JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 31, 2013) – Longtime Buccaneer athletic director and tennis coach, Dave Mullins, was honored on Saturday as ETSU dedicated its varsity tennis complex in his name.
In a dedication ceremony attended by past and present notable ETSU figures, as well as friends, former players and coaches, the Buccaneers’ tennis complex was officially renamed the Buddy Hartsell Courts at the Dave Mullins Tennis Complex.
Mullins coached men’s and women’s tennis at ETSU from 1987-2002, winning a combined 10 Southern Conference regular season and tournament titles and leading the Buccaneers to two NCAA Tournament trips (1992 and 2002).
“This is a very special honor and a wonderful way to end my coaching and administrative career,” Mullins said. “I have enjoyed my 26 years at ETSU, my relationships with coaches, administrators, and faculty, and being a part of the many successes of my tennis players and all of our student-athletes.”
Following his coaching career, Mullins served as athletic director at ETSU from 2002-13, becoming the longest-tenured athletic director in ETSU’s NCAA Division-I program history. During Mullins’ tenure as athletic director, the Buccaneers won a combined 55 conference titles, a program record for a 10-year timeframe.
Mullins oversaw the completion of five new athletic facilities during his time as athletic director, including the Warren-Green Golf Center, Basler Field (softball), Summers-Taylor Stadium (soccer), Thomas Stadium (baseball), and the ETSU Tennis Center.
Impressively, during Mullins’ tenure, zero athletic programs were placed on probation by the NCAA, while the average graduation rate of ETSU student-athletes, 78%, ranked considerably higher than that of the general ETSU student body.
Mullins was inducted into the Tennessee Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005 and, in 2010, was named one of the Under Armour National Athletic Directors of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors of Athletics.
In January 2013, Mullins was succeeded as ETSU athletic director by Sander.
“I appreciate Dr. Noland making this recognition possible and wish him and Dr. Sander the best as they work toward the future of ETSU athletics,” Mullins said.