Randy Tenney Named Athletic Director
Thursday, May 17th, 2012
West Virginia Wesleyan president Dr. Pamela Balch announced on Wednesday that Baseball Coach Randy Tenney will become the college’s new athletic director.
A Buckhannon native and Wesleyan alumnus, Tenney has orange and black in his veins. He has been a part of the athletic department since 1987; and that experience lends him a full understanding of the rich history and traditions of Wesleyan athletics.
“I’m excited about the opportunity; we have a great athletic department and want to continue to move the department forward,” Tenney said. “I’m grateful to Dr. Balch for supporting me in this appointment and look forward to working through all of the challenges ahead.”
Tenney will officially begin his new position on June 9, 2012. He assumes the role after the departure of current Athletic Director Ken Tyler, who accepted a similar position at the University of Mary Washington.
Tenney takes over the second largest athletic program in the WVIAC, and will remain as the head baseball coach.
He has been the skipper for the Wesleyan baseball team for the past 26 seasons, registering an overall record of 664-402-7. He has won four conference titles and six divisional championships — 5 in the Southern Division (1991, 1992, 1995, 1996 and 2012) and one in the central (2008). He is a four-time WVIAC Coach of the Year.
Prior to returning to Wesleyan, Tenney spent nine years teaching in the Upshur County School system. He was also a standout on the diamond for Wesleyan Hall of Fame coach Hank Ellis. He played four seasons at second base for the Bobcats and still holds school records for career (78) and single season steals (29).
Tenney graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan in 1977 with a degree in education. He attended Buckhannon-Upshur High school.
Tenney and his wife Shirley, have three children, Bucky, J.R. and Christi.