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Mulcahy promoted to full-time Athletic Director

on 07/15/2019

Oklahoma Panhandle State University is proud to announce the promotion of Meghan Mulcahy as the university's full-time Athletic Director. Previously, Mulcahy had served as both the Athletic Director and the head softball coach.

In a move that further demonstrates a commitment to provide the best student-athlete experience, University President, Dr. Tim Faltyn, announced Mulcahy's new role, commenting, "I am pleased to now have Meghan leading our athletics program on full-time basis." He continued, "Since taking the reins as the interim Athletic Director in April of 2017, she has demonstrated a vision and leadership ability that will continue to take Panhandle State athletics to new heights."

Mulcahy has exhibited her expertise in many facets of athletics, including guiding the program through its transition into the NAIA and Sooner Athletic Conference. This important step included more opportunities for post-season play on both league and national levels, as well as post-season honors for Aggie student-athletes. Under her leadership as director, in the classroom, nine of the Panhandle State teams were recognized with SAC Scholar Team awards, accruing a 3.0 team GPA in conference-sponsored sports. In all, 196 student-athletes have earned a spot on the SAC Commissioner's Honor Roll (3.0 GPA or better) in the last two years.

Furthering her hand in team success, OPSU has seen big strides in achievement since Mulcahy has taken on the director role. In 2018-19, every NAIA-sponsored team for the Aggies either played in a Sooner Athletic post-season competition or played in a game to decide the SAC title. Five teams- volleyball, men's and women's basketball, baseball and softball- all qualified for post-season play via their regular season finishes, while another five- men's and women's cross country, competitive cheerleading, and men's and women's golf- all participated in post-season competition as part of their schedule.

As director, Mulcahy has also been instrumental in creating partnerships with local school districts, fostering community outreach and civic involvement, as well as overseeing facility renovations and enhancements.

As she steps into the full-time role of Athletic Director, the university will begin a search for a new head softball coach to continue the standard of success Mulcahy has already put into place. Mulcahy took over the softball program in 2012 and lead OPSU to its first-ever winning season in 2019, and garnered her 100th career-coaching win during this campaign. Her Aggies also reached the SAC tournament in both 2018 and 2019, producing Panhandle's first-ever NFCA All-American in 2018 (Jewell Lee) in the process.

"There is no doubt that filling Meghan's shoes as a softball coach is a big task," said Dr. Faltyn. "But I have complete confidence that we will find a coach on the diamond that maintains the high bar she has set for our program."

Mulcahy commented, "I would like to thank Dr. Faltyn for this opportunity. Since day one it has been my goal to put Aggie Athletics on the map and now I am able to spend even more time carrying out that mission for Panhandle State."