Samantha K. Huge Selected as William & Mary Athletics Director
William & Mary announced that Samantha K. Huge has been appointed as the new director of athletics effective May 1.
Huge, currently the senior associate director of athletics at Texas A&M University, has 17 years of Division I athletics administration experience. She will become the first woman to hold the position at William & Mary since the job was combined in the 1980s to cover both men's and women's sports. Huge will succeed Director of Athletics Terry Driscoll, who is retiring this year after 21 years. She will be introduced at a press conference Wednesday morning.
At William & Mary, Huge will be a member of the president's senior leadership cabinet and will be responsible for more than 120 Tribe Athletics staff members and coaches. As the director of athletics, Huge will manage the organization's $24 million budget, serve as its primary fundraiser and oversee the continued implementation of the department's strategic plan, announced in April 2015, which includes providing "a championship experience for every student-athlete and every fan."
NEWS ON SAMANTHA K. HUGE
A Perfect Fit: Huge and Tribe Athletics
by Jim Ducibella, University Relations
During the summers and holidays she spent in Northern Virginia, Samantha Huge drank in all of the wisdom, hope and enthusiasm offered by her grandmother, Daniela Brabner-Smith.
"She always encouraged me to do my best, but also that no door was closed to me," Huge recalled. "I could be and do whatever I wanted to be or do. I know that sounds trite and a lot of people say that, but it's true."
One of her career aspirations, she said, was to become director of athletics at William & Mary, a university and a location she knew well on several different levels. That goal officially became reality on Wednesday when she was introduced as the successor for retiring Athletics Director Terry Driscoll.
What They Are Saying About Samantha K. Huge
"Samantha's brother, Chris, was among my first recruiting classes, so she's got longstanding ties to the William & Mary family. She's familiar with academically rigorous environments, having been at Georgetown and Wake Forest, plus she's been at a CAA peer and now Texas A&M. She's an impressive person, very candid and thoughtful, and someone who loves to win while doing things the right way. I am looking forward to working with her and expect that she will do very well." - Jimmye Laycock '70, W&M Football Head Coach