ACU Athletics Announces Three Promotions

July 19th, 2017 - ABILENE – ACU director of athletics Lee De Leon announced Wednesday that he has promoted three members of his administrative staff  and added duties for another member of the staff.

De Leon promoted Dave Kinard from Senior Associate Director of Athletics to Deputy Director of Athletics, while also promoting Lisa Gilmore from Associate Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Welfare to Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Welfare and Chris Ballard from Assistant Director of Athletics for Academics to Associate Director of Athletics for Academics.

Kinard, who joined the staff in February 2015, will continue to have oversight over external operations, including fundraising, marketing, ticketing, licensing, and all other sources of revenue generation for ACU athletics. Kinard will also serve as the department's second in command behind De Leon, and will be the sport supervisor for football, in addition to softball and cheerleading.

Gilmore supervises academics and compliance in addition to strength and conditioning and athletics training. She is the sport supervisor for women’s basketball and men’s and women’s tennis. In addition, Gilmore also serves as the university’s senior woman administrator, and helped lead ACU through the NCAA reclassification process.

Ballard joined the ACU Athletics staff in March 2015 as director of academics and has moved up the ranks to associate director of athletics. In his role, Ballard is responsible for developing, coordinating and carrying out academic success programs and services offered to ACU student-athletes. 

Under his supervision, ACU Athletics posted a cumulative 3.11 grade point average in 2016-17, the program’s highest of the four-year transition to NCAA Division I athletics. He is also responsible for providing academic counseling and advising services, and he's the sport supervisor for men's golf and track and field.

“Dave and Lisa have the two largest portfolios of responsibility on our  administrative staff, and I wanted to reward them for their outstanding efforts helping lead our athletics department to new heights,” De Leon said. “I’m also proud to once again promote Chris Ballard. He has been a tremendous addition to our team, and the work he has done with our academic performance since his arrival has been terrific. All three of these promotions are definitely well deserved.”

In addition to those three promotions, De Leon announced that assistant director of athletics for compliance Tyler Wright will now oversee women’s soccer in addition to being responsible for the day-to-day operations of the athletics compliance office.


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