GVSU Won 15th Consecutive Presidents' Cup, Finished Second in Directors' Cup Standings
Grand Valley State athletic director Tim Selgo shares his thoughts on baseball coach Steve Lyon's decision to retire at the end of the 2012 season
Tim W. Selgo enters his 18th year as athletic director at Grand Valley State. He was appointed athletic director on February 12, 1996 and has put his own stamp of leadership on Laker athletics.
A promoter of a well-rounded athletic department, Selgo has been a key figure in the Lakers' rise to the top of Division II athletics. Grand Valley State has finished among the top two in the Learfield Sports/NACDA Directors' Cup standings for 12 consecutive years, including eight straight titles (2003-04 to 2010-11). The prestigious award is presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Learfield Sports and the USA TODAY to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country.
In addition, GVSU has won 15 straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Presidents' Cup titles as the top athletic program in the 16-team GLIAC. The Lakers' 20 all-time Presidents' Cup titles top all GLIAC institutions. Grand Valley State, which won 45 GLIAC titles prior to Selgo's arrival, has won 139 GLIAC titles since Selgo was appointed Athletic Director in 1996.
A well respected leader in college athletics, Selgo served on the NCAA DII Management Council for four years (2007-11), including serving as Chair of the Management Council in 2009. A term on the NCAA DII Management Council is the highest position is DII athletics. He was most recently named the NACDA Division II AD of the Year, while also being named the Division II Central Region Astroturf Athletic Director of the Year in 2006-07. He was also honored as the Central Region AD of the Year in 2002-03. In addition, Selgo is the 2nd Vice President of NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics).
Selgo has been the key figure in the development of the athletic facilities and programs at Grand Valley State. Lubbers Stadium was renovated during the summer of 2011, adding seats to increase capacity to 10,550, as well as installing a new Fieldturf artificial surface. A new outdoor track & field/lacrosse stadium was opened in the fall of 2011, while the Kelly Family Sports Center, which opened for all university activities in August 2008 was spearheaded by Selgo. The KFCS allows GVSU academic classes and athletic teams the opportunity to work inside in inclement weather. The 137,662 square foot facility has a 100 x 55-yard fieldturf surface, a six-lane track with nine sprint lanes and batting cages that drop from the ceiling. The Laker softball team began play on its new field in 2008 and the Laker baseball field added stadium seating behind home plate in 2010. GVSU expanded its football stadium seating capacity to 8,550, added executive suites and a new scoreboard with a ProStar video display board in 2002. The GVSU Football Center, located in the north end zone of Lubbers Stadium, has been expanded by more than 4,000 feet since Selgo's arrival. In addition, lights were installed at Lubbers Stadium and the Rob Odejewski Weight Room was built in honor of the late Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Promotions. The baseball and soccer fields have added press boxes, storage space and concession areas. In addition, the fieldhouse locker room project, that enabled every varsity sport at Grand Valley State to have its own locker room, was spearheaded by Selgo.
Prior to his arrival at Grand Valley State, Selgo was an Associate AD at the University of Toledo. While at Toledo Selgo was responsible for the day-to-day operations for Toledo's 10 women's and nine men's sports teams that competed at the Division I level in the Mid-American Conference. Selgo was instrumental in the marketing and promoting of all 19 sports that the Toledo athletic department sponsored.
A native of Pettisville, Ohio, Selgo was inducted into the Toledo Athletic Hall of Fame in February of 2001. He was a standout basketball player at Toledo from 1977-80, earning four varsity letters. The Rockets posted a four-year record of 87-26 during Selgo's playing days on the hardwood. Selgo participated in two NCAA Midwest Regional Tournaments for Toledo. His 1978-79 Rocket squad claimed a first-round, 74-72, win over Iowa, before dropping a 79-71 decision to Notre Dame in the second round. In 1980, Selgo scored 18 points in Toledo's 94-91 loss to Florida State in a first-round NCAA Tournament game. Selgo was part of two MAC Championship teams (1978-79 and 1979-80) and was co-captain of the `79-80 squad. He earned Mid-American Conference All-Academic honors in 1978, 1979 and 1980 and was named Senior Scholar/Athlete-of-the-Year at Toledo in 1980. Known as an outstanding shooter, Selgo still holds the UT record for free throw percentage in a single-season, converting 92.3 percent (48-of-52) during the 1978-79 season. He also holds the Toledo career free throw percentage record in MAC games, hitting 86.1 percent (62-of-72) and the single-season Rocket mark for MAC games of 93.9 percent (31-of-33).
Selgo graduated from Toledo in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and a minor in mathematics. Following graduation, Selgo remained at Toledo as a graduate assistant for the Toledo men's basketball program and earned his master's degree in education administration in 1982.After serving one year as a teacher and coach at Springfield High School, he then served as an assistant men's basketball coach at Toledo from 1982-1985.
In 1985 he was named head women's basketball coach at Toledo. Selgo served as head coach of the Rockets women's basketball program for three years, turning around a program that is now at the top of the MAC.
Selgo is married to the former Terry Bush and together the couple recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. They have three children; Jennifer (28), Rachel (26), and Daniel (20), and two grandchildren; Tray (4) and R.J.(2) Mitchell.