Berea names new athletic director

Berea College Academic Vice President and Provost Carolyn Newton has announced Mark R. Cartmill as Berea College’s new Director of Athletics and Seabury Center Complex. Cartmill, who began his new position Sept. 1, will provide vision and leadership for Berea’s athletic program and for the facilities and activities of Seabury Center, a multi-use events complex.

Cartmill succeeds Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Health Kelly Ambrose, who served as acting director of athletics during 2007-08. Ambrose is returning to full-time teaching and coaching and will also serve as athletics liaison for the P.E.H. Department.

Cartmill comes to Berea with an extensive background in coaching, teaching and athletics administration at the College level. Cartmill served as Director of Recreation and Athletics and was men’s head basketball coach at Paul Smith’s College in New York for 16 years. Prior to that, he was assistant director of recreation and athletics and men’s basketball coach at the University of Maine at Augusta for four years. He also served as athletics director and head men’s basketball coach at College of St. Joseph in Vermont for several years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from St. Lawrence (N.Y.) University and a master’s degree in physical education from Western Carolina University.

He and his wife, Lori, reside in Berea. Their son, Connor, is a freshman at Berea Community High School.

Berea College competes in 16 intercollegiate sports (eight men’s and eight women’s) and is a member of the National Association of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (KIAC). Berea offers no athletic scholarships but has achieved significant success. In 2007-08, four sports had student-athletes advance to the NAIA national competition: women’s basketball (three successive years), swimming and men’s cross country and track and field.

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