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Ron Pavan
Director of Athletics
Athletic Staff
PHONE: (615) 547-1348 EMAIL: rpavan@cumberland.edu
Ron Pavan

Ron Pavan enters his seventh year as Director of Athletics at Cumberland University after serving in the same capacity for 14 years at Ohio Valley University in Parkersburg, W.Va. Pavan is in his 29th year in college athletics with experience in coaching basketball, soccer and softball, as well as serving as intramural director.

In six years at Cumberland, Pavan has successfully added two Assistant Athletic Director positions, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Assistant Wrestling Coach, Sports Information Director and Assistant Sports Information Director. He has overseen the building of a new weight room, resurfacing of the tennis courts, added a new athletic training room and additional office space. During the Summer of 2011 Cumberland added new bleachers and a press box at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.

Pavan took on his biggest project to date during the Spring and Summer of 2012, coordinating the takeover and renovation of Nokes-Lasater Field, the old Lebanon High School football facility. The locker room facilities and coaches offices were both completely redone with new paint, carpet, central heat and air and new lockers and meeting room space added. An old track locker room was turned into an athletic training department, new fencing was added to the south and east sides of the stadium, and the playing areas surrounding the field were resurfaced. The facility includes two 70-yard practice fields, restrooms on both the home and visitors sides of the stadium, a concession stand and dressing areas for visiting players and coaches.

The Pittsburgh, Pa., native has implemented a student-athlete attendance policy and community service program and instituted the use of the NAIA’s Champions of Character (Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Servant Leadership and Sportsmanship) brand throughout the department. Cumberland was named a Five-Star Institution on the Champions of Character Scorecard for th 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.

Pavan has raised the awareness of Cumberland University through the Community Service Program and made one of his main objectives the effort to reconnect with local businesses and corporate sponsorships.

He signed an exclusive apparel and equipment contract with adidas in his first three months on the job at Cumberland, a move which benefits the entire athletic department as well as the University community, and has reconnected with the Coca-Cola Company on new programs. Having partnerships with local sporting goods company SportsWorld and building the new weight room with the mayor of Lebanon, Phillip Craighead, have also improved the image of Cumberland Athletics.

The additions of full-time staff members in sports information, strength and conditioning, wrestling and administration have all added greatly to the improvement of the department, raising the image and quality of publicity locally and nationally and improving student-athlete attendance and graduation rates. Pavan completed the Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education and Human Development Summer Fellow program and the Peabody Professional Institute for Higher Education Management course during Summer 2010.

Before arriving at Cumberland, Pavan spent the previous 14 years at Ohio Valley University. While at Ohio Valley, Pavan successfully added seven varsity programs to the athletic department, oversaw creation of a booster club and moved OVU Athletics from NAIA to NCAA Division II. He also oversaw development of an indoor baseball/softball complex, new fitness center, and improvements to the gym, soccer and softball fields.

Pavan raised OVU’s profile in the local community, not only by elevating the quality of sports within the program but also by bringing in major sports personalities to conduct fundraisers and corporate sponsorships.

He spent nine years at Northeastern Christian Junior College in Villanova, Pa., serving in a variety of capacities, including head coach for men's soccer, women's basketball and softball as well as working in the admissions office and as the intramural director. He was also an instructor in the Art and Physical Education Department while at NCJC.

Pavan earned his bachelor’s in Art and Physical Education from Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas, and earned a master’s in Athletic Administration from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va.

He enjoys running, playing sports and drawing. He is married to the former Tammi McGhee of Lynchburg, Va., and the couple has three children – Madison, Jenna and Mason. He is also a member of the Lebanon Breakfast Rotary Club.

PREVIOUS CUMBERLAND ATHLETIC DIRECTORS

Name  Years 
Byrd Douglas 1922-23
Joe Black Hayes 1948-50
Elmer Solomon 1951
Flavious Smith 1959-60
Amiel Soloman 1961-62
Van Washer 1963-68
James Simmons 1970
Russ Day 1971
Tom Kirby 1972
Mickey Englett 1975-80
Hal Williams 1981-83
Woody Hunt 1984-94
Steve Corey 1995-97
Lynn Bogle 1999-00
Paul Peck 2001
Pat Lawson 2002-08
Ron Pavan 2009-present

 

PAVAN'S COACHING/ADMINISTRATIVE CAREER

2013-14 Cumberland University Director of Athletics
2012-13 Cumberland University Director of Athletics
2011-12 Cumberland University Director of Athletics
2011-12 Cumberland University Director of Athletics
2010-11 Cumberland University Director of Athletics
2009-10 Cumberland University Director of Athletics
2008-09 Ohio Valley University Director of Athletics
2007-08 Ohio Valley University Director of Athletics
2006-07 Ohio Valley University Director of Athletics
2005-06 Ohio Valley University Director of Athletics
2004-05 Ohio Valley University Director of Athletics
2003-04 Ohio Valley University Director of Athletics
2002-03 Ohio Valley University Director of Athletics
2001-02 Ohio Valley University Director of Athletics
2000-01 Ohio Valley University Director of Athletics
1999-00 Ohio Valley University Director of Athletics
1998-99 Ohio Valley University Director of Athletics
1997-98 Ohio Valley University Director of Athletics
1996-97 Ohio Valley University Director of Athletics
1995-96 Ohio Valley University Director of Athletics
1994-95 Ohio Valley University Director of Athletics
1993-94 Northeastern Christian JC Head Coach - Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball
1992-93 Northeastern Christian JC Head Coach - Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball
1991-92 Northeastern Christian JC Head Coach - Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball
1990-91 Northeastern Christian JC Head Coach - Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball
1989-90 Northeastern Christian JC Head Coach - Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball
1988-89 Northeastern Christian JC Head Coach - Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball, Softball
1987-88 Northeastern Christian JC Head Coach - Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball, Softball
1986-87 Northeastern Christian JC Head Coach - Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball, Softball
1985-86 Northeastern Christian JC Head Coach - Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball, Softball
Athletic Staff
Ron Pavan
Director of Athletics
Mitch Walters
Assistant AD/Eligibility & Retention
C. Rick Bell
Faculty Athletic Representative
Jo Jo Freeman
Sports Information Director
Jared Klosterboer
Game Operations Manager
Richie Seaton
Graduate Assistant
Nick West
Graduate Assistant
Contact Information
Cumberland University Athletics
One Cumberland Square
218 South Greenwood Street
Lebanon, TN 37087

(615) 547-1242 office
(615) 443-8422 fax