KWU Announces New Athletic Director
KSAL Sports - July 17, 2013 11:25 am
Kansas Wesleyan University announces Mike Hermann as the new Athletic Director. Hermann brings an impressive track record to KWU – with more than 30 years of higher education experience to the position – including Director of Athletics roles at Towson University and
Hermann fills a position that has been held in the interim by KWU head football coach, Dave Dallas. This appointment marks the first time in the University’s history of having a full-time athletic director to support this important aspect of the institution. The hiring of a full-time athletic director, men’s and women’s soccer coaches, coupled with KWU’s upcoming sports complex project marks an exciting time in the life of the University’s athletic program.
“Mike brings experience to this position that will be invaluable in shaping the future. We are very appreciative and thankful for Coach Dallas’ many contributions to grow the athletic program,” said KWU President Matt Thompson.
Dallas expressed his gratitude to the University and looks forward to working with Hermann.
“I have enjoyed my time as interim director and I’m proud of where we are right now,” Dallas said. “Mike will be a great addition to our University and will lead our athletic program into the future.”
While at Seattle, Hermann helped increase fundraising efforts, basketball attendance, broadcast and corporate partnerships, and contributed to the leadership team that returned the university to NCAA Division I status. Seattle joined the Western Athletic Conference in 2012-13. In his four years with Towson, Hermann directed 20 sports programs, including several that earned NCAA bids or won Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) titles. He guided a rebuilding of the football program, which went on to earn the program’s first NCAA playoff berth in 2011, earning the new head coach NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Coach of the Year honors.
At Niagara, the NCAA graduation success rate under Hermann was higher than the national average at 89 percent, and 99 percent of student-athletes completing eligibility over a 10-year period graduated. During his time at Towson University, student-athlete graduation rates were at 76 percent – 11 percent higher than the student body. In Hermann’s final three semesters with the university, the student athletes averaged above a 3.00 GPA. In 2010, 14 student-athletes were honored with the Tiger Athletics Scholar Medallion for completing their undergraduate career with a 3.5 or higher GPA. Six students were also honored as part of ESPN Academic teams and several others received post-season academic recognition.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Kansas Wesleyan University family at this important time,” said Hermann. “The combination of strong university leadership, a well-respected institution that provides an exceptional student experience, a successful corps of coaches, and the vibrant Salina community make this an excellent place to be.”
Hermann’s dedication to student-athletes on and off the field will give KWU the opportunity to flourish within the community and beyond.
“Mike’s dedication to academic and sport success aligns with where Kansas Wesleyan wants to be in the KCAC and NAIA,” said Thompson. “We are committed to the development of the whole student – mind, body, and spirit.”
Hermann has been involved in numerous committees for the NCAA, including the NCAA Division I Leadership Council, the Football Championship Regional Advisory Committee, and the NCAA Men’s Golf Committee.
“I want to make special note of the quality work of the coaches and student-athletes that have built a legacy of success at Kansas Wesleyan that will provide a solid foundation for the future,” Hermann said. “My goal is to provide opportunities for student-athletes to build and grow, and be a place that invites the Kansas Wesleyan and Salina community to join together to cheer for the Coyotes.”
Hermann holds a Bachelor of Arts from John Carroll University and a Master of Arts from Kent State University. He joins the KWU athletics staff on July 17.