Faulstick Named Interim Director of Athletics

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AMHERST, Mass. - Amherst College associate athletics director Don Faulstick has been named interim director of athletics, effective immediately. In the midst of his 17th year at the College, Faulstick succeeds Suzanne Coffey, who will step out of her role in athletics to become Amherst’s Chief Student Affairs Officer.

“I am so pleased that Don will serve the College as athletics director,” said Coffey. “I have ultimate confidence in his leadership. We have an amazingly talented staff of coaches, administrators, and medical professionals. It’s a truly great team; one that Don has played a significant role in developing and supporting. He is more than ready to lead our programs to continued success.”

Since his arrival, Faulstick has served with distinction in multiple capacities. As the associate director of athletics, he played an integral role in the Pratt Field project. The nation’s third-oldest football playing site underwent a major renovation in 2012-13, which included the construction of a new turf surface, a 15,000-square-foot fieldhouse and eight-lane all weather track, designed to allow Amherst to host championship-level meets for the first time since 1996.

“Don is an excellent administrator,” Coffey said. “I have relied on his skills in working with colleagues both in the department and around campus. His steadfast commitment to our goals including the success and well-being of our students and coaching staff, have been invaluable.”

Collaborating with Coffey on department budgetary, personnel, fundraising and crisis management issues, Faulstick has helped conceptualize and execute numerous department policies, procedures and initiatives. Acting as a liaison between the College’s physical plant, athletics grounds staff, custodial department and campus police, he has been responsible for the day-to-day management of the athletic facilities.

Coordinating the game management for the program’s 27 varsity sports, Faulstick supervises the equipment room staff and Wolff Fitness Center personnel, while also overseeing the director of club sports and intramurals. A member of the College’s Committee on Education and Athletics, he aided in the development of a liaison program aimed at facilitating faculty and athletics interaction.

"I look forward to working closely with Don in Suzanne's absence,” said senior associate athletics director David Hixon ’75. “His experience of heading up and seeing us through the Pratt Field project as well as his departmental experiences will serve him, our program and the College well."

Faulstick has also served as the offensive coordinator for the Amherst football program. Helping to lead the Jeffs to four NESCAC championships, his teams have pieced together an impressive 101-35 overall record, while posting undefeated seasons in 2009 and 2011. He also enjoyed a 53-12 record as the head coach of the softball program in 1997-98, earning the program’s first-ever NCAA tournament berth.

"I am extremely humbled and honored to be chosen as the interim director of athletics at Amherst College,” said Faulstick. “I want to thank President Martin and Suzanne Coffey for this amazing opportunity and for having the confidence and trust in me to lead the athletics program at this time. I look forward to working with the many talented students, faculty, alumni, coaches, staff and administrators at the College, as we continue to strive to make the department one of the best in the country."

Earning a bachelor’s degree from Mansfield University in 1986, Faulstick received a Master’s from Shippensburg University in July of 1998. Making coaching stops at Union College, Princeton University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Faulstick joined the Amherst staff in January of 1997.

Working alongside Coffey and Hixon, he has seen the athletic program rise to an unprecedented level of national prominence. Since 2006, the Jeffs have finished no lower than sixth in the final Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, capturing seven of their nine national team championships during that span. Student-athletes have also laid claim to 37 individual national championships. Amherst has been equally successful at the conference level, having captured 32 NESCAC titles since 2006, including a program record eight in 2011-12.

Reaffirming the College’s commitment to the classroom, the Jeffs consistently rank among the league’s leaders in All-Academic selections. Of the program’s 31 CoSIDA Academic All-America honorees, 17 have come since 2008, including eight over the last three years.