Team Work

Brady McKillip ’00 was appointed as Graceland University Director of Athletics. Zach Mullins was appointed an associate athletic director, and Stew McDole ’65 will remain an associate athletic director.

McKillip has served as Graceland's Assistant Athletic Director since 2009 and head baseball coach since 2001. He earned a BA in business administration from Graceland, and an MA in health, physical education and recreation from Emporia State University. McKillip will continue as Graceland’s head baseball coach.

Mullins has served as head wrestling coach for Graceland since 2013, re-establishing a strong program from the ground up. He earned a BA in sports management and an MA in management, with specialization in human resources from Briar Cliff University.

“Graceland athletics can change lives, providing students with inspiration and tools for lifelong learning,” commented Mullins. “I am eager to join Brady and Stew on a leadership team that can make a difference.”

This internal move of athletics administration mirrors the right-sizing taking place across athletics, as the university works to find the ideal balance between athletics, academics and student life. Through strategic recruiting, Graceland has been working to admit the ideal number of student-athletes for the success of each team, the athletes and the rest of the student body.

With years of experience, Stew McDole grounds the leadership team. “Graceland is, has been, and will continue to be a highly-regarded institution, and the core decision making is driven by a liberal arts commitment to its students,” noted McDole. “Graceland athletics are part of the curriculum and essential settings within which we help students develop a critical set of life tools.”

An athletics leadership team made up of experienced coaches brings insight and perspective to the department in order to lead with direct knowledge of how students are affected. After all, student success – both in the classroom and competing as a Yellowjacket – is the goal of Graceland Athletics and Graceland as a whole.

"The Athletics Department is an integral component of the university, and this is an exciting time for Graceland. I believe Zack, Stew and I can effectively implement the university's strategic athletic plan. Working hand in hand with Student Life, Admissions, Student Financial Services, the CAP Center, faculty and staff, we will continue to impact students' lives in and out of the sports arena in ways that support the mission of Graceland."
~ Brady McKillip `00