@univwestalabama @stanwill August 31

My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University: University of West Alabama

Location: Livingston AL

I get asked almost on a weekly basis do I miss being a college coach or athletic director. I thing people are surprised when I tell them no. My answer is not because it was an unpleasant professional experience quite the contrary but I have never been wired to look back. I want to focus on the present and future so I don’t miss the past.

I do confess that I miss a large number of relationships I formed over the years while involved with college athletics most importantly the people I coaches against, fellow athletic administrators, or leaders I served on NCAA or conference committees with. One of the individuals was Janet Montgomery-Associate Athletic Director  who works at the University of West Alabama.  She is working a great leader in Stan Williamson the former Director of Athletics at Campbell.

Janet and I both got to serve on NCAA Division II Management Committee together.


Photo from a NCAA Committee meeting in Indianapolis.  (l-r) Janet Montgomery-West Alabama, Denisha Hendrick-formerely at KY State, and Steve Poston-Wingate.

Janet Montgomery

Like a lot of colleges the University of West Alabama (UWA) had its roots tied to a single gender mission. Also like a lot of colleges it has seen its share of name changes and a move away from its normal school history.

UWA was chartered in 1835 as a church-related female academy and admitted its first students in 1839.  Like a lot of southern colleges the Civil War caused it to close and reopened in the late 1860s or early 1870s. Although it appears that a few male students were admitted following the reopening, a resolution by the Board of Trustees in 1876 excluded boys, and this policy was followed until the beginning of the 20th century.


Livingston Female Academy and State Normal College continued as a private institution with some State support until 1907, when the State assumed full control. It remained under its own board of trustees, however, until the Legislature created a State Board of Trustees for all the normal schools in 1911. In 1919 this board was abolished and all state normal schools were placed under the supervision of the State Board of Education.

In 1929 the school at Livingston became State Teachers College, Livingston, Alabama, with authority to confer the degree of Bachelor of Science. In 1957 the name was again changed by an act of Legislature — this time to Livingston State College.

In 1967 an act of the Legislature created Livingston University, with its own Board of Trustees.

In 1995 the institution recognized its broader mission as a regional university serving the educational needs of all the citizens of the area by changing its name to the University of West Alabama.

Today UWA boast an enrollment in excess of 5,000 students with over half taking classes online. NFL players Malcolm Butler and Tyreek Hill both were students at UWA.

(l-r) Malcolm Butler and Tyreek Hill



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