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COVER: Bobcat athletics director Larry Teis during a pre-season interview in 2013. PHOTO VIA TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS.

FROM SUBMITTED REPORTS

Texas State University athletics director Larry Teis has been selected by the NCAA Board of Directors to serve as the Sun Belt Conference representative on the newly-formed NCAA Division I Council.

“I feel very privileged to represent all the student athletes, coaches, university staffs and conference staff in the Sun Belt Conference on the NCAA Division I Council,” said Teis, who is in his 12th year as athletics director at Texas State.

The NCAA Division I Council held its first meeting in January 2015, and is responsible for the day-to-day business of NCAA Division I Athletics. The council reports directly to the NCAA Board of Directors and oversees committees for student-athlete experiences, strategic vision and planning, legislation and competition oversight committees on every sport. It also oversees a student-advisory committee.

The council is comprised of 40 voting members that includes one representative from each of the 32 Division I Conferences, two student-athletes, conference commissioners and faculty representatives.

“The NCAA Division I Council will play a significant role in guiding the structure of the NCAA,” Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson said. “With his expertise and proven leadership, Larry Teis will be an excellent advocate for the Sun Belt and its member universities.”

The council replaces the Leadership and Legislative Councils from the previous NCAA structure, and 60 percent of the council members must be athletics directors. Any rules adopted by the council will be subject to review by the Board of Directors.

Teis has overseen unprecedented growth and success as athletics director at Texas State during the last 11 years. Under his leadership, new facilities and renovation projects have totaled more than $100 million since 2009. Fundraising efforts have generated record-setting campaigns in each of the past six years and Texas State enters its third season as a member of the Sun Belt Conference after joining the FBS ranks as a member of the Western Athletic Conference in 2012-13.

The Bobcats joined the FBS after claiming three Southland Conference Commissioner’s Cups and six SLC women’s all-sports trophies in eight years. In his tenure, Texas State has won 23 conference championships and 14 conference tournament titles.

In addition, more than 360 student-athletes have earned a bachelor’s degree and more than 850 attained a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the last five years. This past year, the Bobcats had five teams post perfect APR scores for the second straight year. In addition, Texas State’s women’s golf and tennis teams were publicly recognized by the NCAA for ranking among the Top 10 percent of their sports with multi-year APR rates for the four-year period ending in 2013-14, for the sixth straight year.

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One thought on “Texas State’s Teis appointed to new NCAA Division I Council

  1. Seriously? This guy is the reason that we haven’t made a bowl game in the past two seasons and also the reason the program is stuck in the Sun Belt instead of participating in a better conference to begin with.

    He’s consistently failed to promote the athletic programs to the community, the students, and the alumni and he’s personally alienated multiple notable alumni….but then he stumbles into a large donation once in a while, and walks around with his chest puffed out like he’s built something. It’s true that the school – and the athletic department – is better off now than it was a decade ago, but that’s in spite of Teis not because of him.

    I can’t wait until Trauth hangs it up, so hopefully she can take this guy with her.

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