|Title:||Director of Athletics|
|Alma Mater:||Covenant College ('06)|
|Undergraduate Degree:||(B.A.) Sociology|
|Postgraduate Degree:||(M.S.) Sport Administration|
|Doctorate Degree:||(Ed.D.) Higher Education Administration|
Dr. Tim Sceggel was promoted to Director of Athletics in July of 2016 and will begin his 13th overall year in athletics in 2020-21, after joining the department in 2007.
The priorities in the athletic department under his leadership have focused on discipleship, academic success, recruiting, and the pursuit of excellence. The mission statement for the department was implemented to reflect this in 2018. Also in 2018, the department recorded one of its highest-ever finishes in the USA South President’s Cup standings. This on-court success is due in part to the number of highly successful head coaches hired under his watch, which have included the sports of men’s basketball (twice), softball (twice), men’s soccer, and women’s basketball. Three of these coaches have set school records for most wins by a first-year head coach at the institution. Additionally, four other coaches have set or tied school records for wins during their tenures.
Further, Covenant’s sportsmanship has continued to be recognized by the USA South, as the athletic department has been the institutional winner of the sportsmanship trophy in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Sceggel also developed and launched the Scots Athletic Club in 2017, which is the first structured fundraising effort of the athletic department in the college's history.
He was previously the Associate AD at Covenant where he was responsible for a host of various responsibilities within the department including compliance. Through his compliance duties, he successfully directed the completion of the college's transition from the NAIA to full membership in NCAA Division III in 2013.
In 2014, Sceggel received the prestigious Emerging Athletic Administrator award by the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators. The award is given to one national honoree who has demonstrated a pattern of excellence and achievement in athletic administration during their first seven years as a full-time athletic administrator at the Division III level. Later in 2014, Sceggel added to his list of professional accolades as he was named to Sports Launch magazine's "Thirty Under 30" list in its May issue.
In addition to his role in athletics, Sceggel holds faculty status in the Sport Administration program teaching various courses each semester. He was part of the two-person team that developed and launched the Sport Administration major in 2015. His previous stops include the athletic department at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky., and the athletic department at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill.
In addition to his bachelor's degree in Sociology from Covenant, he holds a master's degree in Sport Administration from the University of Louisville. Sceggel also serves on the Sport Administration Advisory Board at Louisville. Additionally, Sceggel earned a doctorate from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in Higher Education Administration, where his research focused on the faith development on student-athletes in the context of Christian college athletics.
Tim and his wife, Allie, and son Strotman, reside on Lookout Mountain.
What They Are Saying about Tim Sceggel:
"Tim Sceggel is one of the brightest and best young leaders in intercollegiate sports today. He believes in educational athletics and his actions support those values. Covenant is fortunate to have retained his services. Through this new leadership role, Tim will not only be able to continue to develop the athletics program at Covenant but it will also provide a platform for him to shape educational athletics on a national scale for the next generation."
-- Dr. Tony Ladd, retired Director of Athletics, Wheaton College (Ill.)
"Tim is a high achiever with a strong faith and a proven record of success as an athletics administrator. When our paths crossed for the first time, it was clear to me that I was in the presence of a rising star. Tim is a talented, hard-working, creative, and passionate administrator. However, what is most impressive about him is the character and integrity he brings to the director of athletics position. Tim is one of the finest people I have ever met and will be a tremendous role model for the coaches, staff, and student-athletes on Lookout Mountain. Covenant is blessed to have Tim Sceggel as its director of athletics."
-- Sam Ferguson, Director of Athletics, McMurry University
"Covenant College has made a great decision in hiring Tim Sceggel as their next Athletics Director. Not only does he have the experience and academic preparation to be a success, he's also the kind of person you want providing leadership to your program. He models everything good that intercollegiate athletics represents, especially in the Christian College context. He is a man of character and commitment. I have no doubt that Covenant College's program will continue to grow and excel under Tim's leadership."
-- H. Skip Lord, retired Director of Athletics, Houghton College
"It's great to see someone honored with an opportunity because of who they are and what they have accomplished, and that's what came to mind when I heard the news that Tim has been named Director of Athletics at Covenant College. Tim is a trusted friend and helpful colleague as we both serve in the field of collegiate athletics administration."
-- Scott Little, VP for Athletics & Student Life, Belhaven University
"What a wonderful day for Covenant! Tim is one of the hardest working individuals I know. More importantly, Tim is a man of great faith that will lead Covenant Athletics with integrity, grace, and humility. I am happy for him and thrilled for the coaches and student-athletes he will serve."
-- Harold Goss, Associate Director of Athletics, Samford University
"Tim Sceggel is a rising star in this industry, and a top notch person. Covenant College could not have selected a more dedicated individual to progress the mission of both the College, and Athletic Department. Congrats Covenant College, you made a great choice in promoting Tim as your Athletic Director!"
-- Andrew Horton, Senior Associate Athletic Director, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga