Posted: Friday, February 13th 2009 at 9:00pm
Brenau names new athletic director
By staff reports
GAINESVILLE -– Michael F. Lochstampfor has been named athletics director at Brenau University to replace Gordon Leslie, who is scaling back his duties to prepare for retirement.
Lochstampfor will remain the Golden Tigers’ head soccer coach, a position he has held since 2002. In his new role, however, he will assume responsibilities for more closely aligning athletics with academics at the university. Although Brenau abandoned physical education-related academic programs as a major or minor some years ago, starting in the 2009-10 academic year it will offer a new minor in the fast-growing sports management field, a program developed jointly with the university’s College of Business and Mass Communications. Many of the university’s 100 athletes have expressed interest in the program, Lochstampfor said, but it will also be open to students who are not athletes.
“Mike is the right person for the job of leading Brenau University in the evolution of its intercollegiate sports programs for the future,” said Leslie. “He is an excellent coach and a disciplined, detail-oriented manager of sports and fitness programs.”
Lochstampfor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education and French in 1985 from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Ga., and a Master of Science in exercise science and education in 1992 from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. He also began his coaching career at Midwestern as an assistant for the men’s soccer team. He was head soccer coach and physical education instructor at Reinhardt College in Waleska from 1992-94 and director of men and women’s soccer programs at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta from 1994-2002.
Lochstampfor’s overall record as a head coach of women’s soccer teams is 86-78-9. In 2008, however, the Golden Tigers finished third in the 11-team Southern States Athletic Conference with an 11-6-1 record –- the most successful season in the history of the soccer program -– and is ranked 16th nationwide in pre-season polls this year. Last year the team also had three first-team all-conference players this year as well as five academic all-conference soccer athletes, three of whom won NAIA/Daktronics Scholar-Athlete honors. The team’s overall grade point average is 3.0.
Gary Hatfield, a retired Hall County firefighter and veteran competition weightlifter, will assume Lochstampfor’s role as director of the 500-member Brenau Fitness Center. Hatfield will continue as assistant softball coach and strength coach.
Leslie, who came to Brenau in June 2005, will continue as head coach of the university’s intercollegiate tennis team and will devote more time to developing programs around Brenau’s Smithgall Tennis Complex and managing the facility, which includes some new indoor courts. As tennis coach, his Brenau teams made it to the national NAIA tournament three of the past four years and Leslie says the team has a good shot at national rankings again this year.
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