Photo by: Jeffery Miller

K. Matthew Roan speaks at an open interview on September 21 in Powell Auditorium.

Nicholls names new Athletic Director

October 11, 2016

This morning, Nicholls State University named the new leader of Colonel Athletics.

K. Matthew Roan will be the next athletic director for Nicholls, pending approval from the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. Roan will be introduced at a press conference at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Harold J. Callais Memorial Recreation Center.

“From a highly qualified candidate pool, Matt stood out to me and the search committee for his extensive experience with strategic planning and budget management as well as his excellent communication skills,” Nicholls President Bruce Murphy said.

Roan received his Bachelors of Science in Political Science from Southern Utah University and his doctoral degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law in Lexington. Roles during his time at EKU include associate university counsel, associate athletics director for administration, adjunct professor and special assistant to the president.

Roan, who’s currently deputy director of athletics at Eastern Kentucky University, is replacing former athletic director Rob Bernardi and Head women’s basketball coach and senior woman administrator DoBee Plaisance, who held the interim athletic director position since mid-July.

Roan will begin his tenure as Nicholls AD starting on Nov. 15.

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