Story courtesy of BGSU Sports Information
Bowling Green, Ohio – D. Christopher Kingston has been named the 13th full-time Athletics Director at Bowling Green State University. Kingston, who will begin his duties July 15, most recently spent more than two years at North Carolina State University, first as the Senior Associate Director of Athletics before being elevated to the role of Executive Senior Associate Director of Athletics.
"We are very excited that Chris is joining the Falcon family," said Mary Ellen Mazey, president of BGSU. "BGSU has a long and fine tradition of supporting our student-athletes, and I'm looking forward to working with Chris to expand that tradition, and further engage the Bowling Green community, the region and the state."
At NC State, Kingston was directly responsible for the day-to-day operations of the football and men's basketball programs. Additionally, he oversaw external initiatives, athletic branding and multimedia rights. He also supervised student services and media relations, and was integral in the development of the athletic department's first leadership academy. Kingston serves as the athletics department's liaison to the Wolfpack Club and is a member of the Intercollegiate Athletics Cabinet.
"I am overwhelmed by the honor and privilege of serving as the director of athletics at Bowling Green State University," Kingston said. "I want to thank President Mazey and the search committee for their confidence in me and I am humbled by the responsibility of leading the student-athletes, coaches and staff at Bowling Green. My family and I are excited about the opportunities ahead as we join the Falcon family."
Prior to his time at NC State, Kingston spent four years as the Associate Director of Athletics for Operations and then the Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics/Director of Annual Giving for the U.S. Military Academy. His most recent position at West Point included handling the daily operations of the A-Club and directing the Army Athletic Association's annual fund-raising campaign. He also worked with each of the department's 25 Division I intercollegiate teams with regards to their specific fund-raising accounts.
In that capacity, Kingston organized the Athletic Director's Tailgate and the home and away football donor events. He helped integrate premium courtside and rinkside seating at basketball and hockey, respectively. With direct oversight of the ticket office, he led the transition of a multiyear agreement with Paciolan as the Athletic Association began to streamline customer service with digital ticketing. Kingston was part of the association's external operations team, which helped to synchronize the ticket office, A-Club and marketing efforts.
Other day-to-day business for Kingston included sport supervision for the golf, gymnastics, men's soccer and rifle teams. During his time at West Point, he served as a member of the NCAA Rifle Committee.
Kingston is a 2010 graduate of the Executive Program of the Sports Management Institute and attended instruction at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and the University of Texas's McCombs School of Business. He also attended the Division 1A Athletic Director's Institute in 2010, a "by invitation only" gathering of the most talented intercollegiate professionals.
Kingston was instrumental in several recent coaching hires at the Army Athletic Association. He planned, organized and executed searches for head football, men's basketball, men's soccer and men's golf coaches. Kingston was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army's Military Intelligence Corps upon graduation from the University of Central Florida in May 1994. He retired from the U.S. Army in September 2009.
Kingston replaces Greg Christopher, who served as the Athletics Director at Bowling Green from 2006 until resigning in May to take over the Athletics Director position at Xavier University. At BGSU, Kingston takes over an athletics department on the rise within the Mid-American Conference, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and nationally. Of the department's 18 sports, 14 improved or finished in the same place in the conference standings in 2013-14 as a year earlier. Seven finished in the top half of the league standings, the most since 2008-09, and two teams (Volleyball and Baseball) won the MAC Tournament, advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
The volleyball team became the first BGSU program since the women's basketball team in 2007 to win an NCAA Tournament game. Four teams (Volleyball, Baseball, Football and Outdoor Track and Field) earned points in the Learfield Sports Director's Cup standings and the Falcons should end the year among the top 150 in the country in that ranking. BGSU's student-athletes have earned more all-conference, scholar-athlete and player of the week awards than at any time in the past four years. Two student-athletes, football's Chris Jones and track and field's Brooke Pleger, were named first team All-Americans.
Academically, Bowling Green's student-athletes consistently combine to earn a department grade point average over 3.0. All 18 BGSU teams have Annual Progress Rates (APR) well above the minimum qualifications to stay clear of sanctions and two teams, women's golf and tennis, were publically recognized for having an APR among the top 10 percent in the country. BGSU is one of 61 NCAA Division I schools that have earned public recognition in each of the eight years of the APR program. The student-athletes' academic success is considered one of the strong points in the department.
From a facility standpoint, the Stroh Center, home of the Bowling Green men's and women's basketball and volleyball programs, is less than two years ago. In that time, major renovations have been completed to the BG Ice Arena, lights have been installed at Cochrane Soccer Field, a new video board has been installed at Doyt Perry Stadium and a new swimming scoreboard is in place. Plans have also been announced for lights at Meserve Softball Field.
BGSU is a comprehensive university recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a top tier institution. Our nearly 20,000 students come from all 50 states, as well as 70 other countries.
In addition to earning his bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida, Kingston got his master's degree in leadership development and educational counseling from Long Island University prior to his initial assignment to West Point.
Kingston and his wife, Stephanie, a native of Whiteville, N.C., have four children: Lakin, Christopher Jr., Luke, and Mackenzie.