Dave Loos To Step Down as Austin Peay Athletic Director
Austin Peay Athletic Director Dave Loos will step down as APSU athletics director, but remain as Governors’ basketball coach. Loos will continue to serve in the dual role until a successor is named sometime later this year.
The official announcement will be made Tuesday morning in a press conference held in the Dunn Center on the floor bearing Loos’ name.
In 1997, Loos took over an athletic program fragmented by a late-1995 decision from then-President Sal Rinella and Athletics Director Kaye Hart that moved the Governors scholarship football program from the Ohio Valley Conference to non-scholarship status in an effort to satisfy gender equity requirements, with the planned additions of women’s soccer and golf. In the aftermath, it was Loos’ job to not only revitalize booster and fan support for the entire athletic department but as well rebuild internally a department wreaked with strife.
His common-sense approach resulted in a program that won 30 OVC regular-season and/or tournament championships over the next 16 years, despite the fact his department remained one of the lowest funded among conference schools.
The nearly 40-year old Dunn Center also has undergone continuing improvements. It has seen the addition of chair-back seating and video boards, with the actual Dave Aaron Arena surface being replaced last summer. Next season, the arena will receive just its third scoreboard since the facility was constructed. In addition, new LED tables will replace the current tables, allowing more professional signage display.
But football has been beneficiary of the most significant improvements since Loos took department control. After the Govs competed in non-scholarship for a decade, scholarship football returned in 2006 as it rejoined its home in the OVC after spending five ill-fitted years in the Pioneer Football League. That pronouncement paralleled new scoreboard/video board installation as well as an artificial Polytan mega-grass field that accompanied a new track surface.
But that was a tip of the iceberg for Governors Stadium, which has been in much need of a facelift. After the 2013 season concludes the home side will be demolished, with a brand new $16.9 million facility to greet the Govs when the 2014 season opens that includes locker rooms and other player amenities in addition to corporate suites.
(Information from Austin Peay SID Brad Kirtley)