The former Athletic Director Roger Burkman left some big shoes to fill (literally and figuratively), so finding his replacement was no easy task. After interviewing several candidates, the search committee had an internal candidate at the top of the list. On June 9, President McClure announced Brian Clinard, current Assistant Athletics Director for Communications, as the new Athletic Director.
“Growing up in Louisville, Spalding University and our city hold a special place in my heart,” said Clinard.” “It has been amazing to spend the last decade working under Roger Burkman to help grow our department and I look forward to working with President McClure and the entire Spalding family to lead us into our next chapter.”
Clinard has played an integral role in leading and building the athletic department at Spalding. He helped lead the rebrand and development the visual identity of the Golden Eagle 2013. He also established an internship mentor program. His passion for enhancing the student-athlete experience and community will be at the forefront in his new role. He embodies the philosophy of the NCAA Division III and what it means to be a Spalding athlete and community member.
“For the past 10 years, Brian has put in the necessary work to become Spalding’s next Athletic Director. He is one of my most-trusted and loyal staff members. I have watched him step into leadership roles that provided him a holistic view of what it takes to lead Athletics. Brian has played a huge role in the growth and development of our athletic department,” said Roger Burkman, retiring Athletic Director. “With Brian at the helm, you get someone who knows the landscape, what it takes to run this department and be a good leader. Our Athletics staff and our student-athletes know and respect Brian. I’m personally delighted that Brian has been given this opportunity and know he’s the right person for this job.”
Spalding University’s athletic program is growing. Through efforts such as the Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Field House, Roger Burkman Hall of Fame, and recently added Men’s & Women’s lacrosse, Brian Clinard is well positioned to lead our athletic department.