BELTON, Texas – Two University of Mary Hardin-Baylor athletic department administrators will transition into new roles at the end of the spring semester, the university announced on Tuesday (November 17th). Current Vice President for Athletics Randy Mann will step aside from that role and return to the position of Manager for Athletics Events. Current UMHB Associate Dean of Exercise and Sport Science and Faculty Athletic Representative Dr. Mickey Kerr will move into the Vice President for Athletics role. The changes will be effective June 1, 2021.
Mann has been the Cru’s Vice President for Athletics since 2012 and has worked in the UMHB athletic department since 1999. He joined the university as head men’s golf coach and led the Cru to its first American Southwest Conference Championship in 2001. He went on to win three ASC titles and lead the Cru men to their first NCAA Division III National Championship appearance before being promoted to Associate Athletic Director in 2008. In that role, Mann was responsible for athletic event management, ticketing, and a variety of other administrative duties. He was promoted to Vice President for Athletics in May of 2012. During his tenure, the Cru has won a football national championship, women’s golf team and individual national championship, and 17 ASC championships. Mann sent six different programs to at least the round of 16 in the NCAA Division III National Championships. UMHB Athletics has also served as the host institution for five NCAA Championships since Mann took over as Vice President for Athletics. The Cru also added varsity programs in men’s and women’s cross country, acrobatics and tumbling, and beach volleyball and added a strength and conditioning program in addition to expanding facilities, including the opening of Crusader Stadium, during his tenure. The new role allows him to transition back into a job he truly loves and will also give Mann and his wife, Caroline, more flexibility to spend time with their three children and two grandchildren.