In a press conference on April 2, Richard “Dick” Christy was announced as UNC Pembroke’s ninth director of athletics.
Richard "Dick" Christy
Christy, who has spent the last 13 years in athletic administration, comes to UNCP from NC State University, where he was associate athletics director for external relations for the last eight years. He will begin his duties on May 24.
The new athletic director was hired after a national search. In a press conference, Chancellor Kyle R. Carter hailed Christy as an ideal choice to lead UNCP athletics.
“Dick has all of the attributes we’ve searched for, and he is committed to assuring that our student-athletes have a quality experience here at UNC Pembroke that serves them well years after graduation,” Chancellor Carter said. “He describes himself as a coach of coaches, which our coaches are excited about, not only because he appreciates their role, but also because he has the capacity to bring new possibilities to their program.
“Dick supports UNC Pembroke’s aspirations for even greater success in all sports, but understands that competitive success must begin on a level playing field, Chancellor Carter said.
“I am really pleased that we found such a quality person.”
After donning a UNCP cap, Christy spoke to a packed house in the Native Angels Braves Club Room.
“I am thrilled to be joining the UNC Pembroke family,” Christy said. “It did not take much time visiting with Chancellor Carter to see he has a tremendous vision for the future, and I am truly humbled to be a part of his team. My wife, Windy, and I are energized about joining this community of outstanding coaches and staff to partner on growing Braves athletics."
While at NC State, Christy was integral to external revenue generation and with marketing, promotions and community involvement. During his tenure, external operations has accommodated unprecedented demand for most of the Wolfpack's varsity sports. Gross receipts from NC State's athletics total more than $16 million annually since 2004 and contributes to the operating budgets of 23 sports.
Richard "Dick" Christy with wife Windy and Chancellor Kyle R. and Sarah Carter
Christy also served as an administrator for several teams at NC State, including baseball, men’s soccer, women’s and men’s golf and cheerleading. In this role, he was charged with budget and scholarship oversight, evaluation and support for coaches, student-athletes and scheduling. He has also been involved in a number of fundraising efforts, most recently a $1.5 million campaign to complete the clubhouse at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course.
Christy’s game management experience include serving as tournament manager for the 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship in the first and second rounds, and tournament director for the 2009 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship regional final. He has also served on a handful of Atlantic Coast Conference committees, including the Committee for Marketing & Sponsorships, the Committee for Sportsmanship and chair of the Men's Golf Committee.
An NCAA Division II student-athlete, Christy was a four-year letterman on the men’s golf team at Wingate University. He served as team captain as a senior and earned the J. Ralph Hargett Athletic Leadership Award. Christy graduated with a degree in sport management from and earned a master’s degree in parks, recreation and tourism management from NC State while working in the Athletics Department.
He is also a graduate of the Sports Management Institute’s Executive Program, a joint venture between the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Southern California. Christy has also served on Wingate’s Sports Management Board of Directors and the City of Raleigh’s 10-year Sports Planning Committee.
A Chichester, Pa., native, Christy is married to the former Windy Dotson of Rutherfordton, N.C. A Duke University graduate, Windy is an orthopedic spine physician assistant with Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic and a former certified athletic trainer.
What they’re saying about Dick Christy:
“Dick has been an important member of our senior administrative team at NC State for years. UNC Pembroke will be delighted with his excellent work ethic, creativity and passion for the job. Good things are in store under his leadership.”
NC State University
“Hiring Dick Christy is an excellent choice for UNCP. Dick and Windy will be welcomed additions to the UNCP community. Dick’s positive leadership and tremendous work ethic are valued skills that every administrator, coach and, most importantly, student-athlete will benefit from. His hiring is a tremendous coup for UNCP.”
Appalachian State University
“Dick was an outstanding student-athlete and led both on the athletic field, as well as in campus life. He understood that balanced approach of what being a student-athlete is all about. He has prepared himself very well for this opportunity (at UNCP). He has worked his way up through the ranks, and that doesn’t happen without hard work. All of the things he accomplished at NC State will translate nicely into his new position. UNCP hit a home run by hiring Dick Christy.”
“Dick Christy is a bundle of creative ideas and energetic leadership that will serve UNC Pembroke well! He has been a collegiate student-athlete, and at NC State, his sport administrator role has allowed him to coach some coaches while effectively administrating external affairs for Wolfpack Athletics. In a short time, Dick has gained valuable administrative experience that will provide a solid foundation for helping to map UNC Pembroke’s future, and his personality and temperament lend themselves to creativity, openness and honesty. The future is bright in Pembroke!”
Nora Lynn Finch
Senior Associate Commissioner for Women's Basketball/Senior Woman Administrator
Atlantic Coast Conference
"UNCP knocked it out of the park with this hire. Dick is one of the great up-and-coming administrators in athletic administration. I have known him since he was a student-athlete here and we are very proud that he is a Wingate alum. This is a great opportunity for him and a great hire for UNCP."
Dr. Jerry McGee