FLORENCE - After a nationwide search, officials at the University of North Alabama last week announced Dr. Joshua M. Looney as its new Athletic Director. The seasoned veteran has experience in athletics at universities in Missouri, Pennsylvania, and two professional sports franchises. He will begin his tenure at UNA on September 1.
“I am very pleased that Dr. Looney has accepted my invitation to become our next Director of Athletics at the University of North Alabama,” said Dr. Ken Kitts, UNA’s President. “He brings extensive experience and a wealth of knowledge to the position. Additionally, Dr. Looney shares our excitement about the opportunities ahead of us as we move toward full Division I status.”
Looney is only the ninth Athletic Director at UNA since the establishment of that department in 1932. He most recently served four years as the vice president and director of athletics at Missouri Western State University. Looney has served on the NCAA staff and he has worked for the NBA’s Orlando Magic and the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs.
“It is a great honor to join North Alabama during this exciting and transformational time in its storied athletics history. I am grateful to President Kitts, Provost Alexander, and the search committee for their confidence in me to steward the next chapter of UNA Athletics. I look forward to working with our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and faculty to produce results that will make The Shoals proud,” said Looney. “Our athletics programs will be built on a foundation of investing in relationships with a relentless commitment to excellence in the classroom, in competition, and in the community. We will continue to respect and build upon the legacy of success at UNA and this incredible campus community. Roar Lions!”
UNA is an NCAA Division I institution that competes in 13 sports as a member of the ASUN Conference and in FCS football as a member of the Big South Conference. Kevin Haslam is the Vice President of Advancement and Executive Director of the UNA Foundation. He has served as the interim Athletic Director since June 1 after the resignation of Mark Linder on May 30. Looney will be joined in Florence by his wife, Jenna, and their two daughters, Parker, 5, and Perry, 2.