McClellan Replaces Case as Summer Games DirectorAugust 22, 2007
After an exhaustive search, Southern Utah University is pleased to announce that Casey D. McClellan is returning to his alma mater—this time as the new director of the Utah Summer Games. He will replace Kyle M. Case, who has served as director since 2004.
McClellan returns to SUU from Dixie State College, where he served as the Director of Advisement and Counseling. Previous experience at Dixie includes assistant athletic director, head softball coach and assistant women’s basketball coach. He has also served as a graduation, academic and upward bound advisor.
According to SUU Vice President of Administrative and Financial Services Gregory Stauffer, the SUU community is “very pleased to be bringing Casey on board. He brings a wealth of experience and familiarity with the Games, athletics, event management, volunteer coordination, fund raising, and the SUU campus.”
That experience should come in handy considering the high expectations SUU administration has for the Utah Summer Games’ continued growth. Stauffer explains, “We were looking for a leader that will continue strengthening this event that means so much to Southern Utah and to all those statewide who participate in the Games. We want more and more people to experience the excitement of Summer Games competition.”
SUU President Michael Benson echoes those high hopes for McClellan, “Casey brings a great deal of enthusiasm to this position and we're very excited to welcome him back to campus. We expect even bigger things of the Summer Games, and Casey is the director to help us get there."
McClellan is “honored and excited to become part of this great tradition.” When asked how he plans to reach the high expectations set for the Summer Games in the coming years, he replies, “Kyle Case was an outstanding director, and the staff he’s left in place are headed in the right direction. I’m excited to get acquainted with them and to hear their ideas for the Games’ future. As for my plans, my first priority will be to reach out to Northern Utah more. Right now, the Summer Games seems to be viewed as a Southern Utah thing. I’d like to extend that sense of ownership to all Utahns. This is a statewide competition, and we need statewide interest and support to continue succeeding.”
The Utah Summer Games is Utah's oldest and largest Olympic-style sports festival for athletes of all ages and skill levels from around the state. All are welcome and invited to participate in one or more of the games’ 50 different athletic events. It has been hosted by Southern Utah University since its establishment in 1986.