|Title:||Director of Athletics|
Larry W. Leckonby was named director of athletics at The Citadel in July 2008 and has overseen a number of team and individual accomplishments over the past five years.
The 2008-09 basketball team posted its first 20-win season since 1979 and had the best one-year turnaround in conference history. In 2010, the soccer team won 12 games and was third in the Southern Conference, the best finish in school history, while the baseball team won both the regular season and SoCon tournament titles.
Also during Leckonby’s tenure, the track and field team claimed a school-record four individual wins at the 2010 SoCon indoor meet and a total of 13 event titles. The Citadel has taken six conference wrestling titles, and five Bulldog coaches have been named SoCon Coach of the Year by their peers.
Since assuming the helm of the department, 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. The results were immediate.
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 has been able to balance The Citadel’s athletic department operating budget.
At the same time, The Citadel’s cadet-student-athletes have 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, overseeing a program which won the 2006 national championship, 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.
A four-year lacrosse letterman at Duke, Leckonby graduated with a bachelor’s degree in management science in 1979. He earned a master’s degree in sport management from Massachusetts in 1983.
Leckonby and his wife, Cris, have two daughters, Hunter and Katie, and a son, William.