Gassman Resigns, Popenfoose Named AD, Guilfoyle Named Head Baseball Coach | Judson University Christian College
Gassman Resigns, Popenfoose Named AD, Guilfoyle Named Head Baseball Coach

Gassman 19 (ELGIN, IL - August 16, 2019) Judson University has announced the resignation of Chad Gassman as Director of Athletics/Head Baseball Coach at Judson University to accept the Director of Athletics position at Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa.

“I am so thankful for the opportunity that Judson University gave me four years ago. It has been a pleasure to serve this athletic department and these athletes,” said Gassman. “I’ll never forget my time here.”

Gassman leaves after four years at the University. As an athletic director, Gassman oversaw the addition of Men’s and Women’s Bowling, Men’s Volleyball, and Football as the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th sports at Judson. Gassman also is responsible for numerous additions to the Judson University Athletics staff including the hiring of 12 head coaches and full-time staff personnel.

“Chad has been an important part of the success of Judson Athletics,” said President Dr. Gene C. Crume, Jr. “We will always consider Chad and his family as Judson Eagles, and we wish them the best in this new opportunity.”

As the baseball coach, Gassman is second in program history in wins, 129, and winning percentage, .570. He earned a share of the CCAC conference regular season championship three times during his four seasons, and advanced to two NAIA Regional Tournaments and one NCCAA World Series.

Popenfoose 19With Gassman’s departure, President Crume announced that Joel Popenfoose, director of Cross Country & Track and Field, will serve as the new Director of Athletics. Popenfoose will continue his current coaching role.

“I want to thank Dr. Crume and Judson University for this exciting opportunity,” said Popenfoose. “I look forward to starting this new position and want to thank Chad Gassman and Joel Cotton for their leadership that helped prepare me for this position. I look forward to working with our outstanding coaching staff and incredible athletes for years to come.”

Under Popenfoose’s leadership, the Eagles Cross Country & Track and Field teams have established 140 school records and produced 46 All Conference performers and 17 Conference Champions. He has also guided his programs to receive national recognition as they have qualified at least one athlete for every NAIA National Championship since Popenfoose’s arrival in Elgin. Since 2013, the Eagles have celebrated 34 NAIA National qualifiers, 18 NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athletes, 13 NAIA All Americans and 5 NAIA National Champions.

Guilfoyle 19President Crume also announced Mike Guilfoyle as the new Head Baseball Coach for the Eagles. Guilfoyle has spent the past five seasons as the Associate Head Baseball Coach at Judson. Through Guilfoyle’s excellent leadership and recruiting, Judson has won at least a share of four conference regular-season and tournament titles, three NAIA National Tournament appearances, and also appeared in the 2016 NCCAA World Series.

“I am grateful for the opportunity and the responsibility Judson University has entrusted to me with,” said Guilfoyle. “I look forward to watching our players graduate in the years to come while also winning a lot of baseball games in the meantime. We have a lot of talent on our roster from last season, as well as an excellent recruiting class. We all will add to our tradition, identity, and culture as a program.”

These personnel changes will become official on Friday, August 23.

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