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CHARLESTON — Larry Leckonby, The Citadel’s Director of Athletics for the past six years, has announced his resignation to accept the same position at Catawba College.

During his tenure at The Citadel, Leckonby initiated a new emphasis on athletic fund raising by creating an associate athletic director of development position and hiring a new executive director of the Brigadier Foundation.

In 2009-10 athletic fund raising recorded nearly $5 million combined in the annual fund, endowed scholarship contributions, planned giving and stadium suite and club seat revenue. Club seat sales alone doubled at Johnson Hagood Stadium between the 2008 and 2010 seasons. As a result of his efforts, Leckonby was able to balance The Citadel’s athletic department operating budget.

Lt. Gen. John Rosa, president of The Citadel, praised Leckonby for his management of Citadel athletics during a period of growth and change. “Larry has done an excellent job as our athletic director and has put our athletic programs on solid financial footing over the past six years,” Rosa said. “He has been an integral part of our senior team and I am grateful for his leadership of this very important segment of Citadel life.

“We wish Cris and Larry the best of luck at Catawba College.”

At the same time, The Citadel’s cadet-student-athletes maintained outstanding academic credentials, consistently posting higher grade point averages than the Corps of Cadets as a whole.

Prior to his arrival at The Citadel, Leckonby spent six years as senior associate athletic director at Maryland. Hired as the athletic department’s chief financial officer in 2002, he managed the department’s annual $51.2 million operating budget, capital projects and long-range financial forecasting.

Leckonby was the supervisor for women’s basketball and directed the business and ticket offices and information technology. He was also responsible for coordinating department construction projects and served on the university’s finance and facilities advisory committees.

Leckonby began his career in collegiate athletics at Massachusetts in 1981 before moving on to Boston University (1982-88), Old Dominion (1988-93) and Boston College, where he was the associate athletic director for business affairs from 1993-98.

He was appointed senior associate director of athletics at Houston in January 1998 and was interim director for six months in 2001-02.

Established in 1851, Catawba College is the sixth-oldest college in North Carolina. The private, coeducational college is a member of the South Atlantic Conference and has 19 sports.

The president will name a search committee to find Leckonby’s successor.

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