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December 17, 2012

A&M-Commerce names four finalists in search for new athletic director


COMMERCE — Steve Cobb

Cobb is currently the Director of Athletics at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, a position he has held for the last 12 years. He has overseen an extended period of success in Seawolf Athletics, which has included four Elite Eight appearances for the basketball programs as well as multiple NCAA top-15 finishes for the men’s and women’s cross country, skiing and track and field teams. Cobb has also overseen a number of capital facilities improvements, which includes the $109 million on-campus Seawolf Arena. Prior to his time at Alaska-Anchorage, Cobb spent five years as the Director of Athletics at Georgia Southwestern State University and was an Assistant Athletic Director at Iowa Wesleyan College. Cobb is familiar with the university, having served as an assistant football coach for the Lions from 1990-92. He earned his doctorate in Education from East Texas State in 1993. He also holds master’s degrees in Business Administration from St. Ambrose University as well as Education from Sul Ross State University.

Interview Date: Dec. 19

Tom Tallach

Tallach currently holds the position of Assistant Principal for Athletics at Loyola College Prep in Shreveport, Louisiana. There he oversees the 18-sport intercollegiate athletics program as well as assisting with the education curriculum. Prior to his time at Loyola Prep, Tallach spent three years as the Director of Athletics at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana, heading the 16-sport NCAA Division I athletic program while also seeing improvements in individual and corporate boosters as well as renovations to the basketball, tennis and softball facilities. Tallach spent two years at Tarleton State University as an Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and has ties to A&M-Commerce, where he spent six years as an Assistant Athletic Director for the Lions, including serving as A&M-Commerce’s Interim Athletic Director from 2004-05. Tallach was also an assistant basketball coach for the Lions from 1993-96, earning his doctorate in Education as well as his master’s in Health and Physical Education from A&M-Commerce.

Interview Date: Dec. 20

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