LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Preparing to begin his 10th year as an assistant professor of mathematics and head baseball coach at Motlow College, Dan McShea now has additional responsibility after being named the interim athletic director of the College in late July.
McShea will fill the position following the resignation of Tori Raby-Gentry, who served as athletic director for 18 months after a year as interim. Motlow is currently accepting applications to fill the head softball coach vacancy left by Raby-Gentry’s departure.
“I’m honored to have this opportunity,” said McShea. “When I was approached about the possibility of filling the role of interim athletic director I was eager to get to work.
“Motlow College has a rich tradition of quality athletic programs and I hope to continue and improve upon that tradition. We have great coaches and a fantastic group of talented young student-athletes so I will be excited to see how we perform on and off the field and the court. I am very excited about this new challenge.”
McShea has a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics with a minor in coaching from the University of Mississippi, where he played collegiate baseball. He is currently fifth all-time in appearances for the perennial SEC powerhouse. He earned two master’s degrees from William Carey University, one in education and one in business administration, while he served as assistant baseball coach and taught at a local high school. He has worked previously in banking and investments and has been in college coaching for over a decade.
McShea will set up his office in Nisbett Center, putting all four Motlow head coaches in the same building for the first time in a decade. He sees a lot of positives coming from just that seemingly small step.
“My main office will be in Nisbett Center,” he added. “I think that will help the communication between not only the athletic director and the coaches but between all four coaches in general. We can easily share ideas and discuss ways to improve all of our programs, facilities, and most of all our student-athletes.”
Motlow has undertaken significant improvements to its baseball and softball facilities during the summer, including adding new irrigation and drainage systems, new fencing, and new dugout upgrades. McShea is very happy about the developments and already has his sights set on additional possibilities.
“I am excited to sit down with our administration and discuss Motlow’s vision to continue to improve facilities,” he added. “Right now only three schools in our conference can host baseball and softball tournaments. Maybe there is a way Motlow could put itself in position to join them. We want to continue to excel in all sports and continue to improve our facilities as well.”
Joe Daves was head men’s basketball coach and the first athletic director at Motlow when the college opened in 1969. John Stanford, Jackie Reavis, Carr McCalla, Don Rhoton, Gary Barfield and Jerry Nichols are among those who have also worn the athletic director hat while being a head coach at Motlow.