Courtesy of Tarleton Sports Information

Tarleton Assistant Athletics Director Dr. Tom Tallach has accepted the Athletics Director job at NCAA Division I Centenary.

"Iím excited about the opportunity to serve my alma mater in the position of athletics director," Tallach said. "My experience at Tarleton has been overwhelmingly positive. I was able to gain valuable perspective that will serve both myself and Centenary well."

Tallach, 36, has been the director of compliance for the Tarleton athletics department for the last two years. He has been responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of all policies and procedures relative to compliance with NCAA and Lone Star Conference rules. Among the areas that he oversees are recruiting, eligibility and financial aid. In addition, Tallach serves as liaison with the NCAA Clearinghouse.

The new Centenary athletics director taught graduate and undergraduate classes and provided administrative oversight of sports programs. A member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, Tallach was a frequent presenter at national, regional and local professional seminars.

"Iím excited for Tom because I know it has been a goal of his to become an athletics director," said Tarleton athletics director Lonn Reisman. "This is a well-deserved position for Tom. He has a tremendous work ethic, and heís very professional in handling his duties in the compliance area. Tom has done an outstanding job for us while initiating the online compliance program to help enhance the institutional control of our athletics program. We wish Tom the very best."

Prior to joining the Tarleton Staff, Tallach spent 11 years at Texas A&M-Commerce serving as Interim Athletic Director in 2004-05. He spent six years as Assistant Athletic Director responsible for game operations, UIL regional championships, and compliance while also serving on the universityís faculty. He served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Assistant Menís Basketball Coach from 1993 to 1996.

A native of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Tallach received his bachelorís degree in Health and Exercise Science from Centenary College, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1993. A two-year letterman in baseball, he earned All Trans-America Athletic Conference Academic honors in 1992 and 1993. He earned both his Masterís (1994) and Doctorate (1997) from East Texas State University.

Tallach will begin his new duties on Aug. 1.

"I think Tom has done an excellent job improving our compliance program," said Tarleton associate athletics director Susan Burton. "I hate to see him go, and I wish him well."