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VIDEO! Athletic Director Jim Dafler Announces Retirement

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Sophomore Jordan Fore, biology major and linebacker for the Titan football team, crafted a video presentation about Coach Dafler as an introduction to our newest undergrads.


NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Westminster College Athletic Director Jim Dafler will retire at the end of July after being with the institution since 1989. College President Kathy Richardson announced his retirement to the campus community in an email this week.

"It is with sadness that I announce the upcoming retirement of Jim Dafler, director of athletics, which will be effective July 31," Richardson wrote. "Jim has been a committed and energetic leader of Titan athletics for many years, and he will be greatly missed."

According to Richardson, the College will launch a national search for a replacement.

In addition to serving as AD and time coaching, Dafler has worked with the Westminster Cable Network (WCN) for several years. He's even spent time in the broadcast booth with our student announcers for our live sports broadcasts.

In 2020, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) named Dafler a head coach for the 2020 Reese's Division III College All-Star game.

He was named Director of Athletics at Westminster in 1999 and was a crucial figure in the institution's transition from NAIA to NCAA D-II and NCAA D-III. He served four years on the NCAA D-III Men's Basketball Committee, including serving as committee chair during the 2008-09 season.

Dafler has also served on the Membership Committee of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and as the Presidents' Athletic Conference Athletic Directors' Council chair. He is a graduate of Capital University, where he was a three-year letterman in basketball and was inducted into the Capital Varsity Hall of Fame in 1996.

He earned a Master's Degree from Ohio University. He was also elected to the Preble County Sports Hall of Fame.

Jim Dafler has over 40 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics. He was a member of the athletic coaching and administrative staffs at Marietta College, Bethany College, and the University of Mount Union before coming to Westminster.

Along the way, he served as a head basketball coach for 18 years, a head track & field coach for nine years, a head tennis coach for eight years, and an assistant basketball coach for 12 years

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