Ralph Named Athletic Director for Southwestern University

University of Maine director of athletics Ken Ralph has been named athletic director at Southwestern University, effective September 15. Ralph will remain at UMaine through August 31.

“It has been my honor to represent our students, faculty, staff and alumni in this role for the past four years,” says Ralph. “We have won championships, managed through a pandemic, and initiated an ambitious athletics facility master plan. We are fortunate to have a staff of outstanding professionals who will keep the momentum going. The Athletic Department at UMaine is on very strong footing.”

An interim athletic director will be named and a national search will be launched to fill the position.

Ralph has been director of the department at UMaine since 2018. Over the four-year stint under his leadership, the Black Bears captured numerous championships and achieved academic excellence. Ralph also spearheaded an effort to acquire a transformative $90 million capital gift that will support UMaine’s Athletics Facilities Master Plan. 

Prior to his time at UMaine he served an 11-year stint as director of athletics at Colorado College and was director of athletics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 2002 to 2007.

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