Friday, May 8, 2015

Former Assistant Austin Newton Earns New Role at Eastern Kentucky University

Former assistant coach Austin Newton has earned a new role at Eastern Kentucky University.

Newton, who served as an assistant on Jeff Neubauer's staff from 2010-2015, has a new job focused on the EKU Athletics Annual Fund and the Colonel Club.

Here is a release from EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – As both a player and an assistant coach, Austin Newton played a key role on some of the most successful men's basketball teams in the history of Eastern Kentucky University.

Now, in a new role focused on the EKU Athletics Annual Fund and the Colonel Club, Newton will take on the challenge of securing private support to help the University's entire athletics program reach new heights of excellence.

"Eastern Kentucky University Athletics is very excited about Austin Newton joining the Colonel Club as director of annual giving," said EKU Director of Athletics Steve Lochmueller. "Austin brings a long history of playing, coaching and mentoring young men while at EKU. This will certainly be an asset as he starts his new position, increasing donations in support of moving Colonel Athletics to the next level. We need all the Colonel Nation to join us in this effort."

Newton said he was "excited" to begin his new role.

"Eastern Kentucky University is a special place to me and my family," Newton said. "This university and community have allowed me so many wonderful opportunities over the years. I've been fortunate enough to see many EKU athletic programs have success and win multiple championships. My new position will allow me the chance to help our current student athletes and coaches get the resources that are necessary to win and represent our University at a high level.

"As a former student athlete and coach, I understand and very much appreciate the importance of the people who support the Colonel Club. The contributions and commitment from these loyal Colonels are crucial to our success. I promise to bring a ton of energy and work diligently to develop new ideas and strategies to make the Colonel Club the best it's ever been. I look forward to being a part of the Colonel family for many years to come."

After an outstanding prep career at Campbellsville High School, Newton played at EKU 2001-05 and was a senior captain on the 2004-05 squad that earned a spot in that season's NCAA Tournament and won what was at that time a school-record 22 games. He excelled in the classroom as well: the three-year Colonel Scholar-Athlete graduated cum laude in August 2005 with a bachelor's degree in public relations.

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