Dave Diles will become Virginia Military Institute’s new athletics director, Superintendent Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III announced.
An athletic administrator with more than 20 years of experience, including serving as head athletics director for 11 combined years at two Division I institutions, Diles succeeds Hampton native Donny White, who will be retiring in November after 15 years.
Diles comes to VMI from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he has served as AD and chair for the Department of Physical Education and Athletics since 2005. VMI is transferring responsibility for oversight of the Reserve Officers Training Corps to Diles’ department.
Diles was previously the AD at Eastern Michigan (1999-2005) and was vice president and AD at St. Bonaventure (1994-99).
Kennesaw State, located near Atlanta, has accepted an invitation to join the Big South Conference, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The 49ers are ranked 15th in the national coaches’ poll, while the Monarchs are receiving votes below the top 25.
Men’s cross country:
Christopher Newport’s JJ LaPointe was named the Capital Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week in men’s cross country.
In the ODAC Preview meet, the freshman posted the top time on the team, completing 8 kilometers in 27 minutes, 6.30 seconds. That performance placed him seventh in the field.
Richmond-area golfers Tom Rash and Jim Hudson shared the lead with Northern Virginians Roger Pitkin and Robert Murphy II at 5-under-par 65 after one round of the two-round Virginia State Golf Association Super Senior Four-Ball Championship at Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club in Portsmouth.
Also in the event for 65-and-older golfers are Portsmouth’s Murray Rudisill and Suffolk’s J.P. Leigh (68), Williamsburg’s Harry Cain and Potomac Falls’ David King (68), and the Newport News tandems of Phil Gregg-Bill Cowardin (70) and Rex Davis-Bob Sears (72).
Former U.Va. standouts Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot lost 7-5, 6-3 in men’s doubles to Brazil’s Marcelo Melo and Croatia’s Ivan Dodig in a U.S. Open quarterfinal, the first reached in the tennis open era -- which dates to the late 1960s -- by U.Va. alumni.
Huey lost his serve on four straight points to finish the first set at Louis Armstrong Stadium in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., and the ex-Cavaliers couldn’t overcome a 5-1 deficit in the second set.