May 24, 2012

Zipp Named Athletics Director

WINCHESTER, Va. - Shenandoah University President Tracy Fitzsimmons announced Thursday that Doug Zipp has accepted the position of Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Zipp, who was selected from a pool of more than 100 candidates, takes over the position from Wayne Edwards. Edwards announced his retirement in February and completes his tenure at SU at the end of this month.

Until Zipp officially takes over the position on July 16, Brian Wigley, the department's Faculty Athletics Representative and the chair of the Kinesiology Department, will serve as Interim AD.

Zipp comes to SU from Kenyon (Ohio) College and becomes the fifth full-time AD at Shenandoah. 

"Doug stood out from an excellent group of candidates," Dr. Fitzsimmons said. "He impressed the search committee from the start and did the same when he came on campus for an interview two weeks ago.

"His experience inside and outside intercollegiate athletics is exactly what the university needs as we prepare for our first ODAC season in 2012-13."

Since July 2005, Zipp has served as the Associate Director of Athletics for Facilities and Operations at Kenyon. In this role, he was the primary individual responsible for the day-to-day operation of the 263,000 square foot Kenyon Athletic Center.

This facility is home to the Lords and Ladies perennial national championship contender men's and women's swimming & diving programs.

Zipp also directed reconstruction of the department's baseball and softball fields, installation of a tennis pavilion and has overseen game management for the 22 varsity sports at the North Coast Athletic Conference school.

Prior to moving into athletics full-time, he served as Special Assistant to the President and Dean of Students, Dean of Residential Life and Interim Director of Physical Education, Athletics & Recreation at Kenyon.

A 1987 Elmira (N.Y.) graduate who earned a Master's Degree from the University of Rochester in 1990, Zipp began his professional career at Rochester in Residential Life.

Zipp worked at UR from August 1987 until coming to Kenyon in July 1996 as the Dean of Residential Life.

He served as Interim AD for the first eight months of 2002 and was the Special Assistant to the President & Dean of Students until transitioning to athletics in July 2005.

"I am very excited to have this opportunity to come to Shenandoah," Zipp said. "I was looking for a special situation to take the next step in my career and I believe that Shenandoah is that special place.

"I could not be more excited about the prospect of serving as AD at such a first-class institution. I am grateful for the confidence that President Fitzsimmons and the search committee have shown in me to lead the department into its next chapter of intercollegiate athletics competition.

"Wayne Edwards and the terrific coaching staff have laid a very solid foundation for SU to move into the ODAC this fall and I look forward to working with everyone to take the department to the next level. My family and I are excited to join the Hornet family and I can't wait to get started!"