Dover, Del. -- Delaware State University announced today the appointment of Dr. David “Scott” Gines as its new Director of Athletics.
A veteran of more than three decades in collegiate athletics administration and coaching, Gines joins the Hornets after serving since 2013 as Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Campus Recreation at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, a member of the NCAA Div. II Lone Star Conference. He was the school’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement from July 2009 through December 2012, overseeing the departments of Athletics, Career Services, Alumni, Development, Marketing and Communications. His tenure at TAMUK began as the school’s Director of Athletics from 2007-09.
“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. “We have high hopes and expectations for the University’s Athletics Department under his capable leadership.”
Gines said he is honored and gratified for this opportunity to lead, build and advance Delaware State Athletics. “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. “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.”
During his recent tenure overseeing TAMUK athletics, the Javelinas posted their most successful six-year period of department-wide competitive success. The highlights include 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.
Also, 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 during his tenure.
Through a series of initiatives, annual athletics operational revenues increased by over $3.6 million, Javelina football consistently ranked in the national top 10 in average per-game attendance, department benchmarks were set for Division II community engagement, and TAMUK was awarded the bid to host the 2019 and 2020 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field National Championships.
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.
Recognized for his work in strategic and financial planning, Gines has served on numerous collegiate athletics boards and commissions, including the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) oversight (Council of Athletic Administrators) and legislative committees, NCAA Div. II Northeast Regional Advisory Committee (Football), NCAA II/D2ADA Women and Minorities Program and NCAA Research Committee.
In addition, he chaired the Lone Star Conference (LSC) Expansion Committee and led the Lone Star Conference Strategic Plan Review (2016-2021). Gines served as director of athletics at NAIA Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D., from 2000-05 and at Fairmont State (W.V.) 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.
Gines will assume his new position at Delaware State in mid-July. He will oversee the DSU Department of Athletics, which includes 18 intercollegiate sports – basketball, bowling, cross country, equestrian, golf, indoor and outdoor track & field, lacrosse, soccer, softball and tennis for women; and baseball, cross country, basketball, football, indoor and outdoor track & field for men. DSU is a member of the Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Gines succeeds interim Athletics Director Mary Hill, who has served in the post since last November.