Tim McMurray: Texas A&M Athletic Director

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Tim McMurrayFrom the time of his official appointment as director of athletics on October 1, 2015, Tim McMurray has maintained his focus on a paradigm that has ultimately become Lion Athletics’ mission – providing a “Best in Class” experience for all Lion student-athletes.  
Year one has been both active and productive in many facets of strengthening the collaborative bond between Lion Athletics and its institutional partners.  In the classroom, 218 Lion scholar-athletes were named to Lone Star Conference Commissioner’s List (3.3 or better), 297 Student-Athletes achieved the Director of Athletics Honor Roll (3.0 or better), and the department posted an overall comprehensive average team GPA of 3.29.  Additionally, Kylene Hatton (softball) was honored as the program’s first CoSIDA Academic All-American.
Competitively, seven programs made NCAA postseason appearances, including the first two individual national champions in indoor track and field - Ricky Romero in the 800 meters and DeVontae Steele in the triple jump.  Three programs won Lone Star Conference team championships, and there were 56 All-Conference performers, 35 All-Region performers, and 21 All-Americans.
Several other “Best in Class” initiatives were launched in year one.  In late March, Lion Athletics and Under Armour announced the inaugural NCAA Division II comprehensive institutional partnership, and the direct and ancillary benefits have already begun to benefit the institution, sports program recruiting, and national brand visibility for Lion Athletics.
Additional external successes include the inaugural College of Business Fill The Field House initiative, which set a college basketball Field House attendance record in February 2016.  Lion Champions Fund annual support increased by 65%, including the three largest annual commitments at the Champions level.  Football season tickets have more than quadrupled for 2016, and Meador Auto Group of Commerce signed the largest multi-year corporate partnership deal in Lion Athletics’ history.
Among the capital improvements for student-athletes and sports programs that have been completed are renovations to the volleyball, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball locker rooms, updated equipment and branding in the strength and conditioning center, a brand new football equipment space, renovations and improvements to the Memorial Stadium press box and mezzanine areas, and a student-athlete golf lounge adjacent to the indoor golf practice facility.
Having launched his career in intercollegiate athletics as an undergraduate intern in media relations, McMurray brought over 27 years of progressive leadership experience in sports administration, external relations (development, marketing, brand engagement), strategic planning, budget management/cost containment, ticket sales/service, corporate sales and fulfillment, and strategic communications. Having served at the University of Maryland, SMU, Northern Illinois, Texas State, and Lamar (his undergraduate alma mater), his scope and perspective has been beneficial in his initial months leading the Lions.

In addition to a Masters in Sports Administration from Ohio University, McMurray is a 1992 graduate of Lamar and is also a 2001 graduate of the Sports Management Institute.  He has also completed the NACDA Executive Leadership Institute and the Division IA Athletics' Director Mentoring Institute.  McMurray is also a past president of the National Association of Athletics Development Directors (NAADD).
McMurray and his wife, Vickie, stepdaughter Marley (16), and Yorkie Poo Bailey (6) reside in Commerce.  Stepdaughter Maya (21) is a college junior.
McMurray began his career in athletics at Lamar University (1992-2000) and served in a myriad of positions within the athletics department.  After working in the department as an undergraduate, he served as associate and sports information director (1993-96) and then was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director/External Affairs, where he also served as the sports supervisor for women's basketball and the men's and women's golf programs.
McMurray followed up his stint at Lamar with a six-year stay at Texas State University as the Associate Athletics Director – Development/External Affairs where he continued his external role within college athletics and his sport supervision role.  After his stay in San Marcos, McMurray headed north for a position as the Senior Associate Athletics Director at Northern Illinois University where he had direct oversight of a 16-member external staff – major gifts, annual giving, corporate sales, marketing, brand management, strategic communications and tickets sales. 
McMurray relocated back to Texas in 2010 with a three-year stint at Southern Methodist University as the Associate Athletics Director – Development and External Affairs/Director – Mustang Club.  He continued along the external and fundraising rout with major contributions to upgrading the SMU athletics facilities.  McMurray then transitioned into the role of the Senior Associate Athletics Director – External Affairs at the University of Maryland for a year where he was the Executive Director of the Terrapin Club Scholarship Fund.
In addition to a Masters in Sports Administration from Ohio University, McMurray is a 1992 graduate of Lamar and is also a 2001 graduate of the Sports Management Institute.  He has also completed the NACDA Executive Leadership Institute and the Division IA Athletics' Director Mentoring Institute.
McMurray and his wife, Vickie, have two daughters – Maya (20) and Marley (15) - and a Yorkie Poo named Bailey (5).
Rotary Stories of Success
Computer LabThe Rotary District 5810 had a successful International Project visit to CAM Laboral (Centro De Attencion Multiple). This is a school for children ages 12-18 (some older because they are allowed to stay) who have multiple attention or sensory problems, like blindness, deafness, autism, and many other issues.  We made our first stop here to see the work of the International Grant between the Greenville, Tx Rotary Club and the Cozumel Rotary Club, phase II of the completion of the Computer Lab.
Monthly Honors

Logan Row Receives Student of the Month Award

April 12 Presentation by Paul Kelley

Logan Row, son of Alan and Katrina Row is a K-12 student. He plans to attend Texas Christian University in Finance with a minor in Political Science. He is also involved in:
  • Baseball
  • Robotics
  • National Honor Society
  • Foreign Language Honor Society
  • Spanish Club
  • Student Council
Congratulations Logan and thank you for all you are doing to help make our future brighter.


Rotary Teacher of the Month Award: Heather Clark

Paul Kelley presents the Rotary Teacher of the Month Award to Heather Clark. 
Mrs. Clark has taught Science at Sixth Grade Center since the fall of 2015.  She completed her student teaching/intern/residency at both Lamar Elementary and Greenville Middle School in the spring of 2011.  I was principal of Lamar at that time.  
Mrs. Clark married Cody Clark in January 2011.  She and her husband returned to Texas in 2015.  Upon her return, she began substituting at both Sixth Grade Center and Greenville Middle School.  During that year, she served as a long term science teacher substitute on both campuses.  Sixth Grade Center had an opening in Science that spring, and I hired Mrs. Clark for the position.   
This past year she partnered with NASA.  She and her students were given multiple opportunities through SKYPE, to interact with astronauts and technicians at NASA in Houston, Tx.
Mrs. Clark and her husband Cody are the proud parents of Chaseton, who is one year old.
Mrs. Clark’s parents are Celeste Police Chief Dan Turrentine and Bobbie Turrentine.

Rotarians of the Month Awards for March


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