Albany State University now has a new person to lead their athletics department starting in 2020.
ASU President Marion Ross Fedrick has announced the selection of Tony Duckworth as Athletics Director/Chief Athletics Administrator. The appointment is effective January 2, 2020.
Duckworth takes over for Jackie Nicholson, who has served as interim athletic director after the departure of Sherie Gordon in June 2019.
Prior to his appointment, Duckworth served as Director of Athletics and Chief Athletics Officer at Northeastern State University (NSU) in Tahlequah, Oklahoma since 2011. He led the final year of transition into the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. His teams won 13 MIAA championships and had 35 championship or runner-up conference finishes. Duckworth's teams also enjoyed 32 NCAA playoff appearances during his eight and a half year tenure at Northeastern State University. NSU sponsors ten NCAA Division II sports. Duckworth led multiple capital improvements at NSU, including the $18 million event center, a turf and video board replacement and a stadium sports medicine center and locker room renovation.
Additionally, he has served as Director of Athletics at Maryville University, where he led Maryville through a significant transition as the university reclassified from Division III to Division II. He has also served as Head Men's Basketball Coach and Associate Athletics Director at Huntingdon College, Head Basketball Coach at Belhaven College, and Assistant Men's Basketball Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Covenant College. Mr. Duckworth also has international head coaching experience, having led two American All-Star teams to compete overseas in Costa Rica.