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Warren Koegel Named Athletics Director at Jacksonville State
Warren D. “Moose” Koegel has been named the Director of Athletics at Jacksonville State University, President Dr. William A. Meehan announced on Thursday.
Koegel brings a wealth of experience to Jacksonville State, including an 11-year stint as Director of Athletics at Coastal Carolina University.
“We are very excited to have someone with the experience of Mr. Koegel to lead our athletics department,” Dr. Meehan said. “His experience in athletic fundraising and facility upgrades was an overwhelming factor in my decision. He has outstanding credentials and contacts, which should only enhance our entire athletics department.”
During his tenure at Coastal Carolina, the Chanticleers made 56 NCAA Championship appearances, won 48 Big South Conference Championships and won five Sasser Cups, which is awarded to the top athletic program in the Big South Conference.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to serve as the Athletic Director at Jacksonville State,” Koegel said. “As we move forward, I want to continue the success that JSU has experienced over the last eight years by winning 46 OVC Championships. I look forward to working with the University community, including the faculty, staff, students, alumni, former athletes and friends of the University.”
Koegel was named the 2008 NACDA Southeast Region Division I FCS Athletic Director of the Year. He also experience on the NCAA level, having served on the Football Championship Subdivision Committee, Football Issues Committee, and the Football Academic Working Group.
“We are extremely delighted that Mr. Koegel will be leading our athletics department,” Mr. Jim Bennett, Chairman of the Jacksonville State Board of Trustees, said. “We were very impressed with his fundraising experience at Coastal Carolina and with all of the facility upgrades that were completed under his leadership. He certainly brings a wealth of experience that we feel will only continue to move our athletics department forward.”
While at Coastal, Koegel was responsible for the addition of football to the Chanticleers’ athletic department in 2003. The team won its first of four Big South Championships in 2004 and advanced to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs twice during his tenure.
Koegel oversaw the completion of a 10,000-seat state-of-the-art stadium in 2003, a new athletic facility that houses the football program and includes an expanded weight room, training room, team meeting rooms, locker rooms for football, offices for all football coaches and staff and several conference rooms.
He also added new dugouts and seats for baseball and softball, upgraded and built new locker rooms, a new open-air roofed hitting facility for baseball and softball, a new convocation center and made numerous other facility improvements to baseball, softball, track, tennis and soccer.
“We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Koegel to the Gamecock family,” said Mr. Jim Folsom, Chairman of the Jacksonville State Board of Trustees’ Athletics Committee. “We are very confident that he will continue to lead our athletic department in a positive direction.”
Koegel went to Coastal Carolina from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he had served as an associate athletic director from 1998-2000 under former JSU Athletics Director Oval Jaynes.
At Chattanooga, Koegel helped manage a $5.2 million budget for 16 NCAA Division I sports. His other administrative responsibilities included business operations, athletic scholarships, marketing and serving as the liaison to the coaching staff. He also served on the steering committee for the NCAA I-AA National Championship Football Game.
Prior to his stint at Chattanooga, he had served on the football coaching staffs at the University of Connecticut, Rutgers University and the University of Wyoming. During his tenure on the football coaching staff at the University of Connecticut from 1992 to 1997, he was recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach as well as interim head coach in 1993. Koegel was an assistant football coach at Rutgers University from 1984 to 1990 and Wyoming University from 1977 to 1983.
Koegel played in the National Football League from 1971 to 1976, spending time with the Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Cardinals and New York Jets. He starred at Penn State University under legendary football coach Joe Paterno. He was co-captain of the Nittany Lions his senior season and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1971.
During his college career, he was a Third Team All-American as a senior and played on two Orange Bowl championship teams. He also played in the Hula Bowl, East-West Shrine Game and the College All-State Game. Koegel received Penn State’s Dedicated Player and Outstanding Senior Awards.
Koegel and his wife Elaine have one daughter, Kathryn.
By Ohio Valley Conference Media Relations