Gary Newsome Joins Judson as Interim Athletic Director | Judson University Christian College

Nationally Recognized Gary Newsome Named Judson's Interim Athletic Director

Gary Newsome (Elgin, Ill. – August 25, 2021) The Judson University Athletic Department is thrilled to announce the hiring of Gary Newsome as the Interim Athletic Director at Judson University.

Newsome brings over 45 years of athletic administration and coaching experience. He most recently served as Olivet Nazarene University's Athletic Director from 2008-2020. During that tenure, he won the NAIA's National Athletic Director of the Year Award in 2015 and was named Under Armor's Athletics Director of the Year at the NAIA level in 2016. He also is a four-time CCAC Athletic Director of the Year as he won the prestigious award in 2013, 2015, 2018, and 2019. Newsome also recently served as the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA)'s commissioner during between the years of 2014-2020.

"Judson University is very honored to have Gary Newsome leading the athletic department," stated Dr. Nikki Fennern, Executive Vice President. "Gary's extensive knowledge and experience, as well as his heart for mentoring and developing people, will be a huge blessing to the University, coaches, and our scholar-athletes. His success as an athletic director speaks for itself. He has already hit the ground running and is making an impact. I look forward to working with him to advance Judson athletics and establishing a strong vision for the future."

Prior to his time as an Athletic Director, Newsome served as Olivet Nazarene University's Head Football Coach. Under Newsome's watch, he helped the Tigers rebuild their football program from 2000-2008. Newsome also served as Olivet's baseball coach from 1980-1982.

Newsome served in various roles in Ohio Public schools prior to his time at Olivet, which included serving as an athletic director, principal, teacher, and coach. During his career, he has had coaching experience in baseball, basketball, football, tennis, swimming, and wrestling.

Newsome earned his bachelor's in education at Olivet Nazarene University in 1974. He went on to earn his master's in secondary education from Chicago State University in 1982.

"I am really excited about being able to serve the Judson University coaches and administration. Anything I can do to help spread the cause of Christ through athletics excites me," said Newsome. "When we started talking about this position, it got the blood flowing again. I cannot thank Dr. Crume and Dr. Fennern enough for the opportunity. They both realize what athletics can bring to a University. It is going to be exciting to work with them."

Newsome has already begun his role and the Judson University Athletic Department looks forward to his leadership.

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