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Vice-President for Athletics - Paul Krebs

 

From the Desk of Paul Krebs

Paul Krebs is in his eighth year as the University of New Mexico's 12th director of athletics. He was named to the position on March 13, 2006, and began serving UNM on June 1, 2006. Krebs has been a part of the Presidential Executive Cabinet since the spring of 2007 when he was named Vice-President for Athletics. That has carried over with new President Robert Frank, who replaced David Schmidly on June 1, 2012.

In just seven years, Krebs has installed a diverse strategic plan - with short and long-range goals - that has put the University of New Mexico into position as a major player in the challenging and competitive world of intercollegiate athletics.

Under Krebs, New Mexico programs have been competing for conference championships and national recognition in every sport.  The program has continually ranked among the top non-BCS institutions in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.  Under his leadership, the Lobo athletic program has risen to new heights in several areas:

ACADEMICS / STUDENT WELFARE

UNM's hard-working athletes have reached a GPA of 3.05 or higher for nine consecutive semesters. Lobos have been 3.00 or better for 19 of the past 20 grading periods. The Lobo student-athlete continues to perform in the classroom at a higher rate than the average student.

The Lobos posted 99 graduates during the 2012-13 season. There were 132 UNM student-athletes named MWC Scholar-Athlete recipients, the most of any school in the league. There were 163 Lobos on the Fall and Spring MW All-Academics, leading the conference in that category as well.

This past year saw UNM garner 16 Academic All-District honors and five Academic All-Americans, both numbers school records.  The university has now had 16 Academic All-Americans in the last four years, the best stretch in school history.  Here are a few more academic highs posted in 2012-13:

-- Men's basketball: Posted its ninth straight semester with a GPA of 2.71 or higher.

-- Women's basketball: Continued its streak of posting a 3.00 or better every semester since spring of 2001.

-- Football: Had 14 MW All-Academic selections.

-- Men's golf: Posted its 10th consecutive semesters of a 3.0 or better.

-- Women's golf: A 3.05 or higher for 22 straight semesters; 3.01 or higher 32 of past 33 terms. 

-- Men's skiing: Now has 18 straight semesters of a 3.25 or better.

-- Women's skiing: A 3.28 or higher for 23 straight grading.

-- Men's soccer: A 3.12 or higher 14 of past 17 semesters.

-- Women's soccer: Has posted 15 consecutive semesters of 3.16 or better.

-- Swimming/diving: A 3.28 or higher for 13 consecutive semesters.

-- Women's tennis: Has had a 3.05 GPA or higher for 39 straight semesters.

-- Men's track: Its fifth straight 3.0 semester.

-- Women's track: Has posted 3.25 GPA or higher for 17 straight semesters.

-- Volleyball: Has had 20 straight terms at 3.06 or higher.

• UNM's Student Development staff has nearly doubled in size, including the addition of a learning specialist and a clinical psychologist.

• In the spring of 2009, all academic services for UNM student-athletes moved into the Student Support and Services Center conveniently located close to the athletics department offices and facilities.

• Created the Lobo Leadership Institute, a career-enhancing program that links influential speakers with UNM student-athletes.

• UNM's 4-class average - the average graduation rate from 2008-11 is an all-time high of 57%, 13% higher than the graduation rate for all UNM students, which is 44%.

FACILITIES

• The key component is titled the Master Plan, a project that has architects and Lobo staffers working tirelessly to design and eventually overhaul facilities on UNM's South Campus...the end result will be an interactive Lobo "neighborhood" that benefits student-athletes, coaches and fans...it's an ambitious project with a price tag approaching $100 million.

• Completed a $60 million renovation to The Pit, which added new seats, club seats, a suite level, and a graphics program that showcases the history of UNM athletics.  The Pit after the renovations hosted the 2011 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament First and Second Rounds, and will host the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Second and Third Rounds.

• Under his watch, practically every program has received a major facility upgrade, including $7 million indoor practice facility located south of University Stadium, major enhancements at the Lobo softball field and soccer/track and field complex including a new surface, renovations to the End Zone Club at University Stadium, the reinvigoration of Lobo Field including new dugouts, stands and playing surface, and the McKinnon Tennis Center will begin taking shape soon.

PERSONNEL

Krebs has also hired new coaches for baseball (Ray Birmingham), cross country/track and field (Joe Franklin), football (Bob Davie), men's basketball (Craig Neal) women's basketball (Yvonne Sanchez), women's golf (Jill Trujillo), skiing (Fredrik Landstedt), softball (Erica Beach), women's tennis (Erica Perkins Jasper) and volleyball (Jeff Nelson).

COMPETITION / PERFORMANCE / ATTENDANCE (2006-12)

• UNM ranked 51st in the nation in the final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup for 2012-13, third amongst all non-BCS schools... the Lobos received points from men's and women's cross country, men's indoor and outdoor track, skiing, men's soccer, men's golf and baseball in 2012-13.  Under Krebs, UNM consistently is ranked among the highest finishers among non-BSC schools, and consistently ahead of many BSC institutions.  In 2011-12, the Lobos recorded a 41st place finish, the highest finish in school history.

• The Lobos had a record fall season in 2011 with five teams achieving postseason status, including a first-time appearance in women's soccer.  Overall UNM has had 40 teams qualify for postseason action in the last three years.

• The Lobos have won 18 conference championships in the last two years, and in 2012-13, UNM had 12 individual conference champions, six conference Coach of theYear honors, and 30 All-Americans.  UNM also had an individual NCAA National Champion in skiing.

• UNM led the Mountain West with 12 Conference Athletes of the Year.

• Back-to-back bowl games for Lobo football (2006-07).

• UNM finished in the top 25 in NCAA attendance in men's soccer, women's soccer, volleyball, men's basketball, and women's basketball in 2012-13.

FUND-RAISING / REVENUE GENERATION

• Signed an eight-year deal with Learfield Sports, significantly increasing the school's marketing revenue from corporate sponsorships and broadcast rights

• Signed a six-year contract with Nike as the sole provider/outfitter for UNM athletics teams, nearly four times the previous agreement

• The Lobo Club - UNM's fundraising arm for athletics scholarships - set records in 2007-08, 2008-09, and 2010-11 for total members and contributions.

Krebs began his professional career in collegiate athletics as the Assistant Ticket Director at the University of Oklahoma in 1981. He was promoted to Ticket Director in 1983.  He worked at Ohio State from 1986-99 where he rose to Associate Athletic Director.  He left Ohio State in 1999 to become the Athletic Director at Bowling Green.

A native of Canfield, Ohio, Krebs earned a bachelor's degree in Business from Bowling Green in 1978 and a master's degree in Athletic Administration from Ohio State in 1981.

Nationally, Krebs is currently a member of the NACDA Executive Committee and he is a board member of the I-A Athletic Directors Assocation. He also serves as the liaison to the MWC football coaches.  Krebs' wife, Marjori, is an assistant professor in the UNM College of Education. She received her Ed.D. degree in Leadership Studies from Bowling Green in December of 2006.

He is married to Marjori, They have two children, a daughter, Taylor who graduated from the University of Oklahoma, and a son, Jacob, who is a sophomore at Oklahoma.


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