MACON, Ga. – Atlantic Sun Conference (A-Sun) Commissioner Ted Gumbart is the new President of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA), the association announced recently at its summer meetings.
Gumbart has served as the A-Sun Commissioner since January 2007, and his veteran career in athletics spans three decades. His most recent service to the CCA includes a term as the Executive Vice President, along with service on the CCA Executive Committee as a subdivisional vice president.
"I am honored to serve in this capacity for the CCA, and to work collegially with such an outstanding group of individuals who continue to positively impact student-athletes through their passion, experience and vision for intercollegiate athletics," said Gumbart.
Gumbart will serve a two-year term in this leadership role within the CCA, which serves as the originating entity for the National Letter of Intent (NLI) Program. The CCA also continues to serve as a forum for all 33 Division I conferences to discuss policy issues related to intercollegiate athletics, manage officiating issues, and advance the conference commissioners' unique leadership role within intercollegiate athletics.
Gumbart has extensive NCAA committee service experience, including his most recent selection to the newly formed NCAA Sand Volleyball Committee. He has served on the Board of Managers for the Women's College Basketball Officiating LLC (2010-2013) and as Chair for his final two years of service on the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP, 2009-13). He previously served a four-year term (2003-2007) as the A-Sun delegate to the NCAA Management Council, where he also served as a member of the Legislative Review Subcommittee and the Membership Subcommittee. From 1997-2002, Gumbart represented the A-Sun on the NCAA Championships and Competition Cabinet, where he served as a member of the Certified Events Subcommittee, the Administrative Committee, and chaired the Nominating Subcommittee.
In his roles over the past 23 years with the A-Sun, Gumbart has continued to lead the conference in new and innovative areas of development. He has overseen the championships program and its most recent expansion to include sand volleyball and women's lacrosse. Under his direction the A-Sun became the first to hold a conference championship in sand volleyball and was also the first to receive an automatic bid to the AVCA National Collegiate Sand Championship. This past season Gumbart successfully aided the conference in transitioning to a new basketball format, resulting in an increase in support and exposure en route to a record crowd for the men's championship final.
Most recently his vision helped position the A-Sun as a leader in the provision of original video content when he led the move to a campus-based ESPN production initiative. As a result of this leadership, the conference has provided steadily increasing numbers of live events in men's and women's basketball, softball, baseball men's and women's soccer, volleyball and lacrosse. In fact, in 2014-15 every A-Sun conference basketball game was aired on the ESPN family of networks, accounting for 20 percent of ESPN3's college basketball inventory. Overall, an impressive total of 6.2 million minutes of A-Sun content was viewed on WatchESPN in 2014-15.
The A-Sun was also one of the four founding conferences of the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association, which provides opportunities for student-athletes from 13 Division I institutions. Gumbart was instrumental in the organization of the swimming league and has served as its Executive Director since its formal inception in 2007.
SINCE 1978, the Atlantic Sun Conference has supported its member institutions in Building Winners for Life through vibrant intercollegiate athletic experiences. Atlantic Sun members maintain the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement, creating balance between "student" and "athlete." With emphasis on sportsmanship in the competition and fostering transformative leadership experience through community service, Atlantic Sun student-athletes, administrators and member institutions aim for a complete educational experience that is successful in Building Winners for Life.