With newly expanded and renovated facilities, membership in the NCAA Division I FBS and record-setting fundraising efforts, Dr. Larry Teis has overseen unprecedented growth and success at Texas State in his 11 years as the Director of Athletics.
Under his leadership, new facilities and renovation projects have totaled over $100 million since 2009. Fundraising efforts have generated record-setting campaigns in each of the past six years and Texas State enters its third season as a member of the Sun Belt Conference after joining the FBS ranks as a member of the WAC in 2012-13.
The Bobcats joined the FBS after claiming three Southland Conference Commissioner’s Cups and six SLC women’s all-sports trophies in eight years. In his tenure, Texas State has won 23 conference championships and 14 conference tournament titles.
In addition, over 360 student-athletes have earned a bachelor’s degree and over 850 attained a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the last five years. This past year, the Bobcats had five teams post perfect APR scores for the second straight year. In addition, Texas State’s women’s golf and tennis teams were publicly recognized by the NCAA for ranking among the Top 10 percent of their sports with multi-year APR rates for the four-year period ending in 2013-14, for the sixth straight year.
The new and renovated facilities include a redesigned court and new seating in Strahan Coliseum, new practice courts for the basketball and volleyball teams, and construction and grand opening of new Bobcat baseball and softball stadiums. In addition, the Jerry D. and Linda Gregg Fields West Side Complex, which includes 15 luxury suites and 450 club seats, a new playing surface and a new $33-million North Side Complex were added to Bobcat Stadium to increase the seating capacity to 30,000. The first home game in the new stadium against Texas Tech saw a record crowd of 33,006 thanks to temporary seating in the south end zone for the game. The Bobcats played in front of eight of their 10 largest crowds at Bobcat Stadium during the past two seasons.
A new track stadium was built and Texas State’s track and field teams have new coaching offices, locker rooms, weight room and training room. The Bobcat Tennis Complex features new covered seating, a new $1 million indoor facility and a new locker room, while the soccer stadium includes a new locker room, weight room and training room.
Since 2008, Texas State Athletics has received two million-dollar gifts with Jerry and Linda Fields donating $6 million to the program in 2009 after providing a gift of $100,000 to help fund Texas State’s football season tickets drive for the 2008 season. The first $1 million gift to the department came from Darren B. Casey in 2008. Those donations combined with record-setting corporate sponsorships and the student government approving an athletic fee helped Texas State move to the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
Citing his leadership skills, experience and values as elements that made him the right fit for the position, Texas State President Denise M. Trauth named Teis the Bobcats’ eighth director of athletics in March 2004.
A member of Texas State’s athletic administration since January 1999, he serves on the President’s Council and reports directly to President Trauth.
Teis was honored as the 2005-06 General Sports TURF Systems AD of the Year Division I-AA West Region Winner, presented by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. In 2007, he was honored by the All-American Football Foundation with the General Robert R. Neyland Outstanding Athletic Director Award.
He assumed his current position after serving as associate athletic director for external affairs, and oversaw game management, marketing, promotions, facilities and ticket sales. Teis also was the administrator for the men’s and women’s golf, baseball and volleyball teams as well as the Strutters. In addition, he oversaw the Bobcat Athletic Foundation from 1998-02.
A native of Fort Worth, Teis came to Texas State after spending four years as the director of athletic marketing at TCU, where he developed the marketing plan for all sports that included facility signage, season ticket campaigns, game day operations and corporate sponsorships.
Prior to his tenure at TCU, Teis was the assistant director of New Mexico’s Lobo Club for three years.
Teis is an active member of the local community, including serving on the board of directors and as a past chair of the San Marcos Convention and Visitors Bureau.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from TCU, a master’s in sports administration from St. Thomas University of Miami, Fla., and a doctorate in health, physical education and recreation with an emphasis in sports administration from the University of New Mexico.