August 28, 2009
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
Shawnee State University Athletics
Department announces new positions filled
A director and several new full-time positions have been
filled at Shawnee State University Athletics Department
including assistant athletic director in charge of Equipment
and Facilities, assistant athletic director in charge of
Academics and Compliance and a coordinator of Sports
Information and Game Management.
Hamilton, who was interim director of SSU’s Athletics
Department and who is also head men's basketball coach, has
been named director of the department. Hamilton came to
Shawnee State as an assistant coach before the 2001-02
season and helped guide the Bears to a 22-10 record,
including a 13-5 conference mark.
Hamilton played basketball at The College of Wooster where
he received a bachelor's degree in history. From there he
went to Illinois College where he was the head women's
soccer coach and head men's golf coach. He was also an
assistant coach for the men's basketball team.
1999, Hamilton joined the men's basketball staff of Ohio
University as a graduate assistant. He earned a master's
degree in Physical Education and remained on staff at O.U.
as an assistant coach during the 2000-01 season.
Bobo has been interim Sports Information director and Game
Manager in the Athletics Department since August 2008 and
recently, she has been named the coordinator of Sports
Information and Game Management in the new full-time
position. She graduated from Shawnee State in May 2008 with
a bachelor in Sports Studies and a concentration in Sports
Management with a minor in Business Administration. While
attending school, she was a student assistant to the Sports
has been named assistant athletic director in charge of
Equipment and Facilities. Putnam is in his fourth year as
head coach of men’s and women’s cross country and led the
Shawnee State Bears to an 11th place in the 32-team field at
the NAIA national championships. This was their highest
finish in school history.
Keegan Rathkamp became the first runner in men's team
history to become an NAIA All-American finishing 10th place.
Twice in four years, the men's team has qualified for
nationals with Putnam as head coach.
Putnam's four years as head cross country coach, the men
have finished no less then third at the AMC championship.
They have also been ranked in the top 25 poll every year.
joining Shawnee State, Putnam coached Chillicothe high
school to a district championship in 2003 and a district
runner-up finish in 2004. Two Chillicothe runners qualified
for the state championship meet in 2003. He served as
assistant cross country and track coach at Xavier University
been winning road races at various distances throughout Ohio
for more than a decade. He was the 2005 Run Ohio Grand Prix
Co-Champion in 2005 and the 2006 Huntington Half Marathon
Champion with a time of 1:09:04. Putnam has also won the
Shawnee State Bear run a record 10 times.
Ted Tom has
been named assistant athletic director in charge of
Academics and Compliance and he is in his third season as
head baseball coach. In 2009, he led the baseball Bears to a
25-30 record and for the first time since 2003, a winning
record (18-16) in the American Mideast Conference.
Four of his
players earned All-AMC honors and two more earned NAIA
Scholar Athlete Awards. In Tom’s first season at the helm of
his alma mater, the Bears finished 16-29 with a 10-16
conference mark. Three of his players earned All-AMC honors.
In 2007, Tom
was outfield instructor at the IMG Baseball Academies in
Bradenton, Fla. where he also was a head coach in the
Florida Collegiate Instructional League. He spent the
2005-06 seasons as the volunteer assistant coach at Indiana
University. While there, his responsibilities included
outfield play, coaching first base, and assisting with the
hitters while also working on Sembower Field. During this
time, Tom earned his master’s degree in athletic
from Shawnee State in 2004 with a degree in sport management
with minors in business and sport coaching and he was a
red-shirt member of the 2000 team that finished fifth in the
NAIA World Series. As a player, Tom earned All-AMC honors as
well as the Joe Smith Memorial Award which is given to the
outstanding senior student that best exemplifies the
attitude and sportsmanship of Smith.