Stephen F. Austin Athletic Director Will Retire


NACOGDOCHES, Texas-- Stephen F. Austin State University athletics director Steve McCarty announced today that he will retire his position at SFA effective August, 31, 2005. McCarty has been with SFA for the past 21 years, the last 15 as athletics director.

"My 21 years at SFA have been the most exciting and satisfying of my 40-year career in the athletic arena. It is important for me to say thank you to our regents and administration for their total and complete support for all our student-athletes, coaches and staff members. I will continue to support our university and our athletics program as long as I have enough breath in me to proclaim, `Axe 'em Jacks,'" said McCarty.

"I have put a great deal of thought and prayer into this decision and I feel that now is the time to step aside. I will miss the relationships and I will miss the joy of victory, but I will not miss the agony of defeat," said McCarty.

For the past year, McCarty has served as representative to the executive committee of the National Association of Directors of Athletics (NACDA), representing District Six. The Alto, Texas native also recently completed a one-year term as president of the I-AA Athletic Director's Association, representing schools across the nation that play I-AA football. He is also a past member of the I-AA selection committee and the NCAA Football Issues Committee. McCarty has also spent time serving on or is currently serving on such Southland Conference committees as Finance, Compliance, Basketball Tournament, Marketing and Television and the SLC Officiating committee. He has also served as the chair of the Athletic Directors' Committee and chair of the Football Athletic Directors' Committee.

During his time in Nacogdoches, Lumberjack and Ladyjack athletics have seen success across the board. The football team has earned two NCAA I-AA playoff berths, three NCAA Volleyball Championship appearances and two NIVC appearances, 14 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship appearances, an appearance in the NCAA Men's Golf Regional, three Southland Conference soccer titles, an NCAA Soccer Championship appearance and six SLC cross country titles, including the past four men's championships, two women's track and field titles and one men's track and field title. The 2004-05 academic year has been no exception, as SFA has brought home five Southland Conference titles so far this academic year. The Ladyjacks won conference titles in soccer, a co-championship in volleyball, and indoor track and field while the Lumberjacks won league titles in cross country and indoor track and field. STORY AD BEGINS HERE

SFA Athletics has seen an overall upgrade in its facilities in the past eight-and-an-half years under McCarty. During that time SFA has built the Jimmy W. Murphy Wellness Center and the new athletic training and academic center and has plans on the drawing board for a new baseball / softball facility in the near future.

He was recognized nationally for accomplishments at SFA last June when he received the Gen. Robert R. Neyland Outstanding Athletic Director Award from the All-American Football Foundation.

McCarty is a two-time graduate of the university and is also a member of the SFA Alumni Association's "Football Coaches Hall of Honor."

He entered college athletic administration following a successful high school football coaching career. He made head coaching stops at Beaumont South Park, West Orange-Stark and Nacogdoches, finishing with a 73-30-2 (.705) record.

McCarty and his wife, Sara Lee, are the parents of a daughter, Sabra, and a son, Ty. They also have one granddaughter, Chandler McCarty, and two grandsons, Mason Weis and Cade McCarty.