Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Gines named DSU’s director of athletics

Rod Milstead, left, and David “Scott” Gines. DSU Athletics photo

Delaware State University has announced Dr. David “Scott” Gines as its new director of athletics.

Gines will start on the job in mid-July according to a DSU press release. He replaces interim athletic director Mary Hill, who assumed the post in November when former athletic director Skip Perkins was fired.

Gines comes to Delaware State from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, a member of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference. His most recent title was Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Campus Recreation, which he held since 2013. He previously was the school’s athletic director from 2007-2009.

“In hiring Dr. Scott Gines as the new DSU Director of Athletics, the institution has gained an executive with a diverse and proven background in overseeing intercollegiate sports departments as well as fundraising,” said DSU Interim President Wilma Mishoe in a press release. “We have high hopes and expectations for the University’s Athletics Department under his capable leadership.”

“As a Land Grant, flagship HBCU in a capital city, DSU can become a Division I prototype for classroom, community and competitive success,” Gines said in a press release. “I am moved by President Mishoe’s passion and vision for DSU. She embraces the value of successful college athletics and how it can positively impact campus and community culture.”

Gines first order of business will be hiring two basketball coaches. The Hornets are still without a men’s and women’s coach since firing Keith Walker and Barbara Burgess on Feb. 22.

During Gines’ tenure at Texas A&M University-Kingsville the school had 28 NCAA post-season appearances, eight national top 10 finishes, four Lone Star Conference Championships, one national runner-up, two team national championships, a College World Series appearance, a Live United Bowl victory, and 25 NCAA Division II individual national champions.

Gines spearheaded the development of TAMUK’s comprehensive gender equity plan and launched women’s golf, tennis, and beach volleyball, while nearly doubling women’s student-athlete participation.

The football team was also consistently ranked in the national top-10 in average per-game attendance.

Gines also helped Texas A&M University-Kingsville generate $12 million for new facility construction and upgrades, increased scholarship budgets by nearly $1 million, elevated salaries, expanded staffing, and raised recruiting budgets.

Gines had previously served as director of athletics at NAIA Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D., from 2000-05 and at Fairmont State (W.Va.) from 2005-07.

Gines began his career in college athletics in 1983 as an assistant baseball coach at the University of Virginia, and in 1987 he became one of the nation’s youngest Division I head coaches. In 2000, he concluded a 17-year Division I coaching career highlighted by the development of 31 professional baseball selections, four major league players, and nine Academic All-America honorees. He was the all-time wins leader at Radford University and Virginia Military Institute following his stints there.

A 1983 VMI distinguished graduate and military scholar, Gines holds a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia and an Ed.D. in Leadership from the University of St. Thomas (Minn.). He is a fellow of the Higher Education Management Institute (Vanderbilt University), a graduate of the Sport Management Institute Executive Program (Universities of Michigan and Texas), and he completed the Transformational Leadership Program at the Universities of Adelaide and Texas.

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