GRANVILLE, Ohio-- Denison University Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Nan Carney-DeBord announced Tuesday that Dr. Gregory Lott has been named Assistant Athletic Director and Assistant Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Studies.
With experience as a professor, professional athlete, and collegiate head coach, his comprehensive background aligns seamlessly across the multiple facets of the Denison athletics department.
"Greg brings to us a wealth of knowledge and experience in character, mentoring and leadership education," said Carney-DeBord. "His diverse background in teaching, administration, but most importantly, leadership will add to the positive and engaging environment we have created. We are extremely excited to welcome Greg to our athletics leadership team and the Denison Family."
Lott most recently served as a tenure-track professor in the Division of Business at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio where he taught an array of undergraduate and graduate courses in Sport Management. As a scholar, Lott has examined the manner in which sport is used within colleges and universities - both as part of an institutional strategy and as an educational component in a holistic education. His primary line of research explores the relationship between sport participation and the development of emotional intelligence. He has presented his work across the country and internationally at such venues as the North American Society for Sport Management Conference and the National Coaching Conference.
"I'm thrilled with this unique role that will allow me to work directly with coaches and students in both an academic and applied setting," said Lott. "The innovative culture and visionary leadership at Denison is special."
"I was drawn to this position because of Denison's obvious desire to maximize sport's educative potential and strive for comprehensive excellence," continued Lott. "I'm quite thankful to be afforded the opportunity to join such an exceptional community."
For a three year period spanning 2006-08, Lott was a professional track athlete training under USA Olympic coach Brooks Johnson at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. In 2007, he ran a leg of the 4x400 meter relay for Team USA at the International Freedom and Friendship Games. He competed on the European Circuit in the 200m and 400m and had top-10 international finishes in Belgium, France, Italy and Germany.
At the conclusion of his professional running career, Lott was named assistant track and field coach and recruiting coordinator at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. In Lott's time at West Point, the men's track & field team won three consecutive Patriot League titles, had an undefeated record against its archrival, Navy, and won the 2010 All-Military Championships. In 2010, he was named the head men's and women's cross country and track and field coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. In addition to his role as head coach, Lott also served as a teaching faculty member of the physical education department. In three seasons leading the Mariners, 88 academy track and field records fell and 17 individual Landmark Conference Championships were collected. From 2010-13, the cross country and track and field teams received more Academic Star awards than any other program at the Academy.
In eight of the last nine years, Lott has been the recipient or named a finalist for either Coach of the Year or Most Influential Faculty/Instructor of the Year at four different institutions.
A 2004 graduate of Dickinson College, he received a B.A. in international business and management. An All-American in track and field for the Red Devils, Lott set seven program records and was a NCAA national qualifier in five different events. His top performance came at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships where he placed second nationally in the 200 meters. He was the winner of the McAndrew's Award (Most Outstanding Athlete at Dickinson College across all sports) and named the 2004 NCAA Mid-East Regional Athlete of the Year. The two-year team captain was the recipient of the Joseph DuCharme Memorial Leadership Award after returning from a potentially career-ending injury. In 2014, he was inducted into Dickinson's Athletic Hall of Fame.
After graduating from Dickinson, he earned a master's degree in sport administration from Canisius College where he also served as Director of Intramural Sports. From there he enjoyed coaching stints at Buffalo State College, Valparaiso University, and the National Training Center. In 2016, Lott completed a Ph.D. in kinesiology with a concentration in sport management from The Ohio State University.
Lott's wife, Dr. Melanie (Cluss) Lott '04, is an assistant professor of physics at Denison. They reside in Granville with their sons Trevor and Cameron.