Stillman Names Paul Bryant Director of Athletics
Paul Bryant has been selected to serve as Director of Athletics at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He previously served as Director of Athletics at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois, where his responsibilities included overseeing 18 intercollegiate teams and recreational sports; assisting in the development of the institution’s Strategic Plan; instituting branding guidelines; and serving as Eureka’s first Chief Diversity Officer. He comes to Stillman with 20 years of experience in senior level administration and 22 years of coaching experience.
Stillman President, Dr. Ernest McNealey, stated, “After an extensive search, which included applicants from across the nation, Bryant was the unanimous choice for the position. I commended Anthony Holloman, our Vice President for Institutional Advancement, and our entire Search Committee for identifying a candidate of this caliber. Mr. Bryant brings a values-based approach to athletics that is consistent with the philosophy of the College.”
In his previous position, Bryant was noted for successfully motivating a record number of athletes to make the academic honor roll while they also made strides on the playing field. “I started an honor roll for student athletes, and I want to continue this. I want to be a leader in this area,” said Bryant, who added that Stillman’s focus on academic success among student athletes was one of the many factors that attracted him to the College.
“Stillman’s tennis team set a precedence for all sports,” he said. In addition to winning both the men and women’s 2013 SIAC Championships, the men’s team was named 2013 SIAC Academic Team Champion as a result of their outstanding performance in the classroom.
Bryant, who begins his new position on September 16, said that he looks forward to expanding community outreach efforts; attracting more fans to sporting events; and aiding in the College’s ongoing efforts to raise funds for the continued enhancement of facilities.
Prior to joining Eureka as Director of Athletics in 2008, he served as Associate Director of Athletics for Urbana University, where he was also Head Basketball Coach. He is pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Athletic Administration at Northcentral University, and holds an M.Ed. from Urbana University and a B.A. from Alaska Pacific University.
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