Rigsby is Named Director of Athletics at Willamette

Former Bearcat was Associate Dean of Campus Life

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- David Rigsby ('00) has been named Willamette University's director of athletics. Rigsby, who has worked at WU since 2004, most recently as the associate dean of campus life, assumed his new duties on June 1.

"As a former Willamette student-athlete, it is an honor to work with our exceptional coaches, trainers and administrative staff," Rigsby said. "Like me, they all seek to provide an outstanding academic and athletic experience for our students."

Rigsby initially arrived at Willamette as a student in the fall of 1996. He was member of the baseball team in 1997 and 1998 before his career was shortened by an arm injury. He earned a B.A. degree from Willamette in 2000 with a major in Chemistry, and later added an M.S. from Duquesne University.

During his two years on the WU baseball team, Rigsby was a pitcher. He spent much of those two seasons battling injuries and eventually had to give up the game. He still cherishes those days as a student-athlete.

"Dave was a hard-working, enthusiastic teammate and I have always admired him for the ease with which he was able achieve his goals while at Willamette," former WU baseball player Ryan Flynn said. "I am excited for the student-athletes and the Athletic Department, both of which will benefit from Dave's wholehearted personality.

After graduating from Willamette, Rigsby worked in research and development for Intel from 2000 through 2004.

He returned to WU as an employee in 2004 and has held a variety of positions, including assistant dean, interim director of career services, associate dean of campus life and interim co-dean of campus life. Rigsby has been a leader of numerous strategic initiatives and projects, including the creation of the Kaneko Commons, developing the Virtual Career Center and serving on the Trustee Working Group on Athletics.

"Dave Rigsby is a gifted administrator who will bring remarkable versatility to the role of Athletics Director," said Willamette Dean of Campus Life Dr. David Douglass.

"Following his stint at Intel, Dave joined the staff in Campus Life, eventually serving as associate dean for budget and administration," Douglass added. "In that capacity, he worked closely with the Athletics Department, as well as every other unit within the largest administrative division on campus. That experience taught him how to get things done and earned him the respect of senior administrators across campus."

He has established positive working relationships not only within the Division of Campus Life but also throughout the campus. In addition, he is the president of the local chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the most prestigious academic honor society in the nation. In the local community, he is a former board member of the Salem Art Association and has served as the chairman of the Clay Ball twice.

"I think the breadth he brings to athletics administration will be unusual in the extreme," Douglass said. "As a case in point, I would wager that he will be the only athletic director in the nation who also directs his institution's Phi Beta Kappa chapter."

"Dave has a real love and appreciation for Willamette University," Head Football Coach Mark Speckman said. "As an alumnus, he is passionate about the outstanding programs Willamette offers. Dave brings a wealth of administrative knowledge as a result of his previous experiences on campus. His on-campus relationships will prove invaluable in helping the Athletics Department move forward while better serving our students."

As he begins his current two-year assignment as the director of athletics, Rigsby is ready to make student-athletes the focus of his efforts. He's already impressed with the skills, abilities and successes of the student-athletes on WU's 20 intercollegiate teams.

"Our student-athletes represent the best of Willamette and a liberal arts education -- talented scholars, engaged citizens, wonderful teammates and dedicated competitors," Rigsby said.

Rigsby and his wife, Rebekah, also a Willamette graduate, live in Salem and are the parents of Luke, age 6, Devon, age 3, and Sean, age 1. Rigsby is from Boise, Idaho, where a graduated from Boise High School.

David Rigsby is Willamette's new director of athletics.

David Rigsby is Willamette's new director of athletics.