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Trinity is pleased to welcome Dr. Tony Ladd to the university family as he assumes the position of athletic director, effective July 1.
Dr. Ladd previously served as director of athletics at Wheaton College since his appointment in 1983, also serving as the Chair of the Wheaton College Kinesiology Department from 1983–2001. Under his oversight as athletic director, 16 different athletic programs at Wheaton College went on to compete in NCAA Championships, including five NCAA Division III National Championship and 15 individual National Championship wins. Though his athletic leadership accomplishments have been significant, his reputation precedes him as one for whom the spiritual growth and formation of students through Christ-centered athletics is of tremendous priority.
“Dr. Ladd has a proven track record at faith-based schools of leading athletic programs to provide Christlike competition,” said President Craig Williford. “Let’s welcome him to the Trinity community by providing him with the support and encouragement needed to reach our goals.”
Dr. William Washington, vice president for student affairs, said, “I’m excited about his passion for incorporating a commitment to academics and a biblical worldview into all facets of our athletic program. Dr. Ladd is the right fit for such a time as this, and I look forward to working with him.”
Active in numerous sport organizations, Dr. Ladd brings to TIU a passion for performance of student athletes not only on the field but also in the classroom and in the community. Dr. Ladd has explained that “the crucible of athletic competition provides an educational arena where young men and women can test their abilities and learn under the care and supervision of master coaches. Time spent by student athletes in preparation for intercollegiate competition provides a positive pathway to prepare for a lifetime of service to church and society.”
On coming to Trinity, Dr. Ladd anticipates what can be accomplished through sports at the institution. “I am really excited to lead a program that places athletics at the heart of the educational experience and expects its coaches to mentor student athletes to become salt and light to a world community,” he said.
Dr. Ladd has been a leader in the world-wide sport ministry movement. He hopes to expand those opportunities for TIU student athletes because of its outstanding divinity school and the international connections of the University.
Dr. Ladd and his wife, Linda, have three grown children and one grandchild.