FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 26, 2011
Arkadelphia Public Schools Contact: Donnie Whitten, (870) 246-1100
OBU’s Babb named Arkadelphia AD
ARKADELPHIA - Arkadelphia Public Schools named Chris Babb as Athletic Director on Tuesday night. Babb currently serves as the external director of alumni at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.
A graduate of Cabot High School, Babb earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ouachita Baptist University in 1999 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sports administration from Henderson State University.
“Chris Babb has the vision and energy to take Arkadelphia Athletics to the next level,” said Arkadelphia Superintendent Donnie Whitten. “He brings administrative experience in athletics, fundraising and public relations, and a positive attitude that will resonate within the Badger community. We are excited about Chris joining our team!”
Babb spent the last ten years in athletics and development at Ouachita Baptist University. As director of athletic development, he served as the fundraising liaison for Ouachita Tiger Athletics. His work enabled the university to provide scholarship assistance to intercollegiate athletes and helped support a high-quality, competitive athletic program.
Prior to joining the development team, Babb served as sports information director at OBU for five years. In that role, he was responsible for a variety of administrative and public relations activities that helped advance the athletic program and each individual sport. In addition, Babb also spent time as an account executive at Arkansas Business Publishing Group in Little Rock.
“I am grateful to the Arkadelphia School District’s board and administration for giving me this opportunity,” said Babb. “I look forward to working with our coaches as we prepare to help our students grow academically and athletically. There is a rich history in Arkadelphia, but also great potential for the Badgers. I am excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for our student-athletes.”
Babb and his wife, Amy, have three children, Carter (6), Millie (4) and Cooper (2 mos). Carter will be a first grader at Louisa E. Perritt Primary in the fall. They currently reside in Arkadelphia.
Arkadelphia will compete in the 5A Southwest Conference during the upcoming school year. The 2011 offerings include: Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Track / Cross Country, Tennis, Swimming, Golf, Cheerleading and Dance.