As he begins
his eighth year at ULM, director of athletics Bobby Staub can already look back
at a tenure that has reshaped and redefined the Warhawks' athletic programs. A
new conference affiliation, a new mascot, NCAA certification, a sweeping
overhaul of athletic facilities, development and implementation of a new
strategic plan, a rebranding campaign, increases in athletic program support -
all of these occurred since Staub took the helm in the summer of 2004.
Staub has played a major role in the continuing improvement of the athletic facilities
at ULM. Most recently, new scoreboards were added for baseball, softball
and soccer, and a state-of-the-art high definition video board was added to
football's Malone Stadium in a project that also included luxurious renovations
to the football chair back seating and new dugouts at both the ULM softball and
soccer complexes. The new 15-millimeter
display board is one of the largest in the Sun Belt Conference in addition to
being the second largest on-campus board in the state.
In addition, Staub has overseen over $3.5 million in renovations and
improvements to every competition and practice facility in the past five years.
Malone Stadium has a fresher look with a new state-of-the-art playing surface,
renovated locker rooms and meeting rooms, and an exterior face lift with new
paint all around the stadium. Fant-Ewing Coliseum's basketball playing floor has
twice been repainted with bold new looks - most recently prior to the 2011-12
season. Groseclose Track was resurfaced and a hammer cage was added. The ULM
Softball Complex added a new two-story building that houses the Warhawks'
locker room, coaches' offices and game-day operations area and additionally a
brick backstop was installed. The visitors' locker room and public restrooms
are located in yet another new building. The soccer team moved into a new home
at the brand-new ULM Soccer Complex, which includes a fieldhouse with a locker
room/meeting room and offices and is located to the east of Malone Stadium
along Bon Aire Drive. Heard Stadium - home to the tennis team - received
a makeover in 2008 as the courts were stripped and resurfaced.
Staub was named ULM's 12th director of athletics on June 30, 2004. His first
challenge was the impending transition of the department conference membership
from the Southland Conference to the Sun Belt Conference. ULM had previously
joined the Sun Belt as a football-only member in 2001 and later opted to bring
all programs under the Sun Belt umbrella.
The Warhawks have already achieved on-the-field success in their new league,
winning titles in men's basketball and baseball in the first two years. Staub
also led efforts to bring Sun Belt Conference championship events to Monroe.
ULM has hosted three championship events over the last four years (tennis,
2008; cross country, 2009; baseball, 2011). The Warhawks clinched the 2012 Sun
Belt Baseball championship and made its first NCAA regional appearance (Baton
Rouge) since 2000.
Staub's influence has been noted in areas away from the playing field as well. Under
his watch, ULM athletics has twice received recognition for achievements in
diversity. Honored in 2005-06 and 2006-07, ULM was the only school in the state
of Louisiana or the Sun Belt Conference to be named to the list either year.
Staub has also emphasized academic achievement in the department and has put in
place new measures to spur student-athletes success in the classroom. ULM's APR
rates have increased steadily since 2006 as 14 of the 16 ULM programs achieved
a higher single-year score in 2010-11 compared to 2009-10. The two
remaining programs (men's golf and women's tennis) still achieved positive
marks after recording perfect scores the year before. The most recent
multi-year numbers represent the best overall marks since APR was instituted.
ULM, with a
66 percent graduation rate in 2011-12, recorded the highest single-year federal
graduation rate in the state of Louisiana. ULM had a record 121
student-athletes named to the Sun Belt Commissioner's List (3.5 or better
grade point average) and Sun Belt Academic Honor Roll (3.0-3.49 GPA)
during the 2011-12 academic year. Additionally, 108 student-athletes were
honored at the Maroon & Gold Society banquet in May 2012, which recognizes
student-athletes achieving a cumulative grade point average above 3.0.
coming to ULM, Staub literally worked his way through the ranks to become an
NCAA Division I-A athletic director. He spent 20 years at UAB, advancing from
his initial role as the assistant ticket manager to marketing and promotions
manager to senior associate athletics director.
currently serves on the board of directors for the New Orleans Bowl and he is a
member of both the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics
and the Division I-A Athletic Directors Association. During his tenure at ULM, he has served as
the Sun Belt Conference athletic directors chairman as well as on the NCAA
Division I Baseball Committee.
A native of Birmingham, Ala., he received his bachelor's degree in business
administration from Auburn in 1982. He is married to the former Laura Vaughan
of Gainesville, Ga., and the couple resides in Monroe. Staub and his wife serve
on the board for Young Life in Ouachita Parish an organization that he also
serves as advisor for on the ULM campus.