Shultz, Troy University's associate athletics director/external
affairs, is leaving after nearly six years in the Trojan athletics
Shultz, a former University of Alabama football
player who has worked in corporate sales during Troy's growth since his
arrival, will be a senior associate athletics director at Jacksonville
“They're putting in a bunch of sky boxes and a
stadium club, and I'm going to help get that going,” said Shultz, who
will leave Troy at the end of the month.
He knows the challenge that's in front of him. He's done it for Troy.
an opportunity to redo what I've done here,” he said. “If they repeat
up there what's been done here, they'll have something to be proud of.”
said the opportunity to work with Jacksonville State athletics director
Jim Fuller, who was his coach when he played at Alabama, coupled with
this next step in career was too good to turn down.
“I want to
become an athletics director someday,” Shultz said. “This is the next
step toward that goal. I'm looking forward to working with Coach
Despite the coming stadium expansion, Shultz isn't sure
if Jacksonville State will follow Troy into the Division I-A ranks in
football. The Gamecocks play in the I-AA Ohio Valley Conference.
what I asked - and I haven't got a straight answer yet,” he laughed.
“But whether they want to go I-A or be one of the best I-AA programs in
the country every year, I've been through what they're about to do.”
His boss said he will be missed at Troy.
known him since his playing days at Alabama,” Troy athletic director
Steve Dennis said. “He's a very hard-working, dedicated individual. I'm
happy for his opportunity to move up to a senior level of athletic
administration. Their gain is our loss.”
Shultz said it isn't easy to leave.
is a great place,” he said. “It's certainly been a great place for me.
I'm lucky (former AD) Johnny Williams believed in me enough to give me
a job. And when Johnny left Steve came in. We've had a good team and we
continue to grow.”
In fact, his observation of why Troy has come so far so fast is its stability at the top.
the most important thing - consistency of people in leadership
positions,” Shultz said. “We see that all the time in athletics. If
you're changing things all the time, it's hard to get everybody on the
same page. It starts at the top. Dr. Hawkins has been here. Dr.
Patterson has been here. Larry Blakeney's been here, Don Maestri's been
here. Troy is very lucky to have those people and to have had them for
a long time.”
“Roger has been in Troy and this community for a
number of years,” Dennis said. “And he can walk away and know he's had
a positive impact and made this a better place.”
Of course, a number of people have given him odd looks when he's told them where he's going.
funny. The university has kind of grown past it, but a lot of people
get worked up about Jax State,” he said. “It's like I have horns. A lot
of it's just in fun, though.”
His challenge of doing something
he's already accomplished doesn't mean he won't learn from his
mistakes. Shultz said he knows what not to miss when that stadium club
“You'd be crazy not to learn and make it better the
second time around,” he said. “I know I'll have to put in trash chutes
and get real good elevators.”