Victor Cegles has accepted the position of athletic director at CSULB, F. King Alexander, university president, announced on April 12. Cegles is the senior associate athletic director, external affairs, at Temple University. He will begin his new duties in June.
“Victor Cegles came to this process very highly regarded throughout the athletic community across the country, and when he visited here, he very quickly impressed the coaches, athletes and other members of our campus community who met with him,” said Alexander. “After numerous discussions with some of the most respected people in intercollegiate athletics today, there seems to be widespread consensus in his ability, integrity and knowledge of university athletics. Additionally, I think people will really like working with him.”
“Long Beach State provides a terrific opportunity for young men and women to pursue academic and athletic excellence. I look forward to working with the committed coaches, faculty, staff and the community in advancing the 49er teams,” Cegles said of his appointment.
Since 2003, Cegles has been at Temple University, where he reorganized the athletics department’s fund-raising endeavors, coordinated efforts between the department and the university’s development office and directed corporate sponsorship. Previously, he was vice president of business development for Gaylord Sports Management in Scottsdale, Ariz., after serving 16 years at Arizona State University in athletic development and external affairs, ultimately serving as the lead senior associate athletic director, external affairs, for two years.
While at Arizona State he led the athletics department’s $25 million capital campaign to enhance facilities and endowments, and, among other responsibilities, supervised baseball, men’s and women’s golf, and women’s gymnastics. He also was the assistant athletic director, development, at Rutgers for five years.
Cegles served as assistant varsity basketball coach at Carnegie Mellon University and as assistant varsity basketball and baseball coach at West Virginia Wesleyan College and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He holds a B.S. degree in business administration from Bucknell and a master’s in counseling and student personnel services from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Kevin White, former athletics director at Arizona State who worked with Cegles for four years said, “Without question, Vic Cegles is a great hire at Long Beach State. Vic is a career athletics administrator who will bring a track record of strong and determined leadership, unqualified integrity and inordinate passion to the 49ers.” White, currently director of athletics at the University of Notre Dame, added, “In my humble view, Vic Cegles will have an immediate impact on each and every aspect of athletics, from the student-athlete experience, to development, and everything in between.”
Cegles will replace former CSULB athletic director Bill Shumard, who resigned last summer to take the position of president and chief executive officer of the Special Olympics of Southern California.