Saal named Murray State University’s 9th director of athletics

New Murray State AD announced

MURRAY, KY (KFVS) - Murray State University named a new director of athletics.

Kevin Saal was announced as the 9th director of athletics on Friday, March 1 at 11 a.m.

“My family and I are tremendously honored and blessed to be a part of the Racer Family,” Saal said. “I would like to thank President Jackson, the Board of Regents and search committee for their trust and confidence. Murray State is a special place with a long history and tradition of success. I look forward to supporting our student-athletes and coaches, connecting with our constituents, working with a great team of colleagues and supporters and advancing each one of our programs.”

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University President Dr. Robert Jackson among others welcomed Saal into the position.

“We are very excited about Kevin, Jennifer and their sons joining our Racer Family,” Jackson said. “Kevin has a wealth of experience, is a seasoned athletics administrator and has the necessary integrity, vision, passion and enthusiasm to assist us in taking Racer Athletics to a new, higher level. Most importantly, he understands the needs of our student-athletes, the long and successful history of our athletics programs, the importance of our fans, alumni and supporters and the need to be highly visible in our region and state as we advance Murray State University.”

Murray State Athletics is proud to announce the 9th Director of Athletics, Kevin Saal. Welcome to the #RacerNation...

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In 2007, Saal joined the athletics staff at UK under Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart. He was responsible for a similar size staff as he’ll have at Murray State.

He oversaw the Kentucky men’s soccer program since 2010 and the basketball program since 2013.

“I am very happy for Kevin, (wife) Jennifer, (children) Jacob and Alex for this next step on their journey. Kevin is an amazing, incredibly talented leader with the capacity to make people around him better every day. I’m thankful for what he’s done here and excited that part of our UK family will stay in the Commonwealth of Kentucky as we watch him grow the program at Murray State. On a personal note, Connie and I – albeit happy for the Saals and Murray State – will certainly miss them as they have come to be part of our family over the last 12 years.”
Mitch Barnhart, University of Kentucky Director of Athletics

Saal attended the University of Arkansas from 1995-96 as a swimming and diving student-athlete who majored in psychology. When the program was discontinued, he transferred and competed at Texas Christian University where he earned his B.S. in psychology in 1999. Saal earned a M.S. in athletics administration at the University of Kansas in 2000.

Before Kentucky, he an event coordinator at Kansas State from 2000-05 and had administrative responsibilities supporting men’s and women’s golf and rowing. From 2005-07 he was director of operations at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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