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Todd Thurman, an award-winning and experienced administrator and coach with a proven track record of success, was named director of athletics at MSU Denver on May 22, 2020. Thurman had been the director of athletics at Southwestern Oklahoma State since 2008.
While at Southwestern Oklahoma State, Thurman spearheaded efforts to found the Great American Conference and to develop a new event center and athletics facilities, achieving $27 million in fundraising. Under Thurman’s leadership, the program celebrated championships in five sports, and he also established initiatives such as reading programs, community clean-ups and game-day pride events.
Thurman had served as head coach for the Southwestern Oklahoma State men’s basketball program from 2006 through 2009. The team qualified for the conference tournament all three seasons, and the program had a 100 percent graduation rate. Thurman was recognized as Lone Star Conference Coach of the Year in 2008 and was named administrator of the year by the student body in 2015.
Thurman earned a bachelor’s degree in business education from Southern Nazarene (Okla.) and a master’s degree in education, graduating summa cum laude, from Central Oklahoma. Thurman also played professional basketball in Argentina, the Philippines and the United Kingdom before starting his coaching career.