Samford AD Martin Newton agrees to contract extension

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December 25 2021 12:00 am

Birmingham, Ala (Samford Athletics) – Samford Athletic Director Martin Newton has agreed to a new contract with the University, the school announced Thursday.

The new extension will keep Newton at the school through June 30, 2022. Newton, a 1983 Samford graduate, was hired as the school’s athletic director March 9, 2011. 

“I knew it would be great to come back to my alma mater in 2011, but I had no idea how special it would be to see the incredible growth that has taken place under the leadership of Dr. Westmoreland,” Newton said. “Samford is a special place that has always meant a lot to me, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to build relationships with our student-athletes, coaches, staff and the Birmingham community. We have a long way to go, but I am excited to see what the future holds for Samford University and our Athletics Department.”

During Newton’s time at Samford, the Bulldogs have reached unprecedented heights.

On the fields and courts, Samford’s teams have won 28 Southern Conference overall and divisional titles since Newton took the helm of the department, winning titles in 11 of the team’s 17 sports. The Samford football team has reached the NCAA Division I-FCS Playoffs three times in the last five years, after reaching the playoffs only twice previously in program history. The 2016-17 men’s basketball program posted its first 20-win season in over 12 years.

 Academically, the school’s student-athletes have also posted outstanding results in the classroom, with a total of 940 Samford student-athletes being named to the SoCon Honor Roll over the last six years. Samford’s student-athletes posted an impressive 98 percent in the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report, released earlier this year.
Also in Newton’s time, the athletics department has seen a significant increase in corporate sponsorships and annual giving. Sponsorship revenue is up 119 percent during his time at Samford, while Bulldog Club fundraising has seen an incredible 4,530 percent increase.

Newton and his wife, Cindy, have three grown children, Katie, Madison and Charles. They also have two grandsons, Charlie and Sawyer.

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