Scott Gines was announced as Delaware State's Director of Athletics on June 7, 2018. Gines began his career in college athletics in 1983 as an assistant baseball coach at the University of Virginia, and in 1987 he became one of the nation’s youngest Division I head coaches. In 2000, Gines concluded a 17-year Division I coaching career with 31 professional baseball selections, four Major Leaguers, nine Academic All-American awards, and departed from Radford University and the Virginia Military Institute as their all-time wins leader at that time. On 11 occasions Gines’ former players and assistant coaches led NCAA Division I baseball programs as head coaches.
A 1983 VMI distinguished graduate and military scholar, Gines holds a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia and an Ed.D. in Leadership from the University of St. Thomas (MN). He is a fellow of the Higher Education Management Institute (Vanderbilt University), a graduate of the Sport Management Institute Executive Program (Universities of Michigan and Texas), and he completed the Transformational Leadership Program at the Universities of Adelaide and Texas. A former faculty member at Dakota Wesleyan and Fairmont State Universities, Gines’ publications include submissions in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, The Coaching Clinic, A.B.C.A Quarterly Digest and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Gines served on the sport management faculty at Dakota Wesleyan and Fairmont State Universities.
Gines’ 35-year higher education career spans a range of institutions and leadership positions. From 2000-2009 Gines served as director of athletics at three universities, elevating revenues, launching capital improvements, community engagement initiatives while capturing 11 conference championships, 3 regional championships, and 17 post-season bids, highlighted by 3 Elite Eight, 2 Final Four and 1 national championship game appearance. Gines served as vice president for institutional advancement at Texas A&M University-Kingsville from July 2009 through December 2012, overseeing the departments of athletics, career services, alumni, development, marketing and communications, and he became the vice president for intercollegiate athletics and campus recreation in January 2013. During Gines’ recent tenure, Javelina Athletics posted its most successful six-year period of department-wide competitive success, totaling 28 NCAA post-season appearances, eight national top 10 finishes, four Lone Star Conference Championships, one National Runner-up, two team National Championships, a College World Series appearance, a Live United Bowl victory, and 25 NCAA Division II individual National Champions. Javelina Athletics advanced to the semi-finals of the Division II Award of Excellence on three occassions, more than doubled the annual number of degree recipients, and finished in the top 91 of the Division II Learfield Cup standings for a record six consecutive years.
Gines’ developed a comprehensive gender equity plan during his tenure and launched women’s golf, tennis, and beach volleyball, nearly doubling women’s student-athlete participation. Through a series of initiatives, annual operational revenues increased by over $4.2 million, Javelina football repeatedly finished in the National top 20 in average per game attendance, the department set benchmarks for Division II community engagement, and TAMUK Athletics won the bid to host the 2019 and 2020 NCAA II Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field National Championships.
During this timeframe, Gines initiated $12 million in new facility construction and upgrades, increased scholarship budgets by nearly $1 million, elevated salaries, expanded staffing, and raised recruiting budgets. Now a department of 15 NCAA II Championship sports, Gines hired all but one current TAMUK head coach, and five athletics programs are currently led by the most successful head coaches in Javelina athletics history, including recently recognized Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Coach of the Year, Ryan Dall.
Recognized for his work in strategic and financial planning, Gines served on the NAIA’s national oversight (Council of Athletic Administrators) and legislative committees; the NCAA II Northeast Regional Advisory Committee (Football); the NCAA II/D2ADA Women and Minorities Program; the NCAA Research Committee; the NCAA Innovations Grant External Review Committee; and he chaired the Lone Star Conference (LSC) Expansion Committee and led the Lone Star Conference Strategic Plan Review (2016-2021). An experienced speaker, Gines is a past-presenter at the NAIA, NCAA, and NACDA national conventions.
Gines is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (1996), the Manchester Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals, and the Empire Who’s Who. A1984 Outstanding Young Men of America recipient and 1984 U.S. Olympic Tryout participant, Gines received the 1989 Big South Coach of the Year award (baseball), served on the Coastal Bend (TX) Fellowship of Christian Athletes Board of Directors, and he is the past-President of Kingsville, TX Rotary (2013-14), and a member of Phi Kappa Phi.
Gines is married to the former Ginger Holley, a Davidson College alumna and registered nurse. They have two grown children, son, Patrick, daughter, Kelly, daughter-in-law, Lauren, and granddaughters, Piper, Eloise, and Hazel.