Ryan Erwin, who has overseen the Dallas Baptist University athletics program since 2006, has been named the new director of athletics for Rogers State University.
RSU President Dr. Larry Rice announced the hire on Wednesday, saying Erwin will be an excellent fit for Rogers State.
“Ryan built a successful NCAA athletic program at Dallas Baptist that wins the right way – with integrity and character,” Rice said. “These are the same ideals that we have championed here at RSU, and we look forward to bringing Ryan’s energy and enthusiasm to northeastern Oklahoma. I can’t wait for the RSU family to get to know Ryan.”
Dallas Baptist fields 15 athletic teams at the NCAA Division I and II level, and also sponsors six competitive club teams. The majority of Dallas Baptist’s teams compete as Division II programs within the Heartland Conference, which RSU joined this year as a candidate for NCAA Division II membership.
“I am honored to be selected as director of athletics at Rogers State University,” Ryan said. “I am genuinely excited to be involved in helping RSU transition to NCAA Division II. I want to thank Dr. Rice and Mr. (Tom) Volturo (executive vice president for administration and finance) for giving me this amazing opportunity and I am looking forward to working at RSU and living in the Claremore community.”
Under Erwin's leadership, Dallas Baptist registered its first-ever NCAA regional appearances in baseball, men's basketball, women’s soccer, women's volleyball, cross country and men’s and women's golf; a super-regional appearance in baseball; and national appearances in cross country, golf, and track.
Erwin led strategic planning and fundraising efforts that allowed Dallas Baptist to build, improve and expand facilities for a number of sports, including the $7 million construction of Horner Ballpark that opened earlier this year. He oversaw the school’s ice hockey team and the Diamond Belles, an auxiliary support group of the athletic department.