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Dave Loos steps down as athletic director

Dave Loos

When school resumes this fall and students return from the summer, they will see a new athletic director looking over all the APSU sports programs.

At a press conference on Tuesday, April 2, Dave Loos announced he was stepping down as APSU’s athletic director.

The announcement was made at the Dunn Center, the basketball arena where the coach’s name is labeled on the floor when basketball players take the court.

Loos served as APSU’s athletic director for 16 years and took over the responsibility in April of 1997 after Kaye Hart who previously held the position.

Despite stepping down as athletic director, Loos will still be coaching the men’s basketball team.

As the men’s basketbal coach the past 21 seasons, Loos has compiled a record of 351-290, including 223 wins in the Ohio Valley Conference, the most by any coach in the conference’s history.

Loos has led the men’s basketball team to five regular season conference championships, most recently in 2008.

Loos will remain APSU’s athletic director until a successor is found, as the position is expected to be filled this summer.

When Loos was hired, he faced immense pressure to satisfy fans after the Govs football team could not hand out any scholarships to football players.

As a testament to his work as athletic director, APSU has gone from being a small college to being one of the most recognized sports programs in the southeast.

Loos has done all of this work on a tight budget as APSU’s sports program is one of the least funded in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Loos established a Lady Govs soccer program while also bringing back women’s golf to go alongside a recognized men’s golf team.

As APSU’s baseball team began to stand out during his tenure, Loos worked with Bat Govs head coach Gary McClure to build locker rooms for players and coaches and also build new rest room facilities for fans at baseball games.

Loos’ most recent accomplishments revolve around the Govs football program, installing scholarship football in 2006 and gaining approval to renovate Governors Stadium after the 2013 season.

Once the football season is finished, work will begin on a $16.9 million renovation to the stadium from bleachers to locker rooms for coaches and players.

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