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Doig steps down as SCC athletic director

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By SCC Sports Information

After nearly five years as the athletic director at St. Catharine College, Mike Doig’s resignation was announced last week by the college’s President, William D. Huston.

“Mike came at a critical time when we were transitioning from our junior college programs to the Mid-South Conference and the NAIA,” said Huston. “His leadership and guidance helped guide us through that transition. He was the first full-time athletic director at St. Catharine and the department grew in both the number of sports offered as well as the number of student athletes.”

Grew indeed. When Doig took the reins of the Patriot program there were 178 athletes on campus. That number grew to as many as 371 in the fall of 2011. The growth came not just from new sports offerings but also through the addition of junior varsity teams to the existing sports.

“We added swimming, bowling, track and field, cross country and tennis since 2008,” said Doig who has accepted a position as Director of Athletics at Grace Christian Academy in Knoxville. “We also renewed emphasis on our cheerleading and added JV teams in volleyball and soccer.”

The success of athletics at St. Catharine under Doig has not just been in the growing programs but also in the success of those programs on the field. Upon taking the position Doig realized that the athletic programs would be ineligible for post-season play in the 2008-2009 year. But that had a silver lining as he entered the baseball and softball teams into the United States Collegiate Athletic Conference. And in the only year the teams participated in the USCAA, both of them won national championships.

Further success followed those national titles. The Patriot men’s basketball team earned a berth in the NAIA National Tournament in 2011 and the women’s basketball team made the National Tournament the past season. The Patriot women also landed two players on the NAIA All-American team, the first time in school history that a Patriot athlete has received such distinction. The past season brought a Mid-South Conference tournament title to the SCC women’s bowling team and also saw two track and field athletes win conference championships.
While he savors those accomplishments, Doig deflects the credit for success to the St. Catharine coaching staff.  

“Obviously we are a small school and that brings challenges when competing in such a league as the Mid-South Conference,” added Doig. “But the longevity of our coaches is a big reason we have had success. They have recruited quality students for their teams and that is reflected both on and off the field. Two of the coaches have been named Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year and we have also had dozens of all-conference athletes and academic all-conference athletes over the last five years.”

In those five years St. Catharine has also stepped up into leadership roles in the Mid-South Conference. The college has hosted the conference golf tournament the last three years and will continue to host it until 2015, thanks to Lee’s Famous Recipe in Bardstown who sponsors it. Twice the conference softball tournament was hosted by St. Catharine and next spring the MSC bowling tournament will be led by the St. Catharine athletic staff.

The St. Catharine athletic facilities have also showed marked improvement during Doig’s tenure. Both the baseball field and softball field have had facelifts to improve the playing surface. Improvements in the Lourdes Hall gymnasium have included a new media platform, window banners of each MSC team and a new scorer’s table.

However, the most notable of the facility improvements was the addition of the first phase of the track that encircles a refurbished soccer field and the completion of six tennis courts.

Following Doig’s departure, Tom Bystrek, who has served as assistant athletic director for the last four years, has been named as the interim athletic director.