Troy Austin named assistant athletic director for development

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DURHAM- Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics Nina King named Troy Austin to the assistant athletic director for development. Austin, a former Duke footballer who returned to his alma mater in 2018, replaces the retiree Tom Coffman.

Coffman retired from Duke in June after 17 years coordinating fundraising for the entire athletics department, including the Iron Dukes Annual Fund, Major Gifts, Major Gifts, the University Club for each specific sports program and campus recreation and club sports.

Austin, who would fill a similar role, graduated from Duke in 2000 with a degree in sociology after a four-year career as a defensive lineman for the Blue Devils. He was hired by Duke in 2018 as Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Affairs and promoted to Associate Director of Athletics for Competitive Excellence, People and Culture in July 2021.

“After a nationwide search and many discussions with Troy, it’s become clear that he’s a perfect fit for the job,” King said. “He has an unwavering passion and commitment to student-athletes at Duke, Duke Athletics and Duke University. The combination of his experiences as a Duke student-athlete and longtime athletics administrator, including his time as Division I Athletic Director, along with the depth of his institutional knowledge are exactly what we need for Duke Athletics.”

Prior to returning to Durham, Austin spent the previous 10 years as athletic director at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., where he led Lancer’s athletic department from April 2008 and led the school’s transition to NCAA Division I as an active member. At the national level, he has served on the NCAA Division I Board as well as the NCAA Graduate Scholarship Committee.

“I am thrilled and honored by this opportunity and look forward to engaging with our staff, fans, alumni and donors,” Austin said. “Having graduated from Duke and spent the past five years here, the institution and the entire community of Durham hold a special place for me and our family. My sincere appreciation and gratitude goes to Nina King for his leadership and for Tom Coffman and the Iron Dukes staff for setting a fantastic standard for sports philanthropy. I look forward to building on their tremendous efforts.”

Additionally, Austin was affiliated with the Executive Committee of the Division I-AAA Athletic Directors Association, serving as Secretary (2013-14), Vice President (2015-16) and President (2016). -17). In 2016, Austin was honored by I-AAA with the prestigious Builder’s Award, an honor that recognizes a Division I Athletic Director who, for at least five years as an active I-AAA Athletic Director , contributed to the improvement of the organization in a way that brought credit to themselves, to their institution and to the profession as a whole.

Austin joined Longwood’s athletic department in 2005 as Director of Development. A year later, he served as acting athletic director before getting the full-time job. Prior to moving to Farmville, Austin served as Director of Program Development and Marketing Relations for the National Football League Coaches Association (NFLCA) from 2003-2005. He also completed internships in the athletic departments at Duke University (2001-02; Life Skills) and Virginia Commonwealth University (2002-03; Marketing and Promotions).

Austin and his wife, the former Kim Fitzgerald, have a daughter, Emery, and a son, Fitz.

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