Scott McClure named interim director of athletics

Scott McClureScott McClure has been named the interim director of athletics for Bethany College.

McClure replaces long-time athletic director, Jon Daniels, who is leaving the position to focus on continuing the success of the Bethany men’s golf program and developing a women’s team. McClure began his duties on Oct. 15.

Provost and Dean of the College Ken Macur says, “Scott has worked for many years with NAIA schools, and his perspective will be invaluable. We look forward to his leadership.” McClure, from Lawrence, Kan., comes to Bethany from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), where he has served for the past twelve years. He was responsible for overseeing all aspects of four collegiate athletic national championships annually and was the national office liaison to coaches’ associations and constituent groups at national championships, conferences, and conventions. He also served as the national office staff liaison to four NAIA affiliated conferences. McClure was involved with the Officials Task Force, Staff Satisfaction/Experience Committee, sports industry and entertainment trade shows and conferences, and the boards of USA Baseball and USA Wrestling.

Prior to working for the NAIA, McClure was the sports information director at Siena Heights University for ten years, serving as the conference media director for the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference for six of those years. While there, he was responsible for public and media relations within a 14-sport athletic department. McClure was also responsible for athletic fundraising and promotions, broadcasting, and serving as media coordinator at collegiate national championships. He wrote “Locking up Revenue,” an article detailing a creative athletic fundraiser, which was published in the November 1996 issue of “Athletic Business” magazine. McClure was also a faculty advisor for “Spectra,” the Siena Heights College student newspaper, for three years and an adjunct English faculty member. McClure served as a women’s assistant basketball coach at Siena Heights University for three years and assistant men’s varsity and head junior varsity coach for four years.

McClure earned his master’s in English language and literature from the University of Toledo and his bachelor of arts degree in English and communications at Siena Heights University. He is currently a member of the Siena Heights University Athletic Hall of Fame, where he was inducted as an administrator in 2008. He has also served as an adjunct English instructor there.

The Bethany College Swedes compete in 18 intercollegiate sports in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Bethany participates in the NAIA Champions of Character program, which encourages integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership in student-athletes, coaches, and youth in the community. Since 1902, Bethany has won 152 conference championships. Learn more about the Bethany College Swede’s athletic programs at www.bethanyswedes.com.

Caption: Scott McClure has been named the interim director of athletics for Bethany College.

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