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King University News :: Toomey handed reins of King athletic department

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Former Lady Tornado volleyball coach and current faculty member Susie Toomey was named King College athletic director at a press conference on campus Tuesday.

Toomey replaces Dave Rutherford, who served as interim director for five months. He will now move back into his athletic liaison position held before the term as athletic director.

Coach Toomey has been a tremendous asset to King's athletic program already, and I look forward to her leadership in this new role, said Dr. Greg Jordan, president of King College. She has proven herself to be an example of fortitude, strong leadership, and purpose in her time at King and has been critical in the development of the athletic department she will now oversee.

Toomey served as the head coach for the successful King women's volleyball program from 1985 to 2007. In her time as the coach, the Lady Tornado won numerous conference championships including 10 straight from 1997 to 2006. She also won 15 conference coach of the year awards with six region coach of the year honors. She was the chair for volleyball in the Tennessee-Virginia Athletic Conference from 1990 until 1999 when the league became the Appalachian Athletic Conference, and she served as chair for another eight seasons.

As King's head coach, she posted a 749-229 record as she coached 18 All-Americans and 13 conference players of the year. She posted at least 23 wins every season, and King had more than 40 wins five times. Toomey also directed King to three NAIA National Tournament appearances and eight NCCAA National Tournaments. A total of 74 All-Conference players played for her at King.

In addition to her coaching duties, Toomey has been a professor at King since arriving in 1985. She has taught various classes within the health, physical education, coaching, and recreation fields at King and served as chair of King's physical education department in addition to her teaching duties. Toomey also served on various committees on campus and was the Director of Mission Outreach at King from 1987 to 2002.

Most recently, Toomey served as the senior women's administrator for the athletic department and as an assistant athletic director helping guide the department through the NCAA process.

I am excited about the opportunity to transition to this new position as the athletic director at King, Toomey commented. King has a great community of students, coaches, faculty, staff, and administrators with whom to work, and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Toomey has a bachelor's degree in health, physical education, and recreation from the University of Tennessee along with a Master of Arts in physical education and recreation from East Tennessee State University.