Posted on August 15, 2022
MONROE, The. – ULM Athletic Director Scott McDonald has announced his resignation effective September 1, 2022. Scott has served as Athletic Director for three years after serving the university as Administrative Director and Acting Athletic Director since 2019.
“Over the past four years I have seen the athletic department grow and succeed on many different fronts. With a comprehensive athletic strategic plan nearing completion, I believe the time is right to step back into the athletics business. financial services and giving new leaders the ability to execute a well-conceived plan for athletics.
Scott had previously spent 35 years in the financial services industry, primarily commercial banking, before joining ULM.
“Under Scott’s leadership, ULM has experienced tremendous growth and success in our athletic programs, facilities, academics, staff, athletes, coaches and funding,” said the ULM President. , Ron Berry. “He has positioned us well to take the next level of competition on and off the court as we continue to strive for excellence in everything we do. Scott has been a mentor and friend to me since day one of my presidency, always providing good advice and representing ULM in the best way possible. He and his wife, Leazel, have poured their hearts into our academic and athletic programs and students, and we will miss them dearly. We wish them well in both the best with sincere gratitude for their dedication and contributions to ULM.
Scott has held a variety of positions with the university, including the first president of the ULM Facilities Corp, where he still serves on the board, past president of the ULM Athletic Foundation, and fourteen years with the team ULM Football radio station. He was also part of a team to attract the Edward Via School of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) to ULM and currently serves on the VCOM-Louisiana Advisory Board.
During Scott’s tenure as Director of Athletics, many improvements were made to facilities, classroom performance and community involvement. Currently, there are over $6.1 million in facility upgrades that have either recently been completed or are in the early stages of construction. Improvements include: sports administration office renovations, new sports medicine room, Stanger-Young softball leadership center, new artificial surface and baseball stadium renovation, football players’ lounge at Malone Stadium , a new roof for the Fant-Ewing Coliseum, renovations to the grove and RV tailgating area.
This past spring semester, ULM student-athletes compiled a 3.36 GPA with 13 teams scoring 3.0 or higher. Warhawk student-athletes completed more than 2,500 hours of community service during the 2021-22 school year, placing them third in the Sunbelt conference in hours of service.
“This is a bittersweet moment for Leazel and I. We are ULM alumni and will continue to support our Warhawks. I have always viewed this job as a relay race. I took over, j ran as fast as possible for as long as possible to get our teams in the best possible position. Now I’m passing the baton to the next leader. I believe we’re in a better position now and the momentum will only get us to greater heights. I want to express my gratitude to the faculty, staff, coaches and administration. Dr. Berry has been very supportive of me. He cares about athletics and this university. Most importantly , I want to thank the student-athletes. They have inspired me to push hard every day and Leazel and I will miss our daily interaction with them.
The university plans to appoint an interim athletic director as soon as possible while it conducts a nationwide search for its next athletic director.