"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:6-8
Ryan Erwin has served as the Vice President for Athletics and Director of Athletics at East Texas Baptist University since August of 2016. Erwin previously served as Director of Athletics at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma and Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas. The first two years at ETBU was busy ones under Erwin’s leadership, which included the installation of artificial turf at Ornelas Stadium (football), Woods Field (baseball), and Taylor Field (softball), a full remodel of the Maxwell Strength Center and Dean Healthplex, which included new equipment, flooring and branding, and the addition of padded outfield walls at the baseball and softball fields for enhanced player safety. ETBU also started the Tiger Athletic Mission Experience (TAME), which gives student-athletes the opportunity to travel internationally and share their faith through their God-given athletic talents and abilities. In addition, Erwin was instrumental in securing a licensing agreement with Learfield Licensing, negotiating a department wide exclusive Nike contract through BSN Sports, the launch of a new athletic website through Sidearm, increasing the ETBU student-athlete grade point average and the introduction of an online ticketing system. Erwin’s experience in athletic leadership as a Director of Athletics at two NCAA Division II programs has proven to strengthen ETBU’s athletic department. From his time at Rogers State University and Dallas Baptist University, Erwin has set higher standards in each position improving and increasing academic performance, athletic success, fund-raising, student engagement, community service, and branding. . His most recent accomplishment was guiding Rogers State through their approval process to NCAA Division II from NAIA. He also secured a licensing agreement to protect the Rogers State and Dallas Baptist athletic brand and launched an online athletic store selling their products. With 13 years of collegiate experience in administration from sports information, compliance and director of athletics, Erwin has been able to help mold and shape three departments along with being a part of numerous committees. He led the Heartland Conference as the chair of athletic director for eight years, was a member of the NCAA Division II Athletic Directors Association Board of Directors, and served on the NCAA Division II Mentoring Program. Starting his athletic leadership career at Dallas Baptist University, Erwin spent 10 years as a Patriot working in several capacities. He worked his way up to Director of Athletics after starting as the Director of Sports Information and then Compliance Director. In 2006, he moved into the role as the Director of Athletics serving there for seven years. He was an integral part of the strategic planning and fundraising efforts in that time to help improve athletic facilities including the building of Horner Ballpark ($9 million baseball facility), $1.5 million renovation of Burg Gymnasium, construction of new athletic and intramural fields, expansion of athletic training and player development facilities, and remodeling of team locker and meeting room areas. He also oversaw the development of six club sports. Erwin also coached the DBU hockey team and was instrumental in the implementation of a comprehensive discipleship based ministry program and a global sports mission program. Erwin’s career has also had a major impact on academics and community service at both universities. His emphasis on bettering the student-athlete brought the overall grade point average up for both departments at Rogers State and Dallas Baptist. He and his wife, Kristy, have two children, Gage and Gentry, and live in Marshall. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communication from DBU with a minor in Biblical Studies and Psychology. He also holds a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration. Erwin serves as an adjunct faculty member at ETBU.