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Athletic Department: David Riggins

David Riggins

  Athletic Director
  Alma Mater: South Carolina, '74
  E-mail: [email protected]
  Office Phone: 828-689-1215

David Riggins is beginning his 26th year at Mars Hill College. He assumed the athletic director’s duties on September 1, 1998, after serving as the assistant athletic director at Mars Hill since 1993.

Riggins is the winningest head men’s basketball coach in school history. He accumulated 431 victories as a head high school and collegiate coach. His high school teams collected eight conference championships and three State Championships while making nine playoff appearances. He guided his Mars Hill teams to three post-season appearances including the 1994 SAC Championship title. He was named SAC Coach of the Year in 1994.

Coach Riggins is active in community life. He is a member of Woodland Hills Baptist Church and is a member of the Rotary Club of Weaverville. Riggins has been actively involved in NCAA committee work having served as a member of the NCAA Championships Committee, the Legislative Committee and the NCAA Playing Rules Committee. He served two years as vice chair of the NCAA Division II Management Council and also served on the Budget and Finance Committee. He also served on the Division II game environments committee. That group initiated its work in July of 2007 with a summit held in Washington D.C. which Riggins chaired.

During his tenure at Mars Hill College, he coached 16 All-Conference players, one All-American, two-All-Region players, two SAC Freshman of the Year, one SAC Player of the Year, one SAC Male Athlete of the Year and 11 of his players entered the school’s 1,000-point club. Riggins has the distinction of having three former players who have been inducted into the SAC Hall of Fame.

Since assuming the role as Director of Athletics, the Mars Hill Athletic Complex has seen a face lift. Meares Stadium saw the installation of synthetic turf and the W. Scott Merrill Press Box along with refurbished seating for the home grandstand and improved visitor seating. Upon completion, the complex assumed the name as the Ammons Family Athletic Center and Meares Stadium. It now serves as the home for the football, lacrosse and men’s and women’s soccer teams. In addition, a new softball facility was completed on Ponder Field along with the construction of two football practice fields. Belk Field saw the addition of a new practice facility which houses men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse. That facility was upgraded with a new irrigation system and installation of natural turf. As the Lions move into the 2011-12 season more improvements are on the drawing board. The Hart Tennis Center will see a refurbishing of its courts, a new 2,100 square foot athletic weight room will come to fruition and plans are moving ahead for the construction of a new Henderson Baseball facility.

Coach Riggins played basketball in college at Francis Marion University before receiving both his bachelors degree (1974) and master’s degree (1980) from the University of South Carolina.

Coach Riggins and his wife Rita reside in Weaverville. They have two sons, Chase (28) and Kyle (24).