Williams to take over as MSU Interim Athletic Director

Interim MSU Director of Athletics Kyle Williams / Source: MSU Athletic Communications
Interim MSU Director of Athletics Kyle Williams / Source: MSU Athletic Communications

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State President Dr. Suzanne Shipley announced Kyle Williams will step in an interim role as athletic director effective Jan. 1, 2017 Thursday afternoon.

Williams served the past 10 years first as Director of Corporate and Sports Development and later as Associate Athletic Director for Development. He takes over for Charlie Carr, who announced his retirement following a 10-year run as athletic director.

"I am both humbled and honored to have the opportunity to continue with the great legacy that Midwestern State University stands for," Williams said. "I am very grateful to Dr. Shipley and Charlie Carr for the confidence and support they have shown in me. I look forward to working with our MSU coaches, the MSU faculty and staff and certainly our 330 student-athletes both on the field and in the classroom."

Prior to joining MSU, Williams was a prominent member of the Wichita Falls broadcast television market first with FOX-18 before serving as general manager at Newschannel 6. He also worked in commercial lending with First National Bank of Wichita Falls between TV stints.

Williams has been a member of the Wichita Falls community since he was signed by the legendary Dr. Gerald Stockton to play his final two collegiate seasons from 1978-80.

"There's always a twinge of hesitation when you leave something you love, but it's exciting to know that this program will be in the hands of a caring President, some amazing coaches and a wonderful staff," Carr said. "Having Kyle Williams in place is particularly satisfying because it insures our coaches and student athletes will continue in a program that represents the class and integrity that has been synonymous with Midwestern State athletics. He is a great person, with the right values and an undying maroon and gold spirit. I'm elated that Dr. Shipley has chosen to give Kyle this opportunity."

Carr directed a very successful run for Midwestern State athletics over the past 10 years presiding over 28 conference championships while sending 60 teams to the NCAA postseason. The success on the field include three Elite Eight showings from men's basketball, two final four showings for men's soccer, a national semifinalist trip for softball and an individual national championship by Brenna Moore in women's golf.

"I've been blessed with a great president and friend in Jesse Rogers. Dr. Suzanne Shipley became a second blessing with an amazing gift of vision and support that will allow this program to continue to flourish," Carr said. "So many other special people have given their time, love and financial support to insure successful careers for our student athletes and coaches. Everyone on this campus, around this coliseum and in this community has made this a great place to work for the last 10 years. I will always be there for our staff and Kyle, as he moves this program forward, and I will continue to cheer for our many victories athletically and academically."

Carr continues his work through the remainder of the academic year with Dr. Shipley to develop a comprehensive campaign as it relates to athletics as well as helping to develop the Mustangs 360 student-athlete program to enhance academic and life skills.

"Charlie has indicated his interest in phasing into retirement with some work in areas near and dear to him. We've engaged in significant discussion over the past months to determine how this transition can best progress," Shipley said. "We are grateful to Charlie for his strong leadership of the Department of Athletics. The competitive advantage enjoyed by our teams and student-athletes on the field and in the classroom is due in great measure to his effective leadership."

Carr acknowledges the great support of the Wichita Falls community.

"My thanks to Hollis Sullivan for a life skills gift that continues to allow us to financially put our student athletes first outside of the playing field," he said. "No less important are some wonderful people like Al Guinn, Dan Shine, Kay Dillard, Mike Haggerty, Kenny Bryant, Jim McCoy, Bud Francis, Bob Gunn, Marie Morgan, Carroll Laing, Reno Gustafson and so many more that have kept our budget competitive and translate into success on the fields and courts, giving me a chance to sleep at night."

Williams becomes the program's 10th athletic director since Midwestern State became a four-year university in 1947-48.

"It is likely that either the Director of Athletics or the Associate Director will be required to increase our emphasis on fundraising for athletics programs and facilities during the duration of the campaign, so the selection of future leadership staffing will interface not only with our high expectations for athletic competition but also with campaign goals and strategies," Shipley said.

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