By Sports Editor Peter Holland Jr.
McPherson College will now be looking for a new athletic director as Andrew Ehling resigned and accepted the same position at New Mexico Highlands University, as confirmed by the Bulldog Athletics.
“Andrew has redefined the role of athletic director at McPherson College,” President Michael Schneider said. “I am grateful for the many hours of work on campus to support our coaches and student-athletes, his tireless work serving in the greater McPherson community, and the nights away from home raising money to support our program.”
Ehling was in his fifth tenure as the director of athletics after being hired in February of 2015. Some of Ehling’s accomplishments include a yearly increase of student-athletes, which is now up to over 450 in the 2019-20 school year, most in school history. He also launched the Bulldog eSports program, raised over $500,000 in athletic gifts, established the Bulldog Athletics Banquet.
In 2017, Ehling was involved in the $1,000,000 renovation of McPherson Stadium, which included a new ticket office and entrance, and build Bulldog Park for the McPherson College baseball and softball team.
The 2018-19 year was a successful year for the Bulldogs after teams won a KCAC title and placed fourth in the KCAC Commissioners Cup (87th in NAIA Director’s Cup), which is their highest in the standings. The McPherson volleyball team hosted a first-round match in the NAIA Volleyball Championship and advanced to Sioux City, Iowa, where the NAIA final site was located.
Academically, the student-athletes achieved above 3.0 average since 2016-17 and 14 of the 15 programs to receive NAIA Scholar Team distinctions the past two years. In 2018, he started the “Bulldog Growler,” which recognizes the athletic programs for its community service. The Bulldogs logged over 1200 hours of community service.
“My family and I absolutely love McPherson,” Ehling said. “We have built some tremendous relationships these past nine years and McPherson will always have a special place in our hearts. As an institution and athletic department, we have been blessed with success and none of it happens without the leadership of President Schneider and the generous support of our alumni, donors, and community. I’m excited to follow McPherson College as it continues to grow.”
Not only was Ehling part of McPherson College but also in the athletic community. While as athletic director, he served as treasurer for the City of McPherson Main Street Committee and is aboard member on the NAIA-Athletic Director Association.
Before he was an athletic director, the Hutchinson native was a head coach for the Bulldog baseball team for 3.5 years and was named KCAC Coach of the year after leading the Bulldogs to a 20-30 record, qualifying for the postseason conference tournament and finishing fifth in the conference standings in 2013.
“I’m very thankful to Doug Quint for giving me my first opportunity as a head baseball coach nine years ago, and for President Schneider taking a risk on me,” Ehling said. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without their support.”
Ehling’s last day will be on Feb. 28. The Bulldogs’ search for a new athletic director will start immediately.