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As for the athletic program at St. Catharine College, much will be new when the first varsity contests start next month. The Patriot and Lady Patriot teams have shed their junior college status in favor of four-year athletics with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). With that comes the membership in the Mid-South Conference.
Also new to SCC athletics will be its leader. Mike Doig, a native of West Virginia, has been named as the school’s first full-time athletic director. Doig comes to St. Catharine after serving the last five years as athletic director and head basketball coach at Whitefield Academy, a private high school in Louisville.
“Mike has experience in building programs from scratch and has extensive experience at both the high school and college level,” said St. Catharine President Bill Huston. “We are excited about what he can bring to our programs here.”
That excitement is shared by Doig who will be relocating to the area along with his wife Wendy and children, Kaylee, 10, and Cody, 6. “I have been working in the high school setting but college has always been my personal preference,” said Doig. “I really enjoyed talking with President Huston when we first met. It is exciting to see the vision that he has for athletics at St. Catharine to say nothing of what is already happening there.”
Doig has a mixture of college and high experience, both during his playing career and since. He played on three state champion basketball teams at Cross Lanes Christian School in West Virginia. He was a two-time All-American while playing for Clearwater Christian College in Florida. He has coached numerous sports at high schools in Florida, West Virginia and Kentucky and was assistant basketball coach at Liberty University, a D-I school in Virginia.
“I feel I have benefited from having experience both in coaching and administration,” added Doig. “I have coached football, soccer, golf and basketball in high school and college.”
St. Catharine’s new AD will be looking to expand the offerings at St. Catharine in the not too distant future. Doig said he would like to see cross country, track and swimming as part of the athletic program. But for now he has definite ideas on what is important as he starts his new job.
“First of all we have to sit down together as an entire athletic department to see what our vision is for five, ten years down the road. My job is to work with all the coaches in the department. We just have to bust our tails for each other to get the job done.”
Even in the highly competitive Mid-South Conference, Doig feels the St. Catharine teams can get the job done right away. “I am familiar with the Mid-South. We sent a lot of players from high school to some of the member schools and I know the programs at Lindsey Wilson, Campbellsville and Georgetown are excellent. But our goal is not to be just a part of the conference but to be at the head of the class.”
Doig is currently completing his Sports Management Master’s Degree at West Virginia University. He officially assumes athletic director duties at St. Catharine on August 11th.