Sichterman named athletic director at Olivet College
Aug 22, 2013
Olivet College is pleased to appoint David Sichterman as its next athletic director, according to an announcement from President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D. He will begin his responsibilities Monday, Sept. 9.
Sichterman comes to Olivet after serving 13 years as director of athletics and wellness at Marygrove College in Detroit. He also served as head men’s basketball coach from 2000-07 and 2010-13.
“David is an accomplished leader who brings significant experience to Olivet College’s athletic program,” Corey said. “I look forward to supporting him in driving a strong, competitive program that puts our student-athletes first, embraces the college’s commitment to academic and athletic success, and benefits our coaches, employees, alumni and the community.”
With 14 intercollegiate programs and approximately 150 student-athletes to oversee, Sichterman played a pivotal role in Marygrove’s current success. As the only athletic director in Marygrove history, he saw his vision for the once sports-free campus realized in 2000 when his Mustang men’s basketball team participated in their first club event. Women’s club basketball was implemented in fall 2001 and both men’s and women’s basketball were elevated to varsity status in fall 2002 when the college joined the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). Several years passed before other sports would arrive on Marygrove’s campus, including men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball. Of those sports, women’s soccer would quickly stake its claim in the campus’ limelight by winning a USCAA National Championship in its first season. The championship was a first for Sichterman and Marygrove as the college embarked on a new era of Mustang athletics.
During his efforts to build and expand Marygrove’s athletic program, Sichterman also directed the college’s move to membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ (NAIA) Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference in 2012; assisted with the planning, designing and opening of the college’s 3,500-square-foot Campus Wellness Center; managed the recruiting of prospective student-athletes regionally and nationally; established an intramural sports collaboration with the University of Detroit Mercy; and hired and supervised the athletics staff.
As head men’s basketball coach at Marygrove, Sichterman accumulated an 81-141 overall record. During his first five seasons at the varsity level, the Mustangs were invited to the USCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Tournament, including a Final Four appearance in 2007. Returning to the helm for the 2010-11 season, Sichterman helped lead a young squad to another USCAA National Tournament after compiling some of the best wins in program history. In addition to the national tournament invitations, many men have been named USCAA All-Americans under Sichterman’s direction.
Sichterman earned a master’s degree in physical education from Wayne State University in 2000. He holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication and physical education from Western Michigan University, where he was a walk-on offensive lineman for the Broncos’ 1988 MAC championship team. Sichterman resides with his wife, Colleen, daughter, Olivia and son, Dane.
Olivet College is a private, four-year institution that competes in 22 intercollegiate sports. The Comets are an NCAA Division III institution in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. For more information, visit Olivet College athletics at www.olivetcomets.com.