MCC kept it in the family.
Neil Hayhurst, the assistant Tiger men's basketball coach for the past three years, has been named Marshalltown Community College's new athletic director, the school announced Monday.
Hayhurst, who was also hired as the Dean of Students, has also been MCC's director of student housing and an instructor of psychology and physical education since 2005.
Hayhurst succeeds Terri Craft. Jim Merritt, announced as Craft's successor July 21, recently decided to remain the director of the Career and Employment Center and forego the AD role.
Hayhurst said he'll no longer be involved in coaching, though he's "excited to work with all of the sports and athletes. It's a new adventure."
"One responsibility as director of athletics is to have the best coaches on staff - which we have," Hayhurst added. "And fund raising is key to the success of any program."
Hayhurst is also helping with student housing until someone is hired in that department.
A Meriden, Kan., native, Hayhurst was a strong candidate because of his experience with housing and enforcing the student conduct code," said provost Barbara Burrows.
"He has done a stellar job of operating student housing and taken on many duties over the past year to help with some of the new initiatives, such as the Meal membership program and furnishing the Student Activity Center," said Burrows. "Neil has proven himself to be a conscientious, hard-working, caring person and we believe he will do a great job overseeing the athletic department, housing, and enforcing the Student Conduct Code."
Hayhurst noted that the new Student Activity Center wellness equipment will be installed soon, including 15 cardio machines and 25 pieces of weight equipment. He anticipates the first home volleyball match will be played in Babe Harder but is hopeful the new facility will be ready for use in a few weeks.
Hayhurst is a Peru State (Neb.) alum. He completed his Master's in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies in 2005 at Iowa State University.