Larry Leckonby, who spent the past 6 years as the Director of Athletics at The Citadel, is leaving the school to become the Athletic Director at Division 2 Catawba College in North Carolina it was announced Tuesday morning.
Leckonby has been rumored to be leaving The Citadel for some time now. Those rumors ramped up in April when TheClemsonInsider.com reported that Clemson Associate AD Bill D'Andrea was the leading candidate to become the next Bulldogs AD, even though Leckonby still had the job.
Leckonby came to The Citadel in July of 2008 and his current contract was set to expire next year.
"Larry's breadth of experience is impressive, but it is his passion for athletes as students that made him such a desirable candidate for us," said Catawba College President Brien Lewis when he announced Leckonby's hiring. "He believes in Catawba's mission of preparing the whole student as a formidable competitor on the court or field and as an engaged mind in the classroom. We certainly look forward to putting his many and varied talents and perspectives to work for Catawba."
"So much of my career has been spent in an administrative role at Division I schools, where the athletics budgets are large, but where the opportunity to engage on an individual level with students is small." Leckonby said in a statement. "I look forward to one-on-one engagement with Catawba's coaching staff, its student-athletes and with all of those who support the athletics program."
Leckonby made 2 big hires in his time with the Bulldogs. He brought in Chuck Driesell to replace Ed Conroy with the basketball team. Driesell has put together a record of 31-94 in his 4 seasons as he enters the final year of his contract. Earlier this year he brought in Mike Houston to replace Kevin Higgins with the football team.
D'Andrea will become one of the early favorites to take over the job. In an email to Live 5 on Tuesday, D'Andrea confirmed that he is interested in the position. Another rumored name is Head Baseball coach Fred Jordan.