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Cellum Named Athletic Director

7/5/2017

Tishomingo, Okla. (July 5, 2017) – Murray State College has announced that Justin Cellum has been named athletic director in addition to his duties as the college's head women's basketball coach.  For the past year, Cellum served as assistant athletic director under predecessor Zach Crabtree.

"We could not be more pleased to welcome Justin Cellum as our new athletic director.  He is a valued member of the Murray State College family who brings a great deal of professionalism and energy to whatever he does.  His thoughtful and analytical approach to the position will allow the athletic department to continue on its path of growth and success," MSC President Joy McDaniel said.

Cellum will oversee all aspects athletic department operations including hiring of coaches, compliance, promotion, budget preparation, and facility management. 

While assistant athletic director, Cellum was charged with managing all athletic department budgets as well as providing leadership and structure to the athletic department.

Under his leadership, the MSC athletic department signed an agreement with SIDEARM Sports to produce a new athletic department website that will debut on September 1, 2017.

“I am very honored to be selected as the next athletic director at Murray State College. I would like to thank President McDaniel and Vice-President Gray for believing in me as we continue to grow our athletic department. We have a talented group of coaches leading our eight athletic programs, and I am very excited to work alongside them as we continue to provide our student athletes with the best experience possible," Cellum said

Under Cellum’s guidance as women's head basketball coach over the past three seasons, the Lady Aggies have advanced to at least the semi-finals of Region II Basketball Tournament.

Cellum lead the team to a tournament win in 2015 during his first season as coach. Prior to 2015, the Lady Aggies hadn’t won the Region II Championship or advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament since 1981.

Every player that has played both seasons of eligibility under Cellum has graduated from Murray State College.  Additionally, Cellum has coached three players who have been selected to represent MSC in the NJCAA All-Star Game.  Student athletes under his direction regularly  earn scholarships to four-year institutions.

Prior to his tenure at Murray State College, Cellum spent five seasons at Cameron University (CU) in Lawton, Okla.

While at CU, Cellum coached nine Lone Star Conference All-Conference Team members, three Lone Star Conference New Comers of the Year and Sabelle Diana, Lone Star Conference Player of the Year.

Coach Cellum attained his master’s degree in secondary education from Cameron University.  His bachelor’s degree in accounting was also awarded by Cameron.

Cellum resides in Tishomingo with his wife, Tori and their son Carter.

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