Southwestern looks within for athletics department directors

Kenny Namanny and Doug North
Kenny Namanny and Doug North

Creston, IA—Two head coaches at Southwestern Community College are stepping up to fill the athletic director role vacated earlier in May, following the resignation of former Head Basketball Coach/Athletic Director Todd Lorensen.

Kenny Namanny, Southwestern head baseball coach, and Doug North, Southwestern head golf coach, will be dividing the duties required of the athletic director position starting immediately. Both coaches will continue to coach their respective sports while taking on these responsibilities.

Namanny will assume the role of director of athletic operations and compliance. In this role, he will focus on facilities and equipment, oversight of athletic programs, supervision of athletics personnel, NJCAA compliance, and college and conference rules and regulations. North will become director of athletic administration and athletic fundraiser. He will be responsible for athletics fundraising, collection and dissemination of athletic information, media relations, maintenance of athletic records and statistics, and NJCAA and conference reporting.

Beth Kulow, Southwestern dean of student services, was in charge of the hiring and said the duo will make a great team to guide Spartan athletics.

"Doug and Kenny both stood out as strong candidates with solid work experience at the college, and more specifically with Southwestern athletics," stated Kulow. "Because they each excel at certain aspects of the position it made sense to divide the position and allow both individuals to advance in their roles within the athletics department."

Namanny and North are eager to settle in.

"I am more than excited to work in an expanded role within Southwestern's athletics department," said Namanny. "I have been able to work with a number of great people, who have done an excellent job with our athletics program, during the last four years. I look forward to continuing that tradition as Doug and I work with our new coaches."

North, who has spent the majority of his life in the Creston area, is extremely appreciative of being able to help lead a program he has admired for years.

"The depth and history of Southwestern athletics, coupled with the recent accomplishments of our Spartan teams make me so excited for what's ahead," explained North. "I'm so thankful to be at the helm of a championship-caliber athletics program and look forward to building upon the foundation that is in place."