Todd Hibbs has been selected to lead Hiram College Athletics, following a national search for a new Director of Athletics. A native of Ohio, Hibbs comes to the College with a strong background in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III athletics, success in administrative and fundraising positions, and a vision of how athletics should balance with academics at private colleges.
Assuming the role on July 1, Hibbs will replace Ellen Dempsey, who will transition to a role in the College’s Office of Alumni Relations and Development. It was critical that the College found an individual that could build on the successes of Dempsey, said Liz Okuma, Ph.D., vice president and dean of students. “Todd is a leader who understands Division III Athletics, putting student-athletes first, and is committed to the development of coaches, staff, and the department.”
Hibbs earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from the University of Mount Union in 1989, where he was a student-athlete, gaining status as a two-time NCAA Division III All-American and National Wrestling Coaches’ Association (NWCA) Scholar All-American. In 2005, he was inducted into Mount Union’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Hibbs continued his education, completing a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology and human performance from Michigan State University in 1992.
Following a high school coaching career, Hibbs began his collegiate coaching career in 2004 at Olivet College in Michigan, where he was hired to serve as the head wresting coach. After co-authoring a proposal for the sport’s reinstatement at the College, Hibbs led the team to a top-three finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional during every season under his tenure, including a regional title in 2006. Hibbs also assisted in raising funds for a new practice facility for the wresting program within the College’s multi-million dollar event center. He was promoted to Director of Institutional Advancement in 2009 before accepting a position as Vice President of Advancement in 2010. Hibbs was also an assistant professor in health education at the College.
Hibbs accepted a position at Alma College in Michigan in 2011 as the Head Wresting Coach, where he built a NCAA Division III wrestling program that created over $3 million in revenue and held a consistent roster of 30 – 35 student-athletes yearly. Under his leadership, the wrestling program received numerous national honors, including being ranked as high as sixth in NCAA Division III athletics, ranked as high as second in team academic standing, and held a school record of three NCAA All-Americans. Hibbs was then promoted to Associate Athletic Director for Advancement and assisted in fundraising efforts for construction of a new $4.5 million athletic facility.
To further his education, Hibbs stepped away from higher education athletics in 2016 to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree in educational leadership from Central Michigan University, with a projected finish this year.
Hiram hosts 15 Division III teams and Cheer and STUNT, with more than 40% student-athletes.