Dr. Bob Bunnell
Director of Athletics and Recreation
Athletics Administration
PHONE: (318) 869-5087 EMAIL: rbunnell@centenary.edu
Dr. Bob Bunnell

Centenary College of Louisiana has named Dr. Robert Bunnell Director of Athletics and Wellness for the Ladies and Gents, effective June of 2016.


Bunnell joins the Centenary athletic family with more than 30 years of experience in athletics, including 20 years as an athletic director. He has served in a number of administrative roles at institutions from every four-year college affiliation level (NCAA I, II, III, NAIA), including stops at Point Park University, Franklin and Marshall College, Kenyon College, Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), and Purdue University Calumet (now Purdue University Northwest). Dr. Bunnell also worked in several different capacities for the NCAA, NAIA and the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA).

Prior to joining Centenary, Bunnell served in many different capacities in four years at Neumann University in Aston, Pennsylvania. He was an Associate Professor and Director of the Sport and Entertainment Management program, and Dean of Continuing Adult and Professional Studies.

From 2007-2011, Bunnell served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Health, Recreation, and Sport as well as Director of Athletics. He laid the foundation for Purdue University Calumet athletics rapid expansion plan, including adding eight athletic programs, appointing new head coaches, and helping the university secure the donation of a city park in which to build athletic facilities. The development of the park, a joint project between the university and the city of Hammond, Indiana, is a community facility featuring baseball, softball, and soccer fields as well as tennis courts.

Bunnell got his first taste of collegiate athletics as a profession during his stint as a baseball coach at East Stroudsburg University while working on his master’s degree in health and physical education, earning his diploma in 1975. After his time at East Stroudsburg, Bunnell went on to Temple University, where he completed his doctorate degree in physical education with a concentration in sport-social psychology in 1978.

From 1977 to 1981, Bunnell served as Athletic Director and Sports Information Director at IUPUI while coaching the first two baseball seasons in school history. As the school’s first full-time athletic administrator, he directed a six-sport NAIA program, helping lay the foundation for the school’s eventual move to NCAA Division I.

He would go on to coach baseball and women’s softball at six different institutions in the span of his 18-year coaching career, compiling 228 victories in that time. Bunnell guided his teams to 10 postseason appearances, including leading Philadelphia University to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Championship in 1990 and a berth in the NCAA Division II College World Series in Montgomery, Alabama. For their accomplishments, Bunnell and the rest of the 1990 Rams baseball team were recently inducted into the Philadelphia University Hall of Fame.

Bunnell arrived at Kenyon College in 1990 as the school’s Athletic Director and Baseball Coach, where he helped the Lords and Ladies’ athletic program garner 23 NCAA Division III national championships during his tenure. As Athletic Director, Bunnell directed a 22-sport athletics program while administering a $1.3 million budget, as well as scheduling, facilities, recruiting, and an athletic club including alumni, parents, and friends.

At Franklin and Marshall, he oversaw a 26-sport intercollegiate athletic program, administering a $1.7 million budget while also jumpstarting initiatives such as the student-athlete leadership program that focused on sexual assault prevention, drug and alcohol awareness, nutrition, diversity, and leadership development.

Contact Information
Athletics Administration
Dr. Bob Bunnell
Director of Athletics and Recreation
David Orr
Assistant Athletic Director for Recreation and Facilities
Theresa Rinaudo
Administrative Assistant/Office Manager
Jackie Fain
Senior Women's Administrator/Head Gymnastics Coach
Matthew Lofton
Sports Information Coordinator
Brent Leiby
Head Athletic Trainer
Dr. David Hoaas
Faculty Athletic Representative