GCSC confirms new athletic director is Mike Kandler

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - As WJHG/WECP first told you last week, Gulf Coast State College has released details about the athletic director switch.

According to a press release Monday, Mike Kandler, head baseball coach, is now the new Athletic Director and Roonie Scovel, head women's basketball coach and former athletic director, will now serve as associate athletic director.

“Roonie Scovel has been as great an athletic director as she has been a women’s basketball coach at Gulf Coast,” Dr. John Holdnak, GCSC President, said. “However, her fiercely competitive nature as a coach, along with a strong desire to spend more time with family at this point in time in her life, meant that something had to give. When you are as successful as she has been in her career, you reach a point where you get to pick and choose where you find the greatest happiness, and spend your time and energy there. I have known Mike Kandler since I was the College’s AD back in the early 1990s, and have a great deal of trust in his administrative abilities. He has my full support as he transitions from the #2 to the #1 spot in the department.”

“I am excited for the opportunity,” Kandler said. “Coach Scovel and I will continue to work closely in order to best serve the College and all of the athletic teams. I am optimistic that we can keep up the tremendous level of success that we have demonstrated in the past, both athletically as well as academically.”

“I am truly thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Wellness/Athletics administrative staff,” Scovel said. “The change in organizational structure two years ago resulted in all of our staff members taking on more responsibilities within the department. I believe our team has proved this to be a very effective structure and will continue to do so as Coach Kandler and I ‘swap’ administrative positions. He will do a great job as the new athletic director and I feel very confident that he will lead this department to great success.”

To read the previous story on this change, click here.