1/13/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University has named Al King as its director of athletics, effective immediately. King had assumed the role of interim director of athletics on July 7, 2014, following the retirement of former director Bill Goldring.
“I am very excited to appoint Al as the director of athletics. He has proven his leadership in this role and I have every confidence that he will continue to do great things for the Ashland University athletic program and our student-athletes,” said Sue Heimann, vice president of student affairs and dean of students. “I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with him.”
King, who is in his 22nd year at AU, enthusiastically accepted the promotion to director.
“I am excited and humbled because it is a big responsibility and a big challenge. There is a strong staff in place here and a lot of support from across campus,” King said. “I am thankful for the opportunity that the university has given me and I thank (Interim President) Dr. (William) Crothers and Sue Heimann for showing this confidence in me.”
Before being named interim director of athletics, King served as assistant athletic director for media relations and handled all the publicity for a 19-sport athletic program. He has served as the media host for NCAA championships in men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s cross country, softball and wrestling. He is a member of the Harlon Hill Committee, which helps select the NCAA Division II football player of the year, and he’s the Midwest Regional coordinator for the Daktronics men’s basketball team. He is also a member of the regional ranking committee for the College Baseball Writers of America.
While at Ashland, King has also been involved in game event management. He is a member of the university’s Hall of Fame committee. He works closely with the GLIAC office on a number projects and has been responsible for compiling and submitting the nomination forms for the annual Commissioner’s Awards and the All-GLIAC Academic and All-Academic Excellence Teams. King also handles all of AU’s nominations and publicity for the Capital One Academic All-America program.
King came to Ashland in July of 1993 from IUP in Indiana, Pa., where he was the assistant sports information director for four years. At IUP, he also served as the director of the IUP Athletic Club, a marketing and fundraising arm of the athletic department. King helped sell advertising packages for IUP’s Business Scholarship campaign, which raised approximately $150,000 per year for athletic scholarships. He was also involved in game management and was responsible for coordinating all media that came to campus to work athletic events.
King’s background includes stints as a sports writer with two newspapers in western Pennsylvania – The Meadville Tribune and The Indiana Gazette. With the Gazette, he covered all Pittsburgh Steelers games home and away for four years and was a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He was a weekly contributor to Steelers Digest and also wrote the annual NCAA Division II men’s basketball preview for Basketball Digest.
King is a 1982 graduate of Mansfield State College (Pa.). He received his master’s degree from IUP in 1983.
Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###