Coastal Carolina University President Ronald R. Ingle has
announced that Director of Athletics Dave Blank has resigned, effective
Aug. 1. Blank has accepted the athletic director's position at Drake
University, a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, in Des Moines,
According to Ingle, a national search for a new director of
athletics will begin immediately and an interim director of athletics
will be named in the coming weeks.
"Coastal is fortunate to have had Dave Blank as director of
athletics and the strides that have been made under his leadership have
been monumental for Coastal," said Ingle. "Coastal's student-athletes
have excelled on the playing field and in the classroom, where they
have achieved grade point averages consistently at or near the top of
the Big South Conference.
"This progressive commitment to excellence is also reflected in
the improvements in facilities and the addition of intercollegiate
football to the NCAA Division I offerings at Coastal. Dave has guided
the initial stages of the football program and design of the facility,
including gaining support for the General Assembly's approval of $4
million for an athletic complex which will enhance the entire
university," said Ingle.
In recent years, women's soccer and indoor track and field have
been added as new sports; improvements have been made to Coastal's
baseball stadium and softball field; permanent chairback seating and
state-of-the-art lighting have been installed in Kimbel Arena; and many
other physical improvements have been made throughout Coastal's
athletic facilities. A Coastal alumnus and former Chanticleer baseball
player recently made a sizeable gift that will be used to enhance the
baseball facility, including a player clubhouse, improved dugouts and
entrance plaza. Gifts to the CINO Club, the athletic booster
organization of the university, have increased 450 percent since 1996
and several endowments have been created to provide athletic
Blank was named Coastal's director of athletics on July 1, 1999.
He joined Coastal in October 1996 as assistant director of athletics
for development and marketing and was named associate director of
athletics for development and administration in January 1999.
A native of Frostburg, Md., he was recruited to Duke University on
a basketball scholarship. A knee injury ended his playing career and he
began coaching basketball. Beginning in 1980 Blank assisted Bill Foster
for five years at the University of South Carolina. In 1985, he went to
Wofford College as assistant director of athletics and assistant
basketball coach. He became head basketball coach at Lock Haven
University in Pennsylvania in 1988 and led the team to 119 wins in
eight seasons. He was twice named Pennsylvania Athletic Conference
Coach of the Year.
Blank was preceded by George F. "Buddy" Sasser, whose long
athletic career included six years as Coastal's athletic director, as
well as seven years as commissioner of the Big South Conference. Sasser
serves on the university's Football Advisory Committee.
For more information, contact Wayne White, sports information
director at Coastal, at (843) 349-2822 (office) or (843) 361-0343