GOSHEN, Ind. – After six years as the Goshen College Athletic Director, Tim Demant announced his resignation from the position on Thursday. Demant has accepted the same role at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.
"Tim has done a fine job in providing leadership in our Athletic Department," said Bill Born, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students. "He has retained a high level of competitive expectations, while fully supporting our academic and institutional core values along with those of the NAIA."
Born continued, "Tim is a true proponent of the concept of a 'student-athlete' recognizing the value of co-curricular learning within the context of faith-based liberal arts institutions. We're appreciative of his time and service these past six years."
Demant joined the Maple Leaf staff in July of 2008 after a ten-year stint at Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, British Columbia. He previously coached volleyball and was an athletic assistant at his alma mater, Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C.
"While I am excited about a great opportunity at Whitworth University, it is always difficult to say good bye to a place that has become home," Demant explained. "I will truly miss the great people of Goshen College, including a wonderful athletics staff that is committed to making a difference in the lives of student-athletes. I am confident that the Leafs are set up for great things in the future and I look forward to following them from afar."
In Demant's six-year tenure, the academic profile of Maple Leaf student-athletes reached all-time highs. Goshen has racked up 287 NAIA Scholar-Athlete awards in that span (nearly 50 per year), consistently among the leaders nationally in the sports the Leafs' sponsor. The last six years have also seen nine CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American selections after having just one in the program's history prior to Demant's time.
Another mainstay of Demant's tenure was the development of Goshen's Leaf Relief program. Leaf Relief was introduced in 2009 as a way for the athletic department to give back to the community through service projects and fundraising for local and worldwide charities.
Demant was the chair of the Crossroads League athletic directors during the recently completed academic year and served as the vice-chair the previous two seasons. His colleagues also voted him as the Crossroads League Athletic Director of the Year in 2012-13.
At Whitworth, Demant will take over a Pirate athletic program which has won seven consecutive Northwest Conference McIlroy-Lewis All-Sport Trophies (NCAA DIII). He begins duties in Washington on July 1.
The Maple Leafs will officially conclude the 2013-14 athletic year when four individuals compete in the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships May 22-24 in Gulf Shores, Alabama.