Tallach Tabbed Centenary Director of Athletics
Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Dr. Tom Tallach

SHREVEPORT--Centenary College President Dr. Kenneth Schwab announced today that Dr. Thomas G. Tallach, Assistant Athletic Director at Tarleton State University and former Interim Athletic Director at Texas A & M-Commerce, has been named director of athletics for the institution. Tallach succeeds Taylor Moore who stepped down in October, 2006. 


“We are excited about Dr. Tallach and his commitment to the future of our program,” said Schwab.  “His deep and diverse experience in athletics administration paired with his passion and unique perspective for the Centenary student-athlete experience make him the ideal selection to lead our program.”


Tallach graduated magna cum laude and as the top graduate of Centenary’s Health and Exercise Science department in 1993, where he was an Academic All-Conference selection and member of the Gents’ ’92 and ‘93 Trans-America Athletic Conference Western Division Baseball Championship teams. Evidence of Tallach’s leadership can already be seen on campus, as he led the effort to conceptualize the Centenary Wellness Center in his role as President of the Centenary Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in his senior year.


Tallach went on to earn his Master of Science and Doctorate in Education at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he served as an assistant men’s basketball coach and teaching assistant in the Department of Health and Physical Education, Assistant Athletic Director and, ultimately Interim Athletic Director where he organized and administered all aspects of a NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics department including management of a $2.2 million budget, 11 sport programs and a staff of 19 full-time employees.  He provided leadership in all areas including fiscal affairs, facilities/event management, rules compliance, marketing/promotions, fund-raising, personnel management, sports medicine and media relations, as well as taught graduate and undergraduate courses as a member of the faculty.  He also served the University Interscholastic League (Texas High School Federation) as Athletic Director of Region II-AAA and administered championship competition in 9 sports.  


During Tallach’s tenure as Interim AD, the Lions won two conference championships (men’s basketball and women’s soccer) in the same year for the first time in over 20 years; the university hosted its first ever NCAA Regional Tournament in men’s basketball; and three coaches were named conference coach of the year.  Student-athletes were heavily engaged in campus affairs holding numerous leadership positions including the majority of student senate seats and student body President.


In 2005, he joined Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, where he served as Director of Compliance and Assistant Athletic Director. He organized and administered a comprehensive rules compliance program including eligibility certification, financial aid administration, certification of recruiting personnel and booster education.  He implemented an extensive electronic record-keeping system, taught graduate and undergraduate classes, and provided administrative oversight of sports programs.  A member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, Tallach was the institution’s designated liaison to the NCAA and a frequent presenter at national, regional, and local professional seminars. 


“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to return to my alma mater as Director of Athletics,” said Tallach. “My Centenary experience punctuated the importance and benefits of achieving a balance of athletic and academic excellence.  My goal is to create a challenging and rewarding environment for student-athletes, developing leaders on and off the playing field, benefiting the greater Centenary and Shreveport-Bossier communities. Engaging the support of our faculty, administration, the student body at-large, boosters and the Shreveport-Bossier community will be critical to our ultimate success – and our first priority. ”



About Centenary

Founded in 1825, Centenary is the oldest chartered Liberal Arts College west of the Mississippi River.  The "Gents" and "Ladies" compete in 16 intercollegiate sports and are proud members of the NCAA Division I Summit League.  The college is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and, with an enrollment of 1,017, is the smallest NCAA Division I member institution.  For more information, visit www.centenary.edu.