May 20, 2014
Catawba College Appoints New Athletic Director
Catawba College has appointed a new Athletic Director. Larry W. Leckonby, who has served as the Director of Athletics at The Citadel since July of 2008, will begin work at Catawba on June 23.
Leckonby has an extensive background in college athletics. His prior experience includes service in senior athletics administration roles at the University of Maryland, the University of Houston, Boston College, Old Dominion University and Boston University.
"Larry's breadth of experience is impressive, but it is his passion for athletes as students that made him such a desirable candidate for us," said Catawba College President Brien Lewis when he announced Leckonby's hiring. "He believes in Catawba's mission of preparing the whole student as a formidable competitor on the court or field and as an engaged mind in the classroom. We certainly look forward to putting his many and varied talents and perspectives to work for Catawba."
Leckonby said he felt privileged at this point in his a career to make a move to a Division II school like Catawba where he would have a chance to get to know the student-athletes as individuals. "So much of my career has been spent in an administrative role at Division I schools, where the athletics budgets are large, but where the opportunity to engage on an individual level with students is small. I look forward to one-on-one engagement with Catawba's coaching staff, its student-athletes and with all of those who support the athletics program."
Prior to joining The Citadel, Leckonby served as Executive Senior Associate Director of Athletics and CFO at the University of Maryland, College Park, from September 2002 through July 2008. There, he reported to the Director of Athletics Debbie Yow and oversaw the Athletic Department's annual $54 million operating budget. He also supervised capital projects, including final planning for a $50.8 million expansion of the football stadium, expansions to the Gossett Football Team House, six new grass and field turf practice fields, renovation of the track, and construction of the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.
His tenure at the University of Houston began in January of 1998 with his service as Senior Associate Director of Athletics and CFO. He reported to two different Directors of Athletics during his four years there and had responsibility for the daily administration of the Athletic Department. He briefly served as Interim Director of Athletics at the University of Houston between September 2001 and February 2002.
Other positions he has held include Associate Director of Athletics for Business Affairs at Boston College from July 1993 to January 1998, Assistant Director of Athletics/Finance and Operations at Old Dominion University between September 1988 and July 1993, and Athletic Ticket Manager and Assistant Athletic Business Manager at Boston University between May 1982 and August of 1988.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Duke University, and his Master of Science degree in Athletic Administration from the University of Massachusetts. He has been an active member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics/College Athletic Business Management Association (NACDA/CABMA) since 1985.
In the recent past, he has served on several committees of the Southern Conference, including the Baseball Committee from 2013 to present, the Audit Committee from 2008 to present, the Finance Committee from 2012 to present, and has chaired the Women's Soccer Committee from 2013 to present, the Men's & Women's Officials Committee from 2010 to 2013, and the Cross Country / Track & Field Committee from 2009 to 2012. Since 2010, he has also served on the board of the Gavalas-Kolanko Foundation in Charleston, S.C.
Leckonby's wife, the former Cris Snarsky, is a Special Needs teacher in Charleston, S.C. The couple has three children, daughters Hunter and Katie and son William.
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Baseball vs, Lynn 6-5
Track/Field @ Camel City Invite (Day 2)
Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 6-10
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Softball @ Augusta 5-2
Esports League of Legends Show Match 2-1
Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 8-2
Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 3-1
Swimming @ BMC Championships (Day 1)
Softball vs. LIMESTONE 5-6
Baseball vs. MOUNT OLIVE 9-7
Softball vs. LIMESTONE 0-2
Basketball (W) vs. WINGATE 41-56
Basketball (M) vs. WINGATE 84-75
Swimming @ BMC Championships (Day 2)
Swimming @ BMC Championships (Day 3)
Track/Field @ VMI Winter Relays (Day 1)
Baseball vs. WEST VIRGINIA ST. 10-3
Baseball vs. WEST VIRGINIA ST. 10-3
Swimming @ BMC Championships (Day 4) W-5th;M-5th
Track/Field @ VMI Winter Relays (Day 2)
Tennis (W) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 7-0
Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 2-5
Lacrosse (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 13-17
Softball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 7-4
Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill 82-61
Softball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 9-0
Basketball (M) @ Mars HIll 89-66
Softball vs. VIRGINIA ST. 12-4
Baseball vs. MARS HILL 15-0
Softball vs. VIRGINIA ST. 10-2
Baseball vs. MARS HILL 11-1
Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Collegiate - Day 1 (St. Johns GC)
Track/Field @ Queens Multi Meet (Day 1)
Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Collegiate - Day 2 (St. Johns GC) 19th of 19
Track/Field @ Queens Multi Meet (Day 2)
Basketball (W) @ Coker 62-43
Basketball (M) @ Coker 94-69
Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1)
Softball @ Barton 7-2
Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 3 p.m.
Lacrosse (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 4 p.m.
Softball @ Barton 4 p.m.
Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 6 p.m.
Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2)
Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 1 p.m.
Basketball (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 2 p.m.
Lacrosse (W) @ Mount Olive 3 p.m.
Basketball (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 4 p.m.
Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 1 (Carolina CC)
Tennis (W) @ Shaw 2 p.m.
Tennis (M) @ Shaw 2 p.m.
Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC)
Softball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 1 p.m.
Softball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 3 p.m.
Baseball vs. UNC PEMBROKE 3 p.m.
Basketball (W) @ Queens 6 p.m.
Lacrosse (W) vs. NORTH GREENVILLE 7 p.m.
Basketball (M) @ Queens 8 p.m.
Tennis (W) vs. LEES-McRAE 2 p.m.
Tennis (M) vs. LEES-McRAE 2 p.m.
Tennis (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 2 p.m.
Tennis (M) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 2 p.m.
Baseball vs. WINGATE 6 p.m.
Track/Field @ SAC Championships (Day 1)
Softball @ USC Aiken 1 p.m.
Basketball (W) @ Lincoln Memorial 2 p.m.
Lacrosse (W) @ Chowan 2 p.m.
Softball @ USC Aiken 3 p.m.
Baseball vs. WINGATE 3 p.m.
Lacrosse (M) @ Florida Tech 4 p.m.
Basketball (M) @ Lincoln Memorial 4 p.m.
Baseball vs. WINGATE 6 p.m.
Track/Field @ SAC Championships (Day 2)
Softball vs. EMMANUEL 1 p.m.
Softball vs. EMMANUEL 3 p.m.
Baseball @ Barton 2 p.m.
Tennis (M) vs. JC SMITH 2 p.m.
Basketball (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 6 p.m.
Basketball (M) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 8 p.m.
Lacrosse (W) @ Limestone 4 p.m.
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