Centenary College Athletics Director Resigns
Thursday, October 14, 2010
SHREVEPORT (Centenary News Service)--Centenary College director of athletics Tom Tallach on Wednesday announced his resignation effective October 15.

Tallach, who has headed the athletics program since August 2007, will depart Centenary to pursue other professional opportunities.

"Tom's efforts over the last three years have positioned Centenary to enhance the visibility and competitiveness of the Ladies and Gents athletics program, said Dr. David Rowe, President of Centenary College. "I am grateful for his service and his many lasting contributions to this College, and wish him and his family the best in their future endeavors."

During Tallach's tenure, major renovations were completed on the tennis and softball facilities. The Centenary Gold Dome was updated with a new gym floor, a new lower bowl of grandstands and a new weight room in addition to many behind-the-scenes improvements, such as locker rooms and multi-media equipment for film study. In 2009, he was recognized for his impact and leadership by being named one of the community's "40 Under 40" by the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce and City Life magazine.

"It has been a productive time," said Tallach. "I have had the pleasure of working with some fantastic people in the community. We raised a lot of money and made much needed improvements to our athletics facilities and programming. Once the decision was made to seek reclassification to NCAA Division III and membership in the American Southwest Conference, it took a lot of hard work to position the institution to have the opportunity to be successful. That opportunity now exists."

Centenary College also announced that Dave Voskuil, Vice President of Enrollment Services will serve as interim AD for the school until a successor is chosen. Adam Walsh, Men's Head Basketball coach, will continue to serve as assistant director of athletics for compliance.

Voskuil is completing his 32nd year in higher education and is no stranger to Division III intercollegiate athletics. While serving as vice president of enrollment services at Texas Wesleyan and North Carolina Wesleyan, athletics reported directly to him.

Additionally, Voskuil served five years as dean of enrollment and student services at the United States Sports Academy in Mobile, Ala., and most recently, was the vice president for enrollment management for six years at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, a member of the American Southwest Conference, of which Centenary College is now a member.

"We are excited about becoming the best Division III program in the American Southwest Conference," said Voskuil. "During this interim search period I look forward to leading the already strong athletics program in pursuit of academic and athletic excellence that has been a long tradition at Centenary College."

 

About Centenary College of Louisiana

Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 373 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.