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Ron Pavan

Director of Athletics, Vice President for Enrollment Management

Ron Pavan

Director of Athletics, Vice President for Enrollment Management
BIOGRAPHY:

Ron Pavan enters his 10th year as Director of Athletics at Cumberland University in 2017-18 after serving in the same capacity for 14 years at Ohio Valley University in Parkersburg, W.Va. Pavan begins his 32nd year in college athletics with experience in coaching basketball, soccer and softball, as well as serving as intramural director. He also begins his third year as the Vice President for Enrollment Services with the University which has seen recorded enrollment growth the past two years.

In nine years at Cumberland, Pavan has successfully added two Assistant Athletic Director positions, a Strength and Conditioning Coach, an Assistant Wrestling Coach and a Sports Information Director. He has overseen the building of a new weight room, resurfacing of the tennis courts and added a new athletic training room. During the Summer of 2011, Cumberland added new bleachers and a press box at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.

Pavan took on his biggest project to date during the Spring and Summer of 2012, coordinating the takeover and renovation of Nokes-Lasater Field, the old Lebanon High School football facility. The locker room facilities and coaches offices were both completely renovated with new paint, carpet, central heat and air, new lockers and meeting room space added. An old track locker room was turned into an athletic training department, new fencing was added to the south and east sides of the stadium, and the playing areas surrounding the field were resurfaced. The facility includes two 70-yard practice fields, restrooms on both the home and visitors sides of the stadium, a concession stand and dressing areas for visiting players and coaches.

The Pittsburgh, Pa., native has implemented a student-athlete attendance policy and community service program and instituted the use of the NAIA’s Champions of Character (Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Servant Leadership and Sportsmanship) brand throughout the department. Cumberland was named a Five-Star Institution on the Champions of Character Scorecard in five of the last six academic years.

Pavan has raised the awareness of Cumberland University through the Community Service Program and made one of his main objectives the effort to reconnect with local businesses and corporate sponsorships.

He signed an exclusive apparel and equipment contract with adidas in his first three months on the job at Cumberland, a move which benefits the entire athletic department as well as the University community, and has reconnected with the Coca-Cola Company on new programs. Having partnerships with local sporting goods company SportsWorld and building the new weight room with the mayor of Lebanon, Phillip Craighead, have also improved the image of Cumberland Athletics.

The additions of full-time staff members have all added greatly to the improvement of the department, raising the image and quality of publicity locally and nationally and improving student-athlete attendance and graduation rates. Pavan completed the Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education and Human Development Summer Fellow program and the Peabody Professional Institute for Higher Education Management course during Summer 2010.

Cumberland has enjoyed unprecedented success both on-and-off the field during Pavan's tenure, winning 20 conference regular season and tournament championships, two team national titles and three individual national championships during his nine years. CU has also earned 833 Conference Scholar-Athlete honors, 225 NAIA Scholar-Athlete accolades and 74 All-American awards.

Before arriving at Cumberland, Pavan spent the previous 14 years at Ohio Valley University. While at OVU, he successfully added seven varsity programs to the athletic department, oversaw creation of a booster club and moved OVU Athletics from NAIA to NCAA Division II. He also oversaw development of an indoor baseball/softball complex, new fitness center, and improvements to the gym, soccer and softball fields.

Pavan raised OVU’s profile in the local community not only by elevating the quality of sports within the program but also by bringing in major sports personalities to conduct fundraisers and corporate sponsorships, including Mike Krzyzewski and Jay Bilas among others.

He spent nine years at Northeastern Christian Junior College in Villanova, Pa., serving in a variety of capacities, including head coach for men's soccer, women's basketball and softball as well as working in the admissions office and as the intramural director. He was also an instructor in the Art and Physical Education Department at NCJC.

Pavan earned his bachelor’s in Art and Physical Education from Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas, and received a master’s in Athletic Administration from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va.

He is married to the former Tammi McGhee of Lynchburg, Va., and the couple has three children – Madison, Jenna and Mason.

 

Name 

Years 

Byrd Douglas

1922-23

Joe Black Hayes

1948-50

Elmer Solomon

1951

Flavious Smith

1959-60

Amiel Soloman

1961-62

Van Washer

1963-68

James Simmons

1970

Russ Day

1971

Tom Kirby

1972

Mickey Englett

1975-80

Hal Williams

1981-83

Woody Hunt

1984-94

Steve Corey

1995-97

Lynn Bogle

1999-00

Paul Peck

2001

Pat Lawson

2002-08

Ron Pavan

2009-present

 

2016-17

Cumberland University

Director of Athletics/VP Enrollment Services

2015-16

Cumberland University

Director of Athletics/VP Enrollment Services

2014-15

Cumberland University

Director of Athletics

2013-14

Cumberland University

Director of Athletics

2012-13

Cumberland University

Director of Athletics

2011-12

Cumberland University

Director of Athletics

2011-12

Cumberland University

Director of Athletics

2010-11

Cumberland University

Director of Athletics

2009-10

Cumberland University

Director of Athletics

2008-09

Ohio Valley University

Director of Athletics

2007-08

Ohio Valley University

Director of Athletics

2006-07

Ohio Valley University

Director of Athletics

2005-06

Ohio Valley University

Director of Athletics

2004-05

Ohio Valley University

Director of Athletics

2003-04

Ohio Valley University

Director of Athletics

2002-03

Ohio Valley University

Director of Athletics

2001-02

Ohio Valley University

Director of Athletics

2000-01

Ohio Valley University

Director of Athletics

1999-00

Ohio Valley University

Director of Athletics

1998-99

Ohio Valley University

Director of Athletics

1997-98

Ohio Valley University

Director of Athletics

1996-97

Ohio Valley University

Director of Athletics

1995-96

Ohio Valley University

Director of Athletics

1994-95

Ohio Valley University

Director of Athletics

1993-94

Northeastern Christian JC

Head Coach - Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball

1992-93

Northeastern Christian JC

Head Coach - Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball

1991-92

Northeastern Christian JC

Head Coach - Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball

1990-91

Northeastern Christian JC

Head Coach - Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball

1989-90

Northeastern Christian JC

Head Coach - Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball

1988-89

Northeastern Christian JC

Head Coach - Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball, Softball

1987-88

Northeastern Christian JC

Head Coach - Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball, Softball

1986-87

Northeastern Christian JC

Head Coach - Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball, Softball

1985-86

Northeastern Christian JC

Head Coach - Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball, Softball