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Former Murray State AD moving to Abilene Christian University

Murray State AD moving to Abilene Christian
Published: Jul. 13, 2018 at 6:56 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 13, 2018 at 7:55 PM CDT
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MURRAY, KY (KFVS) - Murray State University's Director of Athletics Allen Wards has announced his resignation.

President Bob Davies announced Ward's resignation on Friday, July 13, with Ward's last day being July 27.

Coach Velvet Milkman has agreed as the interim director of athletics until an official director has been found.

According to our sources, Ward will become the new athletic director at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas.

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Ward has served in the position since 2005. He instilled a motto within the department, "Four Years – Two Goals".

"We have always strived for every student-athlete to leave Murray State with a diploma in one hand and a championship ring on the other," stated Ward.

"I want to thank Allen for his outstanding leadership of our athletics program. He has instilled in our student-athletes a desire to succeed in all aspects of life, but most importantly in the classroom," President Bob Davies said. "I sincerely appreciate his service to Murray State University and I wish him all the success in his next venture. I will miss his professionalism and his friendship."

Since Ward's arrival, the Racers have won 39 Ohio Valley Conference championships and played in NCAA Championships 29 times

The Racers' most recent NCAA appearances during the 2017-18 school year included men's basketball, women's golf, soccer and rifle.

During Ward's tenure, Murray State Athletics saw its overall Academic Progress Rate (APR) score rise from 911 to 986, and have had 20 consecutive semesters of the cumulative GPA for student-athletes exceeding 3.0. Murray State also experienced several significant facility enhancements under Ward's leadership which included the opening of the Gene Ray Center for Murray State Basketball, the Burton Family Hall of Champions and Racer Field (softball). Improvements were made to Reagan Field (baseball), Cutchin Field (soccer) and state-of-the-art HD video scoreboards which were added in the CFSB Center and Roy Stewart Stadium.

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