengthen relationships with donors, fans, and our university community. As a former intercollegiate basketball player, it is clear to me Mr. Coryell understands the challenges and sacrifices required of our student-athletes. 

Mr. Coryell has served Texas State for 17 years, beginning as Associate Athletics Director for External Operations in 2004. He is responsible for the Department’s marketing and promotional campaigns, ticket sales and operations, several suite accounts, facilities and game operations, university licensing, corporate partnerships, and community relations. He currently oversees men’s basketball, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s cross country, soccer, Strutters, cheerleaders, ESPN productions, football scheduling, and the “T” Association -- Texas State’s athletics alumni organization. Formerly, Mr. Coryell oversaw men’s and women’s golf.

Congratulations to Mr. Coryell on his new appointment as Director of Athletics.

 

Sincerely,

Denise M. Trauth
President