Kingsville - Veteran college administrator, coach and educator Scott Gines has been named the athletics director at Texas A and M-Kingsville. Gines comes to Texas A and M-Kingsville after serving as athletics director at NCAA Division II school Fairmont State University in West Virginia for the past two and a half years.

"Scott Gines has exactly the combination of managerial, teaching and coaching experience we want in a director of athletics," says Texas A and M-Kingsville President Dr. Rumaldo Juarez. "His commitment to the total education and development of student-athletes is a perfect match to the goals of Texas A and M-Kingsville. He also values community service, and will be actively engaged in our community. During his visit, it was clear that he was our top choice for the position, and I am pleased to welcome him on behalf of the entire campus."

"We are excited, honored and ecstatic," says Gines. "We are Javelinas now. I love the mission of the University. Texas A and M-Kingsville is the pivot-point for higher education in South Texas. I love the history of Texas A and I and Texas A and M-Kingsville athletics. There is a great deal of pride, which means there has been a great deal of success. We want to extend that success and be one of the best programs in NCAA Division II. I love the community and there is tremendous community support."

"The three characteristics that stood out to me were integrity, professionalism and his ability to communicate," says selection committee member and men's basketball coach Pete Peterson. "Those are all very important characteristics of a good athletics director and leader."

"We are really fortunate to hire someone with Scott's experience," says Texas A and M-Kingsville Vice President for Institutional Advancement Randy Hughes. "We are looking forward to working with him and he will bring some new ideas and energy to the athletics department. Scott will be a real asset not only to the university community, but to Kingsville and South Texas."

"We had a very strong applicant pool of which Scott was the cream of the crop," says Dr. Chris Hearon, Chair of the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A and M-Kingsville and a member of the search committee. "He's extremely well-trained from both an academic and professional standpoint. He's done a fine job in his brief stint at Fairmont State and, from my conversations with members of his current coaching staff, he is highly regarded there and will be missed.

"I have absolutely no doubt that his managerial skills and style will play a critical role in continuing to move the program in the right direction."