SEMO's athletic director leaving for Univ. of Memphis

SEMO's athletic director leaving for Univ. of Memphis

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Mark Alnutt, Director of Athletics at Southeast Missouri State University, announced he is resigning effective July 31 to accept a position as Deputy Director of Athletics at the University of Memphis.

Alnutt has been with Southeast since May 2012.

Southeast President Dr. Carlos Vargas thanked Alnutt for his service and wished him well in his new endeavors.

"I would like to thank Dr. Dobbins for giving me an opportunity to become Athletics Director at Southeast Missouri State University over three years ago," Alnutt said in a news release referencing former Southeast President Kenneth W. Dobbins who retired last month. "My family and I have enjoyed our time here in Cape Girardeau as we have formed long lasting relationships with so many good people. I firmly believe that the Department of Athletics is on an upward trajectory moving forward. Our staff, coaches and student-athletes have firmly embraced our core values. 

"I want to personally thank our staff and coaches as I would not have had this opportunity if it wasn't for the work they do on a daily basis," Alnutt said.

Alnutt made several key coaching hires at Southeast during his tenure, including the introduction of head Baseball Coach Steve Bieser, head Football Coach Tom Matukewicz, head Softball Coach Mark Redburn, head Men's Basketball Coach Rick Ray, head Women's Basketball Coach Rekha Patterson and head Women's Tennis Coach Leah Killen.

Alnutt helped secure the first-ever NCAA football game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Longstanding regional-rivals Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois met in the College Classic on Sept. 21, 2013.

Alnutt has encouraged coaches, administrators and student-athletes to be visible in the community. Southeast Missouri student-athletes, coaches and staff logged a record 4,100 community service hours during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Brady Barke, senior associate to the president at Southeast, has been appointed by Vargas to serve as Interim Athletics Director. Vargas will announce a timeline for conducting a search for a new Athletics Director in the future.

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