Don Coryell begins his 17th year on the Texas State University athletic department staff as Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Operations. Coryell was named the Associate Athletics Director for External Operations in 2004 after working the previous four seasons at his alma mater, Lamar University.
At Texas State, Coryell is responsible for the athletic department’s marketing and promotional campaigns, ticket and sale operations, facilities and game operations, university licensing, several suite accounts, corporate partnerships and community relations. He is also the athletic department administrator for Texas State’s soccer, men’s basketball, track and field and the Strutters. Formerly, he oversaw men’s and women’s golf. In addition, Coryell serves as the executive director of the “T” Association, Texas State’s Athletic Alumni Organization.
Coryell, a former standout basketball player at Lamar, began his athletic administration career as a marketing specialist for the Cardinals. He was named Assistant Athletic Director for Development at Lamar in 2001.
The Beaumont native was responsible for all external affairs of the department, including fund-raising, marketing, promotions, sponsorships and community relations. Additionally, he served as executive director of the Cardinal Club, the booster group for Lamar Athletics.
Prior to returning to his alma mater, Coryell spent one season playing professional basketball in Ireland for the Dungannon Flyers. He was a member of the all-star team and headed clinics for students from ages 5-18 at over 40 campuses.
A 1998 graduate of Lamar with a bachelor’s degree in corporate communication, Coryell was named the team’s most valuable player following his senior season. He played two years at Lamar after transferring from Angelina Junior College, where he was a 1996 Academic All-American. He received his Masters of Education in Sports Administration from Concordia University in Austin.
Coryell is involved in several community organizations in the Central Texas area including participating as a Board of Director for the Hays County Heart Walk. He and his wife Marci, have a son, Dylan and a daughter, Myra.